INCREASE IN RETIREMENT AGE OF SOLDIERS
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
STARRED QUESTION NO 173
ANSWERED ON 18.07.2014
INCREASE IN RETIREMENT AGE OF SOLDIERS
173 . Shri A.T. (NANA) PATIL
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Government proposes to increase the retirement age of soldiers below the rank of officers in the defence forces;
(b) if so, the details thereof along with the retirement age of various category of officers and soldiers in the defence forces at present;
(c) the details of the benefits likely to be accrued to soldiers as a result thereof; and
(d) the other measures taken by the Government for the welfare of soldiers and other defence forces officers?
MINISTER OF DEFENCE (SHRI ARUN JAITLEY)
(a) to (d): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (d) OF LOK SABHA STARRED
QUESTION NO. 173 FOR ANSWER ON 18.7.2014
(a) There is presently no such proposal.
(b) Details of the retirement age of various category of officers and soldiers in
the defence forces (excluding Armed Forces Medical Services) at present, are as under:
|General||62 years or 3 years of tenure whichever is earlier||Sub Major||54 years or 34 years* of service or 4 years of tenure whichever is earlier|
|Lt. Gen||60 years||Subedar||52 years or 30 years* of service|
|Maj. Gen||58 years||Naib Subedar||52 years or 28 years* of service|
|Brigadier||56 years||Havildar||49 years or 26 years* of service|
|Colonel||54 years||Naik||49 years or 24 years* of service|
|–||–||Sepoy Gp (X)||42 years or 19 years* of service|
|–||–||Sepoy Gp (Y)||48 years or 22 years* of service|
* Service limit includes extension of 2 years by screening.
Note 1: In all categories below officer ranks, age limit or service limit whichever occurs earlier is applicable for retirement.
Note 2: Above information does not cover officers of certain specialised branches.
|Admiral||62 years or 3 years of tenure whichever is earlier||Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO) I and II||57 years|
|Vice Admiral||60 years||Chief Petty Officer (CPO) and below||52 years|
|Rear Admiral||58 years||–||–|
|Commodore/ Captain (Education)||57 years||–||–|
|Commodore/ Captain||56 years||–||–|
|Lt. Commander and below||52 years||–||–|
Air Force: Retirement age of Airmen is 57 years. Retirement age for officers is as
(i) Permanent Commissioned Officers:
|Air Chief Marshal||62 years or 3 years of tenure whichever is earlier|
|Air Marshal||60 years|
|Air Vice Marshal||58 years|
|Air Commodore||(i) 56 years for Flying Branch(ii) 57 years for other branches|
|Group Captain (Select)||(i) 54 years for Flying Branch(ii) 57 years for other branches|
|Wing Commander and Group Captain (Time Scale)||(i) 52 years for Flying Branch.(ii) 54 years for Ground Duty Branches other than education and meteorological branches.
(iii) 57 years for Education and Meteoro-logical branches.
(ii) Branch Commissioned Officers: 57 years.
(c) Question does not arise in view of (a) above.
(d) Various measures taken by the Government for the welfare of soldiers and officers include improvement in living and working conditions through provision of better infrastructure and facilities, additional family accommodation, facilities for movement of troops from border areas and liberalised leave policy, deployment of psychological counsellors for psychological counselling, provisions for medical and health care as per extant rules, provisions to address the educational needs of service personnel and their wards, Group Insurance Scheme, Canteen Stores Department (CSD) facilities, establishing a grievance redressal mechanism and Schemes / Programmes for pre and post retirement training, re-employment and self-employment of ex-servicemen etc.
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