Armed Forces
Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, launched the redeveloped Indian Navy's Recruitment website, along with an official App on December 2, 2016. Building upon six years' experience with online applications, the new website will further simplify the process of applying to join the Indian Navy as an officer or sailor. Applicants will need to register on the website and will receive automated opportunity and application-processing alerts. Applications will be made completely paperless within two months of the launch. Notably, applicants in remote places would be able to apply for the Indian Navy utilizing the existing network of 1.45 lakh Customer Service Centres, with whom the Indian Navy has signed an MoU.
On the occasion, the CNS also launched a new Indian Navy mobile App, which will enable citizens-at-large, prospective candidates, serving and retired personnel to keep abreast of the activities of the Indian Navy. The app will also provide wide-ranging information and notifications on activities, training, recruitment, welfare measures, press releases, tenders and much more. The Indian Navy Mobile app is available for download on Google Play Store, App Store and Windows Store.
- Capt DK Sharma
Revamped Navy Recruitment Website Launched
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha reviewing the Guard of Honour at Thiruvananthapuram Airport Technical Area
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Air Staff arrived at Thiruvananthapuram for a two days official visit on November 28, 2016. He was accompanied by Mrs Lily Raha, President Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA). They were received at the Airport by Air Marshal S Neelakantan, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command along with Mrs Uma Neelakantan, President of Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional). During his two-day visit, the Air Chief presided over the Commanders' Conclave of Station Commanders of all the Air Force units in the Southern region held at Southern Air Command.
The CAS during his interaction with the Command Staff and Station Commanders stressed on overcoming various challenges faced by the Indian Air Force while undergoing capability enhancement with modernisation and new acquisitions. While addressing the Station Commanders, he emphasised on the optimization of resources and operational capability. The Chairman COSC and Chief of the Air Staff was presented a Guard of Honour by contingent of Air Warriors on his departure.
- Suresh Sreedharan
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha Visits Southern Air Command
A CME was organised on training of young recruits (Paramedics), Problems, Challenges and Way Ahead on December 2, 2016 at AMC Centre & College, Lucknow. Lt Gen MK Unni, DGAFMS and Senior Col Comdt was the chief guest for the event. The Gen officer emphasised the need for a comprehensive health care system and the importance of training of paramedics in the overall interest of dependent clientele.
Lt Gen Velu Nair, DGMS (Army), and Col Comdt delivered the key note address on issues of importance, namely imbibing benefits of modern technology for paramedical trainees, highlighting the need to enhance awareness for communication skills and empathy amongst todays paramedics. The event witnessed the presence of important dignitaries of the Armed Forces Medical Services including DGMS (Navy), DGMS (Air), DCIDS (Med) and DGHS (AF).
- Maj D Prakash Rao
CME on Training of Paramedics, Problems, Challanges and Way Ahead
In continuation with the organization of a one day seminar on paramedical training, Lucknow based Army Medical Corps Centre & College also hosted the Colonel Commandants Conclave on December 3, 2016. Lt Gen MK Unni, Director General Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS) & Senior Colonel Commandant chaired the Conclave.
Lt Gen Velu Nair, Director General Medical Services (DGMS) (Army) & Colonel Commandant & Lt Gen CS Narayanan, Deputy Chief Integrated Defence Staff (DCIDS) (Medical) & Colonel Commandant were the other two Colonel Commandants in the meeting.
The conclave takes place every year and AMC Centre & College has been the traditional venue for this meeting. The three Colonel Commandants of Army Medical Corps exchanged their views and deliberated upon various issues and decide upon the future course of events to tackle different challenges in times to come.
The Conclave was preceded by an impressive Guard of Honour presented to the DGAFMS and Senior Colonel Commandant of Army Medical Corps Lt Gen MK Unni.
- Gargi Malik Sinha
Colonel Commandants' Conclave held at AMC Centre and College in Lucknow
The Induction Publicity Exhibition Vehicle (IPEV) of the Indian Air Force reached Madurai on December 3, 2016. The vehicle on a five day students' interaction drive, visited Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College. The drive aims at motivating the students to choose the Indian Air Force as a career. A total of 341 NCC Cadets from No. 7 NCC Battalion participated in the event.
A motivational lecture was given by Wing Commander Kinshuk Kumar & Squadron Leader SD Raja which generated a lot of enthusiasm and queries from students on the eligibility criteria and selection procedures in the 'Indian Air Force'. The students were then taken inside the Induction Publicity Exhibition Vehicle (IPEV) which had pictorial displays of various inventories, Air Traffic Control Zones, Experience/information Zone, Flight simulator zone Display of Flying accessories and other gadgets. The exposure to the Induction Publicity Exhibition Vehicle left the students spellbound. They were thrilled with the unique experience to gain first-hand information. The drive conducted by The Indian Air Force at Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College motivated and inspired a lot of young minds to join this elite force.
- T Shanmugam
Student Interaction drive by Indian Air Force at Madurai
Indian Air Force conducted a Recruitment Rally for Male candidates of Gujarat to join as Airmen for Group 'X' (Technical) and Group 'Y' (Non-Technical) Medical Assistant Trades.
The Recruitment Test was conducted at Police Parade Ground, Near Sarpat Gate, Khavda Road, Bhuj from November 24 to 27, 2016 where candidates turned up to join the Indian Air Force as Airmen.
The rally was conducted by 6 Airmen Selection Centre under the aegis of Central Airmen Selection Board. Wing Commander Maheshwar Bhog, Commanding Officer of 6 Airmen Selection Centre and his team were assisted by the district administration and Air Force Station Bhuj for smooth conduct of rally.
A total of 86 candidates have passed the two day testing schedule comprising of a Written Test, Adaptability Test- 1, Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and Adaptability Test – 2. The selected candidates after a detailed medical check up would be enrolled into the Indian Air Force and will proceed for training in their respective trades.
- Wg Cdr Abhishek Matiman
Air Force Recruitment Rally in Bhuj
After their immense contribution towards providing casualty evacuations and air maintenance in J&K sector, the Hovering Hawks once again emerged as saviour angels. On late night of October 15, 2016, Sukhnai near Kishtwar, J&K, a remote village came under the blaze of a major uncontrolled fire and sustained massive loss to nearly all of its 84 hutments housing about 600 souls. The fire is reported to have killed at least 500 animals in cattle sheds and destroyed every home. On receiving the SOS message for undertaking immediate relief missions for Sukhnai, the Hovering Hawks sprung into action. The immediate relief in form of tents, medicines and ration provided by the cheetahs of Hovering Hawks was invaluable. The cheetahs carried out several back to back relief missions in order to provide succour to the helpless villagers. Also, the teams from the civil administration as well as the doctors were rushed to this spot by the Cheetahs.
Hawks flew a total of 18 sorties for 11 hrs 30 minutes providing 1320kg of relief material towards this relief mission.
- Col NN Joshi
Hovering Hawks provide succour to fire razed village in J&K
The trekking expedition taken up by the Army from Sarna Bhadarwah to Kishtwar was flagged in recently at Sarna, Bhadarwah. It was indeed an acid test of troops mental and physical toughness to complete this herculean task in a record time frame. The expedition was flagged off from Bhadarwah on November 1, 2016.
The expedition team consisting of one officer and ten young soldiers explored the remotest parts of Bhadarwah, Kishtwar and Doda covering a total distance of approximate 200 KM in 14 days. The trekking expedition learnt the customs and traditions, explored flora and fauna and analysed the scope of development in the area. The expedition also promoted the message of universal peace and brotherhood. The expedition was beneficial in building mental resilience, physical courage, promote camaraderie and inculcate team spirit amongst the participants.
While addressing the trekking team Brigadier Rohit Nautiyal, Commander Rashtriya Rifles present on the occasion complemented them on successful completion of the expedition covering a hazardous route in given time frame.
- Lt Col Manish Mehta
Army Flags in Trekking Expedition at Bhadarwah
In an attempt to reach out to Army veterans, and create an interactive mechanism, General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, launched a mobile App called "Veterans Outreach App".The App will provide certain specific facilities to Army Veterans & Veer Naris on their android based mobiles.
The App was prepared under the Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV), which functions under the Adjutant General Branch and runs a web portal specifically meant for veterans and Veer Naris called 'Indian Army Veterans Portal" (www.
The Veterans Outreach App has specific features like "Ask a question" and "Locator Services" that enable locating Ex-Serviceman Cells, ECHS Polyclinics, Station Canteens and Sainik Aram Garh's all across the country. The App also facilitates route guidance on a google map to any chosen service facility. A link has also been provided to a "Pension Calculator" on the PCDA (P) web site called 'Suvigyai' which enables a veteran to check his/her pension entitlements.
The App also facilitates "Findings Coursemates" from amongst veterans who are registered on the Indian Army Veterans Portal and thereby enabling them to reconnect with old mates.
- Manoj Tuli
Launch of Veterans Outreach Android App
Army under Sadhbhavana has initiated pilot projects in collaboration with various State Government Training Institutes to provide quality skills to the youth in Rajouri and Poonch district. These projects have been initiated to empower the youth and women in the region to promote employment generation so as to usher in a era of growth and prosperity in the State. "Driving and Vehicle Mechanic Course" at Poonch and Mendhar is one such pilot project which have been short listed after considering the aspirations of the local youth. The courses began on August 22, 2016 and are being conducted under ITIs at Poonch and Mendhar for 15 youth at each location for a period of four months.
The students will be taught driving skills as well as basic vehicle maintenance and repair skills. The course will also educate the students about all the traffic rules and regulations and driving etiquettes. The Army will also assist the students in filling up of forms for obtaining learners license.
The initiative by the Army has been widely appreciated by the locals as well as the civil administration.
- Lt Col Manish Mehta
Army Conducts Driving and Vehicle Mechanic Course for Youth
Three Veterinary Aid and Rural Development Camps were organized at village Battal (Majalta), Dalsar (Ramnagar) and Bashat (Chenani) on November 27, November 29 and December 1, 2016 respectively by the Army in collaboration with Chief Animal Husbandry Officer, Udhampur and experts from College of Veterinary Sciences, Jammu. Besides free Veterinary treatment for the animals, facilities of disease diagnosis, surgical intervention, mass deworming and advise on good animal health management practices to improve the productivity of livestock was given to the farmers. The farmers were also provided with a single window opportunity where they could interact with other Rural Development Departments like Agriculture, Horticulture, Sheep husbandry and Rural Banking.
Large number of farmers and record number of over eleven thousand three hundred livestock including cows, buffaloes, goats, sheep, ponies, mules, poultry and dogs were rendered professional advise and treated in the camps. The camps were highly appreciated by the villagers.
- Col NN Joshi
Army conducts Veterinary Camp