Army sets its sights on future

Commanders conference to finalise radical measures to right-size the force The week-long biannual Army Commanders conference began here on Tuesday in which the service is keen to finalise several radical measures to right size the force and optimise the ballooning revenue expenditure. “As part of the conclave, commanders and directorates at Army Headquarters will deliberate on important studies that have been ordered to meet future operational challenges. There are four studies examining operational and optimisational issues of the Army and the headquarters as also human resources management aspects,” the Army said in a statement. The Army further stated that these studies aimed to improve the teeth-to-tail ratio, with the purpose of strengthening the structures within the Army, to make it combat-ready for the future. Cadre review The four studies being carried out by separate study groups are for restructuring of Army headquarters and Army restructuring, which includes cutting down the strength, cadre review of officers and review of terms and conditions of Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks. Several mid-reviews were undertaken by the Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, over the past few months and it will be debated threadbare at the highest level, the sources said. “The aim is to finalise the broad roadmap of the restructuring in this conference and agree on a roadmap on rolling out the measures,” an Army source said. The biggest concern for the Army is the mounting revenue expenditure and pensions, which leave very little for capital procurements. While some of the measures can be rolled out immediately as they are within the service, some need approval from the Defence Ministry.

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