December 2007 News

Army Battles Casualties While Fighting Terror In J&K

19 December 2007

Srinagar: Seventeen years of insurgency has claimed more officer casualties than the full scale wars with Pakistan in the post independence era. Up to major general a number more than that lost in all three full- blown wars against Pakistan though the Army has killed more than 15,000 militants and recovered huge cache of explosions. The Army's top brass finds the numbers worrying specially its long-term impact. “Our officers lead from the front that is why we take officers' casualty. Iit is true we face dearth of good and quality officers,” says 34 Rashtriya Rifles, Lt Gen H S Panag. The defense ministry says it is exploring options to have quality replacements. “We have increased the short service commission period from 10 years to 14 years for armed forces medical services so that they serve us for four more years,” says Defence Minister, A K Anthony. While the Army takes pride in leading from the front, it is worried about the death of its officers, as replacement is not that easy. Clearly, battling officer casualties is as much a worry for the Army as the battle against terror itself.


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