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Indian Air Forces recruits Male Pilots under the Short Service Commission (SSC)
The Indian Air Force’s recent decision to recruit male pilots under the short service commission (SSC) appears to have paid off.
All vacancies for male flight cadets under the SSC route at the Air Force Academy (AFA), Dundigal (close to Hyderabad) have been fully subscribed. Of the batch of 130 flight cadets undergoing training at the AFA, 20 are hoping to become pilots through the SSC route.
The 75-year-old Air Force, which already accepts female cadets under the SSC as lady officers, including for ground duties and as transport and helicopter pilots, has until now (with a brief exception between 1990-95) only permitted male cadets to join under the ‘permanent commission’ in the flying branch.
Under the Terms of Engagement/ cadets joining the flying branch through the SSC have to be graduates and will serve for 14 years with no extension.
While they can vie to become transport or helicopter pilots it is highly unlikely that they will be considered for the fighter stream. (Currently, the Air Force does grant SSC to male cadets in the technical and ground duty branches.
But under the Terms of Engagement, they will have to serve for 10 years with an extension of five years dependent on their performance, inclination and the Air Force’s requirements.
Thereafter, the SSC officer has the option of serving for another five years or retiring at the age of 40 whichever is earlier. Also, women pilots are only granted an SSC.)
The Air Officer Commanding in Chief of Headquarters Training Command, Air Marshal Gurnam Singh Chaudhry, told The Hindu that the decision to accept pilots under the SSC would help the Air Force “have the requisite number of officers in the lower ranks.”
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