ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army is recruiting cadets from Balochistan and the Army Selection and Recruitment Center in Quetta has already begun registering interested candidates, official sources said on Friday.
The drive has been launched following directives from the army chief and the army’s Southern Command headquarters has been tasked with ensuring maximum access to candidates.
To facilitate candidates, an Inter Services Selection Board (ISSB) detachment has been established in Quetta, which will recruit eight batches of 45 candidates each.
Selection criteria has been relaxed to encourage people to apply. For consideration, candidates from Balochistan must obtain 45 per cent marks in their FA or FSc examinations. Those who have attended the Pakistan Military Academy’s long course must have scored 55 per cent marks in the course’s final examinations.
Special ISSB preparatory classes have been organised in Quetta under the supervision of the Southern Command. These classes, which will go on for three weeks, will be attended by candidates who passed preliminary tests at the army recruitment centers.
In the past five years, the Pakistan Army has recruited 8,339 people from Balochistan. They have been given a comprehensive remuneration package, which includes free rations, opportunities for higher education and representation of at the international level, as well as an opportunity to perform the Hajj and Umrah.