Territorial Army provides a second line of defense with around 50,000 authorized personals. It was originated after the uprising of 1857, when Britishers feel the need of volunteers Army as second line of defense. In the beginning, it consisted of Europeans and Anglo Indians but after World War 1, it was opened for Indians too. Territorial force took an active part in Both World war 1 and 2.Territorial army was raised in 1949 as a Voluntary force which any working personal can chose as a part time affair to serve the nation. They were called only in case of high Internal security or national disasters, in the mean time they use to carry weapon and tactics practices to keep them-self fit and ready.
Territorial army (TA) is further divided into 2 units - Infantry Units and Departmental units. The latter compromises engineer regiments, ONGC engineer units, IOC engineer units, army supply corps battalions, postal regiments, Waste land development force and general hospital TA battalions.
The TA battalions has participated in 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars as also with the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka and won many Gallantry Awards.
Raising Day of Territorial Army7th October
Training in Territorial ArmyInfantry Units
- 4 hours of urban system of training on weekends and holidays
- Recruit training of 32 days in first year
- Annual training of 30-60 days
- Post commission training of 10 weeks
- Recruit training of 30 days in first year
- 30 days of Annual training
- 30 days of post commission training
- Voluntary training
Pay Scale/Salary and other Allowances of Territorial Army(TA) officers
- Pay Scale and allowances are same as Indian Army Officers (Pay Scale of Indian army Officers, Allowances of Indian Army Officers).
- Pension - Only after you complete 20 years of service.
- A special Increment incase you complete 3-5 annual camps.
- Separate Allowances for separate departments like ONGC and IOC.
- Posting on the station of your own Choice.
Location of Territorial Army (TA) units
- TA Group Headquarters, Southern Command - PUNE
- TA Group Headquarters, Eastern Command - Calcutta
- TA Group Headquarters, Western Command - Chandimandir
- TA Group Headquarters, Central Command - Lucknow
- TA Group Headquarters, Northern Command - Udhampur
- TA Group Headquarters, South-Western Command - Jaipur