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Now, retired Short Service Commission officers can keep military ranks

The demand for the use of military ranks by SSC officers after release from service was pending since 1983.

Retired Short Service Commission officers can now keep military ranks
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New Delhi, First Published Mar 25, 2021, 8:48 AM IST
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The Narendra Modi government has allowed the Indian Army's retired Short Service Commission officers to use their military ranks. 

Earlier, the officers were not allowed to use their military ranks, leading to dissatisfaction and discontentment among the SSC officers. 

"This decision of the government will not only remove dissatisfaction and discontentment among the retired SSC officers but will serve as a big boost to the young aspirants. Also, this decision will act as a morale booster for the existing SSC officers," the defence ministry said in a statement. 

The demand for the use of military ranks by SSC officers after release from service was pending since 1983.

In the current military set up, the SSC officers form the backbone of the support cadre of the Indian Army. 

They serve for a period of 10-14 years to make up for the deficiency of young officers in units. 

In the past, the government had tried to make this service attractive and permission to allow the use of military ranks was one of their major demands.

Initially, the SSC officers used to serve for five years, then the government allowed it for 10 years, and now it is further extended to 14 years.

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