Indian Army to train Jawans to clear SSB and become Commissioned Officer

Indian Army to train Jawans to clear SSB and become Commissioned Officer

Indian Army to train Jawans to clear SSB and become Commissioned Officer


Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat in a major reform has approved plans to establish a training institute for serving soldiers to help them qualify Services Selection Board and get commission as an officer in the Indian Army.

“The institute will be known as Young Leaders Training Wing and is planned to be established inside the premises of the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai. The main focus and aimof this institute would be developing communication, leadership and team-building skills in soldiers,” Army officials told ANI.

Indian Army will train first batch of 200 soldiers from September 16 for a period of five months. Army have plans for catering to two such courses in a single year.

A core team of 10 officers of Indian Army will form the instructional nucleus of the  Young Leaders Wing. An study of the Indian Army had found that there is an overall shortage of 41.4 per cent in the intake of soldiers as officers which needs to be improved.

The Indian Army has a varied intake schedule for its prospective officers and recruiting from an available pool of qualified soldiers is one of them.

“However, these soldiers during selection at SSB Centers have shown a dismal and disappointing success rate of 8.46 per cent. And thus the idea came of establishing the Young Leaders Training Wing which shall train soldiers to face SSB tests more confidently,” the officials said.

“Not every soldier who shall get into Young Leaders Training Wing will become a commissioned officer but many of them will. These soldiers shall be role models for others at the unit level with better professional competence,” a senior Army officer said.

Intake of soldiers as officers is carried out in three ways by the Indian Army. One through the Army Cadet College (ACC Entry), second through Special Commissioned Officers (SCO entry) and third through Permanent Commission (Special List) (PCSL entry).
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