Military Capabilities

Indian Army seeking to increase number of officers

21 May 2019

The Indian Army (IA) is planning to launch the Young Leaders Course (YLC) to annually instruct 400 enlisted soldiers into becoming officers.

IA sources told Jane’s that the five months-long YLC, which will start in September and be run by the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai, southern India, will focus on developing the soldiers’ leadership and officer-like qualities. The IA is planning to run two such courses per year.

The training will concentrate on improving the soldiers’ communication, conflict management, decision-making, and English-language skills in addition to military etiquette.

Currently the IA faces a shortage of 7,298 officers, particularly in the ‘fighting ranks’ from lieutenants to colonels.

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