Indian Army Sets Up Young Leaders’ Training Wing For Jawans to Become Officers, Course to Begin in September
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New Delhi, June 8: With an aim to strengthen the elite force, Indian Army is setting up a dedicated facility in south India where jawans would be given training to a clear two-tier selection process to become officers in the force. The Young Leaders’ Training Wing will be co-located at the Chennai-based Officers Training Academy.

According to a report, published in the Hindustan Times, around 200 soldiers are expected to be trained at the facility for five months from September onwards. An official stated that the jawans will have to clear a written exam and a Services Selection Board interview before they can enter the Dehradun-based Army Cadet College (ACC). After Clearing IIT Entrance Test, 21-year-old Joins Defence Forces; Commissioned Into Indian Army After Passing Out Parade From IMA

Following this, the soldiers would be groomed to become officers at the ACC for three years before they are packed off for a one-year course at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, which churns out freshly-minted lieutenants.

Though cracking the written exam is not much of a problem, the major issue that the jawans would face is the SSB interview. The interview is a personality and aptitude test spread over a period of five days. It is to be known that jawans clearing the SSB interviews have a success rate of just about 8 per cent.

Considered as the brainchild of army chief General Bipin Rawat, the training wing will conduct two courses annually. Sources said that candidates will be shortlisted for admission to the training wing on the basis of their performance in the written exam. It would be further followed by another round on screening to select 100 men for each course.