Red Shield Divi­sion, dis­cusses why he chose the In­dian Army and what to ex­pect from a ca­reer in this elite force.

India Today - - ARMED FORCES -

Q Why I chose Army as a ca­reer? A In the can­ton­ment town of Pune, where I lived, there were uni­formed men ev­ery­where. They car­ried an aura of dan­ger and high ex­cite­ment. Im­plicit in their faces and lean fig­ures was the prom­ise of un­told ad­ven­ture, and travel to far off lands. I was ab­so­lutely smit­ten. For me, it was the In­dian Army – all the way.

Q What kind of life­style can aspi­rants ex­pect?

A The Army is a way of life, sec­ond to none. It is a closely knit elite band, over a mil­lion strong, which looks af­ter its own. It pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for ca­reer en­hance­ment, travel, ad­ven­ture, sports and higher ed­u­ca­tion. We are pro­fes­sion­als all the way. On a ‘cost to com­pany’ ba­sis, re­mu­ner­a­tions are good, be­sides nu­mer­ous al­lowances for ser­vice in ‘Field and High Al­ti­tude ar­eas’. Life­long friend­ships are forged, from a bond­ing that comes through ‘sweat and blood’. It is truly an ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence.

Q What can one look for­ward to in the job?

A The Army equips you to face the tough­ness that goes with it. Although rank and sta­tus come with the uni­form; re­spect has to be earned by per­sonal ex­am­ple and lead­ing from the front. Lead­er­ship, tech­no­log­i­cal and man­age­ment skills need to be con­stantly up­dated. For af­ter all, we are ‘Scholar War­riors’. Op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth are am­ple, while Dis­ci­pline, In­tegrity and Courage re­main es­sen­tial fea­tures. Many also get sta­tioned abroad on cour­ses, post­ings, train­ing ex­er­cises and United Na­tions Op­er­a­tions.

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