Well..Vats..I had chat to three serving JWO's serving in IAF ..all of them my school friend's fathers+ 1 friend who is again in IAF ...all of them agreed that ..yes...a partiality exists in IAF flavoring pilots IN EVERY aspect of their policies...referring to hashimara ..they told me what they knew was..it is a very far off base ..basically to isolate the techies..they for some time ..were posted there ...one of my uncles unit including him ..even refused his salary during those times ....although ..in the end ..all of them asked me to to go for SSC rather then PC...so that i case i got fed up ..i can leave without anyfuss.....thes\ solution seem ok until below happened....
One of my friend was in RR for his medical appeal ..where he met an NDA guy whose was there for the same reason ...accompanied by his father who was a senior army officer . dat man told him dat in AF flying branch officers r treated far superior than other officer..unlike NAVY or ARMY ... i quote him as my friend told me " even their rations are different , early promotions , more respect . others are treated like schedule castes..(as per his words)....the feeling of getting recommended has gone for a six these days !!!
There is no scheme as such for the early promotion
of anybody in IAF, it doesn't matter who you are, all the officers of (different branches) same batch goes on to pick the next higher rank at the same time. This is valid till Wg Cdr, after which the promotions are ACR as well as vacancies based. As you can guess in a Flying Station there is hardly one/two Education Branch officer , a couple of ATC officers but a dozen or so of flying branch officers. It is but obvious that the higher ranks you go the branch having lesser number of Officers have lesser vacancies at the top.
But the matter does not end here, even in flying branch the increasing order of opportunities at higher rank is probably Navigation-> Transport -> Helicopters -> Fighters , the reasoning similar to above. But the glass ceiling of CAS being always from fighter stream was broken by ACM FH Major(Helicopter pilot), maybe some day a transport pilot will hold this post(slim chances though).
Recently Air Commodore Rohit Verma (PD at NFTC) put in his papers since he was overlooked for promotion. So if an Officer at his level could not be promoted, you could figure out how the pyramid narrows down at the senior ranks.
For the people joining defense forces, all will have a different motivation and justification for their choice, take the case of officers in IAF :- One will want to be a pilot for the "action" and the respect. One would want to be in logistics/administrative/meteorology and similar branches for the "smooth" 7am-2pm job.
But of course a pilot is taking more risk and definitely slogging more than the counter-parts from other branches, he would want more respect. Now to further this logic a Fighter pilot who graduates from TPS and becomes a Test Pilot
would want more respect from normal fighter jocks who would wants more respect than a helicopter and transport pilot
. And all three of which would want more respect than the Navigators
, so this chain continues down...
So the moral of the story is that join a Service and a branch in the service for what it offers and not for what it does not.
In IAF each and every
branch have their pros and cons, a fighter pilot is not enjoying everything in the world, he has to make sacrifices in form of normal operating risks of flying, hectic and unsure lifestyle for the kind of flying they require, initial postings can be quite difficult for the family wrt kids etc etc.