Career in armed forces, IndiaA career in defence forces entails a huge number of opportunities for those who want to lead adventurous lives. For those who have a strong sense of duty towards the nation, there can be no better option than joining the Indian Army as a career.
Career in defence, USA
Unlike many other countries, USA allows all of its citizens, including those who are not American by birth but have attained citizenship status, to enlist in its armed forces. Applicants can either join after class 10 as a private (a term used for the most basic and starting rank in the armed forces) or join after college and train as an officer.
Career in defence, SingaporeThe Singaporean defence forces are one of the best trained forces in the world. They are quite advanced in technology and reputed for their efficiency. The rangers of the Singaporean army are equivalent to commandos and well known for their expertise in urban warfare and anti-terrorism operations.
The bottom lineWhichever defence force you aspire to join, it’s very essential to know that courage and obedience are the main building blocks for a career in armed forces. Unlike corporate jobs, there is no option of overstepping the chain of command. The first and foremost trait of a soldier is that they are able to take and follow orders, no matter what they are. Discipline is an everyday element if you choose defence as a career option.
A graduate of NDA is commissioned as an officer in any of the branches of the Armed Forces. If it’s a technical course, you will have to work on machines and computer equipment that is used in tanks, aircrafts, ships and submarines. But if your choices are non technical, you get to start off as a first lieutenant in the Army and Navy, and as a Flying Lieutenant in the Air force. Depending on your levels of commitment and sheer skills, you can grow up the hierarchy and also become the chief of staff. It all boils down to how mentally and physically tough you are. The prospects are immense and tough is the life. Discipline is the bedrock and courage is the foundation for you to grow in this career.
Jobs & Salary
If you pass out of the NDA, you will be either working for the Indian Army, Navy or Air force. They are probably the best companies to work in the world. However, unlike corporate or government jobs you do not have a choice of not listening to your boss. Orders are mandatory and have to be followed under every scenario, else you will be punished. So, think over- if you feel you can be an obedient and dutiful officer, go ahead else we recommend you choose an alternative career.
|Designation||Compensation per annum in Rs.|
|Captain/Squadron Leader/Lieutenant Commander||3,25,000|
Lieutenant colonel/group captain/Commander
|Major General/Air Vice Marshall/Rear Admiral||9,80,000|
|Lieutenant General/Air Marshall/Vice Admiral||10,50,000|
|General/Admiral/Air Chief Marshall||11,80,000|
Pros & Cons
- Utmost respect. Only the best get selected for training and among them only the bravest survive and become soldiers, something people know and respect.
- It opens a whole new world of adventure and thrill and the possibility to serve a cause and advance ahead in ranks.
- The government values its soldiers and provides them all kinds of facilities and perks like health cover, subsidised food and transportation.
- It’s a life filled with discipline and obedience. The challenges are not just physical but are also mentally taxing.
- Once you enlist, train and enter permanent service, there is no turning back as exit policies are very strict.