Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on June 14, approved the Agnipath scheme under which the youngsters will be provided with an opportunity to serve in the regular cadre of the Armed Forces.
The Agnipath model envisages the recruitment of personnel below officer rank (PBOR) in the Army, Air Force, and Navy for four years, including six months of training.
The Agniveers will form a distinct rank in the three services, and will also wear a distinct insignia as part of their uniform.
Women will also be inducted into armed forces under Agnipath scheme, added the Navy chief.
The 'Agniveers' will be given a good pay package and an exit retirement package after a service of four years," said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.