Army is grappling with the maximum shortage of 33,998 personnel, including 9,642 officers.

There are 24,356 vacancies in other ranks (ORs) of the Army, excluding those in the medical and dental research, he told the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.

However, Parrikar noted that 66,502 people were undergoing training as against shortages in the ORs, as on January 1.

Parrikar added the Navy had a shortage of 1,322 officers and 11,257 sailors as on January 31.

In the case of Air Force, there were 152 vacancies as on February 1 and shortage of 5,540 airmen at the end of March 1.

Currently, 6,159 recruits for airmen posts were being trained, Parrikar explained. The number of officer-level vacancies in the Army rose to 9,642 as 2,000 fresh positions were created. Efforts are being made since 2012 to fill up the shortage in Army, he cited.

On the overall shortage in the three services, the Minister exuded confidence that the issue would be completely addressed in 8-10 years.

The major reasons for armed forces personnel seeking premature retirement from defence services include compassionate and medical grounds, among others, he noted.

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