Army may trim 27,000 from non-core units

The Army plans to reduce its manpower by around 27,000 soldiers in organisations not part of its regular field formations and units, which will entail a saving of about Rs 1,600 crore, as part of the overall strategy to right-size the 12.5-lakh force grappling with a huge revenue expenditure and salary bill.

There are about 1.75 lakh officers and soldiers currently deployed in organisations ranging from Military Engineer Services, National Cadet Corps, Border Roads Organisation, Territorial Army and Sainik Schools to the operationally-crucial Assam Rifles, Rashtriya Rifles and Strategic Forces Command, all of which do not come under the regular standing Army.

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