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