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What is the Army Welfare Placement Organisation?


The Army is the best source of skilled manpower, right across the board. Each year, thousands of highly trained Officers, covering Short Service Commissioned Officers and Women Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Jawans leave the Service and are keen for a second career. Army Personnel guarantees all direction high standards. They are reliable, self-motivated and committed individuals with extensive specialist training and a ‘can do’ attitude.

The Army Welfare Placement Organisation (AWPO) is a welfare organization of the Indian Army which is operating under Adjutant General’s Branch of Integrated HQ of Ministry of Defence (Army). It was set up in May 1999 to assist retiring / retired Army personnel in seeking avenues for suitable jobs in civil as second career options. This set up is in addition to, yet independent of, the Directorate General Resettlement (DGR).

The current set up of Army Welfare Placement Organisation has a network of Placement Nodes (PNs) and Placement Cells (PCs). Twelve APNs have been set up at different stations across India where good employment opportunities exist  These Nodes undertake all functions including registration, placement, and business promotion activities.

To cater for wide dispersal of ex-Army personnel and to give a bigger reach to AWPO, forty-six PCs have also been established at the Regimental Centres and Formation Headquarters to help army personnel in registering with APA without difficulty.  This feature also enables Regimental Centres and formations to undertake placement assistance activities in real time and cut down on processing delays. Even though the major role of APSNs is registration of candidates, these also undertake placements, where feasible.

AWPO website is an interactive portal which was established by Chief of the Army Staff on 28 Jun 2005. It gives vast opportunities for both, the ex-Army personnel on the lookout for jobs as well as the employers, who look for trained and disciplined human resource. The website enables online registration for candidates and employers, features to download APA Registration Forms, real-time management of a database of candidates, employers and jobs on offer, panel creation of eligible candidates based on QR of jobs and, a large number of other facilities like reports generation and transaction details.

The Army Welfare Placement Organisation Offers to Employers:

  • Extensively trained and experienced trade and professional specialists.
  • Experienced senior and middle-level managers (enveloping women) with highly developed personal skills, used to taking decisions and managing budgets.
  • Reliable and skilled individuals with team leadership traits equipped with administrative and training experience.


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