Army Commanders brainstorm on making force leaner and meaner, combat ready for the future


Indian Army’s top leadership are deliberating on several issues including operational, administrative, logistics and human resources at the Army Commanders’ Conference which started on October 9 and will continue till October 15, 2018, in New Delhi. The six-day conference presided over by General Bipin Rawat will see the seven Army Commanders and the vice chief of the Indian Army discuss and analyse important studies that have been ordered to meet future operational challenges.

“As part of the conclave, commanders and directorates at Army Headquarters will in a collegiate deliberate on important studies that have been ordered to meet future operational challenges. There are four studies examining operational and optimizational issues of Army and the headquarters as also human resources management aspects. These studies aim to improve the teeth to tail ratio, with the purpose of strengthening the structures within the Army, to make it combat ready for the future,” said a press release by the Ministry of Defence.

The Indian Army has been working on several reforms keeping in view the rapid technological advances in the field of combat. The primary focus of the Army in recent times has been to improve the teeth to tail ratio (number of soldiers ready for combat compared to those who are in the supporting and logistical roles). General Rawat and top commanders have been discussing ways to make the force “leaner and meaner”, which included carrying out an extensive organisational restructuring and downsizing of the force to ensure that the force is ready for future challenges.

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