This is coolbert:
War is a game for young men!
PENSIONS FOR RETIRED MILITARY PERSONNEL ABSORB 25 % OF THE INDIAN MILITARY ANNUAL BUDGET! TOO MUCH! A LONG-TERM SOLUTION HAS BEEN FOUND?
From Reuters through yahoo.com the story by Devjyot Ghoshal June 14, 2022.
"NEW DELHI (Reuters) -India's military is overhauling its recruitment process for personnel below officer rank, aiming to deploy fitter, younger troops on its front lines, many of them on shorter contracts of up to four years, defense officials said on Tuesday."
"Soldiers have been recruited by the army, navy and the air force separately and typically enter service for a period of up to 17 years for the lowest ranks."
"Under the new system, men and women between the ages of 17 and a half and 21 will be brought into the armed forces, many of them for a maximum four-year tenure."
And the response has been:
From Gravitas | Jun 17, 2022 reported by Palki Sharma.
"Trains were burnt and highways blocked as Indian youth protested the government's new military recruitment scheme. What explains the opposition to Agnipath? Is it time for Indians to rethink their obsession with government jobs? Palki Sharma tells you."
With the seventeen year enlistment [?] you are guaranteed a pension after retirement. That is big in India. With the four year contract, no pension after your enlistment for the limited period ends.
An enormous savings in long-run but as perceived by Indian youth a slap-in-the-face. Government work of whatever type with pension highly sought after in India.
Go see the embedded Gravitas video. Narrated by Palki Sharma.
Younger men anyhow make better soldiers? In the sense they are more physically fit and lacking familial ties of wife and children. A "game" for young men.