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Recently, a couple of incidents involving army personnel have again raised the issue of moral degradation among the folks from the Services. A retired army officer's son was arrested in Poona a fortnight ago. He was involved in many hacking cases and was a part of an international hacking racket.

It's transpired that his father was in the know of his son's questionable activities since 2003, but he chose to turn a Nelson's eye to his shady deals. One timescale Colonel's name (Col. M Roy) along with his regimental details are now for public consumption as police and cyber crime in Poona, Bombay, Nasik and Delhi have decided to humiliate this 60+ officer for hacking into a writer's inbox and spreading his intimate mails among people, whom he didn't know. Police also got to know that this 'officer' also took the help of his son to hack! His son is with a reputed  IT company (DEL) in Hyderabad.Yet another officer in Nasik has been found to use his wife for promotion and other benefits. There're other similar incidents that have been confirmed by the Defence Ministry. Naval officers using their spouses for scaling higher echelons hit the headlines in 2013 and it's now officially proven, much to the embarrassment of Naval Headquarters. Such occurrences have become too common and because of these blackguards, Army's overall image is seriously and severely at stake. But what could be the reason/s behind this sudden and sharp decline in all the three wings (Army, Navy & Air force) of the Services. A famous defence analyst Maaroof Raza explained this phenomenon in 2012. He argued that nowadays, precisely 1980 onwards, SSB (Service Selection Board) relaxed its stringent rules of selection because of the deficit of officers in the Army. More and more civilians with no concept and value of Service culture, integrity, class, status and honesty began to be included in the fold of Army, much to the chagrin of upright war veterans. The wards of JCOs (Junior Commissioned Officers), NCOs (Non Commissioned Officers) and ORs (Other Ranks) started joining Army as officers. Obviously, they lacked class and integrity. No real war since 1971 roughened the personal and military edges of the Army guys.

A kind of dangerous complacency enveloped them and they started taking their jobs, life and organizational reputation for granted. Napoleon Bonaparte, himself one of the greatest Generals the history of warfare has seen, trenchantly observed that 'Only the worst man is the best soldier.' Now is the time for all of us to realise the import of Napoleon's pithy dictum when the Services is at its lowest ebb in all respects and aspects, thanks to its large number of unethical and extremely corrupt individuals. How can we stem this rot is a million dollar question.

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