New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said to meet
shortage of officers in the armed forces, a limited
re-employment of retired Brigadiers has been allowed in staff
and other positions.
"The government has allowed re-employment of retired
Brigadiers against some staff, instructional and other
positions. The number of re-employed retired Brigadiers is
limited to a maximum 10 per cent of the authorised strength of
re-employed officers," Defence Minister A K Antony told Rajya
Sabha in reply to a question on shortage of officers in armed
The minister said the government is taking steps to meet
the shortage of 11,137 officers in the Army.
"All officers including those in Short Service Commission
(SSC) are now eligible to hold substantive rank of Captain,
Major and Lieutenant Colonel after two, six and 13 years of
reckonable service respectively," he said.
The tenure of SSC officers has been increased from 10 to
14 years and a total number of 750 posts of Lt Colonel have
been upgraded to Colonel level, Antony said.
"The implementation of the recommendations of sixth
central pay commission with substantial improvement in pay
structure of officers of Armed Forces has made it more
attractive," Antony said.
On publicity and awareness campaign conducted by Armed
forces, the minister said, "The armed forces have undertaken
sustained image projection and publicity campaign to create
awareness among youth on the advantage of taking up a
challenging and satisfying career."
Awareness campaigns, participation in career fairs,
exhibitions, advertisements in print and electronic media,
motivational lectures in schools and colleges are some of the
other measures taken in this direction, he said.