1.Work and Study
There are hardly any employment options where you study, enhance your skills, knowledge and personality and get paid. Though there are options to join the Armed Forces after graduation as well, but maximum numbers of cadets join the armed Forces after 10th or 12th standard . Officers anyways go through a three year program, similar to graduation, but the soldiers also have an opportunity to clear 12th as well as pursue graduation. The seniors and officers in the battalion offer maximum support to such soldiers.
2. No need of drugs to feel high
Not only when you are getting trained at NDA , IMA, OTA, ACC etc., but also when training is over and you are at service, the adventurous life that you get to lead is unmatchable. The sports you play, the tasks you do, the extreme conditions you live and work in can’t be replicated. It’s a lifetime opportunity. You are always alert and available. The adrenal levels are almost always high.
3. Prestige like emperor’s
The respect that you get from friends, family and fellow countrymen is something money can’t buy. Whatever you do, wherever you go, whomever you meet, you are greeted and treated with respect. And if you are an officer, the responsibilities that you fulfill and the control and power that you have over matters and your subordinates is no less than a king’s.
4. Fit and Disciplined Life
This is the most beneficial aspect of being in the Armed Forces. Nowhere else you can maintain the regimen of getting early, jogging for approximately five kilometers and exercising every day, attending camps and trainings throughout your career. The habits and the discipline that you inculcate during your service, not only keeps your body fit but mind at rest and soul at peace throughout your life.
5- See the world
One may claim that there are many jobs where you get transferred from one location to another, but not as frequently as in the Armed Forces and to not to as distant and as exotic locations covering plains, plateaus, mountains and sea. During the two or three year postings, you get to see the neighboring famous religious sites, national parks and reserves, monuments, and get to know locals and their customs. It’s gratifying to experience different cuisines, costumes and cultures.
6- Canteen Stores Department
This may look futile and a tactic to fill space, but when you get to buy almost everything from a needle to a motor vehicle or refrigerator at half the price, it does make your pocket happy.
7.Free and High Standard Medical Facilities
May god you, your spouse, your children and your parents never fell ill, but if they do, they are covered if you are in the Armed Forces. Many of us have been in situations when, Medical expenses have eaten up most of our savings and keep consuming a big chunk of our monthly income for months and years considering the high price at which medical facilities are available these days. The staff at the Army hospitals is Armed Forces employee and the hospitals are non profit ones so the services are full of utmost kindness, care and selflessness and standards that are maintained are very high.
8. Affordable and High standard Education for kids
The Government has set up Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for all the Central Government employees but the maximum benefits are being harvested by the Armed Forces employees. It’s well known that KVs are at par with the best of the Schools in India. They have a modern and efficient curriculum in place. They have a highly qualified faculty and maintain quarterly and monthly pace of covering the syllabus so that if you get transferred midterm, your child’s education is not hampered.
9. ECSH and Pension
One needs the maximum help and support, when one is in the last phase of the life. And the Armed Forces don’t leave their employees hands when they need it the most. ECHS Polyclinics are the Hospitals, for retired members and their families. The pension facility for most of the other government employees has been stopped. But the Armed Forces retirees and their spouses still enjoy its benefits.
10. A life lived well
The only thing you are going to feel and say in the end is: It was a life lived well.