In a transformative reform, Cabinet has recently cleared ‘AGNIPATH’ scheme for recruitment of youth in the Armed Forces. Under this scheme, around 46000 youths will be shortlisted and called as Agniveers who will be enrolled under respective Service Acts for four years …
As there is lot of discussion on the ambitious scheme, let’s see how it benefits the Armed Forces:
- Armed Forces will have a younger, fitter, diverse profile for facing future challenges
- It will enhance the youthful profile of the Armed Forces and provide a fresh lease of ‘Josh’ and ‘Jazba’ whilst at the same time bring about a transformational shift towards a more tech savvy Armed Forces – which is indeed the need of the hour.
- It is envisaged that average age profile of Indian Armed forces would come down by about 4-5 years by implementation of this scheme.
- The national stands to immensely benefit by infusion of highly inspired youth with deeper understanding of self-discipline, diligence and focus who would be adequately skilled and will be able to contribute in other sectors.
- The dividends of a short military service to the nation, society and the youth of the nation are immense.
- This includes inculcation of patriotism, team work, enhancement of physical fitness, ingrained loyalty for the country and availability of trained personnel to boost national security in times of external threats, internal threats and natural disasters.
- This is a major defence policy reform introduced by the Government to usher in a new era in the Human Resource policy of the three Services