SOLDIERS OF THE SEA
The navy offers unique opportunities to broaden your horizon and travel the world
Spirit of adventure, camaraderie; never say die attitude and the dazzle of the uniform, is how most youngsters relate to the Armed Forces. The Indian Navy is three dimensional, versatile and offers challenges in terms of sophistication of equipment, weaponry, control systems and management. The navy provides an opportunity to don the mantle of leadership fairly early in life. It also provides abundant opportunities to grow professionally and personally.
For those inclined towards adventures, sports and games, and the desire to always remain abreast of the latest know- how, a plethora of opportunities are available. At an average all officers get to do their post graduation from various universities. The pay and perks which include housing, medical facilities and pension, are also very attractive.
Whilst in harbour, the day onboard typically begins at 0600h. All personnel are to begin the day with physical training. Thereafter, the working day which commences at 0830h onwards, is spent in learning and training on various weapons, sensors, machinery and state of art equipment fitted onboard.
When at sea, a young lieutenant of the Executive branch, as an Officer of the Watch ( OOW) is responsible for the safety of men and material during the period of his watch. On the other hand, the young marine engineers and electric and electronic engineers get to work on sophisticated equipment fitted onboard.
The navy’s selection procedure ensures that the candidates have the right mix of courage and toughness. Intrinsic qualities such as, loyalty, moral courage and integrity, are a must. The navy needs young men and women who are keen and motivated to serve the motherland. The calling should be from the heart.
The candidates are selected through a process which includes written tests, group discussions, interviews and physical fitness tests. Selection for all permanent commission entries ( except 10+ 2 cadet entry), and NCC special entries, are through a written examination conducted by the UPSC followed by an interview by the service selection board. For the short service commission entries, there is no written examination. The applications are short listed as per criteria laid down by the Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy). Candidates joining the Indian Naval Academy, located at Ezhimala, Kerala post completion of 10+2 have the advantage of graduating with a B.tech degree at the end of four years training.
The Indian Navy moulds you in a manner no other profession can. As is widely believed, “the navy is not a profession; it’s a way of life”. Life in the navy takes you on a journey well beyond the maritime boundaries of the nation. So, if one has the right mix of patriotism, love for adventure and is willing to take challenges head on, the Indian Navy beckons you.
The author is Rear Admiral Ajit Kumar P, VSM, Assistant Chief of Personnel (HRD).
REAR ADMIRAL AJIT KUMAR P The navy’s flagship INS Viraat leads a