Half of Army Under Stress, Says Military Think Tank

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“Prevailing Stress Levels in Indian Army due to Prolonged Exposure to Counter Insurgency Environment” 

New Delhi: Indian Army loses scores of its personnel to suicides, fratricides and untoward incidents every year and in the past two decades, there has been a significant increase in their stress levels, a survey has revealed.

“At present, more than half of the Army seems to be under severe stress…. this is due to operational and non-operational reasons,” say the findings of the country’s leading think tank, United Services Institution (USI), which is compiling a book from the outcome of a seminar “Prevailing Stress Levels in Indian Army due to Prolonged Exposure to Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorism Environment”, which it had organised in October 2020, according to a report published by The Tribune on Friday.

Excerpts of the same have been put up on the USI website under ‘strategic perspectives’ for the period October-December 2020.

Among the JCOs and jawans, the study identifies reasons, including delay and denial of leave, excessive engagements, domestic problems, humiliation by seniors, lack of dignity, unreasonable restrictions on the use of mobiles, lack of recreational facilities, conflict with seniors as well as subordinates, health problems, inadequacy of train reservation, inefficient administrative support, financial problems, lack of transparency in promotions, delay in crediting of financial claims and poor quality of rations. “There is a need to remove all shortcomings at the earliest.” says the study, according to the report.

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