Indian armed forces face shortage of officers, personnel
Posted on: 12:47 AM IST Mar 05, 2013
New Delhi: India's three defence services have reported shortage of officers and other ranks with the Army facing crunch of 10,100 officers as on July 1, 2012, Parliament was told on Monday.
Defence Minister AK Antony told Lok Sabha said in a written reply that Army faced shortage of 26,433 PBORs (personnel below officer rank) as on October 1, 2012.
He said the navy faced shortage of 2,054 officers and 14,512 sailors as on December 31, 2012, while the Air Force faced a shortage of 667 officers as on Feb 1, 2013 and 7,000 airmen as on Dec 1, 2012.
Antony said the government has taken a number of measures to encourage the youth to join the armed forces, including holding recruitment rallies and media campaigns.