As many as 4,300 army officers sought premature retirement in the last five years, Defence Minister A.K. Antony told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
He said 1,177 air force officers and 1,096 from the navy also put in their papers during that period. The figures have hovered around the same levels in recent years.
However, the army has maintained that there has been a significant decline in applications for premature release after the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission Report.
“Fewer officers are choosing to quit now because of better salaries and fewer openings owing to the economic slowdown,” a senior officer said on condition of anonymity.
Around 1,600 armymen put in their papers in the last two years, compared to 811 in 2006, 536 in 2005 and 435 in 2004.