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India's military recruitment plan may face challenges, say experts

Concerns remain over potential impact of plan on combat readiness

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new military recruitment scheme, which has triggered violent protests, is a major reform aimed at modernising the military and making it a leaner force in keeping with global trends.

India has around 1.4 million active military personnel, the world's second-largest military force after that of China which has two million, based on the 2022 Global Firepower Index.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2022, with the headline India's military recruitment plan may face challenges, say experts. Subscribe