Wednesday, 6 April 2011

INDIAN TERRITORIAL ARMY

Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) Kapil Dev, Territorial Army

Popularly known as the Citizens' Army, Territorial Army is an organization of gainfully employed Indian citizens who are not professional soldiers but amateurs who have a passion and love for the country and who are eager to contribute their spare time for obtaining military training so that, in the event of a national emergency, they can play their part to meet the internal security needs and contribute their might in the defence of their motherland.
They are recruited, trained and organized like those of the professionals to form a pool of reserves at a very minimum cost. This pool can be mobilized during any form of national emergency to augment the strength of regular forces. Although, Territorials serve for a very limited duration to train themselves as soldiers, most of them attain good professional standards over a period of training and service.
The Territorial Army is an integral part of the Indian Army as defined in paragraph one, chapter one and part one of the Defence Service Regulations which states,
"The army comprises, Regular Army, Regular Reserves, and the Territorial Army."
The Regular Army as per chapter one, paragraph 3 (217xxi) of the Army Act 1950,
"Regular Army means officers, junior commissioned officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and other enrolled persons who, by their commission, warrant, terms of enrollment or otherwise, are liable to warrant, terms of enrollment or otherwise, are liable to Union in any part of the world, including persons belonging to the Reserve Forces and the Territorial Army when called out on permanent service."
The present role of Territorial Army is:
  • To relieve the Regular Army from static duties, assist civil administration in dealing with natural calamities and maintenance of essential services in situations where life of the communities is affected or security of the country is threatened and to provide support to national efforts.
  •  To provide units for Regular Army, as and when, required.
The conceptual framework for the Territorial Army is based on the fundamental idea that it should exist for war-time employment, and should be maintainable at the lowest cost during peace time. The concept encompasses the employment of disciplined, dedicated and a low cost force of gainfully employed citizens from all walks of life to supplement and augment the resources of Regular Army. These citizens on joining undergo a short period of rigorous training, which makes them reasonably competent soldiers. Subsequently, they join units from 14 days to a maximum of 60 days every year for refresher training and to keep in touch with the art of soldiering.


Note:- Article compiled from open sources.
(Published by the team of Territorials)

79 comments:

  1. Dear Major

    If a candidate gets through PIB when would the ssb process start ? time gap between the two? ..Thanks in anticipation

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  2. It is generally two to three months..

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  3. Dear maj. Singh ,

    do we have to wait for the add publish in the employment news paper , or we can send our form any time in the year , if not then plz share us the time schedule to send the form

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  4. TA ad is already out and the last date to send application is 15 June at respective TA Group HQs. Application can be downloaded from the Indian Army website.

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  5. Dear Maj. Singh,

    Could you elaborate on the term gainfully employed? I have just started my own business, so financially i will take some time to be stable enough. Will this hamper my chances of getting selected in TA? Kindly reply.

    Thanks!

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  6. One need to be working in some occupation and you qualify in that regard. So fwd your application before 15 June.

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  7. Hello Mr Singh,

    Can you please let me know when did the add came out and which paper:\?

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  8. Please read the Employment News last issue.

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  9. thank you soo much for your help Maj Singh.

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  10. 15 jun , that's like just 2 more days and i am unable to get hold of employment news, i have also searched the net for online edition if i can buy but cant find anywhere.. in any-case if its 15jun and even i sent the application tom row it wont reach by 15th :( any suggestions.

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  11. 1. Download the form from Indian Army Website.
    2. Fill and submit by hand at respective TA Group HQ.

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  12. thank you for your respone mr singh, got EN 11-17jun vol 11, the ad is not present in this edition, additionally i dont stay near any of the TA Group HQ so seems like i am going to miss this time time. allthought if there was way i could i would for sure.

    by the way which addition has this add come in?

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  13. good news,called up Chandigarh and delhi and they mentioned that the Last date has been extended to 30jun, however they cant confirm that for pune as its depended on each HQ. i would come under pune so is there a way you can confirm that sir.

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  14. I think they must hav extended too. See if u can spk to them.

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  15. HI,

    i would like to apply to joing TA on 2011.is this possible when wil be the next years be opened.

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  16. You will be informed through the blog.

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  17. Dear Surender,
    I am Vishal Tiware a Mechanical Engineer by a profession, aged 23 years, working in B.H.E.L, I would like to join TA, What would be my role in TA as a Engineer? Will i be doing a Job of Engineer? Do they provide the job equal to my qualification? And if i was selected what are the available Regiments for me? Could you please answer IT WOULD BE GREAT HELP :) :)

    Thanks and Regards,
    Vishal Tiware

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  18. Vishal
    You are eligible for Non-Departmental Infantry units only.. Same role as that of infantry and the regiment would be close to your place of work.

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  19. Dear Surender Singh,
    Thanks for your reply.!! Non Departmental Infantry unit means what? What is there role? N can you please elborate Regiment would be close to my place of work means what? N can you please mention name of NOn Deparment Infantries?

    It would be great help, Thank you so much sir for running this kind of blog, I would be informing my all friends in FB to follow up this blog..

    Please do reply for my queiries.


    Thanks and Regards,
    Vishal Tiware

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  20. Dear Vishal
    1. Non Departmental units are for those who are not working with central/ state governments.
    2. Recruitment in TA is zonal in nature i.e. you will be posted to a unit which closer to your place of work.
    2. Almost all regiments of army have non-departmental units. For role of TA, you may refer other articles of my blog.

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  21. Dear Surender,

    Thanks for your reply.
    I read the articles mentioned in blogs , But still utmost thing comes to my mind is..? As a TA officer(ENGINEER) will i be given opportunity for facing war/ Enemy face to face?
    1) TA people do participate in any Regular army operations like war/ambush??

    Thanks and Regards,
    Vishal Tiware

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  22. Dear Surender,
    I am Dr. lal Chand a Physical education tecaher by a profession in , aged 32 years, working in kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan, central government, I would like to join TA, But my English is so poor ?it is possible for me to join TA? Could you please answer IT WOULD BE GREAT HELP

    Thanks and Regards,
    Dr Lal Chand
    PhD in Physical Education
    14 November 2011

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  23. Dear Readers
    1. TA members perform all combat tasks as mandated by the govt. So don't worry on that aspect.
    2. English is no criteria for becoming an officer. Have faith in your attitude and go for it.

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  24. Hatts of to u MAJ.....
    I m lukin forward to join dis TA,
    i will be filling the form very soon before dec 2011, bt i m stuck in same fields to fill the form... like next of kin, name,sign and adress of witness...........

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  25. Can I join the Regular Indian Army through Territorial Army OR is there any chance for me to join Regular Indian Army. I am having a degree and I am 25year and 1 month old. Please do reply

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  26. 1. Do not consider TA as a back door entry for the RA.
    2. For members below 25 yrs and two yrs of service, there are provisions for conversion into RA but not otherwise.

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  27. 1_Can you please mention what are deparmental units? name them few...N what are there role??
    2. Does all the companies related to Central/state government sector will they allow there employee to join Terriorial Army? Is there any rules?

    Can you please answer?

    regards

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  28. Any reply to my above email? please do clarify Surender it would be great help..!! Thanks.

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  29. Respected sir, My name is Bratin Bhowmick, I am post-graduate in Environmental Studies and I am working in a private school as a teacher and my age is 27yrs, & I have N.C.C B & C certificates.Can I have to get permission from my existing employee that I can join TA.In other case if the employee did not allow me such facilities then can I not able to appear for the TA ? Please suggest. Need little information as I am working in private sector. Regards,

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  30. hi frnds i want to know for ta along with the the application we need to send documents copy also or it requires at the time of intervw.

    pls reply

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  31. Dear Major Sing,
    I am C certi hoder and conference out in SSC now working in loss prevention/ security at five star hotel. i would like to join TA. i would like to know the minimum service tenure for TA

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  32. 1. No reservation for NCC certificates in TA.
    2. Departmental units are raised by govt depts and manned by their employees only.
    3. Minimum service in TA is 30-60 days every yr.
    4. for docu with application, pl read my other articles.
    5. For rules on central govt, pl read my article on blog.

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  33. Dear Surender,

    Does all 'Goverment companies allow there employees to join Territorial Army??

    Kindly explain on this? waiting for your reply.

    Thanks and Regards,

    Vishal T

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  34. yes govt is obliged by rules to allow employees. pl refer my article on this blog regarding the same."RULES FOR GOVT EMPLOYEES FOR JOINING TA".
    http://territorials.blogspot.in/2011/08/rules-for-central-government-psu.html

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  35. Dear Surender ,

    I want to know about the permanent comission of TA .What kind of job it is and what is d max period of job in permanenet comission Of TA. I want d whole description abt permanent Comission of TA . Plz Help me on this .....Thanxx & Regards ,

    Akshay .. Plz reply

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  36. dear all..
    pl understand TA is not full time commission. It is only part-time in nature. Kindly read all entries in my blog.

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  37. hello sir
    myself Nikhil Thorat i'm 23 and a commerce graduate i want to know that if i get selected in TA can i still apply for CDS?.....

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  38. Hello sir, I am a 25 year old engineer in the merchant navy. I get around 3-5 months free every year. Is it possible that I can get commissioned in this period of my free time? And how much minimum time would I have to serve every year? Thanks in advance sir.

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  39. Respected Sir,
    I am working in a private firm & gone through SSB thrice in a year. But conference out every time. Sir, i would like to know that is there any relief in physical eligibility like, i have slight knee knock & my carrying angle is 19degree. will i be able to make in the final list.

    Pushkar Singh

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  40. There r no separate standards for TA SSB. Do try again.

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  41. Hi Mr. Singh,

    So far I have understood that this is a part time job and you get salary and other benifts like CSD, medical facility etc only when you are under training or when you are called for some task like natural calamity rescue operation or war etc...

    Rest of time, when you are at home, you don't get paid anything..

    Am I right?

    Also, I live in J&K so does the state govt pays any thing to these TAs?

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  42. Sure Bro... U ll have to check the rules of J&K govt whether they offer any special benefits to TA pers or not. However, many state govts offers that. Haryana govt prominently, u may download it from the Haryana govt website.

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  43. Dear sir
    my date of birth is 1-1-1970 can i apply for it.

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  44. U can apply bro.... cut off age is 42.

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  45. i live in gujarat. which is the unit in state? where is it?

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  46. respected Major surendra, I great thanks for such a nice blog rendering great service to TA volunteers seeking guidance. Could you please tell me that whether I am eligible for joining TA. My age is 35 and working as lecturer in a private University . Academically I am ph.D in american Literature. . Any benefits or losses for the same profile

    Vijay singh

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    1. You can apply. It ll surely add to your profile...

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  47. Hello Surender Singh, Thnx for writing this article on TA. Sir, i want to know i have completed my mtech in may 2013 and i am running a website from last two yr but earning is not so high.. So can i eligible for Territorial army for june 2013 ? please me as soon as possible..

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    1. Surender Singh ji, Can we involve TA permanently in any regiments.. plz reply sir.. and thnx for last answer.

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    2. no.....

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  48. Hello Surender Singh Ji, i wanna ask onething more about this june 2013 notification.. I am goin going to fill up form nd attaching my 10th, 12th, graduation degree photo copies.. is there any other documents need to attach, like income proof or any other.. plz rely me as soon possible.. thnx

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  49. Income, medical and domicile.

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  50. @Surender Singh- Sir when i applied for TA i was self employed and now i am in job in private company.. Please tell me how to get sign the private sector form of employed.. They will not allow to move on TA .. What you say sir ??

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  51. Dear Sir,
    If i got a selection in TA, is there any chance to move for regular Indian Army
    TharunKumar

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  52. Pl read all the comments of this article or how to join the TA.

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  53. Sir
    Is it possible to change from TA to regular army. ???

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    1. Please read full blog with comments.

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  54. Dear Sir,
    can I call you on your personal No.

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  55. helo dear sir, i m satish kumar from punjab, i want to know that i m doing a job as private teacher lecterur in geography, and ncc 'c' cerificiate holder, can m joing the TA, ? or any benefit of ncc 'c' certificate??????? plz reply, or reply on my id 494satish.kumar@gmail.com,,,,,,,,,,, i shal be thankful to you,,

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  56. Dear Maj. Singh,

    Is it possible for a TA personnel to get Permanent Commission in Regular Army if someone is willing to serve full-time.

    Thanks & Regards
    Rahul Kaushal

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  57. Pl read the full blog with comments therein.

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  58. hi bro,may i know that i have my own home tution so does i can apply for this job,bcz i need to know does this come under the self employed,

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  59. Salutes to you sir! I probably have cleared all my doubts reading the entire blog. Thanks to you and all friends bringing up the queries on the table.

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  60. I have cleared the written exam and also appeared for PIB. PIB was a rapid fire question session based on general awareness. Could you please help us understand the significance of PIB and the qualities they look for in an individual. Also what is the probablity of getting a success?

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    1. PIB is an assessment of candidates for them to appear in the SSB. They look for the Officers Like Qualities and how much is potential to finally qualify at the SSB. Success depends on your positive presentation.

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  61. I have undergone Radial Keratotomy for correction of Myopia. Would I be eligible for recruitment as a TA officer??

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    1. I won't be able to answer on the medical aspect. You may consult any army doctor. However the medical standards are same as that of the regular army.

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  62. hi mr singh . My name is salman and i a graduate from DU . I am working with HCl Tech.is it possible for me to get permanent commission in regular army Via TA . I am 23 my date of birth is 30.05.1991

    phone number -9582039510
    msalman0711@gmail.com
    salmanm@hcl.com

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  63. I am afraid you are late. You should have served in the TA for two years and below 25 yrs of age. However one can continue serving in TA based on the requirements of the TA. Pl read full blog articles to know more on this.

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  64. Helo sir
    I m a veterinay graduate.. How I can join ta dept. Or non Dept..

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  65. Hi sir,
    Although territorial army is a par time job but can we work 12 months if we wish or it will depend upon the department.

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    1. Yes you can. Based on organisation requirements.

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  66. You can . Depends on your willingness and the organisation requirements.

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  67. I have only mark-sheet of Graduation, does-not have Certificate, is there any problem in TA recruitment process.

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  68. You need to have the degree certificate.

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  69. Dear Surender,
    My civil employer has raised the issue on relieving for longer embodiment for warlike situation in present scenario and payment of employer's share for Civil pensionary benefit scheme .
    I have submitted all the supporting rules to civil employer but he is not convienced.

    Request fwd me some strong govt rules favouring my interest

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