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Transformative reforms in career management

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There is a hype and buzz on reforms in vacancy allocation and rationalisation of tenure of Army Commanders, which is being touted as transformative change. While the approach is laudable yet it is not a panacea or a silver bullet to take care of all ills.

Simply put, there was a dichotomy with regard to minimum tenures stipulated for Commanders-in-Chief (C-in-C), also referred to as Army Commanders in Army. Services had varying minimum tenures ranging from 24 months in Army, 18 in Air Force and 12 in Navy. This restriction translates into minimum residual service for elevation to this coveted appointment, which has now been revised to eighteen months instead of two years for Army.

The number of such C-in-C appointments don’t co-relate to scope of responsibility and aspirations of respective officer cadres. Army has seven for approximately 48,000 officers, Air Force has the same number for 12,000 and Navy has three slots for 9,000. Air Force has one appointment in Maintenance Command earmarked for Technical cadres while Army with the largest technical work force has none.

Due to turf hardening, it is now a complicated issue yet in the long term, there is indeed a valid case for rationalisation in these apex appointments. Uniformity is desirable but it is amusing to keep a tab on switch between winter and........

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