NEW DELHI: The over 12-lakh strong Army is finalizing a radical proposal for inducting youngsters for a three-year “Tour of Duty (ToD)” tenure as both officers and jawans in the backdrop of the urgent need for cadre restructuring amidst the ballooning salary and pension bills adversely impacting military modernization. The ToD scheme, if and when approved, will initially be launched with around 100 vacancies for officers and 1,000 for jawans. “The feedback has been taken from the different Army commands. There is general acceptance the ToD scheme can be launched as an experiment with a limited number of vacancies. If successful, the vacancies can be increased later,” said Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand. A senior officer, in turn, said the ToD scheme would entail “voluntary military service” to mark a far-reaching shift away from the existing “permanent service” in the armed forces. “It will not be military conscription like in some countries like Israel. With huge unemployment, India has no
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