At present there is a shortage of 1.55 lakh jawans in all the three armed forces. While the army has the maximum number of 1.36 lakh vacancies. The government gave information in the Rajya Sabha on Monday. Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt said that several measures have been initiated to fill the vacancies and shortage of personnel in the Armed Forces and to encourage the youth towards the Army. Bhatt said, there is a shortage of 8,129 officers in the Indian Army which includes the Army Medical Corps and the Army Dental Corps. There are 509 vacancies in Military Nursing Service (MNS). 1,27,673 posts of JCO and other ranks are also vacant. The minister informed that 252 posts in Group A, 2,549 posts in Group B and 35,368 posts in Group C are vacant among the civilians employed by the Army.
There is a shortage of 12,428 personnel in the Navy. It has a shortfall of 1653 officers, 29 medical and dental officers and 10,746 sailors.
Among civilian employees, there is a shortfall of 165 in Group-A, 4207 in Group-B and 6156 in Group-C. According to the Minister of State for Defence, there is a shortfall of 7,031 personnel in the Indian Air Force. He said the Air Force is short of 721 officers, 16 medical officers, 4,734 airmen and 113 airmen in the medical assistant trade.
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Among the citizens being hired, there are 22 vacancies in Group-A, 1303 in Group-B and 5531 in Group-C.
Bhatt said, “The manpower shortage and measures to be taken to rectify it are regularly reviewed by the armed forces and are based on detailed analysis. Various measures have been initiated to fill the vacancies and encourage youth to join the services.
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