Casualties of Soldiers 


The details of defence personnel killed in different operations / encounters during the last four calendar years are as under:-

Year Army Navy Air Force
Officers PBOR Officers Sailor Officers Airmen
2014 02 27 02 06 07 06
2015 02 48 02 Nil Nil Nil
2016 06 59 Nil 01 04 13
2017 05 34 Nil Nil 06 07


The Government takes all necessary measures for the protection of the Forces and minimization of risk factors on a continuous basis. The broad measures taken include upgration of security infrastructure and intelligence capabilities, refinement of operational drill and response mechanism, equipping the forces with state-of-art weapon, equipment and surveillance devices, medical support and quick casualties evacuation mechanism. Measures also include provisioning of bullet proof jackets. The details of bullet proof jackets procured in last three calendar years are as under:-

2015 2016 2017
Army* Nil 50,000

(on GSQR 878)

Air Force 4884 2442 Nil
Navy Nil Nil Nil

* A contract has been signed on 9th April, 2018 for Capital Procurement of 1,86,138 bullet proof jackets through ‘Buy’ (Indian) route for Army.

The details of number of incidents of suicide in the defence forces during last four years, Force-wise & year-wise are as under:-


Year Army Navy Air Force
2014 84 04 24
2015 78 03 15
2016 104 06 19
2017 74 05 21


Various steps have been taken by the Armed Forces to create healthy / appropriate environment for their Officers and Other Ranks and to improve their morale. Some of these steps are as under:-

  • Provision of better quality of facilities such as clothing, food, married accommodation, travel facilities, schooling, recreation etc. and periodic welfare meeting.
  • Conduct of yoga and meditation as a tool for stress management.
  • Training and deployment of psychological counsellors.
  • Institutionalization of projects ‘MILAP’ and ‘SAHYOG’ by Army in Northern & Eastern Command to reduce stress among troops.
  • A ‘Mansik Sahayata Helpline’ have been established by Army & Air Force to take professional counselling.
  • Mental Health Awareness is provided during pre-induction training.
  • Formation of Military Psychiatry Treatment Centre at INHS Asvini and establishment of Mental Health Centres in Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Kochi, Port Blair, Goa and Karwar.


The details of strength of Officers in the three Armed Forces (excluding medical and dental), force-wise are as under:-

Service Authorised Strength Held Strength Shortage

(As on 1.1.2018)

49933 42635 7298

(As on 1.7.2018)

11352 9746 1606
Air Force

(As on 1.7.2018)

12584 12392 192


This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri P.L. Punia in Rajya Sabha