The proposal adds that, in addition, “the nation and the corporations are likely to benefit from the trained, disciplined, confident, diligent and committed men and women who have completed the ToD, as well as boosting patriotism and reducing unemployment”
The Army plans to take civilians on a trial basis for a three-year ‘Tour of duty’ (ToD) or ‘three-year short service’ to serve as officers and other ranks initially for a limited number of vacancies and then later.
“The proposal is under consideration. If approved, it will be voluntary and there will be no dilution of criteria in selection,” Army sources said.
The general purpose of the ToD concept is ‘internship / temporary experience’ and therefore there will be no requirement for attractive severance packages, resettlement courses, professional training leave, ex-Service status, ex-Service Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) for ToD officers and other ranks.
Analyzing the cost of training for each staff compared to the limited employment of the workforce for a period of three years, the proposal calculates that it will indeed have a positive benefit. It states that the cumulative approximate cost of training, pay, allowances, allowances, proposed severance packages, leave encasement and other costs is almost 5.12 crore and 6.83 crore respectively for the Short Service Commission (SSC) officer if he or she is discharged from the Service after 10 and 14 years. The total cost is even higher as 50-60 per cent of SSC officers opt for a permanent commission and continue to serve for 54 years and then receive a pension benefit. “Similar costs for those released after three years of ToD are just 80-85 lakh,” he says.
Similarly, estimates for a 17-year-old jawan compared to a 3-year-old ToD jawan show that the prospective life savings of just one jawan is a full 11.5 crore. “Therefore, only 1,000 jawans could be saved by 11,000 crore, which could be used for the much-needed modernization of the Army,” the proposal states.
The proposal states that, as per the initial survey, companies favor individuals who have been trained by the military at the age of 26 or 27 years after ToD. The proposal proposes a number of measures to encourage this scheme, such as a tax-free income for three years and a token lump sum of about 5-6 lakh for officers at the end of three years and 2-3 lakh for ORs.
The proposal adds that,”the nation and the corporations are likely to benefit from the trained, disciplined, confident, diligent and committed men and women who have completed the ToD, as well as boosting patriotism and reducing unemployment”