ARMY OFFICER

ARMY OFFICER

 

A BRIEF INTRO

An Army officer leads a platoon, company, division, brigade, corps, command or battalion in the Indian Army depending on his/her rank. It is an extremely responsible and challenging job to lead a dedicated team of young people in critical times of war, natural calamities and high-risk border areas. The job requires an officer to be strong – mentally and psychologically in times of crises and peace

TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE

6 am: PT (physical training) with the men

8 am: Breakfast in mess

9 am: Train and supervise the training of soldiers

Noon: Inspect security in and around the until

1 pm: Lunch

2 pm: Rest

4 pm:  Play a round of squash at the club

6 pm: Call it a day

SALARY STRUCTURE

After the Sixth Pay Commission, a lieutenant officer earns approximately Rs. 25k – 30k per month. A higher rank officer like lieutenant colonel or a Colonel earns approximately Rs. 70k-80k per month and a top officer like lieutenant general makes more than Rs. 1 lakh per month. More than the money, the job is attractive for the perks – almost free accommodation, state sponsored medical treatment, insurance worth Rs. 8 lakh through the AGI Fund (Army Group Insurance Fund), facility to purchase through Canteen Stores Department facilities where goods are available at highly subsidized rates and the family of the army officer can avail this facility.

DESIRED QUALITIES

You need to have officer – like qualities (Popularly known as OLQs) which are: effective intelligence, reasoning ability, power of expression, social adaptability, cooperation among others Learn some tips and tricks to ace the SSB interview at http://indianarmy.nic.in/arms/aec/join.html

HOW DO I GET THERE ?

You can either write the Naitonal Defence Academy examination (if you have passed Class XII), or the Combined Defence Services examination (if you are a graduate). OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) is for officers who want to joint the short-service  commission, while candidates wanting permanent commission should apply for National Defence Academy or Indian Military Academy

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PROS AND CONS

  • Highly respected profession where you learn to live with a high degree of discipline
  • Very secure job like any other government service
  • Family life may suffer as you have to travel very often
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