Tuesday, August 5, 2014

ARMY LIFE IN A NUTSHELL

(The generic term “Army” includes all the three Armed Forces – Army, Navy and Air Force)

ARMY LIFE IN A NUTSHELL
12 UNIQUE ATTRIBUTES OF A MILITARY CAREER IN THE ARMED FORCES
Career Guidance Tips
By
VIKRAM KARVE

A career in the defence services or armed forces like the Army Navy and Air Force is different from most other civilian careers. 

The unique attributes of a military career entail a distinctive “way of life” that makes a career in the armed forces totally different as compared to a career in the civilian world.

Many young persons join the defence services without fully understanding the unique aspects of a military career and then they feel out of place, mismatched, frustrated and regretful.

During my long naval career I have seen so many officers who realised that they were misfits in the navy and wasted many frustrated years of their lives in misery trying to get out of the navy.

Please do not let that happen to you.

Do join the army, navy and air force  but do so with due diligence, with your eyes open and with full awareness. 

It may prove foolhardy to join on a sudden impulse or in a wave of jingoism. 

You must be realistic about it because your career is probably the most important part of your life.

If you have the right attitude and compatible mindset then a military career is very satisfying and fulfilling.

But if your attitude in not in sync with the military way of life then you may get frustrated and your life may become miserable.

That is why, before you join the defence services, make sure you have the right attitude suitable for a career in the armed forces.


ARMY LIFE IN A NUTSHELL

To put Army Life in a nutshell, here is a list of 12 Unique Attributes that characterize a Military Career in the Armed Forces (Army Navy or Air Force):


1. HOLISTIC ORIENTATION

2. LIFETIME EMPLOYMENT

3. REGIMENTATION 

4. TOUGH DANGEROUS CHALLENGING WORK

5. MODERATE COMPENSATION PACKAGE

6. MODEST CAREER PROSPECTS

7. NON-SPECIALISED CAREER PATH 

8. CONFORMIST ORGANISATIONAL CULTURE

9. RIGID RANK BASED HIERARCHICAL STRUCTURE 

10. INFLEXIBLE HR POLICIES

11. UNSTABLE FAMILY LIFE

12. EARLY RETIREMENT AGE 


If you planning to join the defence services you must ask yourself whether you have the right attitude and compatible mindset to match all these 12 military attributes.


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