The Army Ordnance Corps (AOC) celebrated its 243rd Corps Day on 08 April 2018 during a solemn ceremony organized at the ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’. Director-General of Ordnance Services Senior colonel commander Lt Gen Giri Raj Singh laid a wreath on behalf of all ranks and civilian employees of the AOC and paid homage to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country.
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What is Army Ordnance Corps?
The AOC is responsible for providing material and logistical support to the Indian Army and, if needed, to the Navy and Air Force throughout war and peace. The materials include everything needed by the troops ranging from clothes to weapons as well as tanks, missiles, etc., except fuel, fodder, and medicines that are maintained by the Military Service Corps, the Military Farms Service/Army Remount and Veterinary Corps and the Army Medical Corps severally.
History of Army Ordnance Corps (AOC):
Being one among the oldest formations of the Indian Army, the history of the Indian Army Ordnance Corps dates back to the fifteenth century. The British East India Company had established it for their logistical requirements.
Owing to British people’s troop’s expansion in India, in 1775, a Board of Ordnance was established beneath Bengal Presidency. As the number of British troops increased, Special Ordnance Commission was appointed in 1874 creating a centralized system of Ordnance factories in India in 1884, after ten years.
By the second world war, the Indian Army Ordnance Corps (IAOC) expanded quickly from ten to seventy-seven installations in just six years. After India became a republic in 1950, the corps was rechristened as the Army Ordnance Corps (AOC) dropping the prefix Indian.
How To Join Army Ordnance Corps (AOC)?
For Jawans, joining the AOC is through direct recruitments/rallies held on an everyday basis by the military. For Officers, they’re commissioned into AOC solely after they’re graduated from the respective coaching academies based on performance and merit within the academy.
The AOC center is located in Secunderabad. It’s the coaching academy of the corps and is responsible to impart training to the ordnance corps personnel. With the exception of military training, the personnel also are trained in numerous types of repair works, ancillary trades like carpentry, tailoring, saddlery, driving, etc.
The AOC contains a glorious legacy and has evolved through the times to provide seamless logistics support to the army. The Corps is currently going through a transformative period of modernization with path-breaking use of information technology to usher in an era of absolute visibility of inventory.