Rid army exams of corruption
From corruption to malfeasance to fake encounters to increasing cases of indiscipline across the country, they give an impression that all is not well with our military establishment. In the Sukhna land scam, a few lieutenant generals who were reportedly involved, were promptly court-martialled, while Adarsh housing scandal revealed the blatant involvement of some in the highest echelons of the army. Dozens of army officers were chargesheeted by CBI in 2015 in the recruitment scam at the prestigious National Defence Academy (NDA), where the complicity of a long chain of persons up to the commandant of NDA, led by his staff officer, has been established. Even the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, which nurtures future officers, has not been spared of corruption as CBI filed cases against three lieutenant colonels in a recruitment scandal involving Grade C&D cadres.
Such instances of manipulation of recruitment processes are disturbing considering that the military is no longer the preferred option for many bright aspirants. A study conducted by the army headquarters sometime ago, about the system of selection for entry into the officer cadre, revealed that a career in military has become less attractive. It’s high time that recruitment in the military is handled by an UPSC-like independent body.