Younger Fighting Forces for Greater Combat Effectiveness » Indian Defence Review


One of the most important lessons of the Gulf War II, even though not so easily visible on a casual look, concerns the men who fight wars. The battalion commanders in the rank of Lt Colonels, who led the American forces in battle, advancing rapidly across 500 km in two weeks- against stiff opposition and tactics demanding great flexibility, were in their mid-thirties; and the soldiers were in their early twenties. Compare this with the Indian Army’s battalion commanders in their early-forties in the infantry and higher in other arms, and Pakistan’s 35 years! The situation in other services is not very different. The Chinese military used to have commanders in the age brackets of 70s. But as part of the modernisation process they have managed to reduce the average age of senior commanders (equivalent to our three-star rank) to the 50s.

Source: Younger Fighting Forces for Greater Combat Effectiveness » Indian Defence Review

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