An op­por­tu­nity to travel and a re­ward­ing life­style are few of the of­fers up for grabs in this ca­reer

India Today - - ARMED FORCES -

So you al­ways knew that the knowl­edge of the sea lead to the dis­cov­ery of the world. But didn't quite fig­ure out how you can be a part of this con­tin­u­ing phe­nom­e­non. Don't worry, be­cause now you can.

When I joined the In­dian Coast Guard, it was a fledg­ling or­gan­i­sa­tion. Dur­ing the past three decades I have seen this or­gan­i­sa­tion grow, con­sol­i­date and emerge as one of the lead­ing mar­itime law en­force­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion of our coun­try. To­day, lo­cated strate­gi­cally all along the In­dian Coast and among the pris­tine is­land of the An­daman and the Ni­co­bar group and the Lak­shad­weep, the In­dian Coast Guard op­er­ates ships, hov­er­crafts, air­craft and he­li­copters, be­sides crafts and boats on a 24x7 ba­sis.

I couldn't have asked for more from life. In the Coast Guard, I have com­manded ships, big and small I have trained with best from the In­dian Navy and other premier mar­itime or­gan­i­sa­tions from all over the world. I have tra­versed in­ter­na­tional wa­ters, vis­ited for­eign lands, fought the pi­rates on the high seas and pro­vided suc­cour to the ma­rooned dur­ing national dis­as­ters in ' In­dia and else­where. I have done it all. And more. The Coast Guard has not just pro­vided me with qual­ity life, but also brought me face to face with a plethora of ad­ven­tur­ous mo­ments, that even to this day I trea­sure each and ev­ery one of them. My man­tle piece is full of tro­phies, me­men­tos, crests and pho­tographs. Each day when I get dressed in my white uni­form and face the mir­ror the pas­sion to serve the my coun­try with pride is the fore­most on my mind. To­day, the or­gan­i­sa­tion I work for, the In­dian Coast Guard is re­garded as one of the finest Coast Guards in the world. In a nut shell the In­dian Coast Guard has carved a niche for it­self among the pop­u­lace both at the national and in­ter­na­tional fora.

I must un­der­line here that the In­dian Coast Guard is not merely a source of em­ploy­ment. It is where you play the most im­por­tant role of pro­tect­ing ' the national in­ter­ests of your mother­land in a dy­namic environment. The Coast Guard has a ded­i­cated and pro­fes­sional team of of­fi­cers and men who oper­ate ships, hov­er­craft and air­craft for safe­guard­ing the coun­try's mar­itime in­ter­ests in the In­dian Exclusive Eco­nomic Zone (EEZ).

As I write this the In­dian Coast Guard is ex­pand­ing like never be­fore. It needs dy­namic and young peo­ple, men and wo­man, who want the world on their plate, who breathe the spirit of ad­ven­ture and for whom the word 'Ac­tion' is too triv­ial as they want more. Be it fly­ing or sail­ing, or even div­ing, there are too many ca­reer op­tions to choose. We need you. But are you ready to ex­plore our world yet.

The author is IG Ra­jen­dra Singh, the Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, In­dian Coast Guard.

In­dian Coast Guards, amongst the finest

in the world


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