Army to create additional 141 vacancies for Colonels

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The defence ministry will create additional vacancies for the post of 141 Colonels in the Indian Army. These posts will be exclusively created for logistics and supporting arms that didn’t get their fair share in ‘command and exit’ formula adopted by the Army to lower the battalion commanding officers’ age following the Kargil war of 1999. In the 1,484 colonel posts distributed, Air Defence, Corps of Engineers and Corps of Signals, that play a critical role in modern warfare, did not get a single command post. So officers from these posts protested and took the matter to the Armed Forces’ Tribunal that ordered for a prorata distribution. But the Defence Ministry challenged this order in the Supreme Court, where the Ministry finally admitted on October 29 that it committed a mistake by distributing all the command posts among the combat units. The matter is now posted for further hearing on November 19, when the Ministry will inform the court about its final calculations.

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