Army plans to raise inclusiveness

  • Source: A recently concluded Army Commanders’ Conference
  • Outcomes: It debated ways of optimum utilisation of personnel
  • Various measures to enhance transparency and inclusiveness were also deliberated
  • Army: Its core values have not changed, and rapid “societal changes and discernible impact of socio-economic aspirations on Army” had been a focus area of the conference
  • Issues:
  • Pyramidal: The Service has a “highly pyramidal structure” and hence over “50% personnel are not promoted despite being highly competent”
  • Orderly system: This meeting comes against the backdrop of concerns on the sahayak system in the Army after a series of videos had surfaced on social media recently
    • In it, serving personnel alleged that they were forced to do menial jobs
    • Under the orderly system, jawans are assigned to officers to perform certain specified personal tasks
    • The government has promised a full review of the system, but no proposal has been made to abolish it
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