Army defers key annual promotion exam amid LoC tensions
Army sources said the exam has been postponed as forward positions along the de factor border are commanded by young captains and majors who cannot be spared at this critical juncture. Leave restrictions are already in place.Updated: Oct 15, 2016 21:09 IST
The army has deferred a crucial annual promotion exam for young commanders for two months, amid rising tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) following the September 29 surgical strikes against terror shelters in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).
Army sources said the exam has been postponed as forward positions along the de factor border are commanded by young captains and majors who cannot be spared at this critical juncture. Leave restrictions are already in place.
The exam, known as Part D in army parlance, will now be conducted from December 24-29 instead of October 19-24. Spread over six days, it tests the knowledge of officers in areas such as military history, current affairs, military law, administration and tactics.
Officers can’t be promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel until they clear the Part D exam. They are promoted to lieutenant colonel after completing 13 years of service.
The directorate general of military training issued a letter on October 14 informing all army commands across the country about the re-scheduling of the exam. However, it only mentioned “amendment in schedule” without listing out any reason.
A senior officer said the exam was deferred as young officers hadn’t had time to prepare for it, given the level of activity in forward areas.
The army’s Special Forces destroyed seven terror launchpads and inflicted heavy casualties on terrorists in the cross-border strike, India’s first direct military response to the Uri attack that left 19 soldiers dead.
The army is on its highest alert level to deal with a counter-offensive from Pakistan and the possibility of a flare up has been factored in the force’s contingency plans.