What Is the Retirement Age for Indian Defence Personnel?

Retirement Age of Defence Personnel: Army, Navy & Air Force

Retirement is an integral part of one's life. Most people start planning their retirement at least 10-20 years before reaching that age. The Indian defence personnel have different retirement ages based on their ranks and the service they work for in the Indian military.

The army, Navy and Air force are three essential services in the Indian defence system.

  • Air Force Retirement Age for Defence Personnel

The retirement age for Airmen and a branch Commissioned Officer is aged 57. However, the retirement ages for permanent Commissioned Officers are stated below in a tabular format:

Air Chief Marshal

62 years or completion of 3 years of tenure, whichever comes first.

Air Marshall

60 years

Air Vice Marshall

58 years

Air Commodore

56 years for personnel in flying branch and 57 years for personnel in other branches

Group Captain (Select)

54 years for personnel in flying branch and 57 for other branches

Wing Commander and Group Captain (Time Scale)

52 years for personnel in flying branch, 54 years for personnel in ground duty branches other than educational and meteorological branches, and 57 years for educational and meteorological branch

  • Navy Retirement Age for Defence Personnel 

The retirement age for navy officers is stated below in a tabular format:

Chief Petty Officer and below

52 years

Master Chief Petty Officer I and II

57 years

Vice Admiral

60 years

Admiral

62 years or 3 years of tenure, whichever comes first

Rear Admiral

58 years

Commodore / Captain

56 years

Commodore / Captain (Education)

58 years

Lieutenant Commander and below

52 years

Commander

54 years

  • Army Retirement Age for Defence Personnel 

The retirement age for army personnel in various posts, is as follows:

 

General Officer

62 years or 3 years tenure, whichever comes first

Major General

58 years

Lieutenant General

60 years

Colonel

54 years

Brigadier

56 years

Subedar

52 years or 30 years of service

Major Subedar

54 years of age or 34 years of service, or 4 years of tenure, whichever comes early

Naib Subedar

52-30 years of service

Naik

49-24 years of service

Havaldar

49-26 years of service

Sepoy Group X

42-19 years of service

Sepoy Group Y

48 years or 22 years of service

All these personnel have different retirement ages based on their military ranks and uniformed services. For your reference, we have discussed the different retirement ages of defence personnel in this blog.

FAQs about Retirement Age for Indian Defence Personnel

When can an army officer start receiving a retirement pension? up-arrow

The army will start granting retiring pensions to officers who have completed 20 years of service, which is the minimum qualifying service. However, for late entrants, it can be 15 years of service.

Can an individual opt out of service after working for ten years? up-arrow

The Indian army allows individuals to serve in this field as commission officers for ten years. After this commission period ends, these individuals will have two options: opting to be elected for permanent commission and opting out of service. Individuals not elected for permanent commission get the option of 4 years of extension in the service.