SOLDIERS OF THE SEA

The navy of­fers unique op­por­tu­ni­ties to broaden your hori­zon and travel the world

India Today - - ARMED FORCES -

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

war­ship col­umn

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