As protests continue against the Agnipath program, the military got the ball rolling on Monday by issuing an official notification for the recruitment of jawans known as Agniveers and said it was mandatory to apply online on its website.
The IAF and Navy will issue a similar notification on June 24-25. The Navy will also induct women as Agniveers in the first batch. More than 46,000 jawans will be recruited for the three services of the first promotion within the framework of the Agnipath program.
Army Chief General Manoj Pande said the Agnipath program was a win-win for the youth and the army and urged aspirants not to be misled by false information.
Meanwhile, in issuing the notification, the Army has made it clear that online registration on its website www.Joinindianarmy.Nic.In is compulsory for all job applicants and registration will start from of July.
The military also said the Agniveers will form a separate rank within the force. This rank will be different from existing ranks in the military. Agniveers will wear a “distinctive insignia” on their uniform during their tour of duty and detailed instructions on this will be published separately.
The notification stated that Agniveers would be prohibited from disclosing classified information obtained during the four-year service period to any person or source not authorized under the Official Secrets Act 1923.
“With the introduction of this scheme, the enlistment of soldiers under the regular cadre of the Indian Army, except for the technical cadre of the medical branch, will only be available to those personnel who have completed their term commitment as Agniveers,” he said.
The military also clarified that the release of an Agniveer at their own request before the completion of the terms of enlistment is not permitted.
“However, in most exceptional cases, personnel registered under this program can be released, if sanctioned by the competent authority,” he said.
The army said new recruits will be subject to the provisions of the Army Act 1950 and will be likely to go wherever ordered by land, sea or air.
Based on organizational requirements and policies, Agniveers, at the end of their commitment period in each group, will be offered the opportunity to apply for enrollment in the regular framework.
“These applications will be centrally reviewed by the military based on objective criteria, including performance during their enlistment period and no more than 25% of each specific batch of Agniveers will be enlisted under the regular framework. after the completion of their four-year commitment period,” the notification reads.
“Agniveers so enlisted as a regular cadre would be required to serve for a further 15-year enlistment period and will be governed by the terms and conditions of service (junior officer/other ranks) currently in vogue,” a- he declared.
The Army has said the Agniveers will have no selection rights after their four-year term ends. As part of the registration process, each Agniveer will be required to formally agree to all terms and conditions of the Agnipath program.
For staff under 18, the registration form will need to be signed by parents or guardians, depending on the document.
Agniveers will be entitled to 30 days off per year compared to 90 days for those on regular duty. Medical leave will be granted on medical advice.
The army said 30% of the Agniveers’ monthly salary will be mandatorily deposited in a corpus and an equal amount will be paid by the government.
“Registration will be open beginning in July through the respective Army Recruiting Offices (AROs) for Agniveer General Duty, Agniveer Technical, Agniveer Technical (aviation/munitions examiner), Agniveer clerk/store keeper technical, Agniveer trademan (10th pass) and Agniveer Tradesman (8th pass as per ARO rally schedule),” the Army notification read. Agniveers will not be eligible for any kind of pension or gratuity.
Agniveers may be given any task in the interest of the organization. Personnel enrolled under this program will be required to undergo periodic medical examinations as well as physical/written/field tests as ordered. The performance thus demonstrated would be considered for a subsequent offer of enrollment in the regular framework. Agniveers can be assigned to any regiment/unit and can then be transferred in the interest of the organization.
The notification stated that for the general assignment, passing class 10 with 45% marks in total and 33% in each subject was compulsory for candidates.
For the technical framework of Agniveers, including for the Aviation wing, the aspirants will have to pass class 12 with physics, chemistry, mathematics and English with 50% marks in total and 40% in each subject.
For those applying for Clerk or Storekeeper (Technical) positions, Class 12 in any stream is required with 60% marks overall and 50% in each subject.
For this framework, 50% marks in English and Mathematics/Accounting/Accounting are required. The Army kept two categories for “Agniveer” under the tradesman rubric – one for those who passed 10th class and another for those who passed 8th.
In both categories, there is no stipulation for overall marks, but applicants must have 33% marks in each subject, the notification says.
According to the notification, bonus points of 20 would be awarded in the Common Entrance Examination to certain categories of applicants such as Son of Military (SOS), Son of Former Military (SOEX), Son of War Widow (SOWW) , son of a widow of a former soldier (SOW). Similarly, NCC “A” and “B” certificate holders would also get points.