Dissuasive deterrence is just words. There's a reason why we didn't cross IB in 1999. Without modern gear our armed forces is all but a burden. Unable to hold out against an even enemy.Our doctrine and posture is one of
That is let the enemy start a conflict, but he will pay much more in terms of men and material
And now with LAC becoming another financial burden because of all year deployment , we need more resources
So if this scheme saves money ,well and good
But there are many loose ends still left to be tied
The first question is that will there be any takers amongst the youth
We shall soon see the answer in recruitment rallies
Ex-servicemen bodies have criticised Agnipath - the government's scheme to induct youth into armed forces on a four-year contract basis - saying that it would affect ethos of the country's defence establishments. Ex-servicemen associations in Punjab and Haryana called Agnipath "an experiment"...www.deccanherald.com
I again urge you to go and read about the resources US needed to get to take care of Iraq. And mind it Iraq without an Airforce and a Navy.
And compare 1990 US led coalition vs 2020 IA and 1990 Iraqi force vs Pak Army.
Forget about China that's another level.
As for people wanting to join Army, 25% will still get permanent commision. 75% will still get preference in CAPFs, State Police Forces, and Railways.
The only person who will be dissatisfied is one who just wants a government job.