The Indian Ex-Servicemen's Movement (IESM) is has objected to the usage of the "demeaning" terminology Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR).
"Such an acronym is neither authorised nor officially accepted. It is not even included in our military manual titled the 'Glossary of Military Terms' and another named 'Military Abbreviations'," Major-General (Retd) Aditya J B Jaini, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, told UNI.
Since the past few years, media, government representatives and even military writers have been using the terminology that was concocted by the bureaucracy in an attempt to create a horizontal divide between ''us officers and our men,'' alleged the veteran who is a member of the Governing Body and Core Group of IESM.
''The bureaucracy -- which never ever leaves any stone unturned to humiliate, belittle, berate, defame or embarrass the Services -- has coined PBOR most subtly and seditiously only to create an impression that there are officers and those below officer rank.
Nothing could be further than that from reality,'' said the Major-General who was Senior Directing Staff (Army) at the National Defence College, New Delhi, before he hung up his boots in 2003.
The Indian Ex-Servicemen's Movement (IESM) has objected to the usage of the "demeaning" terminology Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR).
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