Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Cadet and His Girlfriend – a Love Story

Short Fiction 
 A Love Story
A Fictional SpoofBy

THE CADET AND COLLEGE GIRL  a love story by Vikram Karve

“A” was a Navy Cadet at the National Defence Academy (NDA) near Pune.

“B” a smart girl studying in a premier college in Pune.

“A” and “B” became acquainted during the NDA Ball”. 

Soon  “A” and “B” started dating each other on weekends  when “A” would come to Pune on “liberty” to meet his girlfriend “B”. 

Three years later  “A” completed his NDA training – and he was off for Navy Sea Training on a Cadet Training Ship.

Meanwhile – the Cadet’s girlfriend “B” – she finished her graduation  and then  she joined the MBA course at an elite B-School in Pune.

“A” and “B” kept corresponding with each other.

They met whenever it was possible.

Whenever he got an opportunity  “A” rushed to Pune – even for a day – just to meet his girlfriend “B”.

“A” and “B” realized that they had fallen in love. 

So now – the Cadet’s girlfriend “B” – she had become his lady-love. 

“A” opted for the Engineering Branch of the Navy  so that he would be at the training base at Lonavala (near Pune) for the next three years  for his degree engineering course. 

This proximity to Pune would enable “A” to meet his lady-love “B” frequently. 

Yes – “A” took a career decision – to join the Engineering Branch instead of the Executive Branch  just to be near his lady-love “B”.

“B” finished her MBA in Finance – and she got a good job as an investment banker in Mumbai.

“A” too managed to get posted on a ship based in Mumbai after his training.

“A” and “B” got married. 

So now – “A” and “B” had become husband and wife. 

“A” and “B” enjoyed a few blissful years of happy married life  staying together in Mumbai.

Then  “A” was transferred out of Mumbai.

He wanted “B” to move with him to the new place.

But his wife “B” was reluctant to move out of Mumbai. 

She was doing extremely well in her job – and her career was just taking off. 

Besides  as far as her career as an investment banker was concerned  there was no scope for her in the new place where “A” was posted  which was a comparatively small town.

“A” went away on posting – and – “B” remained back in Mumbai to pursue her career.

So – the long distance marriage of “A” and “B” began. 

Now – “A” and “B” had become a long distance married couple.

Though he tried desperately  “A” could not manage to come back to Mumbai.

Mumbai was a prize posting – a station in very high demand.

“A” had already served for 3 years in Mumbai – so he would have to wait his turn to be posted back to Mumbai. 

So “A” and “B” spent the next few years living separately.

Three years passed.

“A” was expecting to posted back to Mumbai.

But  instead of being transferred to Mumbai  “A” was transferred to another place  which was even more remote and further away from Mumbai.

I told you that – it was a “love marriage” – so – “A” could not bear separation from his beloved wife “B” any longer.

One day – feeling extremely lonely – “A” called up “B”.

“A” told “B” to quit her job  and join him at his place of posting.

“B” retorted that it was “A” who should quit the Navy  since “B” was earning much more than “A” – and her career prospects as an investment banker were much brighter than his career as a Naval Officer.

“B” said that  even of she quit her present job  as an investment banker  job opportunities for her were mostly in big cities – especially in Mumbai – and certainly not in the remote place where “A” was posted. 

So – “B” would not get a suitable job commensurate with her qualifications and experience as an investment banker in the desolate place where “A” was posted – and she would have to sit at home doing nothing.   

On the other hand  “A” would also be able to find a good civilian job in Mumbai – so – it would be better for “A” to the Navy and come to Mumbai and take up a good job in the corporate world.

“A” felt that “B” had a point – she was earning much more than him – she had brighter career prospects – and “A” would easily get a job in Mumbai once he quit the Navy. 

In fact  he already had a prospective job offer in Mumbai.

So  “A” put in an application to quit the Navy.

But  Dear Reader  it is not easy to leave the Navy.

So – though “A” had put up his papers to quit the Navy – his resignation was not accepted. 

Unlike in Civilian Jobs – you cannot just quit the Navy – if you just go away – you will be declared Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL) – marked “Run” – declared a “deserter” – and may land up in Prison. 

So – “A” has no choice but to continue serving in the Navy. 

For “A” and “B”  long distance marriage has become a reality of life.

The stark realization of signing up for “Lifetime Employment” in the Navy has now dawned upon “A” 

“A” knows that the only chance to get out of the Navy will come when he is permanently superseded for promotion – and that is still a few years away. 

“A” realises that he has to complete at least 5 years more service before his first promotion board for the first select rank – and he will have to be rejected for promotion 3 times by three consecutive annual promotion boards before he is declared permanently superseded”. 

So – it will be only after 8 long years that “A” will be able to quit the Navy.

And now – after introspecting and thinking things over  “A” does not want to get passed over” for promotion – and get branded as a written-off permanently superseded” officer – and bear the stigma of being a failure for his entire life.

Why should “A” ruin his Navy career – which he likes so much...? 

So  “A” decides to continue serving in the Navy.

And over the years – “A” and “B” have got used to living separately as “married bachelors”.


In earlier days  once a girl married a Defence Officer  she used to go along with her officer husband wherever he was posted – as a “memsahib”  playing second fiddle – as a full time housewife (homemaker).

At the most  she could become a teacher at the local school in the unit.

Nowadays  things have changed. 

Women are pursuing their professional careers very seriously – and they are not willing to “sacrifice” their careers. 

Modern women want to be financially independent – and they do not like to become “second fiddle” housewives – dependent on their husbands. 

Working women do not want to give up their jobs and go to live with their “fauji” husbands at some remote back-of-beyond” place.

Owing to all this  it is no wonder that – an unintended consequence of the Defence Services policy of “Lifetime Employment” is that Defence Officers are no longer much sought after in the “marriage market’. 

Maybe – it is the same for Women Officers of the Defence Services as well.

Probably – that is why you see an increasing number of marriages between male and female Defence Officers within the service (in-house marriages in uniform).

There is a saying: 

“The Navy is not a job. The Navy is a way of life...”.

In the Navy  “Lifetime Employment” is the way of life.

I think this applies to the all 3 Defence Services – Army, Navy and Air Force.

So  if you are thinking of joining the Armed Forces  you must ask yourself if you have the mental make-up for the military way of life”...?

Do you have the mindset for lifetime employment...?

Do you have the attitude for lifelong obligation...? 

Are you ready for a long term commitment towards the Navy, Army or Air Force...?

And  if you are young girl thinking of marrying a Defence Officer  you must ask yourself:

Are you ready to give up your career and live a nomadic life with your husband...? 

Or  if you are serious about pursuing your career  are you prepared for a long distance marriage...?

So – if you are thinking of joining the Armed Forces  or marrying a Military Officer/Soldier/Sailor/Airman do remember the Story of the Navy Cadet and his Girlfriend – and think about it. 

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