Indian Army Brings 3+1 Model for Young Officers Training
The four-year training model will ensure that young officers in the Indian Army units serve the country for one additional year.
The Indian Army has decided to have a four-year (3+1) model for entry level officers, under the Indian Army Technical Entry Scheme (TES). The model comprises three years of training focused on technical training at the Cadet Training Wings (CTWs), followed by one year of basic military training at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun, said a statement on Thursday.
The four-year training model will ensure that young officers in the Indian Army units serve the country for one additional year. Better comradery will be formed between the TES and IMA GCs (ex NDA/ ACC/ DE Course) as a result of the common basic military training (BMT) that will be provided at the IMA in the final year, and the issue of common merit will also be addressed.
The cumulative credits for training at CTWs and IMA would count towards accreditation of B.Tech. The same has been accorded by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for approval in March 2023.
For officers’ entry to the Indian Army as B.Tech graduates, currently a five-year Technical Entry Scheme (TES) model exists, which was introduced in the year 1999. In this model, one year military training is imparted at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Bihar’s Gaya.
Thereafter, three years BTech Degree is imparted at the Cadet Training Wings (CTWs), followed by one year at the three Engineering Colleges of Indian Army, which is the College of Military Engineering (CME) in Pune, Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (MCTE) in Madhya Pradesh’s Mhow, and Military College of Mechanical and Electronics Engineering (MCEME) in Secunderabad.
Over the years, it was seen that the existing five-year training model has certain inherent disadvantages that necessitated a review. It was seen that the five-year training model was the longest training duration for any BTech fresher among the three services.
The cadets were not being given any credits for the BMT imparted at the OTA and the TES cadets had no interaction with the regular entry cadets at the IMA.
Also, since there were no common benchmarks, TES Entry Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) on commissioning are allocated IC Numbers (Service Numbers) en-block junior to IMA GCs (ex NDA/ ACC/ DE Course).
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