Indiscipline in the Indian Army: A Group Discussion topic in SSB
You may be asked this type of typical topic in you SSB interview, of-course you are going for SSB Interview and your ultimate motive is to get recommended, how can you discuss on such a bad Group Discussion Topic? Don’t panic today I am posting why there is indiscipline in Indian army & factors that leads indiscipline in the Indian Army.
- Leave not granted when asked
- Administrative difficulties
- Family problems
War-room leaks, liquor scams and fake kills to garner gallantry medals and even rapes and murders: is the country’s last-surviving bastion of discipline and probity crumbling under pressure?
Consider this: the armed forces have held a staggering 6000 courts martial just since 2000, that by any standards, is a disturbing picture for the Services, which justifiably pride themselves on maintaining the highest standard of discipline in the country.
Latest statistics show the Army alone court-martialled 1250 soldiers in 2000; 1034 in 2001; 1031 in 2002, 945 in 2003, and 872 in 2004. In just the last two years, over 20 rape and 10 murder charges have been leveled against soldiers.
The other charges range from being absent without leave, “acts prejudicial to good order and discipline” and desertion to accepting bribes and dishonest misappropriation of funds.
And it is not only the” lower ranks” which have been afflicted. It is true even for officers. In past days 30 officers were convicted in court martial proceedings. The recent indictment of three Mavy officers and an IAF officer in the infamous naval war-room leak episode is just the latest examples in long series of causes.
Leave not granted
Within the Army there is a leave policy, wherein at any time 25% of the unit can be on leave (20% AL and 5% CL). In the beginning of the year leave plans are made. The coy Cdr makes all efforts to accommodate the Jawans according to their leave choices. However, sometimes the Jawan cannot be accommodated due to one or the other reasons. Our units are composed on religious line and a Jawan wants to go home on important festivals like a South Indians wants leave for Onam, Jats on Holi and Sikhs on Baisakhi. When such festivals arrive the OC unit should enhance the leave Quota. Today most of the units are well connected through telephones. If during the leave a Jawan faces any problem he can ask his OC for an extension. If during the leave a Jawan faces any problem he can ask his OC for an extension or can report back to the unit and get the leave extended. Most of the units are deployed in Insurgency. There is huge requirement of manpower and sometimes men cannot be spared, which the CO can explain during the Darbar.
When a Jawan overstays leave, according to the SOP the matter must be reported to the higher HQ within 24 hours. The unit sometimes conceals this information as it could bring bad name to the unit and this has snow-balling effects down the chain. Hence the defaulters should be dealt severely. If the Coy Cdr or the CHM protects a particular individual, it becomes an example for others to follow. Some company Cdr or CO who are in the promotion Zone feel that anything pertaining to indiscipline which takes place in his unit or Coy may affect his ACR and dampen his promotion chances. Hence they try to conceal this matter. The standard method they adopt is that a JCO is sent to get back the individual to the unit.
Some times a Jawan is not able to come to his unit on time because of his family problems; this should be reported to HQ in 24 hrs. You can explain this topic by yourself.
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