Army Rolls Out Agnipath Scheme; Recruitment Begins July 2022

| Updated: June 20, 2022 2:37 pm

Even as protests and promises continue amid a controversy over the Agnipath defence recruitment policy, the Indian Army has issued a notification for the first round of recruitment. Registration for the recruitment begins July 2022, it announced.

On Monday, the recruitment announcement was finally made. The same day that protestors called for a Bharat Bandh and over 300 trains stood cancelled in protest.

“In the next 4-5 years, our intake will be 50,000-60,000 and will increase to 90,000-1 lakh subsequently. We’ve started small at 46,000 to analyse the scheme…and to build up infra capacity. Our intake of Agniveers will go up to 1.25 lakh in the near future,” stated Lt Gen Puri at a press conference Sunday. Addressing the press meet, Air Marshal S K Jha said, “Agniveer batch 1 registration will start from June 24 and from July 24, phase 1 of the online examination process would start. Training would commence by December 30.”

As for the Army, Lt Gen Bansi Ponappa said a draft notification on the hiring will be issued on Monday. In all, 83 recruitment rallies would be organised across the country. Vice Admiral Dinesh Tripathi said the first batch of naval recruits — both male and female — would join training  by November 21. In the first batch, 3,000 Agniveers will be inducted into the Navy, of whom 20% would be women, said sources.

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