Career Counselling Armed Forces

 

WHAT THE ARMY OFFERS

(a) Professional Advancement

(b) Job Satisfaction

(c)Job Security

(d) Economic Stability

(e)Social Status

(f)Quality of Life

(g) Variety and Adventure

 

If these are what you too are looking forward to, then Army is the profession for you. The sheer variety, sense of purpose, responsibility and pride, negate any job dissatisfaction in the Army. For an effective career, a long-term strategy is essential and this is possible only if continuity and job security is assured. The Army has been structured to ensure that its personnel work with unhindered dignity. The service also offers opportunity for courses and postings abroad. The India Army is renowned all over the world and interaction with foreign armies is extensive. Service with UN Forces provides exposure and travel opportunities across the globe. Consequent to the Sixth Pay Commission salaries have shot up. While the pay and the allowances of an Army officer may superficially appear to be at par with other Central government services, and may be less than that offered by the corporate sector, the quality of life and non-inflationary nature of the perks, which the Army offers outshine the other services. Government job entitles you to many hidden perks, which you may NOT quantify while calculating remuneration. Apparently, there are about 61 types of facilities, benefits and allowances that are applicable to Army in general. In fact if one were to work out the remuneration of a service officer vis a vis a comparable job in the private sector, on the basis of ‘cost to company’ you would be astounded to find the returns of an Army man to be more if not the same. Some of these perks which are not quantified in terms of cash and are immune to inflation are as follows in case of a Lieutenant, which is the starting rank.

 

• STARTING PAY RS 15600/- to 39100/-PM

• GRADE PAY RS 5400/-

• MILITARY SERVICE PAY RS 6000/-

• KIT MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE Rs 400/-pm

• TRANSPORT ALLOWANCE RS 1600/- PM to RS 3200 pm/-

• FIELD AREA ALLOWANCE RS 25% of Basic Pay RS6780/- pm

• COUNTER INSURGENCY RS 6300/- PM

• HIGH ALTITUDE/UNCONGENIAL CLIMATE RS 5600/- PM

• SIACHEN RS 14000/- PM

• FLYING PAY RS 9000/- PM

• PARACHUTE PAY RS 1200/- PM

• SPECIAL FORCES RS 9000/- PM

• GALLANTRY AWARDS

• TECHNICAL PAY

• LIFE LONG PENSION

• QUALIFICATION PAY/ GRANT FOR SERVICE COURSES RS 6000/- PM TO RS.20000/- PM

• OUTFIT ALLOWANCE RENEWED EVERY THREE YEARS RS 14000/- INITIAL & RS.3000/-

• ENTITLED RATIONS

• ANNUAL LEAVE TWO MONTHS & CASUAL LEAVE 20 DAYS

• 50% CONCESSION ON AIR TRAVEL

• FREE TRAIN TRAVEL ONCE A YEAR AND SUBSIDY FOR OTHER JOURNEYS, LTC

• FREE MEDICAL- SELF AND FAMILY IN WELL EQUIPPED MILITARY HOSPITALS

• SUBSIDISED HOUSING IN CLEAN CANTONMENTS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY

• CANTEEN FACILITIES FOR SUBSIDISED PURCHASE OF ITEMS INCLUDING CARS AND ACs

• INSURANCE COVER FOR RS 15 LAKHS AT SUBSIDISED PREMIUM

• GROUP HOUSING SCHEMES IN CITIES INCLUDING METROS

• LOW INTEREST LOANS

• SEPERATED FAMILY ACCOMMODATION IN CHOICE STATIONS.

• ENCASHMENT OF LEAVE UPTO 300 DAYS AT LAST PAY DRAWN

• STUDY LEAVE UPTO 2 YEARS WITH FULL PAY AND ALL BENEFITS

• FOREIGN POSTINGS

 

The above are entitled as per service conditions and qualifications acquired. Cadets at the IMA, OTA, Cadet Training Wing at CME, MCME, and MCTE get a fixed stipend of RS.21000/- PM.

As an Indian Army officer you’d be looking at a lifestyle that one cannot imagine in any other profession, so early in life. What compromises “Quality of Life”? On one hand is a job with a thick pay packet but with the drudgery of 9AM to 9PM schedule, no avenues and time for extracurricular activities, no scope for adventure and excitement, no social status, lack of family life, threat of being terminated with a month’s salary, working in suffocating environment with no self respect and honour. On the other hand is a job which offers you challenge, adventure, excitement, honour, prestige, self respect, whole some family life, safety and security for the family and to top it all the love, respect and esteem of our great India. In the somewhat chaotic social and economic conditions that prevail in our country, Army life is an island of sanity and social order that is the envy of our countrymen.

 

Namsoftskills will help you understand the aspects of defence services opening a new horizon to your kaleidoscope of avenues available on passing out of school/college. Believe us it shall be worth it ,you never know who gets inspired when.


 

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