Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, addressed the Service Selection Board (SSB) aspirants, in the newly launched Young Leaders Training Wing, on Monday morning and said that the army faces a challenge from India’s neighbours in the north and west, which is the reason why the Indian army needs good leadership. Reiterating the importance of the responsibilities given to junior and middle-level leaders he said that the young army members need the zeal to represent India. Talking about the new institute to help the soldiers qualify as commissioned officers he asked them to not think of reappearing for the SSB exams but motivated them to clear the exams in the first attempt itself. He also explained how the soldiers fail to qualify for SSB which results in a lack of good leadership.
Speaking at the inauguration of young leaders training wing at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai, Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat explained the importance of good leadership and pressure on India because of bad relationships with neighbouring countries. He said, “The soldiers should not think of reappearing for the exams if they fail once. They should put in their best effort to qualify in the first go. Our army has a lot of challenges, we don’t have a good relationship with the countries on the west and north of India, especially the west. It’s important that our leaders can take our army ahead. Our junior and middle-level leaders should have the zeal to face challenges. There is no runner-up in a war, there are only losers and winners. If you want to be victorious you need a good leader, similarly, even we want the leaders who can motivate a pact. If a leader says. ‘Follow Me’ the group feels secured, if they ask the group to go ahead, then he has failed. Thus, we need good leaders and I’m confident that with the inauguration of young leaders training wing is a beginning that will see the future course of the emerging leadership of our Indian army.”
Adding to the reason why the training wing was started General Rawat said that, “Many soldiers these days want to get into the army service because they are helpless, or they have some problem in the family. Some only join the army because they don’t want to be unemployed. All of this, after scrutiny, leads to the induction of only a few people into the army. This is because not every aspirant is eligible enough. Many take basic training for the air force and navy and come to serve as officers in a higher position in the army. After this situation, we started wondering about any problems that the army may have. That is why we have opened our own training academy so that after passing the written test, soldiers can qualify for SSB and become soldiers.”
Young Leaders Training Wing has been established inside the premises of the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai. It focuses on developing communication, leadership and team-building skills in soldiers. The first batch of 200 soldiers started training at the institute from September 16 for a period of five months. There are plans for catering to two such courses in a single year. A core team of 10 officers will form the instructional nucleus of the Wing. An internal study of the Army had found that there is an overall shortage of 41.4% in the intake of soldiers as officers.