New Delhi: With the Army, Navy and Air Force
hard-pressed over shortage of officers, a Parliamentary panel
today suggested increasing the intake of NCC cadets in the
three defence services as a plausible solution to their
While the Army faces a shortage of 11,456 officers, the
Navy and the Air Force suffer a gap of 1,439 and 1,343
"The Committee finds that there is an urgent need to give
more attention to the National Cadet Corps (NCC), whose main
objective is to groom the youth into disciplined and patriotic
citizens...NCC training would definitely help the three
services in solving the problem of shortage of officers," the
Parliamentary Committee on Defence said in its latest reported
tabled in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
The Army has a sanctioned strength of 46,614 in the
officer cadre, while the existing strength is 35,158 officers.
The Navy`s sanctioned strength of officers is 9,293 and
existing strength 7,854. In the IAF, the sanctioned officer
cadre strength is 12,183 and borne strength is 10,840.
The Defence Ministry had informed the committee that it
took steps to address the manpower shortage in the three
services which included sustained image projection and
publicity campaign, participation in career fairs,
advertisements in print and electronic media, counselling and
motivational talks in schools, colleges and NCC camps.
The panel felt these steps were in the right direction,
but a desired focus on the NCC cadets was not being given.
"The committee is of the firm view that there is an
urgent need to enrol more schools and colleges, both
government and private, for NCC," it said, recommending that
the Ministry undertake a survey to know the percentage of NCC
students who have actually joined the three services.
The training institutions of the three armed forces --
the National Defence Academy, the Indian Military Academy, the
Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy -- have a percentage
of seats reserved for NCC `C` certificate holders and the
allotted seats are usually super-subscribed, as NCC cadets join
the academies from the general quota also.
Noting that the implementation of the Sixth Pay
Commission recommendations had had a positive impact by making
the armed forces as an attractive career option for the youth,
the panel also recommended that the Ministry should consider
recruiting retired officers for supervisory jobs, an area
where the three services were finding it difficult to get the