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Firefighters will be continuously evaluated for 4 years before making it to the merit list as permanent soldiers: Lt Gen BS Raju

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Firefighters will be continuously evaluated for 4 years before making it to the merit list as permanent soldiers: Lt Gen BS Raju

Agneepath joining the Indian Armed Forces through the newly introduced Agneepath Recruitment Scheme will be assessed continuously over four years on a number of objective and subjective parameters before preparing the final merit list for selection as permanent soldiers, Army Major Lt Gen BS Raju told News18.

In an exclusive interview, the convicted officer sought to allay the fear of a non-transparent selection process for 25 per cent Agniveers who would be selected for more than four years of service in the Army.

“We understand that at the end of four years, Agniveer should be confident that he has gone through a transparent process. We have made very specific provisions for testing recruits in each of the weapons and services. This will be an ongoing evaluation,” he said.

Explaining how the Army will ensure that Agniveers are selected as permanent recruits fairly, without favoritism and unhealthy competition, Lt Gen Raju said that an Agniveer’s training period ends his or her six-month training period. The first assessment will be

“Then at the end of each year, they will be assessed on the basis of various parameters like their physical fitness, firing skills and other drills,” he said, adding that there will also be some subjective assessment on parameters like attitude. and the qualifications of those with whom he will interact, such as his Platoon Commander, Company Commander and Commanding Officer.

“It will all be put together and at the end of the year, it will be collated and uploaded in the system after which there will be no human intervention. The same process will be followed at the end of second and third year and at the end of four years the entire data will be put together and then merit list will be prepared,” he said. “It will also give us confidence that we are selecting the best soldiers.”

Lt Gen Raju said that an Agniveer would be mentored and given performance appraisals during his training period.

“The whole idea is of continuous evaluation,” he said, adding that it will be spread over the evaluation period, with different weightings for the training period and the years that follow.

When asked about induction of women soldiers as Agniveers in the Army, he said that the women recruits would join the Army in the Military Police Corps (CMP) through the Agneepath scheme. Like other recruitments, the recruitment of women in CMP is stuck for two years after the initial batch.

‘Four years enough for adequate training’

Talking about their training as soldiers, Lt Gen Raju said that four years is a long time for their training.

He said that they would be given an intensive training of six months and depending on the requirements, the battalion commander would provide necessary training to each individual to develop different skill sets.

“He will be trained enough to meet the operational requirement of the battalion and we can go to war tomorrow with the same person,” he said, for an advanced course, like an Agniveer four years to become an instructor. The latter can be made more efficient.

“The upskilling will happen in four years, but special training to become a trainer will be given after four years,” he said.

‘Project being taken up in a controlled manner’

Lt Gen Raju said the manner in which the Agneepath project is being undertaken is “in a very controlled manner”, and that is why it can be understood as a pilot project.

“This will also give us time to assess it better and make changes if required. No change may be needed urgently, but along the way, if some change is required, it can be done,” he said. He emphasized that there exists a provision for the Defense Minister to demand any further changes in the plan.

at the expense

Despite strong public resistance that the scheme met on its announcement, the VCOAS said that there was no doubt that people would come in large numbers to join the armed forces as usual.

“There will be a positive response to the whole program,” he said.

Talking about the expenditure and savings arising out of the implementation of the scheme, he said that instead priority was given to management of human capital and changes required to achieve young age profile, parameters of selection and training system, and others. such issues.

He said that no immediate revenue expenditure would be made under this scheme as the training capacity of the Army is more than the recruited strength.

“There may be a need to increase the training capacity after the sixth or seventh year, and the infrastructure may be increased depending on the assessment of the situation,” he said.

reducing manpower

Lt Gen Raju said that the army will meet the shortage of manpower through this scheme.

“There was no recruitment in the last two years and it had lost some strength. Now, we are recruiting a specific number of vacancies with an exit policy. It will have some impact on the overall strength, but as we move forward, we will increase the numbers so that the strength of the army remains at the desired level,” he said.

Agniveer on skill certificate

The senior Army officer said that for those joining the force with a diploma, the additional skill qualification acquired during the program would make them eligible for the degree course.

He said that Agniveer would collect credit points during his tenure in the Army, which could later be redeemed for completing graduation within lesser years.

When asked how the army would convince an Indian rural youth to join the force without guarantee of permanent job and pension, he said the scheme is designed to give the youth a chance to join the armed forces for four years. Has been. Through the rigors of serving in the army, and enjoy serving the nation.

“They will be financially compensated during this tenure, a lump sum amount from the service fund package at the end of their tenure, and a plethora of career options to choose from,” he said.

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