The Indian Air Force has released details of the 'Agnipath' recruitment scheme for enrollment in the Indian Armed Forces. As part of the enrolment process, each 'Agniveer' will be required to formally accept all terms and conditions of the AGNIPATH Scheme.
As per the official release, post the period of four years, all Agniveers will go back to the society. However, based on organisational requirements and policies promulgated by the IAF, Agniveers who have exited will be offered an opportunity to apply for enrolment in the IAF in the regular cadre.
The skills gained by each Agniveer will be captured in a certificate to form part of his resume. These applications will be considered by a centralised board in a transparent manner and not more than 25% of the strength of the specific batch of original Agniveers will be enrolled in the IAF based on performance during their four-year engagement period as Agniveers.
Agniveers will not have any right to be selected for further enrolment into the Armed Forces. Selection will be the exclusive jurisdiction of the government. The enrolment as airmen into the regular cadre of the Indian Air Force except for Medical tradesmen, will be available only to those personnel who have completed their engagement period as Agniveers.
Eligibility: 'All India' All Classes'.
Age Limit, Educational Qualification, Physical Standards: Eligible age will be in a range from 17.5 years to 21 years. Other educational qualifications and physical standards would be issued by the Indian Air Force.
Medical Standards: Agniveers will have to meet the medical eligibility conditions laid down for enrolment in the IAF as applicable to respective categories / trades. No permanent Low Medical Category Agniveer will be eligible for continuation of his engagement after being placed on Medical Category.
Employability: Agniveers enrolled under this entry are liable to be assigned any duty in organisational interest, at the discretion of the IAF.
Uniform: To encourage and recognise dynamism of youth, a distinctive insignia will be worn by Agniveers on their uniform during their engagement period.
Honours and Awards: Agniveers will be entitled to honours and awards, as per extant guidelines governing the subject for the IAF.
Training: On being enrolled, individuals will be imparted military training based on organisational requirements.
Assessment: IAF will endeavour to maintain a centralized high-quality online database of Agniveers' and will follow a transparent common assessment methodology. An objective assessment system to ensure fair and impartial assessment will be introduced. Skills attained by Agniveers will be systematically recorded. Broad guidelines will be framed before appointment of the first batch of Agniveers and the same along with any subsequent changes would be circulated.
Leave: Grant of leave will be subject to exigencies of the organization. The following leave may be applicable for Agniveers during their engagement period- Annual Leave. 30 days per year. Sick Leave. Based on medical advice.
Medical and CSD Facilities: For the duration of their engagement period in IAF, Agniveers will be entitled for medical facility at Service Hospitals as well as CSD provisions.
Release at own Request: Release at own request prior to completion of engagement period will not be permissible for Agniveers except in exceptional cases, with approval of the Competent Authority.
Pay, Allowances and Allied Benefits: Individuals enrolled under this Scheme will be paid an Agniveer package of Rs. 30,000 per month with a fixed yearly increment. In addition, Risk and Hardship, Dress and Travel allowances will be paid.
There is compensation for death. The death for the purpose of provision of financial benefits to Agniveers will be categorized as follows:
(a) Category X: Death due to natural causes neither attributable to nor aggravated by military Service during the engagement period.
(b) Category Y: Death due to causes which are accepted as attributable to or aggravated by military service or due to accidents/mishaps in the performance of duties including training during the engagement period.
(c) Category Z: During the engagement period, death due to acts of violence/attack by terrorists, anti-social elements, enemy, during border skirmishes/war/peace keeping operation/aid.
For details, visit the official website of the Indian Air Force.