• Chief of the Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said that efforts are on to make the Short Service Commission (SSC) more attractive so as to reduce the mounting pension burden of the Army.
• Short Service Commission (SSC) in the Indian Army is the tenure of officers.
• Currently, the SSC is for 10 years, which can be extended by up to four years. At the end of 14 years, there is an option for permanent commission (PC).
• The training academy for SSC Short Service commission officers is Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai.
Proposed steps to make SSC more attractive:
• A one-year training course will be given to SSC officers while exiting after 14 years. The courses can be professional or technical courses such as MBA or M.Tech. to give the skills for second employment as a civilian.
• About 25%-30% of the SSC officers would be granted Permanent Commission (PC) so that they are kept motivated and they compete to get PC. The rest can leave.
• Other incentives include a lumpsum amount and medical facilities under the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme.
Mains Paper 3: Defense and Security
Prelims level: Short Service Commission