Armed Forces Current Affairs - 2020

Indian Army to implement “ToD”

In order to help the country fight unemployment generated due to COVID-19 and also citing resurgence of nationalism and patriotism, the Indian Army has launched “ToD”. ToD is Tour of Duty. ToD is a three year internship for youths to work as officers and soldiers in the Indian Army

Highlights

ToD is for those persons who do not wish to take defence services as a career, but still want to experience adventure and thrills in armed forces. The Indian army estimates that the budget of one single post under the scheme is to be Rs 80 lakhs to Rs 85 lakhs.

The step will also help address the unemployment crisis created by COVID-19 in the country.

The entry criteria for these candidates are not to be relaxed.

Benefits

The earnings made by the individual under the scheme has been made tax free. Also, these candidates are to be given preferences in public sector jobs and also in post-graduate courses.

It is to be noted that according to the Ministry of Defence, lifetime savings of a soldier who serves for 17 years in the Indian Army is around Rs 11.5 crores.

Significance

The GoI through the initiative also tries to channelize the youths in the country through trained, diligent, disciplined military practices. More corporates are expected to come forward to hire these youths after their 3 years of services with the military.

January 14: Armed Forces Veterans Day

Every year, Armed Forces Veterans Day is celebrated on January 14. The day is being celebrated since 2017. The day was initially called Armistice Day.

Background

The Day began its journey as Armistice Day in order to reflect upon heroism of those who died in country’s service. Armistice Day is celebrated on November 11 all over the world. The first Armistice Day was celebrated on November 11, 1919 marking the anniversary of the end of World War I and celebrating the brave soldiers who were part of World War I. However, in India the day was first marked through a resolution passed by the Congress in 1926.

Why November 11?

The Armistice Day was commemorated on November 11 to mark the armistice that was signed between Allies of World war I and Germany.

Veterans Day

In 1954, the Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day to honour the living legends of all wars. Unlike Memorial Day, on armistice day, the world pays tribute to living veterans who were part of the war.

Armed Forces Veterans Day

The Armed Forces Veterans Day is celebrated from 2017. The fourth Army Forces Veteran Day, 2020 is to be celebrated at National War Memorial. Chief of Army, Chief of Navy and Chief of Air Force will be present in the function.

Why January 14?

Every year, January 14 is marked as Armed Forces Veteran Day as the Field Marshal KM Cariappa, the first Commander-in-chief of Indian Armed Forces retired on the day.