New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The retirement age of Jawans in the Army, pilots and flying personnel in Air Force and sailors in the Navy is set to increase, (CDS) Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat said recently.

In an interview given to a leading newspaper, General Rawat said that a policy will be brought very soon to increase the service profile of men in Uniform.

“We are soon bringing a policy to extend the service profile of the men (forces nomenclature for troops) and have an increased minimum retirement age,” General Rawat told The Tribune.

The move, if gets pulled off, could benefit almost 15 lakh men of the three armed forces.

When asked if it is being looked at to cut manpower costs as increasing salaries and pensions were taking away a large chunk of the budget, General Rawat said, “I am looking at manpower costs. Why should a Jawan serve for just 15 or 17 years, why cannot he serve for 30 years? We are losing trained manpower.”

Pointing out that this policy would change the age profile of the fighting force, he highlighted that the frontline combatant could be young but trained armed force should be sustained for a longer time. “We have an Army Medical Corps, why can’t the nursing assistant serve till 50 years of age?,” he said.

General Rawat also spoke on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the overall structural dynamics of armed forces. He said the transformation and restructuring that everyone had been discussing and commenting upon was the need of the hour. “There is transformation required in the armed forces and Covid means it will be done now,” General Rawat said.

On being asked if the target for having joint commands within three years would be met, General Rawat said, “I don’t visualise this going beyond three years. We will have a structure and implementation will start in three years”.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta