Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command, stated on Wednesday that the Armed Forces have implemented transformative changes in the recruitment of people below the level of officer.
According to the officer, those joining the three armed forces below the rank of officer must currently serve for a longer period of time.
The Agnipath scheme will allow young people to join the police force without committing to a long-term commitment. They could serve for a shorter period of time and then pursue other avenues of civil society, a different vocation, or further education.
The Navy will induct 3,000 Agniveers (youth selected under the scheme) each year for the next three years, and 3,5000 in the fourth year, according to the Vice Admiral. He added that the number of people accepted could increase depending on the overall demand.
Because the Eastern Naval Command is the country’s largest command, he expects at least 35 to 40 percent of recruits to come to ENC. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, he said, those recruited under the scheme will be required to serve four years.
Women can participate in the Agnipath programme as well. Their numbers may be lower at first, but they will grow in the future, he said, adding that they are awaiting policy guidelines on the subject. He stated that the Navy’s educational requirement is Class XII.
Those with Class X would be considered for trades that do not require a higher level of qualification. He claimed that out of the 3,000 recruits each year, 2,800 will be Class XII pass and 200 will be Class X pass. The Agniveers will receive basic training at INS Chilka, according to the Vice Admiral.