New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Indian Army on Thursday proposed a three years long 'internship' for youth, citing a resurgence of 'patriotism and nationalism' while highlighting that unemployment in the country is a reality and the Army can positively contribute towards neutralising that.

An internal note of the proposal says that the three years long tour of duty is for those youngsters who “do not want to make defence services their permanent vocation, but still want to experience the thrill and adventure of military professionalism”.

“The proposal is a shift from the concept of permanent service/job in the Armed Forces, towards ‘internship’/temporary experience for three years. Unemployment in our country is a reality, however, there is a resurgence of nationalism and patriotism,” states the internal note.

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"Initially, 100 officers and 1,000 men are being considered for recruitment as part of test-bedding of the project," Spokesperson of the Indian Army Colonel Aman Anand was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Yet, the entry criteria for what Colonel Anand regarded as a 'test-bedding of the project' will not be relaxed. And if accepted the ‘Tour of Duty’ will not be mandatory. The “major crux”, the internal note says, lies in making the proposal “attractive to the government, Armed Forces, corporates and most importantly the individuals” who opt for this three years long ‘Tour of Duty’.

The proposal further goes on to say that the earnings of the individual undergoing ‘Tour of Duty’ for the three-year period could be made tax-free and he/she could be given preference in public sector jobs as well as post-graduate courses.

Highlighting that it will help to “channelise the youth energy into positive utilisation of their potential”, the note added that “rigorous military training and habits inculcated will lead to the healthy citizenry”.

For Army, the total cost of such an initiative will be "Rs 80-85 lakh" per individual for 3 years, which is a fraction of what it invests on soldiers who serve in the institution of national service for 17 years (Rs 11.5 crore per individual).

According to The Indian Express, the proposal concludes that the entire nation will benefit from “trained, disciplined, confident, diligent and committed” young men or women who have done the three-year service, and an “initial survey” from the Army's end has indicated that the corporate sector will prefer to hire such youths rather than fresh graduates.

Putting out that the proposed scheme will be on a trial basis with limited vacancies during the test-bedding phase, the Army has said that “it can be expanded further if found successful”. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma