The AFHQ is a group ‘B’ service incepted into the government of India in the year 1968. It engages civilian officers in administration roles for integrated services of defence, namely the army, navy, and the air force services.
They are stationed at the ministry of defence headquarters, at headquarters of the defence staff, and in many inter-service organizations functioning under the ministry of defence.
The primary role of these officers is to ensure smooth administration of the integrated services at various designated headquarters.
They are not assigned any roles in technical posts and military combat operations in any of the three defence services. They are actively engaged in activities like civilian services, secretarial level tasks, housekeeping activities, clerical support jobs, and related tasks.
These officers are selected in the normal way as other civil service officers are recruited. Aspiring candidates have to attempt and emerge successful in all three rounds of UPSC civil service examination. Following success in the prelims, mains and the interview round, candidates can check if they are shortlisted in the final list of candidates. Based on individual ranking and other associated factors, candidates can get chosen for this service.
Training offered to selected candidates
Inducted candidates are provided a foundation course at defence headquarters training institute. Here they are giving elaborate training on the service, and in-house specialized modules are created for their learning. They are also given on-job training to help them understand their roles in the service headquarters and other related inter-service organizations.
- Section officers are designated in tasks where they take part in engagements concerning government decision matters.
- They are posted in departments that look after the welfare, work culture of staff members of individual sections.
- They will be involved in engagements that will initiate files for tendering proposals.
- They will be posted in teams at headquarters to study, analyze, and research existing policies at headquarter units.
- Looking after management and administration sections of staff headquarters.
- Performing some and all of the above duties at integrated headquarters of the combined defence services.
- They are sent to various units to discharge their duties as section officers. Some of the common units where they get their posting are staff headquarters, integrated headquarters of the ministry of defence. They may also get higher level postings at integrated staff headquarters of defence services. Apart from this, they have a very vital role to play in inter-service organizations coming under the ministry of defence. The secretariat of the ministry of defence requires the duties of service officers to implement orders passed by the government of India in relevant sections.
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Roles and Responsibilities of AFHQ Officers
- Co-ordination and management of ground staff at headquarters.
- Filed duties like organization, selection, and distribution of work among staff.
- Filing cases, analyzing them, and conducting proper surveys followed by extensive reporting.
- Extending proposals in case of pending cases and reviving them from time to time.
- Performing a full loop by establishing contact and communication with participating clients in cases that are alive and on-going in the present time.
- Systematic collection of worker data, up-gradation, and fool-proof record keeping. Organizing data in software and backing them up from time to time.
- Submitting updates, circulars, and extensive reports to the government.
- Conducting surveys and checks on any underperforming entity and bringing it to the notice of the government.
- Adhering to government rules, regulations, and provisions for record management activities. Implementation of modern day techniques to upgrade document storage and information collection activities. Keeping a high level of automation in data redressal and data retrieval causes.
- Section officers are bestowed with certain powers that allow them to take independent charge whenever there is any legal mismatch in documentation and records.
- At the apex level, the supreme controlling authority is headed by the Joint secretary in association with the Chief administrative officer.
- Under group B assigned roles, they serve in various postings as section officers.
- They also serve as non-gazette assistants under the same group B category.
- Armed forces headquarters civilian officers and staff have different roles from other officers. They have envisaged the task of handling human resource welfare entities like their salary, grade pays, perks, reimbursements, pension facilities, canteen facilities, etc.
- They are envisaged with different roles in the assistant grade level.
- They may be promoted further to positions such as Deputy Director, Joint Director Grades, Director, and principal director grades.
Officers designated as Group B officers via recruitment by UPSC civil service examinations can rise to the cadre of Group A officers too. This requires the promotion of the candidates after they discharge their duties in their respective roles for a minimum of 3 years. Some roles require five years minimum service for promotion to higher levels, and the maximum requirement is fixed at six years for senior scale roles. Thereby, in the career graph of a section officer starting as Group ‘B’ officer, he can steadily climb to Group A cadres.
Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service Pay Scale
The pay scale of AFHQ officers depend on a lot of factors. We present the correct facts below:
|Grade of officer (Both A and B groups are presented)||Band Name/ Name of the Pay Scale Group||Basic Pay scale in INR||Grade Pay|
|Principal Director assigned to (Group ‘A’)||Pay Band-4||Between 37400-67000||INR 10000|
|Director assigned to (Group ‘A’)||Pay Band-4||Between 37400-67000||INR 8700|
|Joint Director assigned to (Group ‘A’)||Pay Band-3||Between 15600-39100||INR 7600|
|Deputy Director assigned to (Group ‘A’)||Pay Band-3||Between 15600-39100||INR 6600|
|Section Officer belonging to (Group ‘B’)||Pay Band-2||Variable pay scale|
(i) Between 9300-34800
On initial appointment
(ii) Between 15600-39100 for Non-functional scale or allotment of Grade pay on completion of 4 years approved service in the cadre
|(i) INR 4800|
(ii) INR 5400 in case of Non-functional Grade Pay scale
|Assistant belonging to (Group ‘B’, Non-Gazette)||Pay Band-2||Between 9300-34800||INR 4600|
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