Monday, 13 June 2011

Indian Army Planning On Increasing Strength By 16,000 Officers


With increasing commitments on both its eastern and western fronts, the Indian Army has proposed to increase its sanctioned strength by another over 16,000 officers.

During a recent meeting attended by high-level Defence Ministry and Army officials, a proposal to increase the number of officers by another 35 per cent was discussed, Army sources said here.

The proposal comes at a time when the Army is facing a shortage of 12,349 officers against its sanctioned strength of around 46,500 officers and the other two sister Services are also facing similar shortfalls.

On the need for expansion, they said the Army has expanded its strength by two divisions in the Northeast along the China border and is also involved in counter insurgency operations in the North Eastern states and Jammu and Kashmir and increased strength was required to cater for future plans also.