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May 5, 2010

Shortage of Officers in Army

   The sanctioned strength of officers is 46614 in Army, 9,293 in Navy and
12,212 in Air Force. The present strength of officers in Army is 35,158 and
around 11,500 posts are vacant.

One Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai is already functional. The
Government has approved setting up of a second OTA at Gaya, Bihar. Necessary
steps have been initiated to make the Academy functional.

    A number of steps have been taken to attract the talented youth to join the
Armed Forces. All officers including those in Short Service Commission (SSC) are
now eligible to hold substantive rank of Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel
after 2, 6 and 13 years of reckonable service respectively. The tenure of SSC
officers has been increased from 10 years to 14 years. A total number of 750
posts of Lt. Colonel have been upgraded to Colonel towards implementation of AV
Singh Committee Report (Phase-I). Further, 1896 additional posts in the ranks of
Colonel, Brigadier, Major General and Lieutenant General and their equivalents
in the other two Services have been upgraded towards implementation of AV Singh
Committee Report (Phase-II). The implementation of recommendations of the VI
Central Pay Commission with substantial improvement in the pay structure of
officers of Armed Forces, is expected to make the Services more attractive.

   The Armed Forces have also undertaken sustained image projection and publicity
campaign to create awareness among the youth on the advantages of taking up a
challenging and satisfying career. Awareness campaigns, participation in career
fairs and exhibitions, advertisements in print and electronic media,
motivational lectures in schools, colleges are also some of the other measures
in this direction.

   This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in written reply
to Shri in Shadi Lal Batra Rajya Sabha today.

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