As per Deptt of Pers & Training, Govt of India

  1. The eligibility of the retired Defence personnel to the status of ex-Servicemen is governed by the definition as        laid down by Department of Personnel and Training. The definition has been undergoing changes from time        to time. The following is the broad categorization:-

                (a) Those released before 01 Jul 68.   Any person who had served in any rank (whether                       as Combatant or not) in the Armed Forces of the Union and has been released there from                        otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency.

               (b) Those released on or after 01 Jul 68 but before 01 Jul 79.   Any person who                        had served in any rank (whether as a Combatant or not) in the Armed Forces of the Union for a                        continuous period of not less than six months after attestation and released there from otherwise                        than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency.

                (c) Those released on or after 01 Jul 79 but before 01 Jul 87.   Any person who                       had served in any rank (whether as a Combatant or not) in the Armed Forces of the Union for a                       continuous period of not less than six months after attestation if discharged for reasons other than                       at their own request or by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or                       inefficiency and not less than 5 years of service if discharged at own request.

                (d) Those released on or after 01 Jul 87.   Any person who had served in any rank (whether                       as a Combatant or not) in the Armed Forces of the Indian Union and was released/retired                       with any kind of pension from Defence Budget or released on completion of specific terms of                       engagement with gratuity otherwise than at his own request or by way of dismissal or discharge                       on account of misconduct or inefficiency.

  2. In addition the personnel of Territorial Army (TA) of the following categories viz. pension holders for        continuous embodied service; persons with disability attributable to military service; and gallantry award        winners retired on or after 15.11.86 and the personnel of the Army Postal Service (APS) who are a part of        the regular Army and retired from such service, i.e. directly from the Army Postal Service itself without        reversion to P&T Department with a pension or who have been released from such service on medical        grounds, attributable to military service or circumstances beyond their control and awarded medical or other        disability pension are also covered within the definition of ex-Servicemen w.e.f.19 Jul 89.

  3. In all cases Recruits are not ex-Servicemen. Armed Forces of the Union means the Army, Navy and Air Force of       the Indian Union including Armed Forces of the former Indian States but excludes the persons who have       served in Defence Security Corps, General Reserve Engineering Force, Lok Sahayak Sena and Para Military       Forces (PMF).

  4. The eligibility of the person to the status of ex-Servicemen will be governed by the definition in vogue at the       time of his discharge and will not be affected by the changes in the definition subsequent to his discharge.

   As per Punjab Recruitment of Ex-servicemen Rules 1982 as amended

  "Ex-servicemen"   means a person who has served in any rank, whether as a combatant or a non-combatant,      in the Naval, Military and Air Forces of the Union of India (hereinafter referred to as the Armed Forces of the      Union of India), and who has,-

  • retired or released from such service at his or her own request after earning his or her pension; or
  • has been released from such service on medical grounds attributable to military service or circumstances beyond his control and awarded medical or other disability pension;or
  • been released, otherwise than on his own request, from such service as a result of reduction in establishment;, or
  • been released from such service after completing the specific period of engagement otherwise than at his own request or by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, and has been given a gratuity; But does not include a person who has served in the Defence Security Corps, the General Reserve Engineering Force, the Lok Sahayak Sena and the Para Military Forces, but includes personnel of the Lok Sahayak Sena of the following categories, namely:-
    • Pension holders for continuous embodied service.
    • Persons with disability attributable to military service; and
    • Gallantry award winners.
        Explanation:- The persons serving in the Armed Forces of the Union who on retirement from service             would come under the category of 'Ex-serviceman' may be permitted to apply for re-employment one year             before the completion of the specified terms of engagement and avail themselves of all concessions             available to Ex-servicemen but shall not be permitted to leave the uniform until they complete the specified             terms of engagement in the Armed Forces of the Union.

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