Agnipath recruitment: Army, IAF, Navy outline schedule for 1st year as stir intensifies | India News

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NEW DELHI: As protests against the Agnipath military recruitment scheme intensified on Friday, the Army, Navy and the Air Force have announced that they will start the enrolment process under the new model by next week.
The Army has said that it aims to start training of recruits under the Centre’s new Agnipath scheme by December this year and deploy them in operational and non-operational roles by the middle of next year.

In an official statement, the Army said that it will issue a detailed notification on the recruitment process by Monday.
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“After issuance of initial notification on enrolment under Agnipath scheme, various agencies of Army will subsequently come out with details of induction process,” officials said.
The Army’s statement comes a day after the government provided a one-time waiver on the upper age limit for the new recruits this year, raising it to 23 from 21.

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The government cited lack of recruitment during the last two years of the Covid pandemic as the reason behind the move.
Separately, the Air Force said it will begin the selection process under the new scheme from June 24 this year.
Speaking about the government’s decision to raise the age limit, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said that it will permit a larger section of youth to enrol as ‘Agniveers’.

The Indian Navy also said it will start the recruitment process “very soon”, with a senior naval commander asserting that the notification for the recruitment would be out within a week.
The three services are planning to deploy the first batches of recruits under the new scheme both in operational and non-operational roles by June next year, senior military officials said.
Meanwhile, the protests against the radical new recruitment scheme spread to several states on Friday, affecting multiple trains.

Unveiling the scheme on Tuesday, the government had said that youths between the ages of 17 and-a-half and 21 years would be inducted into the armed forces for a four-year tenure while 25 per cent of the recruits will be retained for regular service.
The new scheme for the recruitment of soldiers (except officers) in the Army, Navy and Air Force was projected by the government as a major overhaul of the decades-old selection process to enhance the youthful profile of the three services.
After the scheme was rolled out, the Army said it would ensure an enhanced youthful profile of the force and result in a “reduction in the average age from 32 to 26 years over a period of time”.
The three service chiefs have also strongly backed the scheme and said it was unveiled after over two years of deliberations.
(With inputs from agencies)

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