Shortage of officers among forces mocks Modi’s war hysteria » Kashmir Media Service

Chandigarh, April 22 (KMS): Contrary to the outgoing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ ‘war hysteria against Pakistan, the fact is that all the three Indian forces are facing great shortage of officers.

The Indian Army, with an authorised strength of 50,028 officers, has a deficiency of about 14 per cent at present and the Navy, with an authorised strength of 11,415, of about 13 per cent.

During the late 1990s when the authorised strength of the Army was about 42,000 officers, the shortfall had crossed 13,000. In December, the Ministry of Defence had told Parliament that the IAF, too, had a shortage of 192 officers against the sanctioned strength of 12,584.

However, the Air Force has launched its publicity campaign to attract the youth. The IAF is roping in private firms to carry out market surveys to assess the impact of publicity campaigns and also to understand the mindset, aspirations, lifestyle parameters and influencers of prospective candidates.

A research framework has been drawn up by the Air Headquarters and the responses of the youth that have been exposed to the IAF’s publicity and those who have not seen such campaigns would be analysed.

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