Soldiering On: Good News Likely For Jawans As Army May Up Retirement Age To 40, Pending Ministry Approval

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The Indian Army has decided to increase the retirement age of jawans to at least 40 and, perhaps, more in the future in a phased manner. As of now, most jawans retire after 15 to 17 years of service or by the time they are 35 to 37.

The decision has to be cleared by the Defence Ministry and the government. Furthermore, it will be ensured that jawans have an additional five years of service before retirement. This decision has been taken keeping in mind the fact that levels of physical fitness among soldiers today allow service till 40, reports Times Now.

The increase in retirement age will be done in phases as otherwise, the recruitment would stop.

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The decision would also have additional benefits such as reduction in the current high pension bills and benefits for ex-servicemen as five additional years of service would mean five years less pension.

The proposal is in the final stages and is soon going to be placed before the ministry.

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