In an e-mail to the Indian Army, Indian industrialist Anand Mahindra has supported the proposal of the Indian Army to allow the youth to serve the military for three years under a new “Tour of Duty” (ToD) model. Anand Mahindra said that the exposure would give them an “added advantage” in the next workplace they choose, people familiar with the matter.
Mahindra said his group would be happy to consider the candidature of ToD optees for corporate jobs. The ToD model is similar to the short-service commission that allows officers to serve the armed forces for 10 to 14 years.
The email read, “I recently learnt that the Indian Army is considering a novel proposal, the ‘Tour of Duty’. The young, fit citizens of India will get an opportunity to gain operational experience in the Army both as soldiers and officers through this voluntary three year-programme.”
“I definitely think military training will be an added advantage for Tour of Duty Graduates as they enter the workplace. In fact, considering the rigid standards of selection and training in the Indian Army, the Mahindra Group will be happy to consider their candidature,” Mahindra wrote in an e-mail.