All rank & file are for com­bat: Army

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

The Army on Thurs­day clar­i­fied that all its per­son­nel are re­cruited for com­bat and none of its rank and file can refuse post­ing in field ar­eas or on bor­ders on the pre­text of work­ing only as the non-com­bat­ant cadre.

“It was never in dis­pute that all arms and ser­vices are com­bat­ants. Hence, at no stage has the Army re­ferred to Ser­vices Units be­ing non-com­bat­ant Units,” the army said.

The clar­i­fi­ca­tion came in the light of some Army Ser­vice Corps (ASC) per­son­nel as­sert­ing in the just­con­cluded Army Com­man­ders Con­fer­ence that they are non-com­bat­ants and so they should not be con­sid­ered for post­ing in field ar­eas.

The Army also re­ferred to its af­fi­davit in the Supreme Court that the force per­forms its role in war and peace as a whole and not in iso­lated com­part­ments, with des­ig­nated role and func­tions of each ser­vice.

It said the Army’s con­sis­tent stand dur­ing lit­i­ga­tion has been that “Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cers (COs) of ASC, Ord­nance and Elec­tron­ics and Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neers (EME)” ba­si­cally play the role of main­tain­ing log­i­cal sup­port to the com­bat ser­vices while they are “not re­quired to largely re­main in con­tact with front line forces where ma­jor com­bat may take place dur­ing op­er­a­tions”.

It was fur­ther ex­plained that to boost strength es­sen­tial in the Line of Con­trol, Low In­ten­sity Con­flict, Counter In­sur­gency and Counter Ter­ror­ist en­vi­ron­ment a num­ber of of­fi­cers, JCOs and other ranks from com­bat sup­port arms and lo­gis­tic units are posted on ten­ure ba­sis in in­fantry (Counter In­sur­gency/ Counter Ter­ror­ist units). It said this also pro­vides much nec­es­sary op­er­a­tional ex­pe­ri­ence to th­ese of­fi­cers, JCOs and other ranks and their per­for­mance in such roles has been note­wor­thy.

The Army clar­i­fi­ca­tion came af­ter some Army Ser­vice Corps (ASC) per­son­nel as­serted that they are non-com­bat­ants.

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