Men who faced brunt of Pathankot terror

We profile the Defence Security Corps, who lost five personnel in the terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Updated: January 5, 2016 1:48:10 am
pathankot, pathankot attack, pathankot air base attack, pathankot martyr, pathankot operations, pathankot news, punjab news india news, latest news The inconsolable family of Hony. Capt Fateh Singh upon the arrival of his body at his native Jhandha Gujjaran village in Gurdaspur district. (Source: Express photo by Rana Simranjit Singh)

Who are the Defence Security Corps (DSC)?

The DSC was founded on April 25, 1947, in Uttar Pradesh, as the Defence Department Constabulary Centre. It is made up of superannuated Army, Air Force and Navy personnel, who are re-employed in the DSC subject to their fulfilling eligibility criteria. The DSC’s current strength is around 32,000; it is the Army’s sixth largest corps. The DSC initially had police titles and badges of ranks, which were replaced with military titles and badges in 1948. Personnel have ranks from Sepoy to Honorary Captain.

What is the role of the DSC?

Primarily to guard defence installations and civil establishments of the Army, Air Force and Navy from any sort of pilferage, sabotage or attack. DSC security cover is provided as per specific sanction from the government. DSC personnel are armed, and equipped and trained by the Centre to deal with a range of situations. The Army contributes 75 per cent of DSC personnel, 24 per cent are ex-Territorial Army, and 1 per cent are from the Navy and Air Force.

What are the eligibility criteria for getting into DSC?

Aspirants must have at least five years of colour service in the Army, Air Force or Navy. Territorial Army personnel must have at least three years of service experience with attendance in at least seven Annual Training Camps. A “very good” or “exemplary” character at the time of discharge is mandatory. Aspirants’ medical condition should be “Shape-1” at the time of applying. For Soldier General Duty, the age limit is 48 years on the date of screening, and for Soldier Clerk, it is 50. There are also minimum education qualifictions. Screening for DSC enrolment, and medical screening are sometimes conducted during recruitment rallies. A serving personnel can also apply for re-employment into DSC six months prior to his retirement.

What is the procedure for DSC posting/transfers?

Generally, postings are routed through the commands. A home command posting is considered only on completion of a posting outside the own command.

What are the benefits/salaries?

Besides basic pay, grade pay, military service pay and other benefits, the DSC are also entitled to draw military pension and retain Death-cum-Retirement Gratuity. They are also entitled to second service pension and DCRG if they serve in DSC for 15 years or longer.


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