Defense Forces are one of the most prestigious and respected careers in the country. Youngsters can fulfill all their career expectations by joining a profession that is full of challenges, excitement, and adventure as an officer in defense. The Armed Forces in our country comprise of four main professional uniformed services – Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Indian Navy, and Indian coast guard. There are numerous paramilitary inter-service organizations in our country that serve as a helping hand to the Indian Armed Forces. The Indian army ranks to be the 3rd largest army in the world and its soldiers are considered to be the best performing in high altitude battles. The armed forces are managed by the Ministry of Defence or Central Government of India.
Why join the Indian Army?
The motivation is necessary to help people focus on accomplishing a goal which eventually makes them work. This article describes the factors which motivate our youngsters to join the Indian army:
- Job Security and Economic Stability –
As per the ongoing economic scenario, having a good and respected government job is the best career option because of job security. There is no company in the private sector that offers a permanent job till a lifetime i.e. till the time the individual retires (unless you are a Google employee, of course). Apart from the job security, the pay scales are also attractive (especially after 6th and 7th Pay Commission reports. The salary of the army personnel has evolved significantly. The salary of a Lieutenant is around Rs. 65,000/- per month after sixth pay commission. The 7th pay commission has also shown an attractive increment in salary scales of an army officer. Additionally, the figures might seem quite normal to you, but an army person gets 60 extra benefits and the allowances they get are flying pay, high altitude allowance, sailing allowance, island allowance, pilotage allowance, diving allowance, submarine allowance, commando allowance, etc.
- Post-retirement advantages –
In a private sector, a person fully depends upon their savings and assets after retirement. Meanwhile, on retirement, an army man gets a pension throughout their life, apart from the good amount (provident fund and other savings). Indian army is among the few organizations in our country to provide the benefit of pension to its ex-servicemen. An ex-army man gets approximately 50% of the salary on which he retired. Moreover, the experience, training, and education during service provide a probable post-retirement attractive job opportunity.
- Facilities for Entire Family –
Officers in armed forces and their family are eligible for a number of facilities such as free schooling to children, free medical facilities, canteen facilities, loan facilities, excellent accommodation, free air tickets for the serviceman and his family anywhere in India once in a year. Memberships to various clubs, gyms, and golf courses are absolutely so cheap that they are as good as free. There are a number of military schools and Kendriya Vidyalaya schools that offer way better facilities than private schools at the economical fee structure. The army also provides scholarships to students who are good in their studies. The army families have access to Canteen, where almost all items are available at cheaper prices. Military hospitals are also there with great infrastructure and the latest technology to provide free medical facilities to army families.
- Scope of Professional Advancement –
The army provides endless opportunities to enhance an individual’s personality. If someone wants to continue their higher studies after joining the army, there is a scope for higher education too which can benefit you after retirement. You can pursue your academic studies and get promoted to higher ranks. There are various training programs conducted in armed forces which are good for personal and professional advancement.
- Personal Satisfaction and Pride –
The career of army personnel gives an opportunity to serve your nation. No one can deny the fact that nothing gives more pleasure and happiness than serving your country. Saving lives and making them better and secure gives great satisfaction. Moreover, wherever you go, you will find unmatched respect in the heart of civilians for the Arny people.
- Unmatched reputation and respect –
Indian Army is one of the most prestigious and respected careers in the country. It is considered as a big honor to be able to serve in the army. This is one of the reasons why people join the army, it is the respect and love from fellow citizens which one cannot get from any other profession.
- Opportunities to explore and adventures –
In the private sector, it is always the tiring 10 to 6, Monday to Saturday schedule from the beginning till the end. However, for the youngsters who want to choose a career of excitement and challenges, armed forces are their ideal match. It can meet all their professional expectations. Indian army is a service of total devotion, sacrifice, honor, and prestige.
- Physical Fitness and good health –
The army is a lot about physical strength. The army people spend a good time on physical activities and therefore they remain fit and healthy always. In armed forces, one can assure himself a healthier lifestyle which is one of the integral parts of our life. Moreover, they have a very disciplined lifestyle which improves the quality of their lives.
Apart from the above-mentioned benefits, there are a number of other facilities given by our government for the people not only when they are working but even after the retirement. Facilities are not only for the individual but also for their entire family. So are you ready for your challenging career in armed forces and to serve your nation?