"We will have many more similar rallies to give greater opportunity to all aspirants of Jammu and Kashmir. The army is looking to enroll the best and brightest young men from Kashmir," a defence spokesman said.
The recruitment rally at Sainik School Manasbal in Ganderbal district, 30 kms from here, began on Feb 19 and attracted thousands of candidates, most of whom were left disappointed for varied reasons.
"Naturally, the process has to be merit based giving a fair and impartial opportunity to all eligible Kashmiri youth.
Some of the candidates who have come here, do not have their complete documents and some are overage," the spokesman said.
The rally, which will conclude on Feb 25, was meant for recruitment of general duty soldiers, clerk, store keeper, technical and nursing assistant, the spokesman said, adding, the locals participated in the rally with great enthusiasm.
"The rally is a step by the army to ameliorate the conditions of unemployed youth of the Valley. The huge turnout for recruitment despite inclement weather implies that the army has carved a niche for itself in the hearts and minds of Kashmiris as well as the civil administration," he said.
The spokesman said the youth have realised the importance of the army and they want to join the same.