Col S.K. Rawla was forced to go in for voluntary retirement. His army pay packet was not
enough to sustain a minimum living standard for his four-member family.
Major Ashish Sonal, Vir Chakra awardee, found career prospects in the army limited. Lack
of a family life was the other major factor that made him leave after just 13 years.
Col D.K. Chakrabarty, brilliant artillery officer, didnt want to languish till the
age of 54 and then look for a job. Despite chances of becoming a brigadier, he quit in
Lt Col K.S. Gopinath, who commanded the 832 Light Regiment, thought hed reached a
plateau after 25 years of service. Better prospects in the private sector made him leave
the army prematurely.
Rawla, Sonal, Chakrabarty and Gopinath arent isolated examples. The number of
officers quitting the army prematurely has been rising every year for the last five years.
The intake has however not kept pace with the vacancies. The result: the Indian army,
according to Maj...