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SoniaChauhan
UpdatedJun16,2015

IwouldhavelikedtogoAnononthisquestionbutyetagain,Iwantyoutounderstand
thatIhavelivedthelifethatqualifiesmetoansweryourquestion.

IamthedaughterofaretiredArmyColonel,andmyonlybrotherisaservingarmyofficer.

TheIndianArmyisnotoverhyped,myfriend.Itpaysyouaveragemoneybyuppermiddle
classstandards.Itgivesacefacilities,nodoubt.Horseriding,polo,golfcourses,canteen,
rentfreeacco,theworks.SincetheArmyaskstotalobediencefromtheirmen,ittakescare
oftheirageingparents,andothermaritalobligations.So,yesthefacilitiesaregood.

Regardless,inmyopinion,theIndianArmyisnotoverhypedfortworeasons:

1.MostmenoftheIndianArmyhaveseenfacedsomerealtimeaction.From
doctorstolawyerstomasons,allmeninthearmyhaveseensomelifejeopardizing
situationorotherintheirlives.BecauseIndianeedsconstantprotectionfromthelovelyset
ofneighboursithasChina,andPakistan.
InsideIndia,therearemanyCIsituationsthatconstantlydemandtheArmy'sblood(e.g.,
Maoism/Naxalites/Bodolandfolks).Therefore,theArmydoesalotofcovertoperations, MoreRelatedQuestions
therefore,asacareerittakesalotoftoil.Muchmorethananyothercareer,inmy
opinion.
QuestionStats
Youcanchoosetodenythetruthbutalotofus(andIamspeakingforALLSTATESOF
252Followers
INDIATHEPOPULATIONOFINDIA)won'tbealivehadtheArmynothelpedus.You
maybesittinginacomfyofficeinGurgaonorothersuchmetroareasoandthinkthisis 1,063,204Views
theWorld.Youdon'trealizethatalotofpeoplewouldhavediedintheSuratfloodshad LastAskedJan5
someCaptainnotcancelledhisleavejusttohelpthemout,orthat1000sofliveswere Edits
savedinAndamansduetothemilitarycopterswhoalsoliftedoutthecivilianswhile
helpingArmyfamiliesstuckthere.Don'tbeoffended,Iamonlyinformingyouofthe
certainfactsthatmaynothaveoccurredtoyouotherwise.

2.Thereisnorest,andthatmakesyouabetterperson.
Myfatherretiredsomeyearsback.Hestillwakesupat5am,shaves,andheadsoutfora
walk.Fillspotholesintheroads,paintsspeedbreakersthatareotherwiseinvisible.Ona
dayitrains,heisrestless.Itellhim,Papa,chillno.Wakeupat7.Relax.Hecontinues.

Recently,ourneighbouringapartmentcaughtfireinthemiddleofthenight.Everyone
panicked,includingmymother.Myfatherwascalm.Hecontrolledthefire,calledthefire
brigadeandactuallyrescuedthepeoplewhowerelivingonthefloorsaboveus.Armymen
aresimplybettertrainedtomanagedisastersthantheordinaryperson.

Amongstarandomselectionofperson,anarmymanhassterlingsurvivaltactics.Theycan
climbtrees,ropes,dobasicrunning,lightingafire,pitchingatent,liftingheavyweights
andjogging,etc.

Mypointis,theArmyteachesyoutoacceptalifeoftoil,andthenitbecomeshabit.And
isn'tthatabetterlife?Ratherthanlandinghomeat6.30p.m.andplayingPS3orgoingto
themalltowatchamovie.There,theArmyteachesabeautifulwayoflifelikenoother
professiondoes.Forthisitself,itdeservesmoreapplausethanitdoes.

IrememberatelephoneconversationIoncehadwithmybrotherafterIhadheardofa
coptercrashinXlocation.Hewaspostednearby.Iaskedhimifhewasalright.Hesaid
yes,yes,allgoodwithme.Just..myseniorwasinthatcopter.Wearefindinghimlet's
see..Therewassomethinginhisvoice.Theysuffer,theysufferinsilence.Forfriends,for
family.

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IwouldhavelovedtojointheIndianArmy,butIamashamedtosaythatIcannotwake
upat6inthemorningandgoforarunin5degreestemplikemybrotherandmyfather.
Forthisreasonalone,theIndianArmyisnotoverhyped.Forcanyouthinkofaprofession
thatmakeabettermanoutofyou?

P.S.TheArmymentravellinginuniformsaremostlikelycatchingaquickflightbackhome
orreportingstraighttodutyanddon'thaveaplacetochange.Otherwise,itisnot
procedure.TheonlytimeIsawmyfathertravelinhisuniforminacivilianmeansof
transportwasduringtheKargilwar.

Yousaythatyoudon'towethemanythingandthattheydon'tsacrificeanything.Thenext
timeyouseeanArmyManlookingallsmuginauniform,imaginehimsittingonhis
haunchescradlinghisAK47,infrontofameagrefire,ontopofsomemosscovered
mountain.Theyarelonelymenbattlingtheweatherbeforetheenemy.
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KavyaGuddehithuluNagesh,Iwanttomakememoriesallovertheworld
@girl_who_travels_less(Instagram)
UpdatedJan2,2015

ThisyearIwentonatrektoHimalayas.Onourtrekwemetarmycampsputupatvarious
highaltitudes.Wealsostayedatanaltitudeof12500ft,asmalldistancefromwherethe
armycampswereputup,quitecloseenoughtotheborder.IdonotexaggeratewhenItell
you,havingstayedupinthosemountainsforaweekundertheexactsameconditionsan
armysurvives,yourstatementleavesmesad,angryanddisturbed,allatthesametime.

Firstly,themountainweatherisunpredictableandharsh.Thetemperatureeasilygoes
below0inthenight,eveninsummers.Atamere3C,myfingersstartedtopainandgrow
numb.Waterisfreezingenoughtodrink.Inwinters,thetemperaturedropsdowntoas
lowas30Cto40C.Andwhenitrains,itrainshardandcontinuously.Thesnow
becomesslushyanddifficulttowalkon.Therockbouldersbecomeslipperyandimpossible
toclimb.Ifit'shot,thesnowstartstomelt,makingitdifficulttogetagrip.Whenit'sfoggy,
youcannotseethetrailaftertwotothreemeters.Themistcoversupeverythinginfrontof
you.Thescorchingsunpeelsyourskin.Remember,thesewerethefavorableconditions
underwhichItrekked.Youcanimaginehowharditcanturnoutiftheweatherturns
extreme.Thereisnotraceofcivilizationatall.Itissosilentthatonehearsthewindclearly.

Asmuchthemountainsmesmerizeyouwiththeirbeauty,onceitgetsdark,theyscarethe
helloutofyou.Thereispitchdarknessallaroundyou.Allyoucanseeistheoutlineofthe
mountains.Imaginepatrollinginthenightwhereyoucannotseeanything.DidImention
themountainbears?Orsnowleopards?

Thesearethemountainstheyguard

Itisnotmerephysicalstaminathatmattersbutalsoastrongmentalmakeup.Itisunder
theseconditionsthearmycontinuestoprotectusandkeepsussafeallthroughoutthe
year.Theperkswhichtheygetinnowaycompensateforwhattheydofortheentire
nation.Ifanything,it'sbeingunderhyped.It'sexactlyforthechoicetheymadethatyou
needtosalutethem.
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NiveditaMuthusubramanian,ForeverIndian
WrittenAug21,2014

Noyoudin'ttellthemtochooseArmedForcesoreventellthemtosacrificetheirlivesfor
selfishpeoplelikeyou!
Itwastheirdecisiontoleavetheirfamiliesbehindtotakecareoftheircountrybecauseif
theydon'ttakethatdecisionthenwhowillprotectourcountry.
It'sbecauseofthemyouarehavingapeacefulsleepinthenight!
It'sbecauseofthemyouareabletoprovideasecuredlifeforyourchildren.

Whyshouldtheyliveinsuchharshconditionsprotectingtheborderwhileyouaresitting
homeseeingamovieinyour42inchplasma?
Whyshouldtheyputtheirlivesindangerandsavecivilianslikeyou?
Whyshouldtheirfamiliesloseason,afather,abrother,ahusband?

Youchosethelifetofeedpeoplewhobelongtoyouorrelatedtoyou.That'sfinethat'show
weciviliansfunction.
ButpeoplewhoareintheArmedforcestheyarefightingforafamilylotbiggerthanyours

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.Theyhaveeveryrighttoweartheuniformwhenevertheywantwhereevertheywant!

Itis"overhyped"becauseamongsuchcallousinsensitivepeoplelikeyou
theychosetoprotectyouandyourfamilies.Theyknowthattheywon'tgetanyrespectfrom
peoplelikeyoubuteventhentheydecidetosavetheirmotherlandriskingtheirfuture
.Theyknowthatservingothersistheonlywaytoget100%satisfactionandfulfilmentin
life.

FighterpilotswhoareintheIndianAirForcearetaughtthis:
CiviliansFirst,Jetnext,SelfLast
SonowtellmeDotheydeserverespect?
Damnrighttheydo!
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AntaraSarkar,Indian,OneInABillion
UpdatedAug25,2015

I'llansweryourquestionbyfocusingonthemultiplepointsthatyouhavestated.

"Afterall,Indiaisnotlikecountrieswheremilitaryserviceiscompulsory."
Andyetthesemenandwomenjointhearmedforcestoprotectus,therebyendangering
theirownlives.Doesn'tthisspeakofhowincrediblyamazingourjawansare?

"Whenyousayeveryonemustrespectyouallforsacrificesyoumake."
WhenhastheIndianArmygonearoundtellingeveryonetorespectit?Likeseriously,
when?

"Thatdoesnotmeanweoweyouanythingoryouhavesacrificedanything."
ThosewhojointheIndianArmydonotdosobecausetheythinkthatcivilianswillnow
owethemfortheirservices.Theyjointheforcesbecauseoftheirloveforthenation.

"IasaprofessionalalsohavesacrificedmylifewhenIcan'tcomehomeon
timeservingtofeedmyfamily.SodoesthismeanIshouldoverhypethis?"
Didyounotgethomeintimebecauseyouweregettingshotatbytheenemywhile
protectingyourcountrymen?Didyoumissmealswithyourfamilyjustsothatmillionsof
strangerscouldenjoymealswiththeirownfamilies?Sinceyouprobablydidn'tdoanyof
that,Ireallydon'tthinkanyoneisgoingtobotherlisteningtoyouoverhype/bragabout
yoursocalledsacrifices.

Edit:TheKashmirfloodsisagoodexample.Ijustreadaboutajawanwhohasn'theard
fromhiswifeand2monthchildinaweek.However,heisoutinSrinagar,savingthelives
ofstrangers.

"Whenyouchoosesomethingfrompersonalchoiceyoucan'tpleathatyou
madesacrifices."
Iaskyouthisagain:WhenhastheIndianArmygonearoundtellingeveryoneaboutthe
sacrificesitmakes?

"Whydoesaarmypersonalwayswearanuniformevenifheisoffduty.I
haveseenitwhiletravellingseveraltimes."
Idon'tknowtherules.However,asanIndianIfeelmuchsafer(andveryproud)whenI
haveanArmymantravellingwithme.

"Isn'tworkingintheIndianArmyoverhyped?"
Overhyped?Theydeservesomuchmore"hype"andrespectthanwhattheyget.Who
comestotherescueeverysingletimeIndiafacesadisaster?Ourmilitaryhelpsduring
naturaldisasters(tsunami,Uttarakhandfloods,Gujaratearthquakes),builds
infrastructureininaccessibleareas,protectsourborders,fightswars,providesfreemedical
aidinremoteareas,anddoessomuchmore!Allthisforcompletestrangers,andona
salarythatisnotmuchtowritehomeabout.

IsuggestyoureadupabouttheIndianArmy.Evenbetter,govisitplaceslikeKargil,
ArunachalPradesh,KhardungLa,theRajasthanPakistanborder,Wagahborder,etc.
Spendafewminutestalkingtotheseyoungmen.Dosowithanopenmind!Askthem
questions,andlistencarefullybecausethesewillbesomeofthebestanswersandstories
thatyouwilleverhear.AndIhopethatattheendyouwillrealisethatwithoutyou(and
me!)Indiawillsurvive.However,withoutthearmedforces,Indiawillnot.Doesn'tsuchan
entitydeserverespectand"overhype"?
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SourabhKhandelwal,IndianArmyFanboy
UpdatedJun17,2015

YesitisOverHyped!
Readthesefactsbelowandknowhow:

ReactionofCivilians:
At15'Celsius:Takewarmclothsout
At10'Celsius:Refrainfromgoingoutsideourhomes
At5'Celsius:Startshiveringevenatthedaytime
At0degreeCelsius:Waterfreezes,livelihoodgetsaffected.
At5'Celsius:Heatertooseamstofail
At10'?
At20'??
andwhatabout40?Think,Think???

IndianArmySoldiersguardourfrontiersat50'CelsiusatSiachentheHighestBattlefield
oftheworld!
Walkinginicethatleveluptoyourknees,carryingkilosofloadattheback.
AtsuchplaceyoucaneasilyfallpreytoAnoxia andFrostBite.

Buttheydoit,Why?

Sothat:
1.Wecanfeelsecureandlivehappilywithourfamilies.

2.Sothatwecangotopicnicwithouracquaintances.

3.SothatwecanplayCricketandhangoutwithourfriends
And

4.SothatpeoplelikeyouandmecanaskquestionsatQuora.

Remember"Youaresleepingpeacefullybecausesomeoneattheborder
isgivinghissleepforyou."

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ShewaliTiwari,Itsallsomeaningless,wemayaswellbeextraordinary.
WrittenAug25,2014

Yesitisoverhyped.Icanuseallthesarcasmintheworldtowritethis,butIdrather
choosesincerity.

IliveinacanttareaandeveryyearIseehundredsoffamiliesmovingin.Iwonderhow
theystartitalloveragain?
MybestfriendisservingasanofficerinIndianArmyandthereforeIamspeakingonthe
basisofmyexperience.Althoughatonepoint,howeverenigmatic&fascinatingtheideaof
movingfromoneplacetoanothermayappear,butoneiscertainlyoblivioustothe
challengesthatareinvolvedwithit,whichanofficerishappilytaking.

Doyouevenknow,attimesthesepeopleendupstaying10yearsawayfromtheirfamily?

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Afriendofminesaidthatshesawherfatherforthefirsttimewhensheturnedthree.Itis
oneofthemostspecialmomentsineveryoneslife,toseetheirchildbeingborn,toholdit,
toexperienceitandnotonlyherfatherbutthewholefamilylostthatmomentbecausehe
wasntaround,hewasbusyservinghisnation.

MybestfrienddidnotcomehomelastDiwaliandoflateIamagainhearingfromhim
thathewontbeabletomakeitthisyeareitherandeveninthatsituationheisnot
whining.Moreoftenthannot,heendsupbeingathisofficeataround2am.Hesureas
hellenjoystheperkoflivinginarmyquarters,ofgoodfood,ofbuyingthingsatacheaper
pricebutwhatinreturnishegiving?

Hewillgiveawayhislifetothenation.How?HewaspostedinDrasintheextrememonths
ofwinter,withatemperatureaslowas55degreeCelsius.Heisgivingawayallthe
luxuriesthatwedonotevenappreciate.AttimesIdonothearfromhimfordaysbecause
heisawayfrombasicmobileconnectivity.

Hechoseitforhim,toserveus,onlysothatwecansleeppeacefully,literally.Hewas
postedinDraslastyearwhenfewsoldierswerekilledontheborder.(2013IndiaPakistan
borderskirmishes )
OnlyfamiliesandfriendsofArmypeoplecanunderstandhowtroublesomeitistoknow RelatedQuestions
thatyourlovedonesareatthesameplaceandyoucannotdoanythingaboutit,noteven
askthemtocomeback.Youjusthopeandpraythattheyarefine. HowdoestheIndianArmywork?

WhenIenjoyholidaysandSundaysathome,Ihearfromhimthattherearenoholidays HowmanyIITiansopttoworkintheIndianarmy?
forhim.MostofuswillknowthatArmyispresentinabundanceattheremotestlocations,
WhatisitliketoworkintheIndianArmy?Whatare
wheretherearentmanyfacilitiesatleastthemajorpartofit,soonethingisforsurethat theperksandthewoes?Any
hewontbehavingaccesstomultiplexes,shoppingmalls,clubs,pubs,oragoodrestaurant experiences/perspective?
forthatmatteralongwithotherdelightswhicharenormalforus,despitethemoneyinhis
pocket. WhatisitlikeworkinginIndianTerritorialArmy?

IsthePakarmysuperiorovertheIndianarmyin
Ifhegets60continuousholidaysthenoneshouldknowthatheisserving300daysand combat?
nightstoattainthem,also60isjustametaphorandhedoesn'tusuallygetthem.
Whatistheworkofacomputerscienceengineerin
MysisterisservingIndianAirForce.Toourdismay,shehadtocancelherwedding theIndianarmylike?

becauseherhusbandcouldnotgetleavesforit.Theydonotprioritizeeventsasbigas WhatisthedifferencebetweenBSFandIndianArmy
marriage,becauseforthemnationisimportant.BothofthemareservingIndianAirForce intermsofwork,serviceandfacilities?
andnowtheyhavepostponedthatevent.
HowisanormalworkingdayintheIndianArmy(asa
soldieroranofficer)?
Well,IdonotknowiftheOPcanunderstandtheintricaciesinvolvedinthisbutitcertainly
isnotoverhyped.Therearegreaterjoystheyaregivingupon,thatwecaneversuccinctin
words.
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PratyushSingh,Undergrad|Bipolar
WrittenSep14,2014

MyfatherwasanIndianNavalofficerandIamansweringthiswiththeIndiandefense
servicesinmindandnotsolelytheIndianarmy.

WasIemotionalwhenIwrotethisanswer?HellyesIwas!BecauseIwasremindedthat
inspiteofthefactthatmyfathercouldneverholdmeandkissmeforthreeyearsafterI
wasborn,itdoesn'tcount.

"Ihaveaskedthequestionforhumbledebate..."

Really?Noshitplease!Youhaveaskedthisbecauseforsomereasonunknowntomeyou
haveavendettaagainstthem.Them?Iamtalkingaboutagroupofpeoplewhomightbe
fightinggunfirewhileyouwerewritingthiscondescendingquestion.

"Afterall,Indiaisnotlikecountrieswheremilitaryserviceiscompulsory.Whenyousay
everyonemustrespectyouallforsacrificesyoumake.Yeswedoacknowledgethatyou
worktoprotectusandwearethankful,thatdoesnotmeanweoweyouanythingor
youhavesacrificedanything."

1.Wonderwhyhavesomecountriesmademilitaryservicecompulsory?Oh!It'ssomuch
funsendingpeopletofacegunfire!

2.Youacknowledge?Ohthankyou!*blush*!Youarethankful?Ohmy!That'sthe
sweetestthingtheycouldhear!Didthemaloadofgood!

3.Youdon'toweanything?Didtheyaskyouforsomething?o.OTheydon'tcommand
respect,peoplerespectthemforwhattheydo.Theydon'taskforit,theyhaverightly

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earnedit.

4.Theyhaven'tsacrificedanything?Thisishowyoudefinesacrifice"Iasa
professionalalsohave'sacrificed'mylifewhenIcan'tcomehomeontimeserving
tofeedmyfamily."Seriously?DudethisisQuoranotsometrollsiteandIamseriously
hopingyouaren'tatrollbecausethisansweristakingalongtimetotype.Ifthat's
whatyoucallsacrificethenIsaythepeopleyouaretalkingaboutaren'toverhyped
insteadtheyareunderhyped.Myfatherdidn'tcomehomeformonthswhenhewas
awaysailingevenduringpeacetime,thinkwhatwouldhappenifitwaswartimeand
youcallmissingafewormaybeallsupperswithyourfamilysacrifice?Godblessthis
country!

"Itwasyourwishtojoinarmedforces,nobodyforcedyoutotakeriskoflifeorstayaway
fromfamilyandwhenyouchoosesomethingfrompersonalchoiceyoucan'tpleadthat
youmadesacrifices."

Theymakeaprofessionalchoicetoservetheircountryatameagresalaryandthenthey
are"forced"totakeariskoflifeandstayawayfromtheirfamilyforthat'swhatit
demands.Theycouldhaveworkedlikeyouatanyfirmandjustmissedsomesupperswith
theirfamily,getfrustratedandwriteonesuchquestion,enjoyedthe"humbledebate"and
sleptonacozylittlebed,butnotheyworkforyou,formeandforeveryonesothatyou
cansleeponthatcozylittlebedwithoutwonderingifyouwoulddieofanuclearexplosion
oranaerialattackwhileyousleep.Theysometimeshavenosupperatall,supperwithout
thefamilydoesn'tevencountintheirbooks.Theykillpeople,seetheircolleaguesbleedto
deathandyetkeepfightingfordayswithoutsleep.Nopefrustrationisn'ttheirbestsuit.

"Alsothosewhoareansweringpleaseansweronepassingquestionwhydoesaarmy
personalwayswearanuniformevenifheisoffduty.Ihaveseenitwhiletravellingseveral
times."

Ijustcalledmyfatherandaskedhimthis.Here'swhy

OneNavalandAirforcepersonnelsdon'tusuallyweartheiruniformswhiletravelling.This
ispractisedbyArmypersonnelsonly.Therearetworeasonswhy

1.NoonecandenyhowthegreatIndianpolicebehaveswithpeople.Theuniform
usuallypreventsanysuchconfrontationswithapersonnel.

2.Thisisthemoreimportantpart.Evenwhentravellinganarmypersonnelisexpected
tohandleanyhostilesituation,ifoneoccurs.Likeabombblast,orshootout,a
terroristattack,aderailment,drowning,floodingetc.Mostsuchincidentsoccuron
landwhichiswhythisisapracticewiththearmyonly.Beinginauniformhelpsthem
sinceitgivesthepeopleasenseofsecurityplusitgivesthemasenseofdutyand
alertness.Andyesitgivessomemoronsasenseofdread.Thatuniformismorethan
justapieceoffabricunlikeyourneatsuit.

NowsaywhateveryouwanttobecauseIain'tansweringbackanyofyourignorant,
frustratedandcondescendingjibes.Thisquestiongotmefumingforawhilebutnow
afterIhavesaidwhatIwantedtoIfeelbetter.Soit'sok,youknowwhatyoudid,
postingthisquestion.Becausewhenyouarefrustratedandfumingthebestwayisto
writeitalldown.Blessyou,cozyoujustmademerealizehowvaluablemyfatheris:)
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HimanshuKaran
WrittenFeb10,2015

Ileaveittoyoutodecide....butbeforeyoudopondersomethoughtsonthissituation.
Situation:Aninfantrycompanyistold(readodered)tolaunchanattackonanenemy
locality(location:concealed&tacticallyadvantageousweapons:unknownstrength:
unknown).
Thecompanycommanderselectsoneofhisplatoontoleadtheadvance.Theplatoon
commanderselectsonehissections(calledapointsection)forthesameandfinallythereis
asectioncommandertellingajawantoleadtheadvance.Nowletmebluntlymakeitclear
thatthisjawanisthefirstonetorecievegreetingsfromtheenemyintheformofLMGor
MMGburstfireandinallprobabilitygonnadie.Thisorderaccuratelytranslatesinto"go
ahead,recievethefirstbulletanddie"(sothatenemylocationcanbeascertained)
Theselectionofthisjawanbyhiscommanderisterriblydifficult.....nononotbecauseheis
literallyorderinghimtodieandthereissomesympathyfactorattached,butbecauseall
the10membersofhissectionarevoluteeringtoleadtheadvance.....

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Nowtellmeonedifferentprofessionotherthantheprofessionofarmswhichentailssuch
alevelofsacrifceanddevotion.This,myfriend,istheonlyjobwhereapersonwillfully
obeysallcommandseventotheperilofhislife.Ithinkitsunderrated!!
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RishabhSingh,MyfatherisanArmyman!
WrittenJan5

IsworkingintheIndianArmyoverhyped?
InthewakeoftherecentPathankotterroristattacks,letustrytoanswerthisquestion.

1.Lt.ColNiranjanKumar

t.ColKumarwascommisssionedintotheIndianarmyin2004.Hehadalready
L
completedhisengineeringdegreeandcouldhaveeasilytakenupaninetofivejob
anywhere.Instead,hedecidedtojointheIndian
Army.
ToquoteLt.ColKumar
Iaminlovewitholivegreen.
ThisisthereasonwhyhejoinedtheIndianArmyandnotbecausehewould'vegot
groceriesandliquoratarelativelycheaperprice.
ANSGofficerisahighriskjob.Whywouldasanepersonwhohasabeautifulwifeanda
cuteliitledaughteroffertoworkfortheNSG?
Money?Surely,moneycannotoutweighyourlife.No .
Facilities?Youwouldn'tcareaboutthefacilitiesonceyou'redead.Youwouldn'tbeputting
youlifeonthelinejustforgettingafewfreebiesfromthegovernment.So,noagain.
Passion?Passioncouldbethedrivingforce,thecatalyst,thekickthatyouneed.Afterall
passiondefiessanity.Ayes.

2.CorporalGursevakSingh

orporalGursevaksinghhadjoinedtheIAFsixyearsback.Hewasoneofthemore
C
educatedpeoplefromhisvillage.Notmanypeoplefromhisvillagewouldhavebeenable
togetintoIAF.Hehadmarriedasrecentlyas18thofNovember2015.Barelyamonthand
ahalffromhismarriage,thismanwasdefendinghisnationagainstterroristforces.
Raatkomaiphonekarungaauragarkisiwajahsemeraphonenaaaayetosojaana.
TranslateI'llcallyouatnightandifforsomereasonIamnotabletocall,thengoto
sleep.

Youarebeingbombardedbybulletsfromtheterrorist'sgunsandontheotherhandyou're
tellingyourwifenottoworryforyouandgotosleep.SERIOUSLY?
Suchfearlessnessandcalmnessunderdesperatecircumstancesisararitynowa
days.Imaginehavingtodealwithsuchtypeofincidentonaregularbasis.Youneednerves
ofsteel.Mostarmypeoplehavethem!

3.HavildarKulwantSingh

Forthefirsttimein30years,KulwantSinghhadbeenpostedinPunjab,hishomestate.

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Thejoyturnedouttobeshortlivedashewasmartyredbattlingagainsttheterroristsin
Pathankot.KulwantSinghwouldhavehadbeensoexcitedwiththeprospectofstaying
closetohisfamily.Littledidheknowthathewouldtakehislastbreaththere.Thisiswhat
happenswhenyouworkfortheArmy.Theplaceyouthoughtofasaparadisecanturnout
tobeaminefield.Youhavetobeonyourtoesatalltimes.YouhavetobeBATTLEREADY.

4.SubedarFatehSingh

ubedarFatehSinghwasaCommonwealthGoldMedalist.Hehadwonagoldandsilver
S
medalinbigboreindividualandteameventsrespectivelyintheCommonwealthShooting
ChampionshipsinNewDelhiin1995.Achampionshooterandagreatperson,hehadno
ideathathisshootingskillsweregoingtobetestedagaininlivecombat.Ifyouarea
CommonwealthChampionchancesarelowthatyou'llbeinthefirstlineofdefenceincase
ofaterroristattackbutnotforSubedarSingh.Thisman,whohadalreadymadeIndia
proudacoupleoftimes,wentastepfurtherandmadethesupremesacrificeforthe
country.
Youdon'tseesuchexamplesofpatriotismeveryday,doyou?

5.HavildarJagdishChand

avildarJagdishChandwasachefatthePathankotbase.Hewasoneofthefirstonesto
H
engagewiththeterrorists.Hedisplayedextraordinaryamountofrawcourageandvalour
ashejumpedonaterroristandneutralisedhimsinglehandedlywithoutanyweapon.He
hadlittlecareforhisownlife.Ittakessuperhumaneffortandbraverytodowhathedid.
Putingyourcountryaheadwithoutcaringaweebitaboutyourownlife,howmanyofus
wouldbeabletodothat?

6.SepoySanjeevanSinghRana

epoySanjeevanSinghRanawasn'tthefirstonefromhisfamilywhojoinedthearmy.His
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AwanishPandey,JaiHo
WrittenOct17

YES!!

WhenIsayYEStooverhypeofIndianArmy,Ionlymeanthattheirworkisgivenmore
respect,greatermediacoverage,socialimportanceandanoutofproportionapplause
comparedtotherestofprofessionsexistinginIndia.

JustbecauseweneverreadfrequentlyaboutArmysmisconductwithgeneralpublic,
corruptioninsideArmy(likeAdarshscam)andotherdaytodaydeedswethinkthatArmy
isaspecialtypeofjobwhichonlydedicatedtonationandbraveheartscando.
Misconductsofpoliticians,policeetc.canbereadoneverypageofnewspapersandevery
minuteofnewschannelsandsowehaveformedthesebiasednegativeopinionsabout
everythingbutstillhaveanondebatableplaceforArmyinheart.

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BeforeIbegin,allImeantohighlighthereisthisdangeroussentimentofpublicthat
IndianArmyisaninstitutionthatissomehow'greaterthanothers'andshouldbeimmune
tocriticism.AndalsothisweirdsortofnotionthatequatesIndianArmytoIndia.It'syet
anotherinstitutionandisjustasdifferentasanyotherinstitution.Itdeservesrespectand
criticismasmuchasdeservethemostofotherinstitutionsinthenation.

Armyisgenerallyconsideredasmostdangerousjobsandcarriestheassumptionthatonly
bravestofthebravejoinit.However,ifnumberofcasualtiesisinanywayametricto
definethedangerousnessortoughestjobthenIndianPolicestandfarabovethanIndian
Army.Lookatthedatafrom20102014andyoucanseethatIndianPolicesuffers
casualtiestwotothreetimesmorethanIndianArmy.

Also,ifworkinginharsherconditionisametrictodefineworkingforyourcountrywith
higheratmospheric,demographic,economicandsocialriskthenIthinktheyhave
competitionfrommanyprofessions.IAisnottheonlyplacetohaveharshconditions.
Childrenworkingincoalmines,alabourworkinginhotsummersunlightalldaylong
(with5timeslowerwage),farmers(thewhoopingnumberofsuicidescommittedcangive
aneasyideaoftheirharshlife),workersinfirecrackerindustries,Policemenemployedin
Naxaliteareasandascientistworkingwithlifethreateningequipmentandchemicalsare
someoftheexamples.ThereareplethoraofjobsinIndialiketheonestoldabovewhoface
sameriskswithequallydevastatingoutputcompoundedbylowwage,lesserjobsecurity,
andshittystandardoflife.Glorifyingoneasbetterthananotherisjustplainwrong.
Soldiersgetpropertraining,enjoybetterpay(exceptthepolicemenexampleabove),livea
morerespectfullifethananyoftheexamplesgivenabovewithotherperkslifetaxfree
canteens.

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Theotherweirdnotionthatisattachedtothemisthattheyprotectournation.Ofcourse
theydo,buttheyarenotonlyonetodoso.TheotherbodiesthatprotectusareIndian
police,courts,civiladministration,politiciansandothers.ThoughIAcomestohelpnation
atthetimeofadversitieslikeflood,earthquakeetc.butthendoctorscometoourrescue
whenfaminebreaksorsomediseasegobeyondnormalcontrol,Scientistscomestoour
rescuebyinforminginadvanceaboutcalamitieslikestormetc.,Policecomestoourrescue
atthetimeofriotsandthelistgoeson.InnowayIamunderminingtheeffortsofIAbut
justmakingapointthatIAisnottheonlybodytohelpusinabnormalscenarios.

Note:SomehowIfeelthatIamnotabletoconveythemessageproperlywiththeanswer.
Pleasesuggestproperwords,sentencesandthoughtsyouthinkcanhelptheanswerlook
morepreciseandappealing.

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SoumadeepMazumdar,Iwritelonganswers.
UpdatedSep29,2014

NO.

It'snot.Infact,itishighlyunderhyped(ifthereissuchaword).Ourarmydeservesalot
morerespectandstaturethantheyreceive.HereisasmallstorywhichIwastooyoungto
remember.MymomnarratedthisstorywhenIwasalittleolder,andsincethenInever
forgotawordofit.

Itwassomewhereintheyear1999,duringtheKargilWar .Iwas6.ThemovieBorder
hadcomeoutabouttwoyearsback,depictingthelifeandhardshipsofthepeopleinthe
Indianarmy,anditwasquiteahitinBollywood.Ihadseenit,myentirefamilyhad.
Duringmysummervacationsmymomdecidedtovisitherparent'shousenearKolkata.
Unfortunately,wemissedourtrainandthenextwasavailablewastheJammuTawi
Express.Thiswaslongdistancetrainandrequiredsleeperclasstickets.Duetosome
unknownreason,mymomseemedtobeinadesperationtogettoherparents.(Maybeshe
hadafightwithmydad,whoknows.)
So,sheboardedthemilitarycompartmentofthetrain.Surprisinglyenough,notoneofthe
armymenevenenquiredanythingofher.Theydidn'taskwhyshewasonthat
compartmentorwhyshewastherewithachaircarticket.Theypolitelyclearedupaplace
andletussit.Ontheway,mymomandIgotintoaconversationwiththearmypersonnel.
Idon'trecalltheentireconversation,evenmymomdoesn't,butwhatwedo,stillmakesme
shakeupabit.

Theyweretellingusabouttheirlifeinthearmy.Thebadweather,thebadfood,thefearof
death.Apparentlythegovernmentdoesn'treallycareaboutthearmyunlessyouareposted
asaguardattheParliament.Somymomaskedthem,

"HaveyouseenBorder ?Itisbasedonyourlife."

Towhichhelaughedandsaid,
"It'snothinglikeourlife,ourlifeismuchtougher."

Andherewewerecryingthattheprotagonistinthemoviewaskilled.

Hecontinued,
"Themovieshowsthatyouhavetoleaveyournewlywedwifeduringyourwedding
nighttojointheforces.Youseethatguysittingtherewiththegrumpyface?Hewas
marriedyesterday,hedidn'tevenhavetimeforaceremony,leavealonemeethiswife."

Wetalkedallalongthejourney.Beforegettingoff,theguyweweretalkingto,reachedinto
hisdilapidatedgreenbag,andbroughtoutanapple.Hesaidtomymom,
"Thisisforyourson.It'sfromKashmir .Yoursonisreallycute,remindsmeofmyson
backhome.Idon'thaveanythingelseonmenowtogivehim.Pleaseacceptthis."
IregrettillthisdaywhyIdon'tremembertheincident,ortheguy'sface,andIamgetting
alittlemistyhere.Ninjascuttingonions.

Onourwaybackafterthevacation.Wemetthegroupagain.Theylookedpaleand
morosethistime.Theguywhogavemetheapplecameforward.Heaskedme,

"Youlikedmygift,littleone?"

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Mymotherasked,"Whyareyouguyssosad?"
"Yourememberthenewlywedguywiththegrumpyface?"
Heloweredhisheadandnodded.Theguyhadn'tmadeit.

Iamnotmakingupthisstory.Itdoessoundalotlikemovies,but,trusthim,
"It'salotworse."

Thisisaprofessionwhichneedstobeoverhyped.
Theyjoinvoluntarily.It'snotliketheycan'tgetotherjobs,ortheywereforcedtowork
therebecauseofsomecrimetheycommitted.It'snotlikesendingthemofftothe
Night'sWatch .It'sliketheoathofakingsguard.

Youcannotbribethem.Theyhaveabsolutelynowaytoscrapeoffthetop.Whywould
youbribethem?Theydon'tserveanypurposeofyoursotherthanprotectyourlife
andyourfamily.

Theyareprovidedwithweapons,buttheycannot,andtheywillnotuseitonany
civiliansevenifyouassaultthemyourself.Theywillnotfightback.Suchistheir
tolerance,andtheirdedicationtoprotectyou.

Theyworkmorehoursthanyou,inworseconditionsthanyou,survivingonless
resourcesthanyou.Theirsalaryisprettyless.Muchlessthanmostofthepeople
whoselifetheyaresaving.

TheGovernmentareleastworriedaboutthem.Lookattheweaponry,thefacilities,
thegear,militarypersonnelinthewesterncountrieshave,andthenlookatours.They
aretheonlyoneswho"fight"for"peace".

Theyarenotremembered.WehaveRajivChowk,wehaveNetajiMore,wehave
GandhiJayanti(Iamnotsayingtheyshouldn'tbe.),butwhenhaveyouheardabout
KargilVijayDiwas ?

BecausetheyaretheheroesIndiadeserves,butnottheonesitneedsrightnow.Sowe'll
forgetthem,we'lldisrespectthem.Becausetheycantakeit.Becausetheyarenotour
heroes.Theyarethesilentguardians.Watchfulprotectors.TheCamouflagedKnights.
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RichaPant,CatLover
WrittenSep15,2014

"Itwasyourwishtojoinarmedforces,nobodyforcedyoutotakeriskoflifeorstay
awayfromfamilyandwhenyouchoosesomethingfrompersonalchoiceyoucan'tplea
thatyoumadesacrifices."

IsthereanyparticularincidentwhereTheIndianArmyoranyonefromtheIndianArmy
hasbeen"arrogant"aboutthesacrificetheymake?Publiclyormaybesomeonesaid
somethingtoyou?
AlsosinceyouhavepersonallyseenArmyMentravellinginuniformsoffduty,werethey
actuallyoffdutyoryouassumedit?

Iwas13yearsoldwhenwewereaskedtomakeaqueueandproceedtothe"Army
Ground"whichweoftenusedasaplaygroundduringoursportsperiod.Thebattalion
stoodthereinimpeccablefiles.Studentsrangingfromasyoungas4yearstoasoldas15
hadgatheredintheArmygroundtowavegoodbyeandwishlucktothosemen.Theywere
goingtoKargil.Thosemenwerefathers,brothersandunclesofthesestudents.
Thecommandingofficerroared"Deshkeliyeladega?"
"Ladega"thebattalionthunderedback.
"Deshkeliyejaandega?"
"Dega."
"BharatMataki..Jai"

ThentheywereloadedinJeepsandtrucksandwefollowedthemtotheroadwhich
markedtheendofcantonment.EverysinglestudentandteacherofourSchoolcriedthat
day.
Allthishappenedbecausetheothercountryhadwagedawaronus.Soallofthosewho
saythattheyhaveanagendaand"thereshouldbenowar"comeoutofyourdreams.Does
IndianArmywageawaronothercountriestoacquireland.Butshouldwenotprotectour
countryfrominfiltrators?

AndthosewhosaythattheyarepayingtaxmoneytofundtheArmyaretheoneswhoare
beingarrogant,nottheArmy.NexttimedonottakethatsubsidyonyourLPG.Buyitfrom

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themarketatfullprice.

TheArmy"hype"asyoucallitexistsbecausetherearecivilianslikemewhofeelthatArmy
commandsrespectandnotbecausetheyaskforit.SoifyoureallyfeelthattheArmydoes
nothingspecialandyoumakesacrificesequivalenttothatoftheArmypleasemakesure
youtellthistoTHEMifyouhappentomeetthemratherthanpassivelyputtingthis
questionhere:)
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KunalRahar,ProudbrotherwhosesisterisaFlyingOfficerwiththeIndian
AirForce(IAF)
WrittenAug14,2015

Readitsomewhere.

TheaverageageoftheArmyManis23years.

Heisashorthaired,tightmuscledkidwho,undernormalcircumstancesisconsideredby
societyashalfman,halfboy.Notyetdrybehindtheears,notoldenoughtobuyabeerin
thecapitalofhiscountry,butoldenoughtodieforhiscountry.He'sarecentschoolor
collegegraduatehewasprobablyanaveragestudentfromoneoftheKendriya
Vidyalayas,pursuedsomeformofsportactivities,drivesaricketybicycle,andhada
girlfriendthateitherbrokeupwithhimwhenheleftforIMA,orswearstobewaitingwhen
hereturnsfromhalfaworldaway.

Helistenstorockandrollorhiphoporbhangraorgazalsanda155mmhowitzer.Heis5
or7kiloslighternowthanwhenhewasathomebecauseheisworkingorfightingthe
insurgentsorstandingguardontheicyHimalayasfrombeforedawntowellafterduskor
heisatMumbaiengagingtheterrorists.Hehastroublespelling,thusletterwritingisapain
forhim,
buthecanfieldstripariflein30secondsandreassembleitinlesstimeinthedark.Hecan
recitetoyouthenomenclatureofamachinegunorgrenadelauncheranduseeitherone
effectivelyifhemust.Hedigsfoxholesandlatrinesandcanapplyfirstaidlikea
professional.Hecanmarchuntilheistoldtostop,orstopuntilheistoldtomarch.

Heobeysordersinstantlyandwithouthesitation,butheisnotwithoutspiritorindividual
dignity.Hisprideandselfrespect,hedoesnotlack.
Heisselfsufficient.Hehastwosetsofcombatdress:hewashesoneandwearstheother.
Hekeepshiswaterbottlefullandhisfeetdry.
Hesometimesforgetstobrushhisteeth,butnevertocleanhisrifle.
Hecancookhisownmeals,mendhisownclothes,andfixhisownwounds.
Ifyou'rethirsty,he'llsharehiswaterwithyouifyouarehungry,hisfood.
He'llevensplithisammunitionwithyouinthemidstofbattlewhenyourunlow.

Hehaslearnedtousehishandslikeweaponsandweaponsliketheywerehishands.He
cansaveyourlifeortakeit,becausehe'sbeentrainedforboth.Hewilloftendotwicethe
workofacivilian,drawhalfthepay,andstillfindironichumorinitall.Hehasseenmore
sufferinganddeaththanheshouldhaveinhisshortlifetime.Hehasweptinpublicandin
private,forfriendswhohavefallenincombatandisunashamedtodoso.
HefeelseverynoteoftheJanaGanaManavibratethroughhisbodywhileatrigid
attention,whiletemperingtheburningdesireto'squareaway'thosearoundhimwho
haven'tbotheredtostand,removetheirhandsfromtheirpockets,orevenstoptalking.In
anoddtwist,dayinanddayout,farfromhome,hedefendstheirrighttobedisrespectful.

JustasdidhisFather,Grandfather,andGreatgrandfather,heispayingthepriceforour
freedom.
Atricolour,somewhereinhisuniform,
Atricolour,heholdshigh,
Atricolourheunfurlswithprideaftereverymisson.
Sometimeshecomeshomewrappedinone.
Beardlessornot,heisnotaboy.
Heisyournation'sFightingManthathaskeptthiscountryfreeanddefendedyourright
toFreedom.
Hehasexperienceddeprivationandadversity,andhasseenhisbuddiesfallingtobullets
andmaimedandblown.

AndhesmilesattheironyoftheIASbabuandpoliticianreducinghisstatusyearafter
yearandtheunkindestcutofall,evenreducinghissalaryandaskingwhyheshouldget14
eggsaweekfree.Andwhenhesilentlywhispersinprotest,thesamepoliticianandbabu
aghast,suggesthe'smutinying.

WakeupcitizensofIndia.

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Richa,Wasasilentreader,aspiretosharealittleofmyexperience
whereverIcan!
WrittenMay2

YES

WorkininIndianArmyisoverhyped!!

Thereare100+answersalreadyandyetIcouldnotresistwriting.IhopeIaddalittle
morethanallthe100answersthathavealreadyconveyed.MyboyfriendisservingIndian
Armyfromlast3years.HepassedoutfromIITandwasworkingwellhoweverwhenhe
decidedtojoinarmy,Iwasprettymiffedthinkingaboutthedistanceandseparation.But
nowitmakesmyheartswellwithpride

LittlewhatIknowaboutArmyiswhatIamsharing:

1.OnejoinsArmytodiesfortheircountryNEVER:Ihaveheardthis
statementbymanyofmyfellowIndians.Whydowethinklikethis?Anarmyofficer
willalwayssay"Anysoldierorofficerjoinsarmytofightfortheirnation
andsurvive".Nobodyeverjoinsitwiththemerethoughtofdying,thatisnotwhata
soldierthinks.

2.SelflessServing:Aselflessactiswhereyoudosomethingwithoutexpectingor
gettinganythinginreturn.WhyisthebarsetsohighforIndianArmyofficers
thattheyshouldconsidertheirserviceselfless.Itisnotselfless.Theygetpaid
foritandnorshouldweexpectthemtoserveselflessly.Theyarenotdoingcharity.

3.JobFrustration:Wecancribasmuchaboutourjobs.Iseesomanybankersin
bankseemfrustrateddoingthesamethingeveryday,IasanITemployeecribalot
aboutmyjob.Whyaren'ttheyallowedtodothat.?Can'ttheyevenventout
theirfrustrationaboutsomeorderstheydon'twanttofollowbuttheyhavetoandif
theydosotheyarebadexamplesforthenation.Nobodyforcesustojoinour
respectivejobsbutIhavehardlymeetpeoplewhoarerealhappywithwhattheydo.
Whydowehavesuchhighexpectationswiththem.

4.CancelledLeaves:Wehavetheliabilitytotakeanunscheduledleaveforaday
claimingwearesickornotwell.Theycan't,eveniftheywanttheycan't.Whydowe
forgettheyareHumanBeingsaswell.Whenourleavesgetcancelledweblastwith
anger.Whenithappenswiththemitistheirjob.Nobodycaresaboutthat.Yousaid
youarelatetomeetyourfriendsandfamiliesontime.Theymaynevergettoseetheir
families.

Nowtoyourquestion:

1.Whenyousayeveryonemustrespectyou:Thismanipulationisdonebyus.
Anyarmyofficerwillnotcarewhethersomeonegivesrespectfortheirsacrificesornot.
Theonlythingtheyknowistofollowordersandservethenation.Theydon't
wantrespect.Itisagainwewhohaveoverhypedtheirsacrifices.Neveradead
soldiergotupfromdeathtoseekmediaattention,hejustdidhisdutytillhislast
breath.ItisUS,Wehaveoverhypedthembyourexpectations.

2.Nobodyforcedyoutotakeriskoflifeorstayawayfromfamily:Although
nobodyforcedthemyettheytookthisdecisiontorisktheirlifeanddosomethingwhat
weneverthoughtwecould.Theychosethisvoluntarilybutneverdidtheypleadtoany
ofustocounttheirsacrifices.Theyarejustbusyservingwhateverbethecondition.

3.whydoesanarmypersonalwayswearanuniformevenifheisoffduty:
Notheydon'talwayswearuniformwhiletheytravelling.Itmustbesomerestraints
likeiftheyhavetoreportdirectlywhilereturningfromholidays.Thismaysavetime.
(ThatistheonlycaseIknow).

Justmeetonesoldierifyougetachanceto,andyouwillgetaverydetailedanswerofyour
question.Theywillnotneedtoexplainit.Theydon'teventhinkofthequestionsyouhave
putup.

Justaninstance,PosthumousCaptainPawanKumarwasmyboyfriend'scoursemate
andhewasprettyshockedtoseeanIITqualifiedboyjoiningarmyafterworkingfortwo
years.Hesaid,"TumjaisepadhelikhelogkyuArmyjoinkarteho,humjaise
loghitheekhaigoliyaankhanekliye"(WhydidyoujoinArmyafterhavingstudied
somuch,peoplelesseducatedlikeusaregoodtotakebulletsforthecountry).

Hemeantthatpeoplewhoaremoreeducatedshouldcontributethecountryinother
productiveways.ThisiswhatanArmyofficerthinks.

SothebottomlineisitismeandyouwhohavemadeworkinginIndianArmyisOver
Hyped.Thosewhoarealreadyworkingat50Degreesor50Degrees,theyhardlycare

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whattheirfellowcitizensarethinking.Theyarejustperformingtheirduties.
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LizaMohanty,victimofmyownmind.
WrittenAug19,2014

Ihavetwofriends,whohailfrommegarichfamilies.Sincethepasttwoyears,bothof
themhavebeenworkinghardandtrainingtoqualifytheSSBround.WhenIaskedoneof
them,whydoesheneedthearmyjob,whenhecouldliveaverycomfortablelifewithhis
familybusinessandfather'smoney?hesaid,'IhaveworkedinthefamilybusinessandI
haveattendedSSBcampsthrice,youhavetoworkhardinboth,lesssleepandmorework,
butnothingcanbeatthesatisfactionthatyougetforfightingforyourmotherland.
Nothingcancomparetothesleepthatasoldiergets,howeversmallitis,inthenight,after
completinghisroundsfortheday.'Ididn'tgethisanswer,untilveryrecently,Ijoinedthe
acertaingroup,whosesoleintentionistocleanupmycity'suglypartsandmakeit
beautiful.Itsanonprofitorganizationandismadesolelyforthepurposeofcleaningthe
cityandprovidingitwithglory.Itsananonymousgroup.Ittakestoomuchofmytime,
involvesreallygrosswork,andIsometimessufferhorriblebackaches,butnotevenonce
haveithoughtofabandoningit,solelybecause,itgivesmeimmensepleasureand
satisfactiontodosomethingforthecitywhichhaswelcomedmewithopenarms.Ican't
helpbutwonder,howmanytimes,thispleasurewillmultiply,whenIwillbeabletodothis
formycountry,notjustforthiscity.

Comingtoyoursecondquestion,whydotheyweartheiruniformsinpublic?Becausethey
haveearnedtherightto.Theyworkcrazylonghours,athorrible,inhumantemperatures,
fightingenemiesandsometimesourownpeople.Allthatwithmeagersalaries.Theyhave
therighttoweartheiruniformwheneverandhowevertheywant.IfIseesomeoneinan
armyuniform,Imakeitapointtothankthemforalltheirservices.
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KeerthanVasist,Mechanicalengineeringgraduate
WrittenAug23,2014

IndianArmyisamilitarymight.TheIndianarmyisthethirdlargestinfantryintheworld.
IndianNavyandIndianAirForcearealsoamongthebestintheworld.

IndiahassentitsarmedforcestoaugmenttheUNpeacekeepingforcemultipletimes.
TheIndianArmyhasalotofpeacetimeresponsibilitieswithinthecountry.Andthereare
somanymoreachievementsoftheIndianArmedForcesthatcanmakeusgleamwith
pride.

However,thegreatestachievementoftheIndianArmedForcesandtheIndiandemocratic
setupis,asputbyaPakistanicivilianinoneofhisanswersonQuora(whichIamunable
tolocate),isthattheIndianArmedForcesstayintheirbarrackswhentheyarenot
needed.TheIndianArmyhasneverrisenuptotakecontrolofthegovernment.

It'sveryeasyforusalltonotconsiderbutIwasbroughtupshortwhenIreadthe
gentleman'sanswer.Thereweremanyopportunitiesforamilitaryuprisinginthecountry.
But,ithasneverhappenedinIndia.
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NaveenKumarK,AproudArmyBratandanintrovert..
WrittenAug24,2014

ThisisoneinstitutionwheretheoathtakenbyanemployeeoftheIndianGovernmentis
ACTUALLYfollowedandhonored.
Whentheysay"Thesafety,honor&welfareofyourcountrycomesfirst,
always&everytime.Thehonor,welfare&comfortofthemenyou
command,comenext.Yourownease,comfort&safetycomelast,always&
everytime.",theymeanit.
Weallworkforourselves,ourfamiliesatthemost.Theyworkforthemselvesandpretty
mucheveryoneelse.
Yourjobandminedon'taskustostandinthelineoffire,literally!Likemostgovernment
institutionsormostgovernmentemployees,theydon'taskyouforyourmoneywhenit
comesfortimetodotheirjob.BythisImeantbribes.
I'msurewedon'thavetherighttocompareour"sacrifices"withtheirs.Oursacrificesare
atthemost(talkingtoabsoluteextremes)notbeingabletoattendsomeone'sweddingor
beinglateforsomethingimportant,orsomethingalongtheselines.Theirsacrificesare,not

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beingabletobenexttotheirwivesatthetimeoftheirfirstoranychild'sbirth.Iknowmy
Dadwasattheborderinawargameatthetimeofmybirth.Notbeingabletotakecareof
theirparentswhentheyaresickathospital.Seriouslysick!Ihaveknownsomewho
couldn'treachtheirparent'sfuneralintimeorreachatall!So..Letsnotevenstartabout
thesacrificesthefamiliesmake.Don'ttalkaboutsacrificesman.
NoonehasaskedanybodyintheArmytotakeupthatjobandyettheydo.Forsome,its
justajobbutformostitsaverypersonaldecision.IndianArmyistheworld'slargest
voluntaryArmy.Letsjustrespectthatman.
Conflictornoconflict,theireverydaylifeisnoteasy.Mostcivilianscannotlastmuch
longerlivinglikethat.
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Anonymous
UpdatedAug12UpvotedbyAdityaBhuyan

Attheveryoutset,myapologiesforputtingupacommentas'anonymous'.Iamanofficer
intheinfantry.Yourquestionisindeedalogicaloneanddeservesdebate.Youare
absolutelyrightinsayingthatwejoinedservicecompletelywithourownfreewillandthat
nobodyowesusanything.Infact,itisussoldierswhoarefortunatethatthegovernment
(i.e.thepublic)foundusfitforthisprestigiousservice.

However,Igetafeelingthatyoumayhavemisinterpretedthecoreissueinthesubject.

Firstly,youmustunderstandthatwheneverapersoninuniformbringsup'civilians',heis
mostlikelytalkingabouttheciviliansthatwehavetodealwithinourlineofwork.These
aremostlycivilservants.Weareleastbotheredabouttheengineersandthedoctorsand
howmuchmoneytheyaremaking.Incidentally,Iamamechanicalengineerby
qualificationmyself.Iwasplacedinarenownedautomobilemanufacturingcompanywith
apackageof7.2lpa(notalotformanyofusatQuora,butdefinitelytoomuchforagoof
likeme!:P),whichIdroppedinordertojoinIMA,Dehradun.

Peoplethinkit'snotveryhardtobecomeanArmyofficer.Theyareright.Youjustneed
basiccommonsense(notverycommon),IQandknowledgetogetin.Butafterthat,
thingsbecomedarnrightdifficult.Thestudiesheresuckthebloodoutofeventhemost
giftedamongstus.Ialwaysscoredaround90%inschoolwithconsiderableease.Today
I'msloggingmyassandburningmidnightoiltosecure6070%inmilitarysubjects,which
aredeadlymixtureofhistory,geography,scienceandtechnology,currentaffairsandlaw.
Yes,law.Thisisoverandaboveyourdutiesasasubunitcommanderandthephysical
conditioningyouneedtogiveyourselftoremainfightingfit,especiallyintheinfantry.

Forthemoment,letusnowforgetabouttheofficersandfocusonthejawans.Didyou
knowthatweareoneofthefewremainingcountriesintheworldthatcategorizesthe
infantrysoldierunderthe'unskilledworkforce'categoryforthepurposeofpaying
salaries?Thisisdespitethenumberofcourseshehastodoinordertodowellinservice,
whichconsistofspecialisedtrainingintrigonometryandsurveying,ballistics,explosives,
hydraulics,materialsandbasickinematics.Inaddition,currentscenariohasnecessitated
studyofasymmetricwarfarewithafocusonsmallteamsandspecialoperations.Hence,
thisessentiallyisanalogoustogivingacivilengineerthepayofalocal'mistry'.Itisn't
aboutthe'pay',it'saboutthe'payscale'.Ithasasanaspectofdignityassociatedwithit.
So,evenafteryouspendmonthsawayfromyourfamily,gettingsunburntandeating
tinnedfoodcontinuously,peoplestillthinkthatsinceyoucan'ttalkinEnglish,you
basicallysuck,andthatyoucanbeasoldierifyoucanjustrunaroundwithagun
(unskilledworker).Ithurts.

Theofficersleadcomparativelycomfortablelives,eventhoughtheyneedtobeadeptinall
theaforementionedsubjects(Obviously,youneedtobebetterthanyourjuniors!).Butthis
too,islargelybecauseofthejawans.'Hamaresahabkokoitakleefnahihonichahiye'is
theirevergreenendeavour.OursisagreatArmybecausewehavetheindomitablejawans
andImusttellyou,itisbothaprivilegeandachallengetobeabletocommandthesemen.

Sobasicallynooneisaskingforanythingbutrecognition.Asforthesacrifice,Iwouldn't
know.Ihaven'tmadeany.IjustgetkickswhenIordera'befittingreply'toanenemy
ceasefireviolation,knowingfullwellthatIrepresentanentirenationatthatpointof
time,evenifit'satopadesolatemountainnobodygivesashitabout.
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PoorvishaRavi,Faujibrat!
WrittenAug28,2014

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Iunderstandyourthoughtprocess.Idon'tthinkyoumeantoundermineArmypersonnel,
butyouarewonderingwhyciviliansaretoutedasnotasdeservingofrespectasArmy
personnel.So,I'llstartwithaclarification.

Armypeopledonotoverhypethemselves.

It'stheawedpeople,generallycivilians,whodo.

IhaveneverseenanArmypersonboastingaroundanddemandingextraattention
becausetheyarewhattheyare.

Forthem,itisajob,justlikeyourjobisyours.TheyliveamongstotherArmypeopleand
therefore,theydonotfeeloutofplaceasallofthemareundergoingjustthesamethingas
theyare.

"OhsoyouwereinKargil?Whichsector?Iwasin..."

Hypingcannothappenatallwhensomethingisnormalized.

Truethereisarisktolifeinvolved,butnotallArmypeopleeverfaceit.Yes,theydohaveto
keeptravelingandsometimescannottakefamiliesalong,butthislifestyleisnotisolatedto
theArmy.

WhyarepeopleproudoftheArmythen?

ItistoinstillconfidenceandboostmoralesothatArmypeopledon'tgetdemotivated.
Demotivationisn'tabigthingincivilianlife.IntheArmy,itislethal.

ThereactiongiventoArmylifebyciviliansiseither"OOOOHHHHHHHH
WOWWWWWW!!!!"or"Meh",butnotanormalone.

Onthecontrary,whenArmypeoplearebroughtintocontactwithcivilians,thelatterjust
gushoverandsingpraises"Ohyousacrificeyourlifeforyournation...blahblahblah"

AndseasonedArmypeoplearelike,"Okay...so?What'sthedeal?",butcannotsaythat
openly.

Armypeopledonotthinkthatwayaboutthemselvesinmostofthecasesandusuallyplay
alongbecauseitissohardtoexplain.Anythingandeverythingwesayiseither
misunderstoodasboasting,orjustgushedoverunnecessarily.

Civilianshavehyped,romanticizedandmisunderstoodArmylifetobesomesortofa
glorifiedideal,forcingotherstothink"What'sthebigdeal?"

I,asanArmykid,haveneverbeenbroughtuptofeelifIwerespecial.

Wehavelivedallourlivesincantonmentswhereourfathersandmothersbeinginthe
Armedforcesisnotaromanticizedidealbutarealityoflife.

Manyofusgrewupwithcrippledsoldiersasfathers.

ManyofuswentwithhavingourArmyparentmissingfromourlivesforseveral
occurrencesof23yearperiods.

WeneverhadthesamesetoffriendsfromNurseryschooltoHighschool.

Weneverhadahousetocallourownformorethan23years.

Wewerehardlyeverpampered.

Wewereforcedtochangeschoolsatthedropofahatanddespitethisstresscontinue
performingwellacademicallysothatwhenwegotoutofschooltofacethecivilianworld
intheformofentranceexams,collegesanduniversities,wewouldnotbeleftbehindby
kidswhohadstudiedwithoutanyofthesestressors.

And,foryourinformation,thereisnosuchthingas'DefenceQuota'.It'salmostnever
availableinanywhereitmatters,asfarasIhaveseen.Evenifthereis,itisgenerallyfor
'exservicemen',or'warcasualties'.AtleastIandkidsofothernoninjuredwartime
soldiershaveneveravailedofthisinexistentquota.

Anyway,soIamjustputtingitouthereforyoutoseethereality.Iamnotboastingabout
thisbecauseaccordingtome,THISISNORMAL,COMMONPLACE.InourArmycircles,
thisisnocauseforsympathy,oraweoranything.It'sjustafactoflifeforusjustlike
rampantcorruption,snakingqueues,houserent,householdbillsandinefficientservices
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areahardfactforcivilians.

Wedon'tneedyouraweorhype,justaswedon'tneedyourcasualdismissal.

Justgiveustherespectyouwouldtoanormalhumanbeingandwearejustfine.

Aboutthe'wearinguniform'thing

Idon'tunderstandwhyitshouldbotheryou.Armypeopledon'tmindwhenyoudressa
particularway.

EveryArmyofficerhasatleast56setsofuniformsfordifferentoccasions.Thecamouflage
uniform,oraswecallit'cheetahdress'ismeanttobeworncasually.Andit'ssuper
comfortable,zerofuss,doesn'ttear,doesn'tlookdirtyormessy.That'swhyArmypersonnel
wearitalot,especiallywhiletravelling.

Andunlesstheyareawayonextendedleavetotheirremotelylocatedhometown,Army
peopleareneveroffduty.Whentheyare,theywearnormalcasualclothesorothercasual
Armyuniformslikethe'PTdress',whichagainisunbelievablycomfortable.
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Anonymous
UpdatedMay11

Firstly,ifyoudon'tknowaboutIAprotocolsthenreadthem.Soldierswhoarewearing
armydressareondutyandthatisthedresscodeforthem.

Secondly,wedon'twantanythingfromanyoneandwearedoingourjob,itisourduty.

Thirdly,respecttheArmybecauseyouareaskingthesequestionsasyouareprotectedbyit.
Oncethisprotectionisgone,youwillbeonlythinkingaboutyoursafety.

Fourth,ifyoucan'trecognizethesacrificesmadebyothers,thenbeassurednooneis
goingtorecognizeyours.

Lastly,moneydoesnotguaranteeloyaltyandcourage,itsthecharacterofindividualand
forthatyouhavetorespecthim.
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KunalMulay
UpdatedSep21,2014

Ijustwanttoshareastoryofminewhichcompletelychangedmyperceptionregarding
IndianArmy.

Sothiswas27thJune2014,IwasreturningfrommydreamtourfromLehtoManali.Just
25kmaheadofanarmycamp,mymotorcycleskidandIfelldown.Sincemyfriendwas
sleepy,herodeatmorespeed.Iwasnotinaconditiontopickmymotorbikeandride
again.Iwasjustlyingtherewithbikeonmylegforabout1015mins.Icouldnotfinda
singlevehiclecrossingme,thensomehowIwasabletoremovemylegfrombikeandrode
toreachlaststopfortheday,WhereImetmyfriendandIthoughttocheckouthow
muchinjuryIgot(Iwasnotexpectingmuch,asIwasabletorideforabout25km).IfI
rememberrightIwaswearing56layersofclothes,tomysurprisemylowerwas
completelyinbloodbelowmyknee(Yes,Iwasridingwithoutkneeguard).Icanseemy
kneebone,andallthefleshwascomingout,itsuddenlybecameintolerableforme.We
decidedtogotoanearestarmycamptoseekmedicalfacility.

Whenweenteredthemedicalfacility,Ifoundlotofcivilians,fewweresufferingfrom
AMS,someweredrunkandcannotbreathandfewwithvomitingproblems.AndhereI
wasatthisconditionwonderingifthatwasamedicalfacilityforArmyorcivilians.Sothe
doctoratthemomentwasnotavailable,hewentforaneveningwalkbutanassistantwas
available.Aftercoupleofinjectionstheydecidedtooperatemykneetostitchit.After
stitching,forcoupleofhoursIwaslyingthere,doctorcametomeandaskedifIhaveany
accommodationoutside,asciviliansarenotallowedtostayinthenight.Stilllookingatmy
conditionhespoketohisseniorsandaskedmetostayatthefacility.Wejustkeptallour
bagsinatentbeforereachingarmycamp.Sooneofthepersonfromarmycampwentwith
afourwheelerandbroughtmybags.Bythattimetheeffectofanesthesiawasslowly
startedreducingandIstartedtofeelimmensepain,astherewasnothingtosupportthe
knee,evenasmallbendwascausingpain.Doctorthenaskedhisassistanttogetarodor
woodsticktosupport.Whenhewasnotabletofindone,heremovedhandlefromchair
anduseditassupport.ThebestfoodofthejourneyIhadwasinthesamearmycamp,I

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wastiredofeatingMaggiedaily.BeforesleepingIjustwenttothewashroom,andfound
theassistantwassleepingonthefloorinabedding,laterwecametoknowthatthecoton
whichIwassleepingwashisplace.Iwascompletelyfilledwithguiltatthattime.

Iwaswonderinghowmuchmentalstabilitythesepeoplewouldbehaving.Isometimes
getjealous,whenIseepeoplewhowerenotgoodatanythingsittingintheUSand
enjoyinglife.Butthesepeoplewithoutmoney,withoutproperaccessdedicatetheirlifeto
ournation.

Laternextday,thearmypersonwhowasstandingnearthetollstoppedatruck,bargained
withdriver,gavemesomedryfruitstoeatandsome56peoplehelpedustokeepour
bikesinthetruck.IwasimpressedbyeachandeverymemberofthearmycampImet.
Andwhatdidtheyallgotinreturnisnothing.Theywouldhaveforgotme,becausefor
themitsadailyroutine.Butforme,eachmomentspentatthearmycampisengravedin
thememory.EvenIftheydon'tallowciviliansthenalsonoonecansayanythingtothem,
becauseitsanywaynottheirjobtogivemedicationtocivilians,stilltheydoit.

EveryLadakhbikeriderhasastorytotellwithregardstotheirexperiencewitharmy
people,tillnowIhavenotheardasinglenegativestory.AgrandsalutetoIndianArmy.
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BalaSenthilKumar
UpdatedNov17

Somewherebetweenhypeandcoldprofessionalism,liesreality.

Realityis:

India'ssoldiersjointheArmedForcesvoluntarily,buteverythingafterthatis
obediencetoordersfromhigherup.Theymakephenomenalsacrificestokeepupthe
systemofdefendingthisnation.

Peopleineveryotherprofessioncanaffordtogoofupeverynowandthen,butthe
militaryisanocompromiseservice.Youcouldgetkilledifyoumakeamistake.

Lifeisverydifferentforofficersasopposedtopeopleinlowerranks.Officershave
severalgoodprivilegesandcanleadrelativelycomfortablelivesinpeacetime.Many
peoplewhojoinatthelowerranksdosoduetoeconomicpressure.Lifeishardfor
them,andwhiletheyusuallyretirequitesoundeconomically,don'thavemuchchoice
whilethey'reserving.

Itisabsolutebullshitthatciviliancounterpartsarepaidmuchmorethanpeopleinthe
defenceforces.

Inthemilitary,0600hrsmeans0600hrs.AsfarastherestofIndiaisconcerned,itis
IndianStretchableTime.Forthisalone,I'dputtheIndianmilitarywayabove
everyoneelse.

Inanidealworld,wewouldn'tneedamilitary.Unfortunatelyweareyettoeven
conceivethatidealworld.Untilthen,sure,there'snoneedtohypeanybody'sjob,or
getallemotionalaboutworkingunderaflag,butasarelativelyfarmoreeffectiveand
functionalcollective,India'smilitaryisfar,faraheadofitscivilianequivalents.

YouonlyhavetowatchtheIndianmilitaryswingintoactionduringadisasterlike
floodsorlandslides,etc.,toreallygrowinrespectforwhattheydo.Indialeanson
themforawholelotmorethanthey'reusuallygivencreditfor.

PS:IamactuallyamazedthatpeopleintheIndianArmedForcesdon'tlookdownupon
civilians.Ihaveevenheardthemtalkratherproudlyabouthowwellciviliansdocertain
things.Whentheyshowussomuchrespect,weshouldatleastdoublethatforthem.

PS2:Iadmirethemjustforthewaytheybringuptheirkidsnononsenseandnofuss
aboutlittlethings,ever.

Edit:ThankyouQuora,forincludingthisanswerintheprinteditionoftheQuora
Anthology2014!
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RohitVats,Sonofanexarmyofficer,amateurdefenseanalystand
ORBATjunkie
WrittenMar15,2015
Letmestatethisupfront:I'msonofaformerarmyofficerandhaveseenarmylifeup,
closeandpersonal.I'mtemptedtowriteastronganswertothequestionbutforthe
moment,Iamsimplyuploadinganimageanimagewhichhasanextractfromabookon

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1962war.Pleasedoreaditandaskyourselfthis:Ifservinginthearmyislikeanyother
profession,whydomenlikeMajorPant(inthestory)behavethewayhedid?Whydowe
onlyhearwordslike'goingbeyondthecallofduty'onlywhenitcomestoArmedForces?
Whatisinthis'profession'whichmakesordinarymendoextraordinarythings?As
someonesaid,joiningArmedForcesislikesigningablankchequewhichthenationcan
cashatanytime...andwhenthenationdoesindeedcashit,themenarenotfound
wantingtosacrificethebiggestthingontheirpossessionTHEIRLIFE.

Attheexpenseofrepeatingmyself,pleasedospentfewminutesreadingthetextand
contemplatingaboutwhatI'vewrittenabove.Thanks.

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NandKishoreG
UpdatedSep18,2014

TheveryfactthatinourcountryMilitaryServiceisnotcompulsoryandyetoursoldiers
choosetoworkfortheircountryinextremeconditionsformeagersalaryawayfromtheir
homesisareasonenoughforeverycitizentobegratefultothem.

Whatyoucalla"overhype",istherespectonehasforthatprofessionandIwouldsayitis
muchlessthanwhattheydeserve!:)

Update:Iwouldliketoretractthewordmeagerfrommyanswer.Asmanypeoplehave
pointedout,Armydoesprovideverygoodcompensationsandfacilities.Havingsaidthat,
itdoesnottakeawayfromthefactthatitisstilllessthanwhattheydeserve.:)
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ShitangshuMaity,BeenaroundIndianArmedforces.Attemptedssb.
UpdatedJun14,2015

PeoplejointheArmedforces/IndianArmy,becausetheywanttoservethenation.

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Socanservingthenationoritscausebeoverhyped?Iguessthatsbelittlingthenationall
together,andthepeoplewhohaveheldtogetheritsfragilefabricofunity.

NowtheIndianArmyservesthenation:
1)Incombatwhentheirsafullflegedwarortheproxywarsinkashmirornortheast.

2)Inpeacerescuingpeopleinnaturaldisasterslikeuttarakhandormakinganoverhead
bridgeduringinternationalgamesinstraight48hours,whichthedelhigovtcouldntmake
itin3months.

Nowyouneedaskthisquestionwhydidthesoldierdoallthis?
Didheasktobeshotathim?

Didheasktodroppedneartheflashfloodrivers?

Didheaskfor55CtemperatureinSiachin?

Alltheanswersareno.Thenyouwouldaskwhy?Maybesaybecausehewasfollowing
orders.
trueishefollowingorders.Andthedayhejoined,heknewtherisksofthejob.Sostill
why?

It'ssimplereason,sothatpeoplecouldbeprotected,from,
Fromnotgettingshotat.

Fromvariousnaturaldisaster.

Fromprotectingthenationfromintruders.

Allatthecostofleavinghisownfamily/happiness.

Hopeyourespecttheirsacrifices.,
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MannuKumarMishra
WrittenApr3,2015

AtragedywasavertedbyARMYalongwithIAF,NDMA,andCiviladministration,
followingthecreationofanartificiallakebyamassivelandslideonPhuktalriver.
Workongunderextremeconditions
TEMP:25C,atanaltitudeof13000ftandagainsthighcoldwindconditionthey
completeddiversionforcontrolleddischargeofwaterinjust5days.
Excerpts:
"CodenamedOPPHUKTAL,ittookthemoverfivedaysworkingunder25Cand
bravinghighwindstocreatea75metrelong,22metrechannelbycontrolledblasting
method.Atotalof175kgofexplosiveswasused."

"Theentireoperationhadtobemaintainedbyairinviewoftheareabeingcutoff
duringwinter."

"ArmyandtheIAFhelicoptersmade500sortiesferrying38tonnesofloadovermore
than300hoursunderextremelyhazardousanddemandingflyingconditions.Acamp
areaof1015metrewasestablishedonaledgeoftherockfacenearthelandslidesite
andthereafterthecompositetaskforceswungintoaction."

SOURCE:Tragedyavertedasbreachcreatedtodrainwaterfromartificiallakein
Ladakh
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SumitShekhawat
WrittenAug2

Thesoldiersdogetalotofperks.Theyhavealltheplatformtolivealifethatwecanonly
admire.

Theyaretrainedtobeexpertintheadrenalpumpingactivitieslikeskiing,skydiving,
maneuveringfighterjetsatthespeedofsoundandthelikes.Itseemstobeavery
adventurouslife,isn'tit?Thinkagain.

Mostofthepeoplewouldwanttopursuesomekindofadventuresportsintheirlife.Now
considerdoingthatwitha30kgofcombatloadatextremetemperatures,rangingbelow

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20Candthecloudssnowingcontinuouslyorrangingabove45Cwithscorchingsun
exactlyaboveyourhead.Thearmypersonnelsdothatonadailybasis.

Whatabouttheequipmentsthattheyuse?

ThoughtherehavebeenmodernisationofsomeoftheequipmentsusedbytheIndian
armyintherecentpast.Thereareloadsofthingsthatrequirereplacement.

Theheavyskisthattheyuseforskiinghaven'tbeenreplacedsinceaonetime.Theywound
theirfootwhileoperatingwiththem.It'sveryhardtocometoastoponthatskiwithall
thatloadinyourback.

Thebulletproofjacketsandhelmetsthattheywearareoneoftheheaviestusedbyany
personnelallovertheworld.

Theplanesusedforparajumpingareoldandshaky.AN32beinganexamplethat
recentlycrashedintheBayofBengal.Itlacksalotofmodernfeatures.Eventhepartsof
someoftheseplanesarehardtoacquire.ThoughnewplanesliketheGlobemasterand
Herculeshavebeeninducted,buttheyarelimitedanditdoesn'tservethepurposeof
smallerplanes.

Notmuchpeopleknowaboutthetrainingandinductionofthespecialforces.

TheParachuteRegiment,thespecialforcesoftheIndianarmy:thetoughestandthe
mostprestigiousregimenttogetinto.

Imagesource:gettyimages

Thesoldiersoftheparachuteregimentisselectedamongstthebestofficersandjawans
whohavevolunteeredfromotherbranchesofthearmy.Thesesoldierswhohavealready
gonethroughrigoroustrainingintheirrespectiveacademiesareinductedtoa36month
probationperiod/selectionprocedure.Thisprocedureisoneofthetoughestintheworld
whereintheapplicantisexposedtophysicalandmental'torture',whichpeoplelikeyou
andmecan'tevendreamofexperiencing.Seriousinjuriesandevendeathshavebeen
reportedintheselectionprocessitself.Onlyafterthesuccessfulcompletionofthe
probationperiod,onegetstodontheprestigiousmaroonberet.Andthenbeginsa
continuousprocessofmoredifficulttrainingfor3.5years.Theyaretrainedtooperatein
land,airandwater.Theyaretrainedtosurviveanythingandeverything.Thetraining
includesjumpsfromashighas30000feet,20kmstrek,nightdrops,forcedmarcheswith
distanceover50milesjusttonameafewandallthesewithfullcombatloadrangingupto
60kgs.Also,thecombattrainingdrillsinvolveliveammunitionsometimesleadingtofatal
injuries.

Theyarenotforcedtogothroughallthis,yettheychoosetovolunteerdespiteknowingall
thethingstheywillbefacing,withoutcomplaining.

Callthemcrazyforthelovetheyhavefortheircountry.Theyarecertainlynotoverhyped.
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PrabhakarSarmaNeog
WrittenSep29,2014

"Workinginarmy"involvesinjury,death,devastationandsuffering.Thisistruetoallthe
partiesinvolvedirrespectiveoffriend,foeorcivilians.Armedconflictsbearlongterm
unpredictableimplicationsonindividualsandsociety.

Forsomebodyinawarwhetherbyforceorbychoiceorunfortunatelymeanspossibility
oflossoflimborlifeandunforgettablegriefforhisnearanddearones.Fewother
professioninvolvessuchextremeoccupationalhazard.Thisisbigdeal.

Onenightataround12IwasdrivingfromIITGuwahatitothecity.Notasinglepersonor

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carcouldbeseenasitwasabadtimeinAssam.TwoIndianarmyjowanstoppedmycar
forchacking.KnowingthatIaminvolvedwithteachingprofessiononeofthemstarteda
conversationandtoldmeabouthisbrotherwhoalsoisinacademics.Wechattedawhile
andthenIstartedtoleave.Shakinghands,heapologizedtomefortheinconvinience.

Now,hereisamandefyingdeathinaterroristladdenareaatthedeadofnightforour
protectionsayingsorrytomeformyinconvience!ForamomentIpausedtoreflect.

Isaid,"Nobrother.Iamsorryformakingyoustandhere."

Whatwouldyouhavesaid?
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RupeshPawar
WrittenSep18,2014

No,it'snot.

Noonedeservesthetitleofa'hero'morethanasoldier.
ThebravemenandwomenintheIndianarmystayawayfromtheirfamilies,missevery
significantthingintheirlivesandsacrificetheirlivesjustsothatyoucanbewithyour
lovedonesandsleeppeacefullyatnight.

Ifthereisaheaven,thesearethemenandwomenwhodeservethehighestpedestal!

Hereare10inspirationalquotesfromIndiansoldiersthatwillmakeyouwanttostandup
andsalutethem:

IfdeathstrikesbeforeIprovemyblood,IswearIwillkilldeath.
CaptManojKumarPandeyPVC1/11GorkhaRifles.

Theenemyareonly50yardsfromus.Weareheavilyoutnumbered.Weareunder
devastatingfireIshallnotwithdrawaninchbutwillfighttoourlastmanandourlast
round.
MajorSomnathSharma.

Somegoalsaresoworthy,It'sgloriouseventofail.
CaptManojKumarPandeyPVC1/11GorkhaRifles.

Ifamansaysheisnotafraidofdying,heiseitherlyingorisaGurkha.
CaptManojKumarPandeyPVC1/11GorkhaRifles.

Youhaveneverliveduntilyouhavealmostdied,Andforthosewhochoosetofight,lifehas
aspecialflavor,theprotectedwillneverknow!!!
CaptRSubramaniumChakra

EitherIwillcomebackafterhoistingthetricolor,orIwillcomebackwrappedinit,butI
willbebackforsure.
Capt.VikramBatra,PVC

Iwon'tdieinanaccidentordieofanydisease.Iwillgodowninglory.
MakorSudhirKumarWalia

Iwonderwhetherthoseofourpoliticalmasterswhohavebeenputinchargeofthe
defenseofthecountrycandistinguishamortarfromamotoragunfromhowitzera
guerrillafromagorilla,althoughagreatmanyresemblethelatter.
FieldMarshalSamManekshaw.

NoSir,Iwillnotabandonmytank.MygunisstillworkingandIwillgetthesebastards.
Lt.ArunKehtarpal,PVC

Quarteredinsnow,silenttoremain.Whenthebuglecalls,theyshallriseandmarchagain.
Thescrollofhonouratthesiachenbasecamp.
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SubramaniamRamasubramanian,Anengineerwithapenchantfor
writingandexploring
WrittenAug21,2014
Shortanswer:Yes.Youneedeveryaspectofthesocietytomoveforward.Servingthe
armydoesn'tmakeyoucontributetoyourcountryanymorethananotherprofession.
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Longanswer:

AlmostanyoneItalktosharesthisalmostHerolikeattitudetowardssomeonefromthe
army,whichIbelieveisnothingmorethanalackofclarityinthought.

PopularmythasstatedbyHowardZinn,isthatbyworkingwiththearmy,youservethe
country.Wheninfactyouaresimplyworkingforthegovernmentandaidinitsstrategic
decisionmaking.Thegovernmentinturnissupposedtoworkforthepeopleofthe
country.AndIamnotsurehowmanypeopleherewouldsayworkingforthegovernment
wouldgivethesamereplyasfortheabovequestion.Movingon..

Iwouldconsiderthethanklessjobsthatwe,thecommonpeopledoofasmuchimportance
ifnotmore,thanservinginthearmy.Fromthefarmerstothedoctorstotheteachersto
thegovernmentemployeeseveryonerisksthingsattheirprofessionandafewriskthingsa
lotmorevaluablethanjustonesownlife.AhardworkingIASofficerrisksbeingbookedon
falsecorruptioncharges,looseshisdignity,breadandeverythingelse.Livinginasociety
withouttheseforadecadeisworsethandeathinthearmyinmyopinion.

Thearmyisalsonotpurelyaboutriskingyourownlifeallthetimeeither.

In2011thenumberofbattlerelateddeathsintheIndianarmedforceswasroughly427.
Thatmydearfriendis0.0003%ofthetotalstrength.

ThepayandfacilitiesofferedbytheIndianarmyarefargreaterthanthenationalaverage
thankstoagoodwelldeserved2.5%ofGDP.

Bottomline:Wefacethesamerisksatequallydevastatingoutput,onanaverageearn
lesserandhavelesserbenefits,dodifferentkindsofdemandingjobsbasedonwhatwe
considerdoable.Glorifyingoneasbetterthananotherispathetic.

PS:Askingmetodothejobofanarmymanisntanargument.Thatistryingtobelittle.
Peoplearedifferent.AnarmysoldiercantdowhatIdoeither.Hewouldbesackedinless
thanaweek.AndImightnotactuallybeinthat0.0003%eitherandmakeitoutaliveafter
activedutybutsimplychoosetocontributebesttosocietyandmyselfinwaysthatIdeem
best.

Ageneralsearchcanshowmoststatisticsreportedabove.

References:

StartingsalaryofaSoldier(GeneralDuty)inIndianArmy?
Listofcountriesbymilitaryexpenditures
CountriesComparedbyMilitary>Battlerelateddeaths>Numberofpeople.
InternationalStatisticsatNationMaster.com
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PrateekSrivastava
WrittenSep2,2014

NO.Ifitwere"overhyped"youwouldhavehadmoreyoungstersqueinguptojointhe
armedforcesthanseek"safercareers".Unfortunatelyforthenation,youth'scareer
prioritiestodayareIB,consultingorcivilservicesandnotthearmedforces.

CheckthislinkIndia'sIndependentWeeklyNewsMagazine (thoughthestatecovered
waspunjab,Idoubtifthesituationisanybetterelsewhere).

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Notthatthereisanythingwrongwithsuchcareerchoices,butthenwhenhordesand
hordesbegintoflyawaythenationloosesout.

Mostimpotantly,thefactthataselectfewvoluteertoservethenation,
battlinghostileclimateandinisolationfrompublicformostoftheirtenure,
onlycommandsrespect.
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SunnyAzam,Sailor
WrittenAug19,2014

"IasaprofessionalalsohavesacrificedmylifewhenIcan'tcomehomeontimeservingto
feedmyfamily"

Thereasonweproudlyoverhypeourrespectforoursoldiers,isbecausewesacrificeour
choicesforourfamilywhiletheysacrificetheirlifeforstrangerslikeus.Getyourheadout
ofyourarseanddosomethinggoodforyourself.

Andthereasonyoufindarmymeninuniformswhiletravellinginpeaceareasisbecause
mostjawansdontwanttoscrewtheircivilclothesinatrainandofcoursetheyareproud
ofthefactthattheyareinthearmy,itcutsthroughalotofsocialbarriers,peopletrust
themmoreandcriminalsdontwanttomesswiththemandsometimesthejustdonthave
timetochangewhileleavingtheirunits.
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SivaramakrishnanLakshminarayanan,Armyenthusiast.
WrittenApr8,2015

Noitisnotoverhypedatall.

Andyes!Everyonemakessacrifices....Everyone!!!

But,theydoittoearnmoreandkeeptheirfamilyhappy.

Soldierssacrificebecausetheywanttokeeptheirfamilyhappyandsafetoo.

Butthedifferenceis,theirfamilyisabitbiggerthanyours....

Itcoversthewholenation!!!AllIndiansaretheirfamilymembers.

Youmaynotriskyourlifeforyourfamilymembers.Buttheywilltakeabulletintheirhead
forIndiawithoutthinkingtwice.

Thatiswhytheydeserverespect.

SalutetotheIndianArmedForces .
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AbhinavSharma,SoloTraveller|Exploringnewplaces|Himachali,
MastersIITGuwahati
WrittenFeb28
Today,Imetsomeonewhoendedourheatedconversationwiththisstatement"working
inarmedforcesisthemostoverratedprofessioninourcountry".Inevergota
chancetoputforwardmyopiniononhisstatement.

So,workingforarmedforcesisreallyoverrated?inourcountry?

"Afterall,Indiaisnotlikecountrieswheremilitaryserviceiscompulsory."Someforcetheir
citizens.

"Afterall,wecallmilitaryduringriots,floods,earthquakes,forcompletingabridgethat
brokeoffduetocorruptionandevenduringelections"Somejusttaketheirhelicoptersand
viewfromtheair.

"Afterall,servingatDrasintheextrememonthsofwinter,withatemperatureaslowas55
degreeCelsiusisveryeasyandpeoplelikeyouandmecansurelydoit"SomefeelDelhi's
winterasextreme

"Afterall,weallwaitforVacations,holidaysandweekends"Somedon'teventhinkaboutit.

Okay,soletsgiveitanotherperspective.Whataboutthosewhoareservingnotfortheir
theirowncountrybutsomewhereunknownfarawayfromtheirownland.

Lebanon(UNIFIL)(SinceDec1998)Oneinfantrybattaliongroup,LevelIIHospital
comprising650peacekeepersfromallranksand23staffofficerstilldate,havebeen
deployed.ThecurrentsituationintheMissionistenseandvolatileduetothecrisesin
Syria.

Congo(MONUSCO)(SinceJanuary2005)AugmentedInfantryBrigadeGroup(four
infantrybattalionswithlevelIIIHospital),Armyaviationcontingentwithutility
helicoptersalongwithalargenumberofmilitaryobserversandSOshavebeencontributed.
Inaddition,twoFormedPoliceUnits(FPU)exBSFandITBPhavealsobeendeployed
since2009.

SudanandSouthSudan(UNMIS/UNMISS)(SinceApril2005)TwoInfantryBattalion
groups,sectorHQ,Engineercompany,signalcompany,LevelIIHospitalandalarge
numberofmilitaryobserversandstaffofficers(SOs)

GolanHeights(UNDOF)(SinceFebruary2006)ABattalionof190personnelhasbeen
deployedtolookafterthelogisticssecurityofUNDOF.Maj.Gen.I.S.SinghaistheForce
CommandersinceJuly2012(CurrentlyworkingamazinglyundertheSyriancrisis)

IvoryCoast(UNOCI)(SinceApril2004)Indianstaffofficers(SOs)andmilitaryobservers

Haiti(MINUSTAH)(SinceDecember1997)ApartfromthreeIndianFormedPoliceUnit
(FPU)CISF,CRPFandAssamRifles

Liberia(UNMIL)(SinceApril2007)FemalePoliceUnitsfromCRPFanditsSpecialized
unitRAF

So,letmeaskagain?mostoverratedprofession?Servingforyourowncountrybringsa
wholenewkindoffeelinginyou,butdoingitforsomeothercountrieswherenobodygives
adamnevenifsomethinghappenstoyou!!

Underrated?Yesitis.

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VarunChadha,ArmyBrat,ArmyAspirant.JaiHind.
WrittenMay24

HelloSir/madam,

Simplyput,No.

Beingapartofthewonderfulorganisation,IndianArmyandproviding
servicetothenationanditspeopleisNOToverHyped.

Weliveinaworldthatisfascinatedbymaterialbenefitsandcomforts,whenyousaidthat
youcompletelyacknowledgeasoldier'splightwhenheisnotabletomeethisfamilywhen
onduty,andcontinuedtopresentyourselfandamunicipalworkerwiththesame
problem,didthethoughtoccurtoyouthatthemilitarymanissittingat12,000ft,inharsh
weatherconditions,protectingtheborders,whereasyouoranyoftheotherprofessionals
arejustworkingovertimetoearnanextraamountofcash.

Letmetakeyoualittlebackintime,atimewhensay100potentialcitizensofthiscountry
findthemselvesinasituationwheretheyaresupposedtochoosetheircareers,outofthe
lotof100theremightbejust1whoisdeterminedinservinginthearmedforces,butone
mustrememberthathe/sheisnotinitforalifeofleisure,powerandcertainlynotmoney,
whichformimportantparameterswhilechoosingacareer,thatonepersonpossessesa
deepsenseofpatriotism,andloveforthepeoplewhomakethiscountry,peoplelikeyou
andme.I'mnotsayingthattheother99peopleinthelotof100arewronginnotserving
thenation,whatiswrongisthemquestioningthecredibilityofasoldier.

Whenprincefallsintothedrain,'professionals'ormunicipalworkersarenotsummoned.

Whenthecountryfacesdraughtsandothernaturalcalamitie,professionalsormunicipal
workerarenotcalled.

Mygrandfather,Col.PranNathChadha,5/3GRa65and71warparticipantneedsto
begtothegovt.forafairpolicycorrectionregardingpensions.

Here,wehavepeopleaskingifthe'IndianArmysoldiersoverhyped.

ThestatusofasoldierisUNDERHYPED,

Menhavediedonbattlefields,died,ridingontotheirstatesintentinmakingthiscountry
asaferplaceforitschildren.

Sir,Ihavegreatamountofregardforanyonewhoisdoinghis/herbitforthebetterment
ofthiscountry,beitinthefieldofscience,technology,medicine,artetc.

ButNone,foranyonewhoquestionsthecredibilityofasoldier

Andtoanswerthequestionwhereyouaskedwhyanarmymanwearshisuniformallthe
time,theanswertoitissimple,heisneveroffguard.

Asoldierdoesn'tneedyouraweandadmirations,allheneedsisalittleregardandatad
amountofrespect.
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ChandraShekhar
WrittenSep3,2014

Sittinginthebackofourdrawingrooms,havingacupofcoffeeinhandandabletothink,
"Oman!Itsgoingtobeanewweekagain".Isn'titverycommonwithmostofthesocalled
professionallikeyouandme.

Nowjustimaginethatamilitarypersonnel

1.whodoesnothavethesemondaymorningbluesbecausehedoesnothavethese
weekendswherehecangotoaclubforanicedrink
2.whodoesnothavetheluxuryofplanningabeautifuleveningwithhiswifeorparentsor
hischildren

Whenwearesittinginourowncomfortzone,everyoneelse'seffortsseemoverhyped,
everyoneelse'stalentsseemoverhyped.YoucanhearpeopletalkingMessiorSachinis
overhyped.

Iamnotgainsayingthefactthatyouareworkinghard.Everyoneworkshardfortheir

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livelihood.Butdoureallythink

1.Youareteeteringontheborderoflifeanddeath?BecausethesocalledoverhypedArmy
guysare.
2.Yourmothercangetamessangeratdoortellingher,"Sorryma'am.Butyoursonwasa
bravepersonandhelaidhislifeforthesafetyofhismotherland"

P.S.Ifaftersomanyanswers,youhavenotbeenconvincedthenmaybeyoushouldjoin
armyandseewhatitfeelstobethere.
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SushilKumar
WrittenJan28

ThisisDrasswarmemorialinIndia.

Idon'tknowhowmanyarethere.Icouldn'tbringmyselftocountthem.

Foreveryoneofthemthereisachild,afather,amother,awife.Apartofthemdiedwhen
hedied.Amotherlostherson,adaughterlostherfather,awifelostherhusband.They
gavethemselvesupforastrangerlikeyouandme.Theygavethemselvesupforsomeone
whosenametheydidn'tknow,forsomeonewhodoesn'tknowwhethertheyexist.

Whileheiseatingdriedoutcrumbledpooriesat11000ftwearesippingourcupof
coffee.

Whilehehasn'tseenhisdaughterformonths,perhapsyearswearestrollingwithour's
inanearbypark.

Whileheisn'tsurewhetherhewillseethesunrisetomorrowweareexpectingthat
promotionthenextday.

Whileheistakingfirewearetakingbribe.

Whilehissonishavingsleeplessnightsour'sisnappinginhismother'slap.

Whileheistakinggunshotswearetakingtequilashots.

Whileheistrekkingat14000ftwedrivingin"inhuman"Indiantraffic.

Whileheisbusyuprootingenemieswearebusyupvotingposts.

Whileheguardsandupholdsthehonorofourmothersanddaughterswedisrobethem
andrapethem.

Whileheisouttheredoinghisbest,becausebestistheonlyoptionhehaswearecontent
withmediocrity.

YouandIsleeppeacefullyeverynightbecauseheisatthelineoffire365*24*7.Weare
contentinourignorantblissfulcocoonsbecauseheisupinhissubzerotemperature
bunkers.

Afterthisheturnsinwardsanddoesthis

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andthis

Hedoesallthisforpeoplelikeus,wholootwhereeverwecan,whospitonourroads,litter
ourpublicplaces,whodrink,drive,hitandrun.

Thisishisjobdescription.Thisiswhatheenrolledfor...foryou,meandabillionmorelike
us.Sothere,forthis,forpledginghislifetosafeguardyourstheleastyoucando...theleast
youshoulddoisthankhim.
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SohamShah,Livinglifeonedayatatime.
WrittenAug26,2014

Itisnotatalloverhyped.Asaprofessionalintimesofpeaceyoumayfeelas
ifitsoverhypedbutthesamelineofthoughtchangeswhenthereareriotsor
naturalcalamitiesorwarsorskirmishesoranyeventthreateningnational
security.PeoplestillbelieveintheinstitutioncalledastheARMEDFORCESof
INDIAastheystillhavetheirintegrity.Itstheloverespectandtheintention
todosomethingfortheirmotherlandthatpeoplejointhearmedforces.Asa
soldier,healwaysfightsforfirstlythenation,secondlythemenbesideshim,
thirdtheciviliansandlastlyforhimself.

Inthisworld,wheneverthereislight,therearealsoshadows.Aslongasthe
conceptofwinnersexist,theremustalsobelosers.Theselfishdesireof
wantingtomaintainpeacecauseswarsandhatredisborntoprotectlove.
Withoutsomeonetopolicethepeace,allthat'sleftischaos.

IfyoucannotstandbehindandsupporttheArmedForcesfeelfreetostandin
frontofthem.
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Anonymous
UpdatedSep20,2015

Ireadyourquestionandididn'tknowwhatshallitellu.
Doyoucallit'overhyped'whenihaven'tbeenwithmyfamilyinanyfestivalforpast10
years.
Doyoucallit'overhyped'wheniamnotabletoattendanyofthefamilyfunctions.
Doyoucallit'overhyped'whenilivein20C.
Doyoucallit'overhyped'whenihavenoclueaboutwhatshappeninginoutsideworld
becauseidon'tevenhavebasicmobileconnectivity.
Doyoucallit'overhyped'wheninspiteofclearingalltopnotchcolleges,ijoinedIndian
Army.
No,iwasnotforcedbyanyonetojoinforcesandneitherdoiexpectyoutotreatmelike
somethingextraordinary.Theonlythingwhichkeepsmegoingistherespectigetfrom
myfellowcitizens.Icanassureyouthateventhoughyoumixedtheword'respect'and
'overhyped',iwouldstillbeawakesothatyoucansleeppeacefullyatnight.
PS:Ifyouthinkwetravelinuniformsforfun,thenyouarewrong.Whenoffduty,we
don'twearthem.Whatyoumighthaveseenwouldhavebeenabunchofarmypersonnels
goingtoanothercityonduty.Pleaseclearyourfactsbeforeyouaskaquestion.
Edit:Idon'twantanyonetopresumethatthisanpromotionalattemptfrommysidefor
Army.Itsjustarealitycheckforthepersonwhoaskedthequestion.
Edit2:
1.Iwasinanonetworkareaforpast2months.Todayigotconnectivityandfeltelated
toseetheamountofsupportigot.Ijustwanttosaythankyouandyourgoodwords
havereallypumpedmymoralemanifolds.

2.Andonelastthing,manyofyouhaveaddressedmeas'sir'inyourcomments.Please
don't.Iamjustanother28yearoldguy.
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AmanSpandan
WrittenApr15,2015

LetmeshareareallifeincidentinthelifeofaColonelwhomIknow.Ihadwrittenitasa
blogpost.So,hereitgoes~

Thesunshoneblithelythroughthecanopyofclouds.Theeffervescenceofspringhad
adornedtheearthwithacanopyofluxuriantgreen.Theshiningbarrelsofthelight
machinegunswerebarelyvisibleinthedarkshadowsoftheovergrowingbushes.The
contingentconsistedoftwoMajorsandtwelveJCOs.MajorSwascheckingthesightofhis
LMGwhileourownMajorwasbrowsingthroughabook!TheJCOsthoughthehadtobe
eccentrictobereadingabookinthefaceofimminentdeath.Buttheydidn'thaveevenan
iotaofdoubtasfarashisaimandcouragewasconcerned.Hewasknowntobeoneofthe
bestsharpshootersintheIndianArmy.Thedirttrackwasshroudedinacurtainofmoist
foliage.

AccordingtotheinformationprovidedbytheMilitaryIntelligence,acontingentofULFA
terroristswasgoingtopassthroughthetrackaroundnoon.Everymomentwasalivewith
theanticipationoftheprey.Itwasjustaregulardayinthelivesofthecommandos,and
thetaskseemedfairlyeasy.Beforetheinsurgentscoulddeducefromwherethebulletsthat
weregoingtobetheirpassportstotheotherrealmwouldcome,theywouldallbedead
meat.TheMajorhadaslightsenseofuneasebecausehehadforgottenhiscyanide
capsule,whichhehadcarrieddiligentlyeverysingledaysincejoiningthecounter
insurgencywing.Protocolandcommonsensedemandedthatacommandoinimminent
dangerofbeingcapturedingestcyanide.Capturedwouldhavemeantdeaththrough
brutaltorturealongwiththefearofcrucialinformationbeingleakedouttotheenemy
undertorture.Cyanidemeantaneasydeathandsafetyoftheinformationonwhichthe
realizationofthebroadergoalsforwhichtheArmywasfightingdepended.TheMajor
wasn'ttooworriedaboutnothavingtheCyanidesincebeingcapturedtoday,withthe
Armybeingtheonetolaytheambush,seemedaremotepossibility.

Yet,throughthevicissitudesoflife,themostimprobablepossibilitiesarerealized.Amole
hadinformedtheterroristsabouttheambushandtheyhadsetupacounterambush
involvinghundredsofmen.TheunequalgunbattleresultedintheMajorandtheJCOs
beingcapturedaftertherebulletswereexhausted.MajorShowevermanagedtoescape
throughthejunglethickets.Theterroriststookthemtotheirremotecamp.TheJCOswere
immediatelyshotdead.Butlookingathim,theareacommanderoftheULFAsaid,"You
areanofficerandwewillgiveyouanofficer'sdeath.

Fromthevantagepointofhumaninterest,itisperplexingthatpeoplecanwillinglydecide

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toacceptvoluntarydeathattheprimeoftheirlives.Whatisitthatmotivatesthese
commandospatriotism,analtruisticdesiretopreventthelossofhumanlivesinbrazen
terroristattacksoranakeddesiretokissdeathandtriumphantlyreturnbacktolife.
Anotherdeepquestionisposedbythisincident.Whatpartdoesprovidenceplayin
determiningthewayandtimeofourexitfromthehumandimension.HadtheMajorbeen
carryinghiscyanidecapsulethatday,hewouldhavesurelyswalloweditoncethecapture
wasimminent.Washisforgettingthecapsuleontheonlydaywhenitwouldhavebeen
usedamerecoincidence?Ordoesitpointtowardsahiddenhand?

Besidesthesequestionsseekinganalyticdepth,thereisofcoursethechillthroughthe
spinethatonegetswhenonereflectsonthesheerforceofwillandunimaginable
determinationthatourheroexhibited.Towithstandatorturesobrutalforfivedaysand
fournightsandyethavetheselfcontrolandpresenceofmindtonotonlynotdivulgeany
informationtotheenemybutalsotokeepthemunawareofthesecretcommunication
deviceisnothingshortofsuperhuman.

Thosewhoknowanythingabouttortureofthisdegreewillagreethateventhebestofmen
breakdowncompletelyundersuchpainandareunabletousetheirfacultiesforhoursif
notfordaysafterthebreakdown.Yet,theMajordidnotdivulgeanythingthroughthefive
daystorturewhichbeganwithallhisfingerandtoenailsbeingpluckedoutbyapairof
pliers.

Afterfivedays,theterroristslefthimalone,thinkinghewasmoredeadthanalive.How
mistakentheywere!TheMajormadegoodhisescapeandranfor22kilometresbefore
comingacrossaforwardpatrolunitoftheArmy.Toimaginethestateinwhichheran
those22kilometresishairraising!Hisstrategicinformationaboutthelocationofthe
camphelpedtheArmydestroyitforgoodinapredawncrackoperation.
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ChandralThakor
WrittenApr11,2015

ThismessageisfortheOP:Idon'tknowifyouarestillfollowingthisquestionbutI
wouldstillsaywhatIhavetosayanyway.YourquestionitselfwasnotthatoffensiveuntilI
readthedescription.SomeofyoursentencesreallyhurtsfeelingsandIhopeyourealize
yourmistake.Iamansweringthisinregardtotheargumentsyouhavemadeinthe
description.

1)"Yeswedoacknowledgethatyouworktoprotectusandwearethankful,thatdoes
notmeanweoweyouanythingoryouhavesacrificedanything."

Yousilly,doesamothersacrificeanythingforherchildbecauseshewantssomethingin
return?Thisisthefeelingwithwhichoursoldiersservetheircountry.Whywouldyouuse
suchwords?Didanysoldierevercometoyoupersonallyandaskyoutodosomethingfor
himinreturn.Yousayyouare"thankful"tothepersonwhohasdecidedtostayawayfrom
hisownfamilyandfacedeatheverydaysothatwecanhugourfamilies,inwhatwaycan
youbethankfultosuchaperson?Readthelastquestionatleast10timesto
understanditproperlyandthenanswerittoyourself.

2)"IasaprofessionalalsohavesacrificedmylifewhenIcan'tcomehomeontime
servingtofeedmyfamily."

Doingsomethingforyourfamilyisyourresponsibility,notsacrifice.Andyoudoit
expectingsomethinginreturnfromyourfamily,let'sbehonestaboutthat.Whattheydois
sacrificeisbecausetheyhadtheoptiontochooseacomfortablelifelikeyouandIandyet
theymakethehardchoicesothatyouandIcancomehometoseeourfamilyatleastlate
ifnotontimeeveryday.

3)"Itwasmywishtojoinarmedforces,nobodyforcedmetotakeriskoflifeorstay
awayfromfamilyandwhenIchoosesomethingfrompersonalchoiceyoucan'tplead
thatyoumadesacrifices."

Doyouthinkchoosingacareerinthearmedforcesissimilartochoosingtoworkforthe
corporateworld?Youjoinaprivatecompanywithanintentiontogainmoney,social
status,recognition,promotion,agoodlifestyleetc.Itisallaboutyou.Youcan'tworkfor
theIndianArmyifthatiswhatyouwantfrombecomingasoldier.Theirsatisfactioncomes
fromknowingthattheircountrymenareabletosleeppeacefullybecausetheyarethereto
protectthem.Youcan'tgetthisbyworkingforaMNC.

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4)"Alsothosewhoareansweringpleaseansweronepassingquestionwhydoesan
armypersonalwayswearanuniformevenifheisoffduty.Ihaveseenitwhiletraveling
severaltimes."

IwenttoPathankotlastyearbytrainandcoincidentallyImetsoldierswhileboth
travelingtoandfromPathankot.Onewasanewtraineecadetandtheotheronewas
returningbacktoAhmedabadfordutyafterseeinghisnewbornchildandhiswifeathis
villageinPunjab.Theywerenotwearingtheiruniforms.Soyourassumptionthatthey
alwayswearauniformiswrong.Youaskthisbecauseyouseewhatyouwanttosee.But
eveniftheywearitallthetime,whyshoulditbotheryou?Youcantellyourbossyouare
sick(evenifyouarenot)whenhecallsyoutoworkovertimetofinishtheprojectbefore
deadline.Asoldierisneveroffduty.

Onasidenote,Idon'tfeelangryorhatredbecauseofyoursillyargumentsbutitis
definitelysaddeninganddisappointingtoseeyourmisguidedunderstandingofhuman
relationshipsevenwhenyouareeducatedenoughtoaskquestionsonQuora.

JaiHind.
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AtulChauhan,Waitingformakingittomeritlistofnda137.Ndaaspirant
WrittenNov6

Notheyarenot.

Noyoudin'ttellthemtochooseArmedForcesoreventellthemtosacrificetheirlivesfor
selfishpeoplelikeyou!
Itwastheirdecisiontoleavetheirfamiliesbehindtotakecareoftheircountrybecauseif
theydon'ttakethatdecisionthenwhowillprotectourcountry.
It'sbecauseofthemyouarehavingapeacefulsleepinthenight!
It'sbecauseofthemyouareabletoprovideasecuredlifeforyourchildren.

Whyshouldtheyliveinsuchharshconditionsprotectingtheborderwhileyouaresitting
homeseeingamovieinyour42inchplasma?
Whyshouldtheyputtheirlivesindangerandsavecivilianslikeyou?
Whyshouldtheirfamiliesloseason,afather,abrother,ahusband?

Youchosethelifetofeedpeoplewhobelongtoyouorrelatedtoyou.That'sfinethat'show
weciviliansfunction.
ButpeoplewhoareintheArmedforcestheyarefightingforafamilylotbiggerthanyours
.Theyhaveeveryrighttoweartheuniformwhenevertheywantwhereevertheywant!

Itis"overhyped"becauseamongsuchcallousinsensitivepeoplelikeyou
theychosetoprotectyouandyourfamilies.Theyknowthattheywon'tgetanyrespectfrom
peoplelikeyoubuteventhentheydecidetosavetheirmotherlandriskingtheirfuture
.Theyknowthatservingothersistheonlywaytoget100%satisfactionandfulfilmentin
life.

FighterpilotswhoareintheIndianAirForcearetaughtthis:

CiviliansFirst,Jetnext,SelfLast

SonowtellmeDotheydeserverespect?
Damnrighttheydo!
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EricDaCosta,Bookwyrm,SpaceMarine,Cricketfan,Armchair
Pontificator
WrittenOct26,2014

AtonoffolkshavespokenalotabouttheirexperienceshereandImustthankallofyou.

Isserviceinthearmedforcesoverhyped??
Whenaretiredarmymancanpickupaknifeandplaywhiteknightagainst40dacoits.
Whenyourneighbouringcountriesarekeenontakingoveryourland
Whenallthat'sstandingbetweenthesedemonsandyouisthatArmyorAirForceorNavy
man.
Theymadethechoice,youdidn't.
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They'resufferingthehardshipswillingly,youaren't.
They'rebigheartedenoughtoignorethesmallmindednatureofthisquestionandtryto
putinwordswhytheydowhattheydo.
Andallthissocalledhypeisasmallbitofgratitudethatthosewhounderstandtheir
sacrificesshowinthehopethatitwillmakeupforthesleeplessnightsoftheirfamilies.Of
thefestivalsandoccasionsmissedbecausetheymadethatchoicetostandbetweenyou
andeveryonewhowantstotakeawayyourfreedom.Thatitwillinsomewaysoothethe
motherwholostason,thegirlwholostherfather,themanwholosthisbrotherandthe
ladywholostherhusband.

Whydidtheymakethatchoice?Thatchoicetoriskeverything.
Becausesomeonehadto.Andthatsomeonecertainlywasn'tyou.

Forgivethetoneofmyanswer.Griefhardensmyheart.
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RohanMNabar
WrittenOct26,2014

smallanecdote:littlekidTom'sdadgavehimajobofpaintingthefencebutthisguy
wantedtoplaywithhisfriends.Hisfriendscametohimandstartedlaughingsaying"hey
seehowmuchfunwearehavingplayingwithball".SmartTomsaid"youhavenoidea
howmuchfunispaintingthisfence,iamtotallyhappythankyou".Hisotherfriends
werebaffledandcurious.Theyalsoheldbrushandstartedpaintingtoseewhatwasthe
funaboutandhencebythetimetheircuriositygotoverwholefencewaspainted.

yesworkinginIndianarmyHAStobeoverhyped.AgainIdidnotsayISoverhyped.

Tellany20somethingyouthtodaytogothroughrigorousphysicalandmentaltrainingto
serveinmostdifficultplacesinIndiawithsalaryin2030thousandrupeeswhichincludes
stayingawayfromfamilyformonths?

Tellmeany20somethingyouthtodaywhowillwanttogoandservecountrywhenhecan
seeeverybodypoliticians,governmentofficials,businessmenandevencommonpeople
likeus(whoinvestinFDs,RDs,insuranceetctoavoidpayinghugetaxtogovernment)

ButIndianeedsarmyandthattooexcellentarmysoaoverhypehastobebuiltandwe
needtocontinueoverhypingbecausethedaywestopdoingthatthenthat20something
youthhasnoreasontobeinarmy.HecanbesoftwaredeveloperworkinginACwholeday
,lawyerdoingonlycorporateconflicts,dentistorbusinessgraduateworkinginbank.
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MonditMahanta,Miredincorporatejunk
WrittenSep5,2014

Ioftenwonderhowoursociety,beingsuchacomplexsystem,canoperateinsuchan
immaculateway.Mycarbreaksdown,thereissomeonetofixit.Ineedtoknowwhats
happeningaroundandtherearepeoplescreamingintheTVaboutdailynews.Iwas
uncomfortablehavingtoopenupmycomputereverytimeIwantedtocheckmygirlspic
onFB,somepeopleworkeddayandnighttocomeupwithsmartphones.Basicallyifyou
lookaroundthereissuchauniformityamongthechaosyouwillbeamazed.Noone
forcedanyonetotakeupaprofession(whichwasacommonpracticeinearlyvedic
society)yetthereisalwayssomeonetakingupajobthathasdemand.Thatisbecauseofa
kickasssystemcalledeconomy.Ifallpeoplearoundyouweredoctors,aplumberwould
havemademoremoney.Soletsseehowtemptingdefenceserviceswouldlookgoingby
thesebasicprincipleseconomy.
1.Ifconsideredonlymonetarybenefit,therearefareasierprofessionswhereonecan
earnmoremoney.
2.Itsnoteasytogetintoarmy,theacceptancerateofNDAislowerthanthatofIIMs.
3.Thebenefitsoffereddonotcommensuratetheriskinvolved.
4.Youdontgettostayatthecomfortofyourfamily.
5.Youdontgetanormalsociallife.
So,thesesmartpeoplewhocantakeupanyprofessionfromMBAstoengineerstodoctors
donothaveanyreasontojointhearmy.Andyetthousandsofbrightyouthjoinarmy
everyyear.Therehastobesomeotherfactoratplay.
1.Peoplewanttoberichnotonlybecausetheycanhaveallthematerialcomfort,but
moneybuyspower.Andformilitary,powercomeswiththeuniform.
2.WhatisthedifferencebetweenRatanTataandDawoodIbrahim?Respect.Beingin
militaryservicenaturallycommandrespectandlotsofgratitudeasseeninmanyanswers
tothisquestion.

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3.Pride:OnetraitinIndianmilitaryserviceisthatitworksasaheirloomsystem.
GrandfatherfoughtagainstNazis,fatheragainstChineseandsondiedinkargil.These
families,mostcommoninPunjabtakesprideinbeingapartofmilitaryservice.
Someonejoinsthearmynotbecauseheisthemostpatrioticorselflesspersonbutbecause
hevaluestheabovelistedbenefitsmorethanmonetarybenefitorcomfort
Havingsaidallthis,questioncomes,wherethesenseofpatriotismorselflessnesscomes
intoplay.Soletmeuseaconceptofmarketingcalledinternalmarketingtoexplainthis.
WhenIinternedwithCokeduringmyBSchooldays,therewasasalesguywithwhomI
usedtotravelinNoidaandGhaziabadtostudystoreperformanceofthebrand.OnedayI
washungryandtherewasaKFCoutletnearby.Iproposedtogetsomechickenthere.The
otherguypromptlydeclinedsayingthathedidnotgotoKFCastheysellonlyPepsi.Then
hewentontotellstoriesabouthisbosswhousedtotearawaythelabelimmediatelyifhe
hadtodrinkanyotherbrandthanKinley(cokebrand).Suchwasthelevelofinternal
loyaltyinCokeandIamsuresamewouldbetruewithPepsi.
NowgettingsomeonetofaceabullettoprotectsomeoneWatchingTVbackhomeisnot
aneasytask.Itrequiresmassiveinternalmarketingintermsoftheprinciples,values,
appreciationtogalore.Somecleverstrategiststartedthisthousandsofyearsagoandthis
hasbeencarriedforwardandwillbecarriedforwardforthousandsofyears.Ifyoucannot
makepeoplebelievethatmilitaryserviceisthemostnobleofallservices,noonewilljoinit
unlessthestateprovidehimmorethanhisopportunity
cost.Soldiersaremadetobelievethattherecannotbeabetterdeaththantogiveyourlife
foryourmotherlandandtherecannotbeanactvilerthanrunningawayfromyourenemy.
Theyaretaughttovaluethebrand(e.g.Indianarmy)aboveeverythingintheirlife.The
methodofinculcatingthesevaluesarenotmuchdifferentthantheonesusedbyUlemasto
motivateJihadis.OnlydifferencebeingArmiesfightfortheircountry(asystemtheyfirmly
believeupon)whileJihadisfightforreligion.Becauseonecannotignorethefactthat
thesesamePatrioticandSelflesspeoplerapesthousandsofwomeninNE
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro... )andkillandtortureinnocentinJ&K.Youwillfind
storiesaboutpeoplebeingthrownoutofrailwaycompartmentsbytheseselflesspeople.
Pointissomepeoplerunaftermoneyselfishlywhilesomerunafterfameandgalore.But
thebasicthingiseveryonedoes,whathedoes,forhimself.
Itsthesystemthatdoesallthetrick.Yeswecansitsafelyinourhousebecausesomebody
isprotectingourborder.Butalsowecaneatwithouthavingtosoilourfeetbecause
somebodyistoilingunderthesuneveryday.Wecanfeelwarmunderourjacketsbecause
somebodyisrunningclothmillsdayandnight.Wecancookourfoodsittingatour
kitchenbecausesomebodyisdrillingsomewhereintheoil&gasfields.Everyprofessionis
importantinitsownwayandeveryonedoeswhathedoesbecauseheseeshisownbenefit.
Thisisthesimpletruthanditapplieseverywhere.
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ManikBillawria
WrittenJul23,2015

noitsnot....takealookatit
Withsponsoredterrorismfromsomeneighboringcountriesandincursionthreatsfrom
others,problemsofillegalimmigrationandsomanyotherinternalconflictsanddisasters
itisthankstotheIndianArmy thatIndiastillmaintainsitsstatusquoloudandproud.
WecanneverthankourArmyenoughforwhattheydoandthese15factswillearnyour
respectforthemfurther.

Reuters
ThisiswherePakistanandIndiahavefoughtintermittentlysinceApril1984.Both
countriesmaintainapermanentmilitarypresenceintheregionataheightofover6,000
m.

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Reuters
TheIndianArmyisavoluntaryserviceandalthoughaprovisionformilitaryconscription
existsintheIndianconstitution,ithasneverbeenimposed.

Reuters
TheIndianArmysHighAltitudeWarfareSchool(HAWS)isoneofthemostelite
military trainingcentersintheworldandisfrequentedbySpecialOpsteamsfromthe
US,UKandRussia.USSpecialForcestrainedatHAWSbeforetheirdeploymentduring
theinvasionofAfghanistan.

Reuters
TheBattleofLongewalawasfoughtinDecember1971betweenIndiaandPakistan,in
whichjust120IndiansoldierswithonejeepmountedwithaM40recoillessrifleheldthe
fortagainst2000Pakistanisoldiersbackedby45tanksandonemobileinfantrybrigade.
Despitebeingsoheavilyoutnumbered,theIndiansoldiersheldtheirgroundthroughout
thenightandwiththehelpoftheAirForce,wereabletocompletelyrouttheaggressors.

Reuters
ItwascarriedoutbytheIndianAirForcetoevacuateciviliansaffectedbythefloodsin
Uttarakhandin2013.Itwasthebiggestcivilianrescueoperationsintheworldcarriedout

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byanyAirForceusinghelicopters.Duringthefirstphaseoftheoperationfrom17June
2013,theIAFairliftedatotalofabout20,000peopleflyingatotalof2,140sortiesand
droppingatotalof3,82,400kgofreliefmaterialandequipment.

Reuters
On8January2009theIndianNavalAcademy,wasinauguratedbythenprimeminister
ManmohanSingh.OriginallyenvisagedtocostRs166crorein1987,thefinalprojectcost
in2009wasRs721crore.

Reuters
The61stCavalryRegimentoftheIndianArmyisbelievedtothelargestnonceremonial
horsemountedcavalryunitremainingintheworld.

Reuters
TheBaileyBridgeisthehighestbridgeintheworld.ItislocatedintheLadakhValley
betweenDrasandSururiversintheHimalayanmountains.ItwasbuiltbytheIndian
ArmyinAugust1982.

Reuters
Thewarendedwiththesurrenderofabout93,000combatantsandofficialsofthe

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PakistaniArmy.ThisisthelargestnumberofPOWstakenintocustodysinceWorldWar
II.ThewarresultedinthecreationoftheindependentnationofBangladesh.

Reuters
Ithasmorethan1,325,000activetroopsandmorethan960,000reservetroopswith
morethan40,000ofthemregularlyreportingforduty.

Reuters
AGNI'sfirstmissileAGNIIfailedinitsfirsttwotestsandwasmadefunofbyother
countrieslikeUSA,UKandPakistan.Itwassuccessfulinthethirdtryandnowthemissile
seriesranksamongthebestintheworld.

Reuters...(more)
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Anonymous
WrittenOct29,2015

Icertainlydon'tthinkitisoverhyped.Herearethreeincidentstoprovemypoint.

1.MybrotherwaspostedasaninternatanarmyhospitalinDelhi.Atthosetimesdengue
wasonfullrageandhewasseeingaround300400patientsinaday.Theirshifts
sometimeslastedmorethan24hoursandstilltheywerealwaysrequiredtobeonduty.

ThosewhohavebeentoDelhiorhavelivedtherecansayhowterriblycolditgetsduring
winter.Onesuchwinternight,mybrotherwasaskedtoseetwoaccidentvictims.They
were20somethingfolkswhoprobablyhadthemosthorribleexperienceoftheirlifetime.
Theyhadrunawayfromhomefearingabacklashfromtheirfamilyduetointercaste
marraigeandwerefleeingsomegoons.

TheinhumanbruteshadtriedtocrushthemviaajeepneartheGopinathmarket.Theguy
wasunconsciousandthegirlhadsufferedfatalinjuries.Luckily,whiletheywereaboutto
hitagain,somearmypersonnelcametotheirrescue.Theyrushedthemtothenearbyarmy
hospital.
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Mybrotherdescribesthescreamsofthegirlasthemosthorriblescreamshehasever
heard.Hershoulderbonewasprotrudingfromherelbow,herhipbonewascrushedand
shewasbleedingallovertheplace.Hesaysitisunimaginablehowshewasstillconscious.
Theygavehersomeinjectionstoeaseherpainanddressedherwounds.Shewasthen
turfedtoAIIMS.

Thatdidn'tstopthepersonnelwhohadbroughtthemintolookintothematter.Theywent
tothecouple'svillage,filledaFIRagainsttheparentsandeachofthemcontributedhalf
oftheirmonth'ssalarytobearthecostoftreatmentofthecouple.

2.Myexboyfriendisanorphan.Hisparentsdiedinatrainaccidentwhenhewasafive.
Fornearlyaweeknoonecametoclaimhim.Imaginetheconditionofachildwhohaslost
everythinginaninstantandwhohasprobablynooneintheworld.

Afteraweekanarmymajorwhowasoverseeingtheworktounitemissingpersonsorthe
deadwiththeirfamilytookhimtohishome.Hehadtwodaughtersandformorethansix
monthshestayedwiththemastheirownson.Haditnotbeenforhisunclewhofinally
managedtofindhim,hewasonhiswaytobeadoptedbythatmajor.

3.AcollegefriendofminewenttotheNDA.Afterlongyearsoftraining,hepassedouta
fewyearsback.Afterfurthertraininghewaspostedinsomeplaceswiththeharshest
weatherconditionsonearthandwarringstates.

Hehelpedbuildhomesinplacesthatwereravagedbywarandterrorism,almostlosthis
lifeafewtimesandearnslessthanperhapsanaverageIITianorCA.Hebeamswith
humilityashenarratesthesestoriestomeandneverhaveIseenhimcomplainabouta
singleincidentormistreatmentwhichIamsuremusthavehappenedmanyatimes.

Alloftheaforementionedstorieshaveonethingincommon.Theyrepresntagroupof
soulswhowentbeyondtheirlinesofdutyanddidmorethanwhatwasexpectedofthem.
Theydiditoutofasenseofdutythatstillremainsunparalled.

YouandIOParenormalfolkswhogetenragedwhenwemissamealorgetabadorder
fromFlipkart.Wecomplainaboutthecricketteamorhowthegovernmentofthedayis
notdoingenough.Weare,attheendoftheday,procrastinatorswhofindsomethingnew
tocomplainabout.

Youareright.Ourcountrydoesnotforceustojointhedefenceforcesnorhadanyone
forcedthemtojoin.Butguesswhat?Theydiditevenafterknowingthatoneday,maybe
afewyearsdowntheline,theywillbeblowntopieces.Ifinditridiculousthatyoucannot
getyourheadaroundthefactthattheyareliterallysacrificingtheirlivestoserveyou.You
whoarenotevenrelatedtothem.Youwhomayneverknowthem.Youwhomaynotspeak
theirlanguageorrespecttheirlives.Youwhoserveyourfamilywhiletheyservemillions.

Igettoseemybrotherperhapsonceinayear.IknowhelivesinplaceswhereIwillnot
choosetoliveevenifIwerepaidbillionsforit.Respectthepeoplenotbecauseyouowe
thembutbecauseyoucannotliveinpeaceiftheylettheirguarddown.Don'thonourthem
ifyouarethatungratefulbuthonourtheirsacrifices.

YouandIcanshoutJaiHindinourcorporateofficesorinourcinemahalls.Ittakesguts
toshoutitwhilelookingintotheeyesofyourenemywhowillhaveyoureyesforuttering
justthosetwowords.

Onafinalnote,asfarasIhaveheardfrommybrotherandafewfriendsinthearmy,they
weartheiruniformwhentheyaretodirectlyreporttoduty.Ihaveneverseenmybrother
travelinhisuniformforreasonsotherthanthat.Ialsoheartheyarerequiredarealways
consideredtobeonactivedutynomatterwhenorwheresothatmaybeanotherreason.
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RudraPratapSinghPanjeta,Irrationalyetreal
UpdatedAug20,2014

Manypointshavebeencoveredintheanswersposted.I'mjusttryingtopresentmypoints
here.
OurArmedForcesareWorld's3rdlargestandthattooisvoluntary.Youwillneversee
ROTCorRecruitmentofficesofourArmedForceslikeUShas.Ontopofthat,nowadays
theonlyadvertisingyouwillseeforArmedforceswillbeontheinnerpageofcoverof
NCERTbooks.
Inshort,ourArmedforcesarenotaskingfor"it",theyjustgetit,butnotinthemeasure
thattheydeserve.

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UnlikeaPrivatesectorguy,youwillneverseeanArmedForcesguy,atleastanOfficer,
withthisattitude
IcomefromaMartialcastewhereweareexpectedtoeithertillthelandorserveinArmed
forces,endgoalbeingtoservethenation.MycousinsisterisaCaptaininArmy,acousin
ofmineisShauryaChakraawardee,servinginParaSF.ItootriedtogetinRIMCbutwas
toodumbatthattimetomakethecut.NowafterEngineeringandworkinginPrivate
sector,IhavequititallandagaintryingtogetintotheArmedforces,althoughthrougha
verylessknownandtreacherousroutewherechancesofmakingitareslimtonone.Butas
theArmedforcesteachesyou,overcomingthebiggestofoddsmakeitthatmuchmore
worthwhile.
Soitisajobwithhighestjobsatisfactionastheultimateperk.Intoday'sworldwhen
everyoneissearchingforsomethingmeaningfulinlife,servinginArmedforcesmakesyour
lifemeaningful.Ifsuchathingdoesn'treceivesHypethenIdon'tthinkanythingelse
deservesiteither.
Inshort,belowimagedescribeswhyIlovemynation'sArmedForcesanddeeplywantto
bepartofit.

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Edit:Thisinformationisinnpublicdomainbutmanydon'tknowitandalthoughitsnott
hepartofthequestion,I'mmakingthisasapartofmyansweringeneralpublicinterest.
IndianArmedForces,whichareunderMinistryofDefense,arebroadly3only.
1.IndianArmy

2.IndianNavy

3.IndianAirForce

AfterthisintheformalsetupareParamilitaryorganization.
1.AssamRifles,underMinistryofHomeAffairs

2.SpecialFrontierForce,underRAW,operateonIndiaChinaborderonly

3.IndianCoastGuards,underMinistryofDefense

LastcomestheCentralPoliceForces,whichareunderMinistryofHomeAffairs,headedby
aDirectorGeneral,whoisanIPSofficer.Thisincludes:
1.BSF(BorderSecurityForce)

2.ITBP(IndoTibeteanBorderPolice,theyalsoundertakeprotectionofIndian
EmbassiesandConsulatesoutsideIndia)

3.SSB(SashastrSeemaBal)

4.NSG(NationalSecurityGuard)

5.CRPF(CentralReservePoliceForce,COBRAisapartofCRPF,operatinginNaxal
affectedareas)

6.CISF(CentralIndustrialSecurityForce,protectingIndustrialestablishmentsof
GovernmentandalsoPrivatesector)

7.RPF(RailwayProtectionForce)

ProperMilitaryhasvariousspecializedunitslikeParaSF,Marcos.
SodotheseCentralArmedPoliceForceslikeRAFandCOBRAunderCRPF
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NishantSingh
WrittenFeb25,2015

WorkingintheIndianArmyisnotoverhyped.Howeverthegrossgeneralizationsmadeof
theInfinitekindnessoftheIndianArmyPersonalsareoverhyped.

Iwillprovideanincidentontheothersideoftheirkindness.
IwasgoingoninmycarwithmyMotherataveryslowspeedinMeerutCantonmentarea
neartoAugarhnathTemple.IwasattemptingaverycautiousUturn,suddenlyoneArmy
midlevelofficeralmostcrashedintomyCar.Hewasataveryhighspeed.Thoughnothing
happenedtohimorhisscooter,hestartingintimidatingandabusingme.Hewasbehaving
asifheownsmeandthatshamelesspersondidnotevenstopabusingwhenmymother
triedtopacifyhim.HeprovedtomethatdaythatAnimalscanalsobeinIndianArmy
Uniform.HewasadogwhomighthavesomehowmanagedtoentertheArmy,butthe
systemfailedtoinstillmodicumofdecencyinhim.

Someposterssaidthatitisimpossibletobribethem.Thisstatementisalsofacetiousas
thereareanumberofscamswhichweredonewiththecollaborationofIndiaArmy

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Personals.
Herearesomeofthetopones

IndianArmy's7biggestscandals

SomeoftheirstoriesofbeatingPolicemenandCivilianshere

ArmyjawansallegedlythrashtrafficcopsinPune,ransackpolicestation

Armypersonnelbeatupcops,mediamen


MoralofthestoryishavetrustonIndianArmybutdon'thaveblindtrustonthem.There
arealotofrottenapplesalsoineverysystem
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HimanshuDhasmana
WrittenSep15,2014

Yes,workinginIndianarmyisoverhyped,becausetheyareawakewhenyousleep.Yes
workinginIndianarmyisoverhypedbecausewhenwearecelebratingfestivalstheyare
fightingwithceasefireviolations.
yetheareoverhypedbecauseduringadisastertheytheydon'thavetheluxuryof
changingthenewschannelandknowingwhatshappening,becausetheyaretheone'swho
havetorescuepeople.
yestheyareoverhypedbecausewhenitis40degreeCelciusinsiachintheystillgaurdthe
borderswhileyouaresleepinginyourblanketintyourhouse.
Theyareoverhypedbecausetheydon'taskforanything.
Yestheyareoverhypedbecausewhentheyfightyourbattlesonborder,theydon'tknow
theywillsurviveornot.
yestheyareoverhypedbecausetheydon'tmeettherefamiliesforyears.
yestheyareoverhypedbecausethefearofdeathyouhaveeverydaytheyfaceit.
Yestheyareoverhypedbecausewhenthereheadlessbodyisreturned,itsnotarelativeof
oursright
Thisisalltheytheydobecausetheyareoverhyped.
IchallangethepersonwhoaskedthisquestiontoDoonethingwhichasoldeirdoes
andthensaytheyareoverhyped.
TheyareUNDERHYPEDTheyarenotgiventherespectorsalarythey
deserve.
sobeforesayingthisagain.thinktwice
Becauseyoudon'tknowwhatasoldeirgoesthrough.ButsittinginACroom
andaskingsuchquestionsistheluxuryprovidedbythesoldeirsofour
country.
JaiHindandrespectforoursoldeirs.
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AdityaKautilya,Livealife"LESSORDINARY"Budding"Officer",NITian
WrittenAug19,2014

FirstthingImustsay,ifyouthinkIAisoverhypedthenwhyfeeljealousofit?Ifyouthink
thatjustsacrificingyourjoy,cominglatefromworkisrespectfulforthesociety,thenyou
arewrong.Youcannotbuyrespect,youhavetoearnthem.
ServinginArmyisamatterofprideandhonor.Theyjustdon'tsacrificetheirowncomfort
andhappinessbutalsooftheirfamilies.Livingaloneintentsininhospitableterrain,facing
bulletssothatwecansleepinpeace.
Andarmyisnotajobit'saprofessionwhereallhavevolunteeredthemselvesforcauseof
nation.It'safeelingthatprivatejobworkershavinghighpackages,livinginAir
conditionedroomscannotunderstand.
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Anonymous
UpdatedSep5,2014

IcameacrossthisthreadwhileIwasonmywaybackhomeaftertoday'sduty.NowI'm
sittingwithfewfellowofficersdrinkingwhileIsharedthisdebate.Belowaretherepliesto
this:

1)"betatumsenahopayenga"
2)"tumsekyatumharebaapsebhinahihopayenga"

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3)"plsfocusonyourjob,ifyouwon'tworkhowwillyoupaytaxesandhowcanwefuel
ourjets"
4)"plsdopayyourtaxesontimesothatwedon'trunshortoftricoloursandcoffinsfor
us."
Andlastbutnottheleast,
5)"stopworryingaboutusandsavethegirls,weneedmoresoldiersinfuture,)"

Abigthankyoutoallthosewhohaveshownregardstousandourduty,itsyoupeople
whomakeusproudandfeeduswithmotivation.

Apologizeforanyoffense,eventhoughitwasintentional.Plsexcuseusrightnowweare
gettingdrunk.Cheerstoallmyfellowsolidersandcountrymenandwomen.

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RohanChawla,Victoryshallbemine!
UpdatedSep11,2014

Fortherecord,therecannotbeahumbledebatewhenyouaskaquestionthisidiotic.

UPDATE:LookatwhatoursoldiersaredoinginJ&Krightnow.Switchonanychannel.Is
itoverhypednow,youungratefulbrat?

Shameonyou,seriously.Inourcountry,joiningthearmyisnotcompulsoryunlike
countrieslikeIsraelandGreece.Despitethat,countlessyoungcitizensjointhearmyevery
year.Theyprotectourborders,fightinsurgentswithinourcountryandkeepussafe.They
protecttheideaofIndiaandletingrateslikeyoubreatheintheairoffreedom.Thatalone
isreasonenoughtoadmirethem.Yousayyoumakesacrificesbecauseyouworklong
hoursandnothavedinnerwithyourfamily.Well,howaboutthosesoldierswhodon'tsee
theirfamiliesformonthsonend?Howaboutthoseonourborderrightnowwhodon't
knowiftheywilllivetohavedinnerwiththeirwivesandkidseveragain?Yes,theyknew
whattheyweregettinginto.Thatiswhatmakesthemsoadmirable.Theyknewtheywould
begettingintoalineofworkwheretheywouldhavetoundergostrenuoustrainingfor
manyyears,getamediocresalaryandthenfightforthiscountry.Weallknowthat.
Despitethat,theysignedup.TheyhadthecouragethatyouandIdon't.

P.SArmyofficersrarelywearuniformsoffduty.Mostofthetimes,theyareeithergoing
backhomeorgoingbacktoworkwhentheyareinuniform.Othertimes,theydresslike
youandme.Actually,notheydon't.Almostalltendtoweartrousersandshirtsbutthat's
justthemilitarywayoflife.
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NiteshDubey,Happay|PanjabUniversity
WrittenAug26,2014

Well,IseeyouearnedalotofcreditsherebyhurtingalotofAirforceandArmybratsas
wellastheworkingpeopleofourforces.
Anyways,I'llcometoyourquestion.

Mydadisn'tinArmy,heworksinIndianAirforceandIamaproudAirForceBrat.Most
ofmyuncles(dad'sbrothers,cousins,friendsetc)areinArmysinceit'sacrazeinmy
villagetojointheforces(army,airforce,navy).Noonehadaskedanyonetodothisand
neitheranyoneboastsaboutthesacrificestheymadebutstillI'lltellyousomeinstances.
RightnowwhenIamtypingthisanswer,myunclewouldbestandinginhostileconditions
ofGulmarg(northernmostmilitarycamp)tokeepaneyeoninfiltrators.
WhenyouallwerewatchingTVaboutKargilwarthenmymumandauntswereworried
abouttheirhusbandsinwarzone.
Myunclecamehomeandsleptlikehegotintohibernationashereturnedfromborder
andhadnotsleptsincedays.

Nooneforcesthem:Hellyeah,itsthecrazetoguardourcountrywhichmakesthemstand
inmostadverseconditions(whichyoucomparedbeingequaltoyourearningbreadand
butterforyourfamily).Myuncleisinadepartmentwherenoonecanaskhimtogotowar
zoneorconfrontinfiltratorstillhewishesbuthehasbeenapartofalotmilitarymissions
andhasriskedhislifeseveraltimes.Ihopethisanswersthattheydon'tsacrificejustto
earnbreadandbutter.

Armydresswhiletraveling:Youseemyfriend,agoodshoefromReebok,Nikey,Woodland
etciswaycomfortablethanthemorthanaKgweighingbootswhichArmymenwearwhile

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traveling.TheydothisastheyareondutyandhavebeengivenTD,temporaryduty,at
someplaceotherthantheirregiment.It'saruletostayinuniformwhenyouareondutyin
Army,nomatterwhat.
Talkingaboutyourjob,youmustnotbeworkingsomewherewhereyouhavetheriskof
beingshotfornoreason.EverheardofCapt.VikramBatra?Googlehisnameandread
abouthim.Capt.Kalia,whowasbrutallytorturedandkilledinPakistanashedenied
givinganyinfotothem,haslefthisparentstofightanunendingwartogivehimjusticeon
internationalplatform.Itwasasacrifice.No?
AlsotrytogotoVagghaBorder,Amritsarandseethecrazyarmymenparadingatour
border.Iassureyou,youwillfeelanadrenalinerush.

Onmoralground:Everyoneearnsforhis/herfamilyandmakesthesocalledsacrificeof
stayingawayfromtheirfamilybutinArmy,itsnotaboutearningtofeedthefamily.It's
aboutstandingawakesothatcroresofIndianfamiliescouldsleeppeacefully,it'sabout
comingtoyourhomeinvacationsandfindyourkidsbeinggrownup(notgettingadultsof
course)andgettingsadfornotbeingabletoseethemgrowandatlastit'saboutbeing
crazilymotivatedtoserveIndiaeventhoughpeoplelikeyoumixbetweenrespectand
beinghyped.

IcangoonbutIthinkImademypoint.
LastlineisbySheldonCooper.)
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MrinalOjha,Bookworm,dreamer,eccentric,implusive!
WrittenSep1,2014

No,itisn't.

Yousee,thethingisyourquestionissuchthatpeoplewillgetemotional.WeIndians,
mightnotbethebestexamplesofperfectcitizens,butsomewheredeepdown,weallare
emotionalaboutourmotherland,ornation...

Let'snotforgetthateventhoughservinginarmedforcesisnotcompulsoryinourcountry,
IndianArmyisthe3rdbiggestmilitarycontingentintheWorldnexttoUSAandChina.

Itisamatterofprideforanyonetoservehisnation,whyshouldbethereanyhypeabout
it...

Thisisnottosay,thatprofessionals,bankers,policemen,doctorsetcarenotnationalistic,
ornotservingthenationintheirownway...Armedforcesdoesn'treallyundermineany
otherprofession...

Youshouldbeproudofhowyouareservingthenation...Youshouldn'treallygetbothered
bywhatothersaredoingorbeingtreatedas,ifyouaregivingcentpercent...

Havingsaidthat,beingselectedtoserveinthearmedforcesisamatterofprideforany
individual,andthisisauniversalfact...Tothisday,mybiggestregretisnotattendingmy
SSBInterview...
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AmolShrivastava
WrittenAug21,2014

Yes.Itis.

Let'snotgetcarriedaway.

Youarejustrollinginthementalstateofseeingthingsasdivided.
Thereasonwhythereissolittlepeaceintheworldisthesamewhysoldiersthinkitisgreat
honortoserveanddieinnationalcolour.

I'mnotbeingidealistichere.

Itseemstobeironicbut,thesocalled'nationality'waspromotedbythe"great"leaders
whorunthecountryunderthepretextofprogress,whenattheendofthedayacommon
manisnotinanywaybeingreflectedwiththesamekindofprogressamultinationalCEO
findsinourcountry.

Peoplelivetheirlivesboundbywhattheyacceptascorrectandtrue.
That'showtheydefine'Nationalism'.Butwhatdoesitmeantobe'Patriotic'?Merelyvague

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concepts..

Nationalismhasjustbecomeagameriggedbylargeorganizationstosellweapons,to
inducefearandloyalty.Youbecomedogmatictotheideaofcountryandservingthe
country.
Canweconsidereachofthemtosimplybelivingintheirownworld,shapedbytheir
beliefs?
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AaravGupta,Servingwithpride
WrittenAug25,2014

Don'tbejealousbecauseyouwererejectedinoneormoreSSBAttempts.

Idon'twantyourhypeorattentionorrespect.ThefulfillmentIgetbyservingmy
motherlandismuchmoreforme.

IneedrespectformyparentsthoughbecauseifIamgonetheycannotlivetheiroldagein
peaceandcomfortaswouldyoursbecauseatleastthereisanoptionofWorkfromhome
citingillnessofyourparents.Oryoucanjustquitornot,consideringwhicheverismore
importantforyou.

ButthenIhavemydearfriendswhoregularlyvisitthemtomakethemfeeltheygaveone
oftheirsonsforservicetonationbutearnedmanymoreinreturn.

SoIreallydon'tneedanythingfrompeoplelikeyou.

Kidswavingatmetravelingthroughaconvoyisfarmorethanthehypeofmediaand
newspapersorwhateveryouhadinmindofyourswhilefiringthisquestion.
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PankajRai
WrittenSep27,2014

MrChaudhariyouarespoton,anyonewhojoinstheIndianArmyjoinsvoluntarily.
ThereisnoconscriptioninIndia.Perhapsthisisonereasonwhythechoiceshouldbe
respected.Havingsaidthat,againyouarerightitisnotnecessarythatsomeonewhois
notintheArmydoesnotservethenation'sinterests.Ialsoagreethatanyonewhojoinsthe
Armydoessowithhiseyeswideopen.

However,youarecompletelyoffthemarkbysayingthatevenduringoffdutyhours
servingpersonnelprefertodontheOG.Traintravelisdifferent.Therearecertain
instructionsforservingpersonneltotravelinuniformespeciallyiftheyareescorting
arms/ammunition/cyphereddocuments/militarystores.Perhapsthismighthaveescaped
yourattention.

Wearingauniformisacumbersomethingsandthereforemostofusprefertochangeinto
civilclotheswhennotonparade(duty).

Doesthisansweryourquery?
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ShobhaRao
UpdatedOct6,2014

1.ThosewhojointheArmywillinglyputthemselvesindangerandlineoffireinorderto
protectothers.Nomatterwhatlucrativeopportunitiestheymighthavehadinthecivilian
world,theygaveituptobeintheArmy.Canyousayyoudothatinyourjob?Wouldyou
giveupanymaterialormonetarycomforts?

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2.ThosewhojointheArmyknowthattheymaybeaskedtoleavetheirfamilybehindand
gotowar.Theymaynotreturn.Doyoudothatinyourjob?

3.ToqualifyfortheArmy,thecadetsundergoweeksandmonthsofrigorous,painful,
physicallyandmentallyexhaustingtraining.Doyoudothatinyourjob?

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4.ThoseintheArmydonotnormallyhaveachoiceaboutwheretheygetposted.They
mustmove,withashortnotice,toanypartofthecountry,asrequired,evenifitistheback
ofbeyond.Areyouwillingtouprootyourselfandyourfamilyeverytwoyearsandstart
overagain?

5.PeopleintheArmygetcalledregularlyfordisastermanagement,riotcontrol,fighting
insurgenciesandhumanitarianmissionsalloverIndiaandtheworld.Haveyouever
volunteeredforanythingthatbig,andthatconsistently?

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6.ArmypeopleintheBSFarealwaysindangerofbeingcapturedbytheenemyand
tortured.Areyouwillingtoputyourselfintheirshoes?

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(Otherimagesaretoographic.Ichosetheleastshockingone.)

7.ArmypersonnelpostedinSiachen,Ladakhandotherinhospitableareaslivethere
monthstogetherandguardthebordersunderextremeclimacticconditions.Areyou
willingtoleavethecomfortofyourhouseandlivelikethat?
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DeepakDhanwade,Quorarecommender,Songwriter
WrittenOct26,2014

Youwouldn'thaveaskedthisquestionifyourfatherwasintheIndianArmedForces.If
youcan'trespectsomeonefortheirwork,atleastdon'tcriticizethem.
IwouldhavegoneintothedetailsbutIthinkyouwillnevergetmypoint. "Sosleep
peacefullywhiletheIndianArmyguardsyou"
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SiddharthMannan
WrittenSep14,2014

Iamreallydisgustedbyyourquestion"overhyped"?Seriously?

Supermanwasn'tcalledwhenterroristattackedTajMumbai,
SpiderMandidn'trescuewithhiswebwhenakidfellinaditch,
Hulkdidn'tcleardebrisduringearthquake,
Batmandoesn'tguardourcountryborder,
IronMandidn'thelpduringUttarakand/J&Kfloods,
Shaktimanwasn'tcalledduringriots.

INDIANARMYISTHEREALSUPERHERO!!

Anyweather,
Anyplace,
Anywarmanornature,
Anytime
Indianarmyisalwaysready!
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PriyaTyagi,religionsarebarriers.
WrittenOct22,2014

Youwouldn'tbesayingallthosewordshadyoubeenindefence,especiallyintheIndian
Army.
Myfriend,you'remakingsacrificesworkingasaprofessionalforyourfamily.Theyare
makingsacrificesfortheirfamilies,theirfriends,andforthewholenation.Theysacrifice
theirownneeds.Youcan'tcomebackhomeontimetoserveyourfamilysometimes?They
areawayfromtheirfamiliesformonths,evenforyears,brother.Weoverhereleadavery
simplelifeascomparedtotheirlives.Imsureofthefactthatyouforsuredon'tknowwhat
kindoftrainingtheygothroughbeforetheygetcommissioned.Andevenafterthattheir
livesdon'tgetanysimpler.

Abouttheoverhypedthingyou'vementionedthere.You'rehighlymistaken.People
neglecttheirwork.Themedianeglectstheirworkbypostingpoliticians'photosonthe
frontpageandnotoftherealheroeswhogiveuptheirlivesforthenation..But,Inmy

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opinion,itisdarnrighttooverhypetheirwork.Youknowwhy?Unlikeustheychose
respect,dignity,andthenationovermoney.Theyletgoofallthecomforttheycould've
gottenintheiryoungage,hadtheydecidedtonotservethenation.Haveyoueverbeento
Kashmir?Ifyes,haveyouseenthosebravesoldiersstandingaloneatanyrandompointon
themountains?Yesitwastheirchoice,togetintotheIndianArmy,you'reright,butdon't
youthinksuchchoicesdeservealltherespectandalltheappreciationfromus?Ifthere
werenosuchsoldiers,whodoyouthinkwouldsaveourlivesfromtheirritatingneighbors
wehave?WhodoyouthinkwouldhavefiercelyfoughtinthewarsagainstpakandChina?
There'snogreaterhonourinthisworldthangivinguporriskingyourlifeforyournation.
It'sagreatprivilege.Iftheirjobsdon'tdeservethehypethenIfailtounderstandwhatelse
does,andletmeremindyou,theydon'taskforit.

Idon'tcomefromanarmybackground.MyfatherwasintheIndianAirForce.ButI've
alwaysbeeninclinedtowardsArmy.IfIwereaboy,IwouldhavejoinedtheIndianArmy
(Icanstilldobeingagirlbutwomensoldiersheredon'thavetheprivilegestodowhat
mensoldiershave)thattoothroughNDAbecauseofit'sbloodsuckingtraining.Iwould
havelovedtochooseInfantry.

Lastly,I'dreallywantyoutoreadthestoriesofsomebravesoldierswhosacrificedtheir
livesforthisnation,forus.Like,Capt.VikramBatra,Capt.ManojKumarPandey.(Both
ofthemdiedinkargilwar'99,attheyoungageof24),andmanymore.Pleasedo.

Andrememberthese:
"Whenyougohome,tellthemofusandsay,thatfortheirtomorrow,wegaveourtoday."

"..Longafterwearegone,willpeoplewonderwhowewerehowbravelywefoughtand
howfiercelyweloved."
JaiHind.
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Anonymous
WrittenMar20,2015

Yesitisoverhyped.Icanuseallthesarcasmintheworldtowritethis,butIdrather
choosesincerity.

IliveinacanttareaandeveryyearIseehundredsoffamiliesmovingin.Iwonderhow
theystartitalloveragain?
MybestfriendisservingasanofficerinIndianArmyandthereforeIamspeakingonthe
basisofmyexperience.Althoughatonepoint,howeverenigmatic&fascinatingtheideaof
movingfromoneplacetoanothermayappear,butoneiscertainlyoblivioustothe
challengesthatareinvolvedwithit,whichanofficerishappilytaking.

Doyouevenknow,attimesthesepeopleendupstaying10yearsawayfromtheirfamily?

Afriendofminesaidthatshesawherfatherforthefirsttimewhensheturnedthree.Itis
oneofthemostspecialmomentsineveryoneslife,toseetheirchildbeingborn,toholdit,
toexperienceitandnotonlyherfatherbutthewholefamilylostthatmomentbecausehe
wasntaround,hewasbusyservinghisnation.

MybestfrienddidnotcomehomelastDiwaliandoflateIamagainhearingfromhim
thathewontbeabletomakeitthisyeareitherandeveninthatsituationheisnot
whining.Moreoftenthannot,heendsupbeingathisofficeataround2am.Hesureas
hellenjoystheperkoflivinginarmyquarters,ofgoodfood,ofbuyingthingsatacheaper
pricebutwhatinreturnishegiving?

Hewillgiveawayhislifetothenation.How?HewaspostedinDrasintheextrememonths
ofwinter,withatemperatureaslowas55degreeCelsius.Heisgivingawayallthe
luxuriesthatwedonotevenappreciate.AttimesIdonothearfromhimfordaysbecause
heisawayfrombasicmobileconnectivity.

Hechoseitforhim,toserveus,onlysothatwecansleeppeacefully,literally.Hewas
postedinDraslastyearwhenfewsoldierswerekilledontheborder.(2013IndiaPakistan
borderskirmishes )
OnlyfamiliesandfriendsofArmypeoplecanunderstandhowtroublesomeitistoknow
thatyourlovedonesareatthesameplaceandyoucannotdoanythingaboutit,noteven
askthemtocomeback.Youjusthopeandpraythattheyarefine.

WhenIenjoyholidaysandSundaysathome,Ihearfromhimthattherearenoholidays
forhim.MostofuswillknowthatArmyispresentinabundanceattheremotestlocations,
wheretherearentmanyfacilitiesatleastthemajorpartofit,soonethingisforsurethat
hewontbehavingaccesstomultiplexes,shoppingmalls,clubs,pubs,oragoodrestaurant

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forthatmatteralongwithotherdelightswhicharenormalforus,despitethemoneyinhis
pocket.

Ifhegets60continuousholidaysthenoneshouldknowthatheisserving300daysand
nightstoattainthem,also60isjustametaphorandhedoesn'tusuallygetthem.

MyfreindisservingIndianAirForce.Toourdismay,shehadtocancelherwedding
becauseherhusbandcouldnotgetleavesforit.Theydonotprioritizeeventsasbigas
marriage,becauseforthemnationisimportant.BothofthemareservingIndianAirForce
andnowtheyhavepostponedthatevent.

Well,IdonotknowiftheOPcanunderstandtheintricaciesinvolvedinthisbutitcertainly
isnotoverhyped.Therearegreaterjoystheyaregivingupon,thatwecaneversuccinctin
words.
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Anonymous
UpdatedNov14,2014

EDIT:ForreferenceAndyDuffell'sanswertoWhydowegivesomuchrespecttoour
soldiers?Aren'ttheyjustdoingtheirjob?

Themandateseemstobeprettyclearnotoverhyped,duetomany/allofthereasons
statedinpreviousposts.Thepsychologicalegoismangleisinteresting,butwouldcallfora
longerandmoregeneraldebate.

Thepointofthislittlepostisthe"Thisisblasphemy"and"You'reatraitor/moron/
d*cklesscoward"answers.Ithinkthey'reanutterdisgrace.Sure,thequestioncouldhave
beenwordedbetter.ButIexpectafellowQuorantobethebiggerwoman/manhere.Bala
andPoorvishahaveshownhowit'sdone.

Ifyoucan'thandleyourbeliefsbeingquestioned,you'llonlybefeedingyourbiaseshereon
Quora.Evenworse,you'llbeimposingthemontherestthroughyourupvotes.
Occasionally,youmightevencomeupwithcontentthatcouldonlyqualifyasnoiseina
knowledgeseekingforum.

Doesn'thelpanyone,really.
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VarshaRaut,INFJ,Sapiosexual,optimist&inquisitive
WrittenSep18,2014

Iwonderifthepersonwhohaspostedthisquestionunderstandsthemeaningoftheword
'Sacrifice'.

WhenIsacrificemyneedtobetherewithmyfamilyduetomyworkrelatedobligations
thereisaselfishneedtosavemyjobtotakecareofmyfamily.Whatselfishneeddo
defensepeoplehaveinprotectingusorsacrificingtheirdesires?

Iwonderifdefensepeoplejoindefenseservicesbecausetheybelievetheygetpaidwell:p

Howmanyofuswouldliketosignupforajobthatinvolvesriskoflosingourlivesnotfor
ourfamilybutforthenation,thepeopleouttherewedon'tknowinperson?

Howmanyofusactuallythinkitisourdutytohelpafellowbeingandjumptohelpat
everyavailableopportunityandeverytimeasituationdemands?Seriously,Icannotthink
ofmany.AndthosecivilianswhohelpbecomeHeroes(ofcoursetheyearnitthroughtheir
deeds)butifwehaveanArmypersonaroundweKNOWhewillanywayhelp,notoncewe
feelitwasnothisduty.

Ihaveseenmorethan5060civilians(professionals,drivingandridingby)withoutgiving
asinglethoughtortrytohelpmewhenIwasstandingontopofaflyoverinBangaloreat
9:30p.m.withaflattire.Idon'tknowwhatIwouldhavedonehadnotitbeenforan
Armypersonwhonotonlystoppedtoenquirewhatwastheissuebutherodeawayonlyto
getamechanicfrom5KMawayworkshop,tookthewheel,gotitfixedintheworkshop,
cameback,fixedthewheelandescortedmehomebecauseitwaslateinthenight.

Ipersonallydonotthinkanycivilianhasanymoralrighttoasksuchaquestion.The
questionistheproofoflackoftheirvocabulary,theyneedtolearntwowords,Sacrifice&
Gratitude.

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RaghavGakhar,JaiHind
WrittenDec12,2014

IWanttoshareastorywhichhappenedwithmewhenIwastravellingFromHyderabad
toJaipurlastyear.

Inmycompartment,therewasanofficerofIndianarmyandaladywithtwokids.When
theTicketchecker(TTE)came,hetoldtheladythatherseatswereinRAC(Reservation
againstCancelation)andshedidn'thadanIDcard,TTEtriedtoaskhersomemoneyin
anindirectway.

Shedidn'tpaidanyattentionandTTEwentaway.Hecameagainatlatenightandtriedto
disturbtheladyandwentawayaftersametime.

Whenhecamethenextmorningagain,itledtoafightandTTEsaidhertogetdownon
thenextstation(whichwasnotheractuallydestination).Ladywasvisibilydistressedand
herkidslookednervous.

Thesoldierbesidemegotangryandstoodupandsaid"Auratkotangkartahai,saale
terkomaibatatahoon"(troublingtheladyyou,fa*got..Iwillteachyoualesson?)"

HewentaheadandstartedbeatingtheTTEandtookhimtothepolicestationonthenext
railwaystationandmadehimtoapologizethelady.

Thisincidentmademerespectthesoldiersevenmore!
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HarshdeepSingh
WrittenApr15

Absolutelynot.

1.Theworldlookscompletelydifferentintheuniform.

2.Thelessonsyoulearnfromday1inmanagement,crisis,lifeandskillscanneverbe
learnedinanybusinessschool.Theyteachyouallfromhowtotieashoelacetohowto
handlethemostdauntingtaskslifehastooffer.

3.Thetraininghelpsyouexploreyoumentalandphysicallimits.Itssurpisingtofindhow
strongerwearethanweactuallythoughtourselvestobe.

4.Respectthatyougetfromvirtuallyeveryonetakesyousomewhereelse.Makesyou
responsibleinlifechangesyourattitudetowardsproblemsinlife.Youbecomeagogetter.

5.Camaraderieandcomradeshipisathighestpossiblelevelamongstyourcolleagueseven
totheextendofmakingsupremesacrificetosaveother'slife.

Thelistcangoonandonadventure,exoticplacesyouvisit,cleanandbeautiful
cantonments,highlyorganisedlife,overallsatisfaction.SummingitinCaptR
SubramanianKC'swords:

Youhaveneverliveduntilyouhavealmostdied,andforthosewhochoose
tofight,lifehasaspecialflavor,theprotectedwillneverknow.
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GirishPrabhakaraShyandilya,Dreamer,Coder,BikeLover,Admirerof
allthingsbeautiful,NatureLover,Tr...
WrittenSep3,2014

Ireadyourquestionandwhatstruckmewasthepartwhereyousaythatnooneforceda
persontojointhearmy,hencetheycannotclaimthatthey'vemadesacrifices.

Thatpart,rightthere,mademeloseabitofrespecttowardsyou.Don'tgetmewrong,but
yousoundedlikethatidiotpoliticianwhosaidsoldiersgetpaidtodie,it'stheirjobor
somethingalongthoselines.

Granted,it'savoluntaryservice.Noonecanbeforcedtobecomeasoldier.Butdoyou
realizewhatkindoffortitudeittakestobecomeone?Physicaltoughnessthatwouldmake
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tolookdeathintheeyeandsay'FuckYou',emotionaltoughnesstostaydetachedfrom
familialtiesformonthsonendwiththesolefocusofprotectinghis/motherlandandhis
brethrenfromanyassholewhotriestoposeathreat.Allthis,despiterealizingthefact
theireffortsandserviceareactuallyconsideredoverhypedandoverrated.

Thereisnotenoughmoneyintheworldtopayamanandaskhimtodieatyour
commandwithoutquestioning.Ifthatwasthecase,everymanwouldbeasoldier.

Livingeverydaywiththeknowledgethateverybreathcouldbetheirlast,thattheirnameis
onsomebulletthattheywillneverseecomingandyettostandguardsoothersmayhavea
life..That,myfriend,takesaveryspecialperson.

Nosoldierisoverhyped.Noserviceinthedefenseofone'scountrycaneverbeconsidered
overrated.
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AshishKumar,BecauseHewasASoldierofIndianArmy._^^_
UpdatedSep18,2015

Idon'twanttowritemuchmore.Alreadytherearesomanyanswers.Iwanttoshowyou
something.

YesItisoverhypedifanyonecandaretogivesacrificelikethem..

AndtheirFamily(Father/Mother/Brother/Sister/Son/Daughter)candolike
this..

TearfulbutprouddaughtersalutesbraveheartColMNRai

Watchher&herfamilyemotionsandwilltoservethiscountry.SeeherFamily'srespect
andtrustforArmy.Don'tyoufindthisincredible?

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Ifyoufindthisleveloftrustandrespectinanyotherorganizationthensurelyitisover
hyped.

Seehowtheyhelpuswhenweneedthem..

GujratEarthquake2001

AndalsoseethisJ&KFlood2014

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TheArmedForceshumanitarianassistancemissioninresponsetothefloodswasnamed
MissionSahayata(assistances).NorthernCommand'shumanitarianassistancetoCivil
authoritieswasnamed'OperationMEGHRAHAT'.TheIndianArmy,AirForce,and
theNavy,committedlargeresourcestotheassistancemissionincludingover
30,000troops(21,000inSrinagar,and9000inJammu),15engineertask

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aircraftandhelicopters,navalcommandosandrescuespecialists,andBase
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AzmatullahKhan
WrittenJan9,2015

Iwishitwasaseasyasyoumakeitouttobe.Thetruthissomewhereinthemiddle.I
woulddiscardthe"overhyped"andreplaceitwith"mostmisunderstood"

Indeedwhyshouldonebetreateddifferentlyformakingaconciouscareerchoicenoone
forcedyouinto.However,inreality,thepeculiarhardshipsareneverknownorunderstood
orevenexplainedbeforeyoujointhemilitary.Whenyougetsubjecttothemilitarylaw,a
numberoflibertiesgetcurtailed.Itisnotwysiwygbyanystretchofimagination.

Thequestionis,doessocietycompensateyoufairlyinmonetaryandotherterms.The
answertothatisanoverwhelmingno.Ishouldknow,Ididnotserveinthearmy,butdid
sointheIndianNavyfor15years.

Myproudestandmostcherishedmomentshappenedinthattimeasdidmyworst
nightmares.Camaradierie,teamworketcisarealityinthemilitary,unlikethelipservice
thattheyarepaidinthemercenarycorporateworld.Butthenthatiswhatitexactlyis
wsiwyg.Unfortunatelythemilitaryisnotwysiwyg.Youcanonlyexperienceitfromthe
inside.Howeverhardonetries,onecannotexplainit.

Unfortunately,themilitarycanbeafruitfulshorttermcareerfortheoverwhelming
majority.Whenyouquit,yourskillsarenottreatedas"transferable"tothecorporate
environment.Inreality,alotofdisservicegetsdonetothepotentialofexmilitarypeople
simplybecausethecorporateworldthrivesonnegotiationyougetwhatyouareableto
negotiate,notnecessarily,whatyou"deserve".Wegetusedtoanearidealwork
environment,wheremonetaryincentivesarepredictable(notnegotiated)andnotusually
thedriversofbehaviour.Boundariesarequiteclearlydefined.Nothreattojobsecurity
fromsuperiors,peersorsubordinatesetc.

Itisasteeplearningcurvetomaketheleapfromthisnearidealenvironmentintothe
chaosandambiguityofthecorporateworld,wheretheonlythingvaluedisthegreenback.
Usually,notmuchguidanceorhelpisforthcomingfromanyquarters.Itisinthis
quagmirethatmostexservicepeopledrowninorbecomecynics,unabletocopewith
theseunexpectedchangesinenvironmentandvalues.

Now,Iamnotsurewhatyouactuallymeantwhenyoucalledacareerinthearmy"over
hyped".Ifyoumeantspecialtreatment,Icanvouchforthefactthatthereisnone,if
anythingthespecialtreatmentistrialbyfirebeyondyourimagination(nopunintended).
Ifanything,theytakethefallformostofthesociety,bygivingsomuchinreturnforso
less,andevenlesseraftertheyquit.(Apoliticallycorrectwayofsayingtheymaybethe
society'ssuckers).Suretheygetgoodwordsnowandthen,butsadlythatisnotenoughto
feelappreciatedortodealwithlife'schallenges.

Ihavehadthisdebateinmymindforovertwodecades,andIleantowardssayingthat
manyouhavenoidea.Youcannotevenbegintoimaginethe"hype"
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JollySingh,BITSianwithpenname'TASEER'
WrittenApr18,2015

Itried8timesforSSB.Everysinglefuckingtime,IwasCO*.Iamstilltryingtogetinto
defenseforces.
Metapersonwhohad16SSBfailureinhisresumestillhewastryingforhislastandfinal
17thchance.Buthewasfullofzealandhope.
Ihavestudiedwitharmypersonnel.Theyaremuchmorejoyfulandlivelythananyother
ontheCampus.Theyhavelearnedtoseizethemoment.Theyaregentlemen.Thatiswhat
ourdefensetrainsthem:ValourandWisdom

*Note:
1.CO=Conferenceout
2.PleaseExcusethelanguage.
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RichaShukla,27,Doctor,Observer.
WrittenAug21,2014

Yep!
Asoverhypedasbeingadoctororamotherorapolicemanoramemberoforganisation
helpingabusedpeopleorbeingabusedoractually,beinghuman.
Beinghumanisoverhypedtoo.
ThisisonequestionwhereIcan'tstopmyselftocomment
Aref**kingkiddingme?!
Yousleepproperlybecausesomeoneoutthereisreadytotakethosebulletsonhisbody,
andwithoutanycompulsion,asperhisownwill.
Youcanstandinfrontofpeoplefromothercountrybecausetherearesomepeoplekeeping
thedignityandprideofyourmotherland.
Theydidn'thavetodoit.Theycouldhavesitontheirchairspoppingupthisstupid
questionlikeyou,instead,they"chose"toactdifferently.

So,shutup,andrespectifanything.
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ChandrahasRao,WriterforTheDialogueonIndianArmy
WrittenMar6,2015

Itsaprettysimpleanswertoyourquestion.

Yousay
"IasaprofessionalalsohavesacrificedmylifewhenIcan'tcomehomeontimeservingto
feedmyfamily."

Thissocalled"sacrifice"isonlyforyouandyourimmediatefamily.Youareworkingto
feedthemandgivethemluxury,andearnforyourowncomforts.

Thosemenguardingourborders24x7arenotsacrificingtheiryouthandlivesfortheir
ownfamilies,butforcountlessotherfamilies.

Sothatyoucansafelygotoworkandcomehometoyourfamily,therearethousandsof21
yroldsguardingthebordersinseverewinterandburningsummers
JaiHind!!!
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DeepakPadmanabhan,Researcher
WrittenOct24,2014

NotjustIndianArmy,butworkingforanyarmyisoverhyped.Nationalarmiesare
remnantsofaprimitiveworldorderwherenationsgotowareverynowandthen.Thatis
notthesituationinthe21stcentury.Thearmyofthe21stcenturyshouldbelikethered
cross,targetedtowardsdeliveringhumanitarianneedwheneveritarises.Thus,ifoneisa
forwardlookingindividualwhowouldliketoberelevanttotheworldorderinthe21st
century,dontjointhearmyvoluntarily.Thenationalarmyneedstlbedeglamorisedand
theforcesneedtoshrink.Eachnationshouldcontributeafixednumberofsoldierstoan
internationalarmymanagedbytheUNinreturnforsomeworkforceoncallforlarge
calamitiesandotheremergencies.Thenationalarmybetterbedeadinafewdecades,that
wouldbegoodforeveryone.
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KanishkaVerma,Evergrowing,alwayslearning
WrittenAug23,2014

Theyareoverthereattheborder,awayfromfamiliesandbelovedonessothatpeoplelike
youandmecansitsafelyinourhomesandcomeonlineonquoraandaskquestionslike
these.

IratherthinkArmyisoneoftheprofessionswhichdoesnotgetasmuchrespectasit
should.
forreference,you'llfindalotofanswersmentioningIndianArmyhere
WhichprofessioninIndiadoesnotgettherespectitdeserves?
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NitheeshKs,Navalarchitect
WrittenNov26,2014

Thisisaletterwrittenbythedaughterofamartyrsoldier,tothe"thanklesscitizens".Idont
knowhowtruethisletteris.ButIfeltthisisworthsharinghere.

Dearthanklesscitizens,
Howareyou?Imfinehereandhopethesameforyou.Daddyhadtaughtme
towritethisineveryinformalletterthatIeverwrotetoanyonewhenIwaslessthaneight
yearsold.Welosthimtothecountryandweareprobablylivingacomfortablelifetoday
becauseofhim,eventhoughheisfarfarawayandnowheretobeseen.AlthoughIoften
findhiminoneofthosestarrynights,heisthebrighteststarinthedarksky,Idontknow
whynooneelsethinksofhimonatypicalday.Whynooneelsethinksofanyoneofthem
whoarerecruitedwiththeideathattheymaygetkilledtomorrowandnobodywouldeven
careaslongastheyaresafeandalive.Ofcourse,peopledotalkaboutthemwhenthere
arefloodsorterroristsorearthquakesoranydisaster,wheretheyarerequiredtotakeover
again.But,thatishowshortlivedthememoryofasoldieris.
ItmaybebecauseIveseenallofitfirsthandandthattoowhenIwasjusteightyearsold.
Yes,IcannevertakeitoutofmymindMay1999whenPakistanisoldiersillegally
intrudedontotheIndiansideofthelineofcontrol.HereIwanttogiveyouadisclaimer,
myfactsmaynotbeahundredpercentcorrectconsideringIwasjusteight.
Summervacationsandthenewsoftheinfiltration.Inmyeyes,itwasallablur.Wewentto
seedaddyinSrinagar,thatswherewewentforeveryvacationforatleasttwoyears.But
thatonevacationwasdifferent,heleftassoonaswereachedwithoutrealizingwemaynot
gettoseehimeveragain.Sowespentthatholidayatourauntsplacewithourcousins.He
usedtocallusfromthebunkerswithasatellitephoneandeverytimemummyaskedhim
abouttheroaringsounds,heusedtotalkaboutthebadweather.
Whilewewereonatrainbackfromouruberfunvacation,thenewswasout.Everyone
knewbutus.WereachedDelhiandourrelativeshadtomakeastrategytosendthekids
foricecreamandflashthenewstomymotheraloneinaroomthenewsshenever
wantedtohear,anewsnowifewouldeverwanttoreceive.Mummy,shewasmore
dependentondaddythanshemayhavebeenonherfathereverinherlife.Shewasa
housewifeandthatswhatshewantedtobeallherlife,somuchsothatmydaddyhadto
giveherinstructionsonapaperwhenshewastravellingalonewithusanywhere.The
knightinshiningarmouratthattimewasmyeldersister,whodaddymadesurewas
fluentinenglishandstrongenoughtotakecareofherbabysisterandhomemakermother
allaloneattheageoftwelve.Ithinkheknewitallalongandhehadjustpreparedherfor
thisphaseforthetwelveyearsofherlife.Thetimeshetookcasualleaveforherexamsor
forherdebateorwhenshewasunwell,allthattimewhenIwasbusybeingjealous,hewas
actuallyjusttraininghisfighterdaughterforthefuture.Shegavealltheinterviews,quotes,
soundbytestoallnewspapersandnewschannelsatthattimebecauseoutofallofus,she
wastheonlyonewhoknewwhattosaywhen.Ihavenoideahowshewasntevena
teenager,yetshewasmuchmorethanone.
Iwaslostinmythoughts,thethoughtsthatcametomymindatthattimegivesmethe
creepstodayforwhatIwasexpecting,ithappened,buthowIwasexpectingitwasa
differentstoryaltogether.Iwasakidandsometimestheinnocentapprehensionsinmy
headmademefeelguilty.Yes.Whendaddyhadgonetowar,myemptymindcouldnt
helpbutimaginealifewithouthim.
Ioftenusedtobetakingabaththinking,Whatifdaddydoesntcomeback,
howwouldourlifebewithouthim?
Andthestrangepartisthethoughtneverscaredme.Untilthatday,whenheactually
didntcomeback.TheIndianarmy,despitebeingataweakerpositionintermsofits
equipmentsandthelocation(ofcoursenotthesoldiers),hadwonthewar.Andguess
what?Manyofusdontevenknowhowitstartedandhowitended.
Youknowhowmydaddylosthislife?Healongwithotherofficersandmen,wasinhis
bunkerwhentheystartedhearingthesoundsofshelling.Judgingbythesounds,they
cameouttosupervisetheothermentotakecover.Justashewasdoingthat,ashellcame
andlandednexttohimandhegothitinhisarm.
Asoldierdoesntfeelpainintheheatofwar.
Maybe,thisiswhy,hejustthoughtthatitsjusthisarm,andso,whenpeoplecametotake
careofhimheredirectedthemtotheothersoldierswhohefeltneededitmorethanhim.
Whathedidntknowwasthatthesplintersfromtheshellhadenteredhisbodyafter
piercinghisarmandhewasactuallymoredangerouslyinjuredthanhethought.Hewas
rushedtothehospitalandhedidmakeittillthen.But,hecouldntafterthatsincehehad
lostalotofbloodinternallyandso,thedoctorswereunabletosavehim.
Overtheyearswehaveheardmanyversionsofthisstoryfromthepeoplewhowerethere
withhimandwhocametoseeusafterhim.Itismostlythesamewithslightdifferences
hereandthere.Somesay,hespokealotonhiswayforthemenandhisfamily.Somesay
thatjustbeforehepassedawayhetriedsayingsomethingbutcouldntcompleteashe
chokedandcouldntspeakthereafter.But,theonestorythatneverleftmewasthatwhile
beingtakentothehospitaloruponreachingtherehehadsaid,Imustbeabletomakeit
doctor,Ihavetwolittledaughtersandabeautifulwife,theyarewaitingforme.
SometimesItryputtingmyselfinhisshoesinthelastfewminutesofhislife.Howmusthe
havefelt?Howscaredhemusthavebeen?Scaredforusofcoursebecauseifhehadever
beenscaredforhisownself,heprobablywouldhaveranforhelptheminutehegothit.
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Buthedidwhathehadto,andhediditbravely.Maybe,hehadcompletefaithinthe
IndianArmy,thatwithorwithouthim,wewillbetakencareof.Andsoweweretakencare
of,ashewished.
Thisisjustonestory.Thisisasoldierslifeandwhileyouonlyrememberthesebravehearts
atthetimeofacalamity,theyarepreparingeachdayoftheirlivestokeepyousafeand
soundinthiscountry.Yes,therearemanynewsstoriesthatdefametheIndianarmy
becauseofcertaingroupofinfamousmenthatexistineverypartofthislandbutyou
choosetogeneralizethatfactanddebateoverwhyitsfairforpeopletodislikethearmy.
Becauseagain,whywouldyouthinkofthereasonyouarealiveandthereasonyoufeel
okaytoroamaroundacrossthecountryorbetweenthecountriesforthatmatter?Take
yourselfinourshoes.
Allwecandotodayisspeakwithastarandtellhim,Whodidyougive
awayyourlifefor?Theydontevenknowyouexistedonceuponatime.
Whydidyousacrificeourhappiness?Whydidyouleaveusaloneandkeep
themhappy?
YouwanttoknowwhyIhatejournalistswhowerebusymakingtheircareeratthetimeof
theKargilwar?Becausethey,whoweremakingtheircareerthroughlivereporting,were
actuallytracingthelocationsandriskingoursoldierslives.Sonexttimeyoutryandargue
abouthowsmartandcourageousthosejournalistsare,justknowtheywerewiththe
Indianarmyandtheyknewtheywontgetascratchontheirbodyaslongastheywere
undertheirprotection.
Youarecomfortabletodaybecausethemenincombatsarefightingitoutwiththe
enemies,natureandtheirfamilieseachsecond.
Amaninauniformisnotonlyhandsome,morethanthat,heisyour
saviour.
IvewrittenathankyoulettertohimsomanytimesthatgoeslikeThankyoudaddyfor
touchingourlivesandgivingusanopportunitytocallyoufamily.Iknowthecountrywas
alwaysyourfirstlovebutImhappywiththefactthatwewereyoursecond.Itsstrange
howvividlyIrememberyou.ItsaquestionImalwaysaskedandImproudtosaythatI
rememberclearlyhowyoulookedandthefactthatyoursenseofhumourwasoutstanding.
Yourcookingmeanttakingrandomvegetablesfromthefridgeandcookingitalltogether.
MummysangermeantyousingingHumserahogekyahumeshakhafatohertillshe
gaveupandyoucalledmePepsodentbecauseIconstantlyfoughtwithyourfighter
daughter.
Althoughtheletterprobablywontreachdaddyever,IcanorcannotthanktheIndian
armyenoughforkeepingusalivetoday.Iwanttotelleachoneofthemthatinmyeyes,
theyareGod.Withoutclaiminganysortofrespectandexpectingnothinginreturn,only
Godcanlookoutforitspeople.Everysoldierknowsinhisheartthatheprobablywontbe
rememberedtomorrowandsincehesnotaShahrukhorSalman,nobodywouldcarewhen
hedies.But,hestillworkstirelesslytillthedayheeitherkillstheenemiesorloseshislifeto
becomeamartyrforthecountry,amartyrwhosenamewouldmostprobablynoteven
makeittotheheadlinesthenextday(likeitmatters).
ThankyouIndianarmyformakingmebelieveinGodandthankyoufornotlettingmy
fatherslifegoawaste.
Withloadsofloveandrespect,
abravemartyrsprouddaughter.
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AbhinavGupta,SimplicityistheultimateSophistication
WrittenNov3,2015

NO.
Oncetravellingintrainwithmyfriends,wewerediscussingaboutarmy,nationalsecurity
andall,oneladywaslisteningtous.ShecametousandtoldthathersonwasinArmy.
Shesaidoncewhenherson'strainingwasgoingon,sheasked,"Isthereanyconditionin
whichyoucangetleavewhileintraining",hersonreplied"InOnlyonecondition,ifyou
die".
ThisisthededicationArmypersonsshows,"NationbeforeSelf".
Isaluteeverysinglepersonservinginforces.
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KanhaiyaGoenka
WrittenFeb18,2015

Yes....

IfthemeaningofthewordHYPEDis.

HHero
Realheroesoflife.

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YYolo
Believein,youonlyliveoncephilosophy.

PPassionate
Tomakecountryproud.

EEfficient
Nomatterwheretheyareandinwhatcircumstances,ifitneedstobedoneitgetsdone.

DDeep
Theyarehardatthesurfacebutdeepinfeelings.

Nowanswertopassingquestion:
Ifanyarmymaniswearinguniformduringoffdutyitshowshisattitudetowardsserving
thenation.Idon'tthinkanynuisancewillbecreatedatanypubliclocationiftherealhero
isaroundinhisuniform.Hopeyouagree...

PS:Weallloveyouourrealheroes.
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IndradeepBanerjee,exPhysicist.Ecommerceenthusiast,Internetof
Thingsadvocate
WrittenSep18,2014
Iwasinthefirststandardthen,andmyparentshadtakenmeonatriptotheTsangu
LakeinSikkim.ItwasearlyMarch,andthesnowhadstillnotmeltedandthespringwas
stillacoupleofweeksoff.DuetoalowpressuretroughoverBayofBengaltheforecast
waslightsnowfallintheTsanguLake.Wereachedthereabout10ambutitwasa
dawnlessdaywithovercastconditionsanditwassnowing.Weweregivengearstogoout
intothesnowbutthewetcostumesmademefeelmorecoldthanhot.Weventuredinto
thesnowandwentabitfar.Iwaslittleandwasoverenthusiasticandstartedplayingin
thesnow.Iwasslidingdowntheslopeandthengoingbackup.OnetimeIsliddownand
felttoosleepyandthoughtletsrestforawhilebeforeIgetbackup.Sadlythecoldhad
startedbringingdownmytemperaturedrasticallyandmybodywasgoinginto
hypothermia.IfIwereaSnakeitwouldbehibernationbutforwarmbloodedmammalsit
wastheonsetofdeath.Lifefeltpeaceful,thesleepwassoothingandifeltIwasfloatingin
theair.Iwokeupwithajoltwithsomeonerubbingmyhandsandfeet.Itwasaguyina
greenuniform.Ithoughtthismustbeadream.Iagainwentbacktodream.Iheard
commotionandwhistlegoingoffnearby.Andsomeoneliftedmeup.Imovedfora
distanceandagainfeltthesnow.[Inrealityanarmyofficerhadpickedmeupandtriedto
bringmedownbuttheslipperysnowhadmadehimslipwithmeonshouldersashecould
notbalancemydeadweight.]Iheardsomeonescreamoutinpain.[Theofficerbruisedhis
kneeinthesnow].Morefootstepsmoregreenmencameup.Someoneputahipflaskto
mylipsandaliquidmadeitswaydownmythroatburningeverythinginitswake.
[brandy].Mybodykickstartedwithajolt.Myeyelidswerepaininglikehell.Icouldnot
movemyfeetorhandsbutIwasawake.Acoupleofmenpickedmeupanslowlymade
theirwaydowntillapointwheretheroadwassonarrowandslipperythatanytimewe
mighthavegoneoverboard.Theywhistled,andafewmengatheredatthebottomofthe
cliff[smallheightabout25feet].oneofthemenrandownandbroughtuparope.They
tiedmetoitandhoistedmeoverthecliffslowlyasIreachedthemenatthebottom.They
immediatelywrappedmeupinawarmblanketandrushedmetothenearestTruckand
putmeinsidesheets.Morebrandywasforceddownmythroat.SlowlyIcamearoundand
theyfedmewarmchickenstew,thatsearedmytongueandthroat.LateronIhaveate
manycuisinesfromacrosstheworldnonemorepleasingthanthattastelessstew.Slowly
mylimbsstartedmovingandIcamebacktomysenses.

Everythinginthisworldisoverrated.Thesamearmyscythesdownrebellioninthenameof
union.doesviolationofwomenandsubvertsdemocracyinthenortheast.Theytake
bribesandbuycheapanddysfunctionalmachineryandareascorruptasthenextman.
Theytravelintrainswithoutreservationsandharassthecopassengersandarethe
rowdiestoffolksinthenightclubs.AttheendofthedaytheyarelikeJaiandVeeruin
Sholay,whotakedownGabbarformoney,disturbthebonnielassandhitontherich
man'swidow.Attheendoftheday,theyarethefirstandlastlineofdefenseandweowe
ourlivestothem,Ipersonallydomine.

AsJackNicholsonwouldsay"Wemanthewallswhileyousleepinyourbeds,Iprovidethe
protectiontoyouinthemannerIdeemfit,andyoustandthereandquestionthewayI
provideit?"
Soitallcomesdowntoisonelifesnatchedfromthejawsofdeathworthmorethanthe
troubleswebear?Theanswertothatdecideswhetherthearmyisoverhypedornot.

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Courtesy:AkiraKurosawamadeawonderfulmoviecalledtheSevenSamuraisalongthe
samelines.
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SayanChaudhuri,ItypemorethanItalk.
WrittenSep14,2014

WorkingintheIndianArmyisnotoverhyped,it'smassrespected!

Mygrandfather(mom'sdad)workedintheIndianArmyinPunjabBorderduring198187,
mymomtoldmemanyrealincidentsfromwhichyoucandecipherwhetherit'sover
hypedornot!

Mymom,beforemarriagelivedinatownwithhermomandmymom'sdadvisitedoncein
3months.Duringaminorceasefireattack(itwasasuddenpakistanimilitarysurveillance
bychoppersoverasmallvillageinamidnighttherewasacheckpostjustbythesideof
thisvillage)nearthePunjabborder(Idon'tremembertheyear),heservedasasoldierand
jointlysavedmanyvillagerswithasmallgroupof2025soldiers(Itwaspossibleonly
becausethemilitariessensedanattackbefore).

Nowcometotheoverhypedpart.Wheneverhereturnedinthetown,manywenttoour
maternaluncle'shousetohearmanystoriesfromhimitweretypicalenthusiasticminds
ofthetown.Mymom'sdaddidnotsomuchasnowmilitariesaredoinginJ&Kvalley,but
yetgotsomanyapplauseforhisdeeds.StillwhenIgothere,manyoldpeopletalkabout
him.

Sowhatyoucall"overhyped"isnothingbut"reputationandsilenthonourfromevery
nookandcornerofsocietyfortheirservicetoIndianmankind!"
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VaibhavJain,QuoraKagaz
WrittenAug28,2014

Idon'tunderstandwhatdoyoumeanbyoverhyped.
DefenseprofessionalsdoajoboratleastarealwaysreadytotakeonjobsthatyouandI
wouldrathernotdoorarenottrainedtodo.Theirjobisdangerous,demandsalevelof
disciplineandfitnessthatpeoplenormallydon'tpossess.

IfrequentlyvisitedNDAoveraspanof4yearsasmynephewwasundergoingtraining
there.Lookatthosefineyoungmenstruttingaroundatthepeakoftherephysicalprowess
andtrainedinavarietyofdisciplinesandtellmethattheyareoverhyped.

Ontheotherhand,IwouldalsosaythekindoftrainingArmyimparts,turns
mostoftheofficersintowhatwecivilianswouldtermas'assholes'.Ihave
actuallymetveryfewtrulygentlemanofficers.Mosthavescantrespectforcivilians.Ionce
metaseniorofficerwholecturedfor1hourabouthowarmymenwerebetterthancivilians
andhowengineeringisapatheticprofessioncomparedtodefense.Ihavealwaysfound
armybratstootobeextremelyarrogant.Theyhavealltheprideandnoneofthehumility
oftheirparents.Theydon'trealizethatthecomparativelyprivilegedupbringingtheyhave
hadisduetocivilianslikeusvaluingourfreedomandpayingtaxes.
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DhirajBedi,Learningfromlifeexperiences!
WrittenSep14,2014

TheonlyreasonwhyyouhavetheFreedomtositinyourAirConditionedhouseandusea
laptopinyourbedtowritesuchastupidquestionisbecausesomeoneoutthereisworking
dayandnightforthisFreedomofyours.

YourFreedomisthemostexpensivethingyouhave,evenifyouaren'ttheonethatpaidfor
it.Useitwell.

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P.S:Everyonehastherighttobestupid,butyouareabusingtheprivilege!Whatisthe
significanceoftheIndianArmy:WithyourIQ,Idon'tthinkyouwouldunderstand.
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AkshitKumar,PerpetuallyhungryforknowledgeandfoodGoldenBonus
iftheyarefree!|A...
WrittenSep6,2014

Askthepoorvillagerslivingalongtheborder,afewkilometersawayfromhostileterritory.

Wheneverthebombsandshellsstartdroppingandbulletscomeflying,itsnotthe33
millionGodsortheProphetthatcomestosavethem.Itsthebravesoldiers
ofIndianArmywhodiveintodangertotakestrangerstheywillnevertalkto,people
theywillneverseeagain,tosafety.Notonlystrangers,buttheirfamiliesandsometimes
theirpreciousbelongings.

Andtheydothisserviceattheriskoftheirownlives,attheriskoftheirwomenback
hometurningwidowsinasplitsecond.

Andtheydothisforasalarythatcomparestothepocketmoneyofkidsin
developednations.

Andthelowerrankedofficialsdothisknowingverywellthatevenaftertheyhaveturned
martyrs,thegovernmentwillthrowsomemeagercashattheirfamiliesandapettyjobfor
thenextofkin.Theherodiesinanonymity.

Nohypeisoverthetopforthem.Ifanything,theyshouldbethehighestpaid
servicemeninthecountry.
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MayankGarg,medicalstudent,footballfanatic,moviebuff,literaturecrazy
WrittenAug19,2014

Tryimaginingleavingonamomentsnoticeandnotcominghomeformonthstogetherto
meetyourfamily,nowaytoeventalktothemandinformthemthatyouaresafe,because
yourfamilylivesinconstantworryaboutwhetherornotyouarealive,consideringthe
manyreportsofvariousencounterstakingplaceinvariousregionsofthecountry.

Imaginenotbeingthereforthemwhentheyneedyouthemostbecausethereisnooneto
relieveyouduringthattime.

Imaginebeingstuckinahalfconstructedpostwithtenothermenprotectingasemi
constructedpostinthemidstofsnow,withnorationsbecausetheonlywayofaccessingit
isbyhelicopterandtheheptercantflybecauseofbadweather.

Imaginegoingandriskingyourlifedayinanddayout,whetheritisfightinginsurgents
andterroristsorconductingrescueoperationsforthevariousmanmadeandnatural
disastersoccurringinthecountry.

Therearesomanyseparateincidentswheresoldiershaveinjuredthemselvessometimes
suffereddeathwhiletryingtosavesomeoneElse'slifebecausenooneelsedaredtogoand
helphim.

AlsorememberthereisnothingcalledOFFDUTYforasoldier.heisalwaysworking,even
ifheisonleave,therearecertaininstructionsthatheisfollowing.andremembersoldiers
themselvesdon'twanttoberecognizedinpublicbecauseofthevariousincidentsof
isolatedattackstargetinglonearmymeninpublictoextractInteloutofthem.butevenif
youhaveseenthemwearingauniform,rememberthattheyhaveearnedtheuniformand
havearighttowearitwhenevertheywant.ifsomeoneshouldbestoppedfromwearing
theuniformitshouldbethosebloodynincompoopdumb****sportsmenwhohavebeen
givenhonoraryranksandhaveinsultedtheranksandthehonourofthearmyby
acceptingtheranks.
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SaurabhSharma,Officer,Doglover,nationfirst,armyenthusiast
UpdatedSep29,2015

Yes..!!Obviouslyitis..!!whynot..??
Iwilltellyouwhynot..

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Allthepeopleherehavegiventheirexperiencesandprosandconsetcetc...Iwillgiveu
verybriefpointsstatingthefacts...Soherewego...
1.Frequenttransfers(almostevery1824months..souhardlyeverunpack...suchan
easylifeisn'tit??)

2.Isolationfromfamily(family??whatfamily??Nationcomesfirst..!!Iknowan
officerwhosawhisdaughterforthefirsttimewhenshewasalready2Yrsold..ha..so
what..?Udon'tcaredou??)

3.Highlevelsofstress(acuteshortageofofficerscurrently11000officersshortin11
lakhstrongarmyapprox...officertojawanratio1:10..1officeristakingup
responsibilitymeantfor8officers...nothingthatanITguylikeyoufinds"stressful")

4.Lowpayincomparisontotheriskinvolved(whenpostedininsurgencyhit
areas...everymorningthesoldierwouldcallhishometohearhismotherfatherand
lovedonesbecausehedoesn'tknowwhetherhewillbealivetocallthenextdayand
salary...BwaaaahahahahaitsbetterifIdon'tsayanything..Itsoutrightdisrespectful
whenonemeasureslifewithsalary..butstillIwouldsufficeinsayingitsnotmuch)

5.Slowpromotions(thereisaverytoughcompetitionevenamongofficerstoclimb
upthesteeppyramidofranks...theyhavetotoillikehellandworkinallthefields
whichincludesphysicalaswellasacademics...andyetmajorityofthemretireasLt.
Col.OrCol.AfewreachBrigadierandthecountdecreasesexponentiallyastherank
increases...sowhatdousaytoit..??DoyoufacesuchasituationsittinginACoffices
withtimelypromotions??Iguessnot)

6.Militarystoughlifestyle(rightfromthecadetdaysinthetrainingacademytothe
pointyoubecomeaGeneral...Youfollowthesameroutinelifestyle...includinggetting
upat5amgoingforexcersiseetc..andendingyoudayat10pm..don'tbelieveme..??
Generalsuhagstillruns10kmseverymorning..andheis60yrsold..canyoudothat
evenathalfhisage??)

7.Postmarriage,lifeintheforcesarenotcomfortable.(Iamnotyetmarried
sohavenofirsthandexperiencebutguesswhatanarmyman'swifehasto
face..movingalloverthecountry...changingchildrensschoolsevery2yrs..longhours
filledwithanxietywhenhermanisgoneforhisduty..everymorningfeelingofdread
andaweandrespectwhenhedonshisuniformtogoouttohisduty..maybenotwhen
heispostedinPeaceareasbutinfieldareawhereactionispossible..Thesearevery
muchlikelyforawife..

8.Despitetheexistingharmony,thereexistdivisionsbasedonreligion,
languageandgeographicallocations.(ina1.3millionstrongforce..youare
boundtofindallkindsofpeople..Newfaceseveryday..neverthefeelofsettlement)

9.Limitedchoicesonlyareavailabletoplanchildrenseducationandtheir
career.(yes..thechildrenhavelimitedexposuremainlytothearmyschools...andyet
theydogreat..)

10.Difficultyinadjustingtoacivilianwayoflifepostretirement(Idon'tknow
whetheryouknowthissaying"onceasoldieralwaysasoldier"butthisisveryrealand
truetothelastword..anditmakeslifeabitdifficultfortheveteransafterretirement)

Andthisisjustafewpointsthatcameuptomymindimmediately..Icantellafew
more..butIwillleaveyoutothese...Wenevercomplain...wekeepsmiling..Wehavesworn
toprotectyouandthiscountry..Andwewilldieforouroath..
Doyoustillthinkworkinginarmyisoverhyped??
Foodforyourthought..
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VikramKarve,CreativeWriter,Blogger,NavyVeteran
WrittenAug21,2014

YouhaveapointinIndia,joiningthemilitaryisvoluntary.
However,onlywhenyouhaveafirsthandexperienceofservinginuniformwillyourealize
howtoughmilitarylifereallyis.
Militarypersonnelarenotrequiredtowearuniformwhentravellingoffdutyincivilian
areas.
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VilasRaj
WrittenOct2,2014

Dearanonymous:
IfyouthinkthatyouaremakingaHUGEsacrificebynotcominghomeontimetoserve

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yourfamily,you'rewrong.Peoplefromthearmedforces,especiallyinthenorthernregions
nearthebordersandtheSiachenglacieraretheonesmakingthesacrifice,becausethey
areunsurewhethertheywillstillbeinonepieceoraliveattheendoftheday.Nowthatis
sacrifice,whereonesignsupforajobwhichisriddledwithdangereveryday.It'snottough
togotosleepwithanemptystomachforadayorto,butitsureisdamntoughforafamily
tosurviveifitlosesit'sbreadwinningmemberwhoalsohappenstoserveinthearmed
forces.Monetarysupportisonething,butthepsychologicalsupportissomethingthatno
oneelsecangive.
Whensomeoneisrememberingorpraisingthearmedforces,it'sbecausetheyrespectthem
forwhattheydid.Pleasedonotdamagethesanctitybycallingitoverhype.
Pleaseclearyourheadaboutperceptionsofthearmedforcesbeforepostingsuchquestions
onQuora.Alsotheyhaveeveryrighttoweartheiruniformsandgoaround,becausethey
areproudaboutwhattheydo,whichisnotsimilartosittingbehindadeskandchurning
outpapersandcodes.
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ShivamTiwari,wasmydream,butikeepeyeontheireverymove
WrittenAug30

Yesitisthemostdebatablequestionafterall,justbecausesomepeopleinourcountry,of
ourcountryraisingquestionsonthewayofworkingandtherespectandhonourourmen
inuniformearningbyservingeverywherepossible.

Irespectthem,iadorethemandiamindebtoftheseguysforwhatthey
doneandstilldoingforthecountry,theirserviceisanonquestionable
subject.

Yesitisdebatablecausetheyareprotectinghumanitybytakingbullestontheirchest,i
knowitwillsoundsofanboystuffbutwouldliketoclearitbyfactualdescription,in
afghanistanandiraqorinanyareaofresponsibilitywhichcameunderthecommandor
controlofanywesternarmedforcestheyhaveacommontactictoblowthewholestuff,
supposeyourtroopsarefacingheavyfirefromaparticularbuildingwhichmayhave
civiliansandinnocentlifeinsidewhattheydo??theyjustdontgiveanyshittothemthey
callanairstrikeorbombthebuildingwithouttakinganyresponsibilityoftheciviliansbut
ontheotherhanditisquitesimpletodoinkashmirbutIndianarmydontuselarger
ammunitionthatcancauseanyharmtociviliansandasaresultwelosttoomany..

Itsisallaboutcomparison

youcancomparethelifeinaofficecubicalorinahelicopterwiththepeoplewhocantake
thebulletsforyouorcankillanyoneforyoursafety,butwhattheygotinreturnaF**king
questionontheirservice.

Itsnotaboutthesoldierservingonsiachien,itsnotaboutthesoldierservinginkashmir,its
notaboutsoldiersincongo,itsnotaboutsoldiersservingnortheastbutitsaboutevery
singlemeninthatprestigiousuniformforwhicheveryoneofushaddreamclickapicture
in,theirserviceisnteitherquestionableordebatable.Iamnotgonnasaywearesafe
becauseofthemcauseifwearesearchingforprooffortheimportanceoftheirserviceno
wordscanjustifythesafeguardortheirondometheyhaveprovidedtous.
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GarvitGarg

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WrittenOct23,2014

Pleasedon'treadthisanswerwithemotionsandthereisnointenttocondescendany
profession.Morethanananswerthisisanintrospection!!

Indianorelse(excludingconscription),militarycouldbeconsideredatparwithanyother
profession...Onlyifyouevaluatebasisthepractical(sotosay)aspects...

Somedistinctfactorsvisvisotherprofessionals:
NohomecomingforHoli/Diwali:TTsalsodothat

Remotelocations:Journalistsarethere

Alwaysontoes:stockbrokersare

Physicalfitnessanddifficultregime:sportsmanhavesimilar

Extremepressure:talktosalespeople

etcetc...Youcaneasilyidentifyanyotherprofessionaldoingwhateverarmymandoes

Butstilltheselogicalanalogiesaresopunyinthewholearmycontext...

Solet'sdrilloneleveldown,tounderstandydowe(atleastI)reverethem...
Isitonlybecausetheyarewillingtosacrificetheirlifefortheircountry?ButIwillnever
respectapersonwhogoestosomeothercountryandblowshimself(withsomemore
people)thinkingheisdoingthisforhiscountry...thatwouldterrifyme...Soisitbecause,
whatarmydoes,doesnotterrifyme..IfIthink,infact,whattheydo,comfortsME,makes
MEfeelsecure,letsMEenjoymylife.Ifeelitisthisgesturewhichmakesmesalutethese
people...TherespectgetsamplifiedwhenIacknowledgethattheyhavevoluntarilytaken
uptheresponsibilitytokeepmesafe.
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DipenderSingh,BtechEE,iitj
WrittenApr22,2015

Beingsonofanarmyofficer,Ihaveseenmyfather'slifeascloselyasnonother.From
joiningdaytotilldatehehasservedindifferentterrains(fromtempgoingasdownas20
degreeCelsiusinKashmirtothehighaltitudeareasinSikkimtohotconditionsof
Bikaner).
ThethingIhavenoticedis,myfatherserveseachdayofhisservicewithenthusiasmand
dedication.Henevermademyfamilyfeelatanypointoftime,thechallengestheyhaveto
gothrougheachday..
ManyatimesIdon'tseemyfatherathome,thenaskedmymom"whereisdadnowa
days"?ThenIcametoknowthatheusedtoleaveforpostbeforeIwasawakeandcomes
homewheneverybodywasasleep.

1.Oneofmyfather'sfriendwhowaswithmyfatheratSikkimposthetoldmethatin
heavyrainyseasonallthesupplyfromthegroundisinterruptedtotallyformanydays,
theyhavetofeedthemselvesonthelimitedavailableatbasecampformanydays..But
myfathernevertoldmeaboutthis.

Nowitsoveryoutodecidewhatisoverhyped?

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Arvind,Servedfor26yearsinIndianArmedForces
WrittenMay12,2015

OverhypingtheArmedForcesistheneedofacountry.Thishypingattractstheyoung
impressionablemindstochoosearmedforcesasasourceofearning.Infacttheforces
haveto'market'themselvestogetrequiredmanpower.Itmaybesociallyincorrect,butthe
truthisalljointheforcesTOEARNTHEIRBREADANDBUTTER,THATTOOWITH

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AURAOFDOINGsomenobledeed.Theyarenotdoingourcountryafavourbyjoining
theforces.Thecountrypaysthemwell,giveslotsofperks,concessions,subsidies,
reservations,compensationsetcetctotheservingpersonnel,theirfamilies.Allthispackage
isinexchangeofajobthatmanywillavoid,inexchangeoflosingfewhumanrightsand
civilliberties.SO,NOONEISDOINGAFAVOURBYSERVINGINARMEDFORCES.
But,creatinganauraof'greatness'aboutsacrificesisneeded.Otherwise,whowilljoina
job,wheredyingondutyispartofthedealevenifthisprobabilityisverylownowadays
?!
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Anonymous
WrittenSep20,2014

Haveyoueversleptinatentonamountainsidewhenitis40Degreesoutside?Doyou
knowwhatlifeiswhenthetemperatureneverdropsbelowzero?
Letmetellyoualittlefrommyownexperience...
Atthosetemperaturesyourbreathfreezesinfrontofyoureyes,youcandieofthirst
becauseallthewateryouhavegetsfrozen(andyoucan'teatice),youcandieof
hypothermiabecauseyouaresweatyin20degreescarryinga40poundbackpackupona
mountainside.(Anarmymanmightcarrymaximumof40pounds).OhDidImention
frostbite,AMS,breathingissues,
Allthiswhiletakingcareofyourfellowwalkingbehindyou.Throwinsomeartilleryand
gunfireandrocksfallingleftandrightandyouhaveanideaaboutthearmy.Letsnot
evenbegintotalkabouttheNavy,especiallythesubmarinersandwhatkindofchallenges
theyencounter.

Mostofthethingsmilitarypeopledocanbedonebythecivilianstoo.Mountaineering,
scubadivingetc.Howeverciviliansdoitmostlyinfavorableconditionsandatmuch
reducedintensitywithprofessionalhelpwithoutthethreatofdeath.Militarymenonthe
otherhanddoitwhatevertheconditionsareandatintensitiesmuchbeyondthecapability
ofanaveragepersonandmoreoftenthannot.

Thesemenandwomeninuniformdonotdeservemyrespectjustbecausetheyoptedto
jointhemilitary.Theyareindeedwellcompensated.Howevertheydogetmyutmost
respectsimplybecausetheyarebadass.
AndnotjustIndianmilitary,Irespectmilitaryofeverynation.IrespectIndianMARCOS
andParatroopers,IalsorespectUSSEALSandArmyRangers,IrespectSASaswellas
BritishParatroopers.

Theydothingsthatmightmakepeople'sjawdropaspartoftheirroutine.
Running70km?Youcandoityes.Canyoudoitwithafullbattlepackonyourbackand
aloadedrifleinyourhandwithinatimelimit?Probablynot.
Swimming50yards?Youcandoityes.Canyoudoitallunderwaterwitharollwithout
fins.Trustmemostofuscan'tdohalfofthat.

Evenmore...canyoudoallofthatwhilekeepingyourmindalerttotheeverchanging
batterscenarios?Followingorderswhilekeepingaliverequirespsychophysiological
capabilitiesmuchbeyondtheordinary.

Itistheextraordinarythatdeservesrespect.Theyareextraordinary.
Respect?Yes.Everybitofit.
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CassieCassidy,Lookup,I'mthestarthattwinkles)
WrittenFeb3,2015

Funny.Becausethesequestionsneveroccurredtome.WheneverIsawamilitarymanin
hisuniform,allthatcametomymindwasrespect.Instantrespect.Allthetime,Ihave
giventhemasmileanduttereda'thankyou'forwhichtheyhaverespondedwithagrin
likeaschoolboy'sandanodwithahumblenessyoucannotseeinanyotherperson.They
behavemorelikewe'reexaggeratingtheirprofessionwhenwe'reawedbythem.And,I
wouldactuallyfeelsafewhenItravelinabusaloneifthere'samilitarymantravelingwith
me.
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KamalikaPoddar,Almostnormal
WrittenSep12,2014

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Itastoundsmethatyouareactuallycomparingnotbeinghomeintimefordinnerwiththe
sacrificesthatanarmyofficermakes.Eitheryouareacompletelyunsympathetic
egocentricperson.Oramoronwhocompletelydisrespectthenationalflagandthosewho
havepledgedtoprotectit.

Asasocalledprofessional,youareentitledtotakehomeafatsalaryalongwithother
benefits.Youhavegodknowshowmanysickleaves,casualleavesandprivilegeleavesat
yourdisposal.Astable9to6jobthatoccasionallymeanderstoafewextrahours.For
whichyouaredulyreimbursed.Youliveinthecomfortsofyourhome.Whentheweather
getstoohotyouturnontheAc.Ifyougetboredwiththefoodyourwifecooksyoustepout
toafancyrestaurantandeattillnomorecangodownyourthroat.Theonlycontribution
youmaketothenationispayingupyourtax(hopefullyyoudo).

Forsomeoneinthearmy,notseeingtheirfamilyforyearsisnormal.Theirsisnota9to6
jobbutaroundtheclockjob.Attimeswhenit'snecessaryforthenationtheygolivein
extremelyhostileconditions.Theyeatwhateverisservedtothemanddon'tcomplaint
aboutit.theydon'tknowwhatentertainmentis.

Yesnooneforcedthemtojointhearmy.Theydiditoutoftruepatriotism.Becausethey
wantedtoserveournationandprotectungratefulpeoplelikeyou.Theydontblowtheir
trumpetsaboutitnordotheyexpectyoubowdownandworshipthegroundtheywalkin.
Theyhaven'ttakenthecountryundertheircontrolIfaguywaswearinghisuniformthen
hewasprobablyorderedtoandyoudonotquestionorders.ButwhyamIevenwastingmy
timeetypingallthisoutapersonlikeyou.andthenyouexpectpeopletonotget
emotionalorcallthisanantinationalpost.Thereisnodebate.Itisandwillstaya
honourableprofessional
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PramodJoshi,borntokill
WrittenJun9,2015

Hopethiswillclearyourdoubts...

Readthisarticleinthemorning.
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ThisisnotapostfortheweakheartedandAdarshLiberalssodonotgoanyfurtherifyou
areoutofyourcomfortzone.Itreallypainsasoldier'sheartifthebloodofhisbrethrenis
notadequatetogalvanizeanation.Thisnationissoungrateful,theintelligentsiaso
spinelessandintellectualclasssobigotedthattheywillgetmobilisedbytragediesof
Peshawar,GazaorFrancehowevertheyareimmunetoourownsuffering.Why?Iwilltell
youwhy,becauseitisfashionabletogetassociatedwithaglobalcause,itmakesyoulook
cool,itiseasiertotalkaboutitsippingasinglemaltinacomfortableSouthDelhimansion.
Idonotcondoneanyoftheterrorattackshappenedanywhereintheworld,notevenin
Pakistan.However,Iwouldbecandid,aterrorattackinPeshawarwhereinbrethrenofone
enemyiskilledbyanotherhasverylimitedrelevanceforme.IamawareIwouldbe
lynchedforthisstatementbutIwouldholdmyground.Askanyonewhohasliftedthe
coffinofhisbrother,hiscomrade,howheavyistheload,ithasthedreamsofayoungwife,
ithasthefutureofhischildrenandhopesofhisparents.Mydearcountrymen,itisfar
heavierthanasmallcoffin.
Fewofyouwillalsochidemebysayingthatsoldiersarepaidtodie.Nosir,youareentirely
incorrect.Soldiersarepaidtoprotecttheintegrityofthenation,ifyouwantcanonfodder,
hiremercenaries.Thissoldierisevendeniedadecentlastjourney,hisbulletriddled
remainsarekeptinadilapidatedparkingyardinDelhiAirportasthedesignatedplace
doesnothavethesecurityclearance.ThesameplaceisopenedeveryThursdayfor
devoteesasthereisaPeerBabalocatedthere.Thanklordforsmallmerciesthathisolive
greencomradeswillgooutoftheirwaytogivehimabefittingfinaljourney.
Hiskidsandwifearethenpartofanarchaicsystemwherepaystopsthenextdayand
pensionstartsinminimum45monthsalbeitwitharrears.Somebodyaskthese
intellectualsdotheyevenbothertothinkaboutahouseholdwheretherewillbenosalary
forfivemonthsbutthestomachwon'tstopgrowling,theschoolfeewon'tstopandthe
electricitybillisstillrequiredtobepaid.
Theaverageyouthofthenationalsodisappointshere,heismorebotheredabout
mountinglossesonNestleandthetwominutegruel.Nocandlelightmarchforhissoldier,
nowhitecapforhisprotector.Somehow,miseryofGazaalwaysoutshinesmiseryofhis
owncountry.
Comingtopolityandbureaucracy,thelesssaidthebetter.Ifinitialreportsaretobe
believed,theyarecontemplatingdeinductionofarmedforcesfromtheareaswherethe

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encountertookplace.Asaresult,thebrothersoftheslainwillbedeniedevenachanceto
seekretribution.
Lastbutcertainlynottheleast,themostdisappointingfacet,theharbingerofmoral
compass,thefourthestate,theMedia.Deathofasoldierdoesn'tsell,period.Sowhyeven
bother.
Asoldierisawareofthedangersinvolvedinthelifehehaschosen.Healsounderstands
thateveryotherprofessionisasimportantandeverybodycannotfight.Justgivehim
dignitywhenheisaliveandmournforhimwhenhefadesaway.That'sit,nothingmore,
nothingless.
Iwouldendthisnotewithananecdote.LtSaurabhKaliawhowasoneofthefirstcasualty
ofKargilWardidnotdieofagunshotwound.WhenhisbodywasreturnedbyPakistan,
hiseyeshadbeengougedout,hisearsandnosehadbeenchopped,hisentirebodyhad
cigaretteandelectriccurrentburnmarks,andhisprivatepartshadbeencutandstuffed
inhismouthandhismouthwassewnup.Hewasaliveduringtheentireordeal.Tryselling
theideaof'AmankiAsha'tohisparentswhowerenotallowedtoseetheirsonforonelast
time,trysellingittohiscomradeswhoindeedsawthebody.Reconciliationcomeseasyina
comfortablehome,notinanunforgivingbunker.


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Gaurav,bigfanofIndianArmy!
WrittenJul5

Firstofall,thatwasnotaquestion,itwasastatement.Youdidn'taskthequestiontoseek
answers,youaskedittoseekvalidationforyourviews,wearenotfools.

Nowcomingtoyourquestion,pleaseallowmetoslayyou.

TheIndiansoldierdoesn'tbegsyoutorespecthim,hehasfarmorepressingthingsto
worryabout.

Talkingaboutoverratedthings,no,IhaveseentheArmylife,it'snotoverrated.Ican
giveyouathousandreasonsbutyou'llsweepthemasideasplainjingoism.

Yes,everyoneshouldberespectedforwhatworktheydo,downfromthetruckers
bravingtheHimalayanwindstothePM,Iagreewithyouonthisbutthenit'syour
faultwhenyoudon'trecognizetheeffortsofonesectionofsociety,it'snotarmy's
fault.

TheArmydoesalotmorethanmanningborders,rightfrommakingpontoonbridges
soyoucandancetothetunesofSriSriRaviShankartoleadrescueeffortsina
naturaldisaster,thearmydoesthesetasksbecauseit'sorderedto,noquestionsasked,
noreasonsgiven,workdone.Youraweandrespectneverfiguredanywherehere.

Overtrespectandoverratismarenotmutuallyinclusive,"theygettoomuchrespect
fortheirownsakehencetheyareoverrated"isaflawedandstupidview.

TheArmymanhoweverrespectsthelawsoftheland,hedoesn'tmakeafussabout
thesethingsbecauseheknowsthat:

1.Noonegivesadamn,evenifhedies,he'llbeforgottenthenextday.

2.He'sgotajobwhichisdangerousandheisgettingmoneyforit,he'llriskhislife,can't
letyourtaxdrownfornothing.

3.Andthelast,everyonerememberstheherowhentheenemyisknockingatthegates,
tillthennoonegivesafuck.

Soheknowshowmuchrespecthegets.Heexpectsnothingmorethanheisactually
getting,likeIsaidhehasmanythingstoworryabout,yoursafetyincluded,yourrespectis
nowhereonhismindandIcan'tfathomastowhyyouchoosetocarrythisburdenonyour
head.

Yourrespectwon'tmakehimemotionalandlackofitwon'tmakehimangry,he's
trainedenoughtokeephisemotionsundercontrol.

Ifyouthinkthatthesoldierisbeingovertlyglorified(Idon'tseethecaseanywhere)
thenyouareatfaultfornotrespectingothersprofessionsenough,nothim.

Iamsurethat99%ofourpopulationdoesn'tknowthenamesofallthePVCwinners
andyoutalkaboutrespect!Anythingsuperficialisnothingatallmyfriend.

Youarenotdoinghisjob,youdon'tknowshitaboutit,stopjudgingandconcentrate
onyours.

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Asforthealternativeviewyouprovided,myfatherwearshisolivegreenat0800hours
andmostdayshecomeshomeat2200hours,soheisinuniformalldaybecauseguess
what,thereisreallynotime.

It'snotArmy'sfaultthatotherprofessionsdon'tgettheduerespect,itsyourfaultthatyou
neverrespectedtheminthefirstplace,totellyouthetruthnoprofessioninthisnation
getstherespectitdeserves,soallthat'policeman,farmer'srespect'rantthatyousangwas
astrawmanargument.Talkingaboutrespect,foodisn'twastedonmyfamilytableandmy
'sonofafarmerarmymanfather'gaveawayhisonemonth'ssalarytoanoldwomanwho
sellsfruitsinourlocality,Iwisheveryonelearnsfromhimandleavethisstupid'overrated
jobs'debateanddotheirbitforthesociety.
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NitishKumar,Indian,SoftwareEngineer,dreamtobeasoldierinIndian
Army.
WrittenApr19,2015
Notrustmeitsnot!

Fromothersanwersyoumusthavegottheideaofharshconditions,hostilesituationsthey
havetodealwithinthereprofessionallife.
TheyaredoingsomethingverydifferenttherewhichyouandIcannotthinkof.
TheyarereadytogivetheirLIFE,yestheirLIFEjusttobeprofessionaltotheirchosen
profession.Thisdemandssomerespect!Really,thisisnoteasyifyoucanvisualizeit,
takingabulletjustknowingthatyouhavechosenthisprofessionandyouhavetodoit.

They(ourwarriors)justneedasenseofacceptanceandafeelingofawarenessamong
generalpopulationofwhattheyfaceineverydaylifeoftheirprofession.Andtheywantit
whentheyarestillaliveservingthemotherland,notwhentheycomedrapedinthe
Tricolour.

It'snotoverhyped.Itgivesthemafeelingofrealjoy,confidence,happinessknowingthat
thegeneralpopulationoftheircountryknowswhattheydoeveryday.Ithelpsthemserve
better.It'sonlybecauseofthisfeelingthattheyarereadytosacrificeeverythingyes,
everything.

Brother,trustmeit'snotoverhyped!It'sunder!

AndtheytravelintheirUniformduringjourneybecauseeithertheyhavetoreporttotheir
Unitdirectlyafterthejourneyorstraightawaymovetotheactionscene.

P.S:IamaDefenceaspirantworkinghardtomakeit.Butsurelywill,oneday.
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FaizUllaKhan,LogisticOperationManagerLookingForAJobChange
WrittenMar19,2015

Indianarmysacrificestheirtodayforourtomorrow.Theybearsomuchtrouble,andpain
sothatwestaysafe.

Kindlygothroughthearticle:
http://topyaps.com/knowaboutin...
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BhanuMarwaha,ITProgrammer
WrittenAug21,2014

BackinmystatePunjab,therearelotofpeoplewhoareexarmy,servinginarmy,and
preparingforjoiningarmy.Duringwartime(1999kargilwar),therewerequitealotof
peoplewhoweresacrificedatborder.Iusedtohearstoriesthathowsomeonejustnextto
ourstreetwaskilledinactionatthattime,Iwas12yearsoldandIwillwonderwhypeople
joinarmyifthisissodangerous.Iknowsomeoffamiliespersonally,whowerefinancially
welloffandstilltheironechildwillservethearmedforces.Oneofmycollegeroomateand
friendjoinedthearmyafterservinginNTPCfortwoyears.ReasonforthisisthatPeople
backtherereallyfeelproudifsomeonefromyourfamilyisinArmedforces(Trendis
changingasnowbeingNRIisconsideredbetter).Believeme,lotofpeopleinIndia,won'tbe
abletoevensurviveforasingledayinheatofRajasthaninsummerandwinterofKargil.

Ihaveseenfirsthandnatureofjobsoldiershavetodo.AmarnathShrineyatrawon'tbe

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possiblewithoutArmy.

IrememberoneinstancewhereduringastayatPanchtarani(SecondstageofAmarnath
shrineJourney),Iwentoutoftenttopee.Abonebitingcold(tempof10degreecel),A
soliderwasstandingonfootandwasusingalargeflashlighttomonitoralargestretchof
mountaintoseeifthereisanysuspiciousactivity.Believemeuntilorunlessyoudon'thave
patriotismforcountry,noonewillbereadytodothisjob.

Yestakingcareofyourlovedonesandmakingsurethatyourfamilyiswelloffisalsoa
greatjob,andIwon'tsayanythingagainstit.

Reasonforareabletoenjoyourlifeinpeacefulmanner,inspiteofhavingafailedMuslim
stateborderingusisbecauseofarmyandarmedforces.Believeme,evenifforasingleday
asoliderguardingLOCdoesnotdohisjobproperly,someterroristmightsneakincountry
andtwomonthslater,wewillhavenewsofterroristattackinMumbai,DelhiBanglore
etc.Nowthisissomethingwhichcanimpactyoudirectly
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Anonymous
WrittenOct30,2014

Allthearmypersonneldoexcellentjobinsavingtheircountry,thatisnotaquestion.But
theproblemiswhatgovernmentdoesforthearmy?
For.ex:ifasoldierdiesduringanaction,whatthegovernmentdoes?
itdoesthingswhichareminisculecomparedtoothergovernmentsdoingfortheirown
army.thereisverylesseducationalaidfortheirchildrenandsometimesnofurtherhelpto
thefamilyandnoadditionalbenefits.Thisshouldchange.forex.oneIndianspyfromraw
gotcaughtinPakandhewashangedandourgovtdidn'tgaveadamnaboutit.duringhis
death,heutteredthesewords,HadIdonethisJobforUSA,iwouldvebeen
releasedlongback..Thegovernmentshouldnotonlybekeenjoiningnew
armedpersonnelbutalsoshouldensuretheirsafety.
12tales:ThespieswhocamebackfromPakistanandthosewhodidn't
afterreadingthisarticle,I'dsayitissomewhatoverhypedtoworkinarmyorintelligence
becauseyougiveurlifeandyouarenotbeingtakencare..
PS:IhadmyselfappearedforNavyinterviewinengineerscadre.EventhoughIwaskeen
onjoiningthearmy,theofficersthereconversedinHindiwhichIcouldn'tunderstand
muchsinceIstudiedGermanasthirdlanguageinschool.WhenIrequestedthemtotalk
inenglish,Igotanunfavourableresponse.afteracertaintime,Ilostmyinterestand
wentout.Asyouknow,Indiadoesn'thaveanynationallanguage.Don'timposeyour
languageonotherssothatpeoplefromnonhindispeakingstatesfindithardtojointhere
andfinallylosetheirinterest.
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VinitaTripathi,Whatisaseabutamultitudeofdroplets.
WrittenOct15,2014

Youarerightwhenyousaidthat'itwasapersonalchoicetojointhearmyasyouhad
choicetojoinwhateveryourprofessionis.'TheonlydifferenceIseeisthatyouhavejoined
aprofessionhenceyouaredoingit.Theyhadjoinedtheprofessionbuttheyaredoingall
kindsofjobs!ItisnevermentionedintheirKRAthattheywillhavetosavepeoplefrom
flood,fireorriotsbuttheydoit.
Letmetellyouananecdote.
Itwasmyfather'sretirementtimesomymomandIalsoaccompaniedhimforamonth
span.ItwasinShillongandoneofmyfather'scolleaguesaidthathissonwasverycareless
abouthisstudiesandfailedingrade10exam.Whenquestionedbyparentsthesonsaid
thathewilljoinarmysoheneedn'tbeexceptionallygoodinstudies(thelowestrank
doesn'tneedveryhighqualifications)
.Thenmyfather'sfriendtoldthesontohaveatasteofwhatarmylifeorrecruiter'sdayis
like.Forwhichthesonwasbroughttothisarmycenter.Hesawthatnewrecruitesusedto
getupasearlyas3am.Thenpolishedtheirshoesandbeltsandall.Thentheyfreshen
themselvesandby4theyneededtobeongroundforPTround(theywearvestandcanvas
shoesnotthepolishedonehere).After12hoursofrunningandexercisetheyweresent
backtohavebreakfastwhichwasusuallyhalfboildwateryrice,burntchappaties,dalwith
pebbelsandvegwithallsortsofvermsetc.Afteranhourandsotheyaretoldtocometo
fieldforparadeandthentherigourous46hourstart.Theydoitoverandoveragain.
Thenlunchthealmostthesameasbreakfast.TheneveningPTandthen78pmtheyneed
tobeonbedaftermakingallthearrangementsofnextdayiewashingandironingclothes
etc.Theycan'tentertainandyesIforgottotellyouthattheyarenotallowedtowalk.They
havetokeeprunning.Everytreehasaboardinit.Onitiswritten"recruitdaudkechal".
Ifthereisnotaskforthedaythentheyareliterallytoldtodigthepitandthenfillit.

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Afterwatchingtheroutinejustfortwodaystheboyranawayandwenthomepromising
hismothertodowellinstudies.Hesaidthatitwaseasiertostudyanddootherjobthen
beinarmy.
Istilldon'tknowwhypeople'HYPE'theJOBofanarmyman.
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Anonymous
WrittenAug18,2014

Answershavebeenposted,everyonepointingthesacrificeforpublicangleyetagain,
meagreincome,harshlivingenvironment,etcforcingpeopletorespectarmymenmore
thanyourespectanyoneelse.
IwanttosayIwon'trespectArmymenmorethananybodyelseinsociety,Ithinkthereare
peopleinprofessionwhosacrificemorethanarmymen.
Amunicipalworkeraamaadmican'tbearthestinkofgarbageforfewsecondsand
theyworkdayandnighttocleanthecity.Everycityhasseparategarbagedumping
areas,theysacrificetoworkthereinextremebadenvironmentandthattoofora
meagresalary.Theyentergutters.

Doctorsspending6yearsofcareerstudyingoneofthetoughesteducationandgets
govtjobspostedinremotecornerofIndia.Heissacrificinghisfamilytoservepoor
andthosewhodon'thaveaccesstomedicalservice.

Engineerworkingincoalandgoldminesawayfromfamilyinharshenvironmentto
contributetotheeconomydirectlyaffectingthepeoplelife.

NGOworkerslivingininaccessiblelandstohelppeopleorworkinginnaxalites
affectedareasorhelpingpeopleinnaturalcalamity,theyalsoliveintentswithno
accesstoevenbasicamenities.

IworkinITandITservicesisthehighestcontributorofGDPbringingforeign
exchangeinIndiadirectlycontrollingtheinflationsavingpeopleeconomically.

1moreexample.Farmersworkinginscroachingheatandunderfinancialburdenday
andnight,(weallareawareoftheirlivingconditions)justtofeedthenation.

Therearemanymoreexamplesandalllegitprofessionsomehowservethesocietyand
peopleasawholejustlikearmymendo.Noprofessionoverhypeit.Butyoucouldeasily
seepeoplefromarmyorpeoplerelatingtoarmyoverhypingit(youcanseeinother
answerseven)

Harshenvironmentiseverywhere
Thattrafficconstablewhostandsonbusiestroadcrossingwithnotoiletsand
pollutiontocauselungcancer

Thatfactoryworkerwhogetsindustrialdiseasesjusttoservesocietysothatsociety
couldbenefittheproductsmadeinfactories.

Thatmedicalworkerworkinginepidemicaffectedareapronetoepidemicthemselves.

ThattruckdriverwhodrivesdayandnightintropicalclimatewithnoACinstalled.

(JUSTFEWEXAMPLES)youjustthinkofanyothercommonmanprofessionlike
longdistancecourierdeliveryguyandyouwillgettheharshlivingconditions
associatedwithit.

Andharshlivingconditionsassociatedwithotherprofessionispermanentwhileharsh
livingconditionsassociatedwitharmyistemporarilyonlywhenyouarepostedin
thoseareas.Ifanarmymangetssickhegetstransferedtoagoodlocation.This
luxurypeoplefromotherprofessiondon'thave.

Somearetalkingaboutmeagresalary.Iwanttosaythatmeagresalaryisbetterthanno
salarybecausesomeservethesocietywithnopropersalary.Atleastarmygivessalaryona
timelybasis.Armymenknowthattheywilldefinitelygetsalaryeachmonthwithother
benefitstillthetimetheydie.Butthereareprofessionsmentionedandnotmentioned
abovewhereyoudon'tgetsalary.Youdon'thavejobsecurityforthejob,theserviceto
societyyoudoandstillyoudoit.Buttheydon'toverhypeit.
Likeit'ssaidinquestionhere,weacknowledgethatyouservenationandwearethankful
forarmymenbutthatdoesn'tmeanpeoplefromotherprofessiondon'tdeserverespector
armymenshoulddeservemorerespectlikeeveryoneassociatedwitharmytrytoimposeon
others.It'sdefinitelyoverhypeofprofession.

Andpeoplefromotherprofessionjustdon'tshowoffpubliclybywearingtheiruniform
evenwhenoffduty.It'scompleteshowofftogetextrarespectpublicly.
1armysonhaspointedthattheydon'thavetimetochange.Soyoumeantosaynoteven2
minutestochange!?Comeondude.AnywayIwastalkingoffdutytime.Iknowpeople
whotravelinuniformevenonvacation.

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RaghavThakur
WrittenSep12,2014

Idontknowwhystillinindiaitisnotmandatorytoservearmyafterschool/college,buti
woulddefinitelydo.Notonlybecauseitaddsalittledisciplineinyourlife,butalso
preparesyourbodywithstamina,stayingfocused(evenattimesofhighpressure).

EventhoughInevergotachancetogointoarmy,Istillwanttogo.

ThelastthingIwanttounderstandisthatpeoplethinktheyareoverhyped,butinfactthey
arenot.Itismerelyawaytoshowrespectforthepeoplewhohavesacrificedthemselves,
theirlivesandmostimportantlytheiryounglives.

Justsoasyouknow,thatinKashmirtheevacuationprocessisdonebymilitaryand
militaryalone.

Itsjustawilltoserveyournationwithrespectanddignity.
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DibyeshSatpathy,Explorersoftheexpandinguniverse.
WrittenOct19,2014

ThelasttimeIsawafullarmycamp,withtrucks,jeepsandsoldierswasbackin1999
whenIwas3yearsold.
ItwasinSikkim.IrememberwewentsomewherefromGangtoktosomelakewhichwas
quitefrozen,andnearbytherewherealotofarmycamps.

WhatIrememberisarmytruckswithfullyarmedsoldierswheregoingtowardsGangtok
andanotherlineoftrucksontheothersidetakingsoldierstowardstheborder.

ItwasfreezingoutthereandIwasshiveringconstantlycouldn'tevenwalkproperly
becauseofthelowtemperature,evenafterIwaswearingaTHICKJacket,woolenpants
and2thickmufflers.ItoldmyparentstotakemeoutoftherebecauseIhadnever
experiencedsuchclimate.

AllIdidwassayingbyeandwavingmyhandssmilingabittothesoldiersintrucks,and
thesoldiersgoingtherewherealldoingthesametome.

IwaswithmyparentsandmyDadwastalkingtoasoldierthere.Anotheryoungsoldier
cametoustookmeupandsaid:
He:Thandhlagrahihe?
(Areyoufeelingcold)
Me:Hanh...
(Yes...)
He:Kanhaseho?
(Whereareyoufrom?)
MymomrepliedOdisha

He:YeyTandhakhamhamesasehethahen...takitumhekabhiyehdindekhnana
padhe...
(Weareusedtothisbelowfreezingclimate...Sothatyoudon'thavetoseeadaylikeus...)

EventhoughIunderstoodHindiandspokeitfluently,Ididn'treply,CauseIwasshocked!
Inevercouldimaginehowpeoplelivedinsuchenvironment.

Hethentookmeuponhisshoulders,playedwithmealot,showedmesomemountains
andwheretheylived,anditwasquitefunbeingaroundwithasoldier.
IalsosatonthedriverseatofaArmyjeepandonaYak(Iwasscaredsohesatbehind
me).

Thentheothersoldiercalledhim,weshookourhandshuggedeachotherandthenthey
left...Icouldn'tevenseetheJeepafterawhile.

Man!GivesmegoosebumpswhenIthinkaboutIndianArmy.
TheyhavebeenfightinginKashmirandIndiaChinaborder,theydeservewaymore
respectthanwhatwegivethem.Youcanneversaythatworkingthereisover
hyped.

Feelingscannotbeexpressedthroughwords,itcanonlybeexperienced.

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Salutetoyouallbrothers!
Peace.
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AbhayChoudhary
WrittenSep11,2014

IsworkingintheIndianArmyoverhyped?
AreyouSerious?

WorkingintheIndianArmycanneverbeoverhypedbecausewecivilianscannevermake
theamountofsacrificeswhichtheydo.
Askyourselvesthatcanyoustaywithoutseeingyourparentsandyourlovedonesforeven
asingleday?
ThepeopleworkingintheIndianarmydon'tgettoseetheirfamilyandtheirlovedones
foryears.
Wegotowatchmoviesandwepraisetheheroesandotherpeoplewhohaveworkedinthe
movie,buthowmanyofuspraiseourrealheroeswhostayinthemostadverseconditions
justtoprotectthenationandtheygiveuptheirlives.ThepeopleworkingintheIndian
Armyaretherealheroesofthenationandallthepeoplelivinginthiscountryshould
praisethem,weallshouldgiveproperrespecttothemandtheirprofession.

Intoday'sworldifyouaskanyonethatwhatdoyouwanttobecomeorwhatisyouraim
inlifetheneveryonewouldsaythattheywanttobecomeDOCTORS,ENGINEERSetc.
butnoonewouldsaythat"iwanttojointheARMYandservemynation"."Thepeoplesay
thatwhowillgivetheirlivesforthenation".Suchashamefulstatementgivenbythe
people.
Thesoldersselflesslygivetheirlivesforthenation.Allthesoldersweathertheyareofthe
higherrankorthelowerrankarereadytogivetheirlifefortheiruniformandthecountry.

TodayifweseetheconditionofJammuandKashmirwefeelverysorryforthepeoplebut
"howmanyofusactuallyeventriedtohelpthem"?
Thepeopleofthearmyarenotonlyhelpingthembuttheyevenmadeafloatingbridge
somewhereinthatregionsothatover40villagescangetconnectedandproperhelpcan
begiventothem.Theyonlytook6hourstomakethatbridge.

Idoagreethatthepeopleworkinginthelowerranksarenotthatwelloffascomparedto
thepeopleinthehigherranks,buteachandeverypersoninthearmyisreadytodoany
thinginordertoprotectthenation.

EvenIwantedtojointhearmybutduetosomeofmyhealthproblemsIwasnotableto
jointhearmy,butidopraytogodthatevenifIgetasecondlifeIwouldsurelylovetojoin
theINDIANARMYanddieformyuniformandmycountry.
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AnkitRathore
WrittenAug31,2014

foolishnessdetected
Dear,
Quoransdon'twasteyourvaluabletimetoansweringsuchridiculousquestion,don'twaste
timeofyourlifeexplainingthisthingtoafool,lethimbeafoolforever.
don'tthinkthatapersonlikethisexistonplanetearthwhocomparehiscorporatejobwith
amilitarymanand"sayitisoverhyped".

justletitgodon'twasteyourtime
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SudevKrishnan,IamtheDesire!
WrittenAug19,2014

Idon'tthinkworkingatArmyisevenhyped,notatleastwhencomparedtotheway
workingatInfosysishyped!:).Inevercameacrossapersonwhoaskedmewhydidn't
youtrytheArmy,butIgetthisquestioneveryfortnight'Whyareyounotgettingajob
withInfosis,MrXjustdid!Doyouneedareference?'

youareconfusinghypewithrespect,Yes,thesoldiersarerespectedforallthevarious
reasonscoveredinthedifferentanswersalready.Dotheydeserveit?.Absolutely!andif

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youaskmewhy,Whydoyourespectateacher?.Endofthedaywhatheisdoingis
makinghisliving,isn'tit?.Inthatmagnitude,whatasoldierdoesdefinitelydeservesallthe
respecthegets.

Abouttravellingwearingtheuniforms,someonealreadyansweredthatitisbyrule(for
officialtravels).WhatIwouldliketoaddis,IfeelcomfortableandsafewhenIam
travellingwithasoldieronuniform,evenwhenheisattheotherendofmycompartment.
Iwillsay,mydearsoldiers,pleasemakesureyoualwaysweartheuniformwhile
travelling!.

Andalsothereismoretotherespectthanthesacrificeandpainetc.Ifeel,thatthesoldiers
are(rightfully)consideredtoberolemodels.Notforwhatjobyoushouldbedoing,(that
choiceshoulddependonyourskillsetandinterestsofcourse).Butforbehaviour,
discipline,courageandmanymorethings.Andwiththis,respectautomatticallygets
added.Heretherespectisawayoftelling,'learnfromthem!'.
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VikneshwarSatya,FormeraspiringLieutenant
UpdatedMay21,2015

BeinganaspirantmyselfIwouldliketomentiontheChetwodeMottowhichisthefirst
andforemostthinganypersonwhoisaspiringorservingintheIndianArmylearns.

Thesafety,honourandwelfareofyourcountrycomesfirst,alwaysandeverytime.The
honour,welfareandcomfortofthemenyoucommandcomesnext.Yourownease,
comfortandsafetycomeslast,alwaysandeverytime.

Ithinkthisshortparawillsufficeeverythingifthedeepermeaningsareunderstood.
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ChandanKohli
WrittenMar25,2015

See,youarecorrectinsayingthattheyhavevoluntarilyjoinedtheforcesandnoonehas
forcedthemtojoinandeventheyhavepreparedthemselvesmentallyandphysicallyto
jointheseforces.Theyhaveclearedentrancetests,SSBs,,medicalexamination.
Forsome,workinginArmymaybeoverhypedbutmanythinkthatifthereissomeone
whoisdoingselflessservicetotheNationthatisArmy.

Nowsupposeifsomeoneislateincominghomeevenhalfanhourhisfamilywillcallhim
twicetoknowthereasonsforbeinglateandtoassurewhetherheissafeornot?
Nowthinkaboutthefamiliesofthesepeopletheydon'tevenknowwhethertheywould
comebackornot?,Whatifthereisfiringalongthelocorlacthatusuallyhappens,whatif
militantsattacktheminthemidnight,butstilltheysendtheirlovesonestothefront.

Nowhavealookatthesepictures

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nowhavealookatthis

andmanymore

Decidewhoarerealheroes
thosewholiveinmumbaibanglowsseafacingandspendtheirlifeinluxuriousbunglows
roamintheirsuv's,
or
thosewhosavedmumbaiduringthenightof26/11.Thosewhodidn'taskedaboutanyone
religionorcasteandsacrificedtheirlivesinthelineofduty.

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Themaindifferenceisinmostofourlivesthereisalwaysasecondchancebuttheyhave
onlyone.Thinkoverithow.
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AnuragNandwana
WrittenApr12,2015

Althoughyouhavewrittenofhavingahumbledebate,butyoufolloweditwith"weowe
younothing...".Iamsorrytoaskbutdidarmyguyscometoyourhouseaskedyouto
acknowledgethatyouowesomethingtothem?Iverymuchdoubtit,atleastIhavenever
heardofanysuchincident.
Youareaprofessionalandyouworktofeedyourfamily,whatifyouwereaskedtoearnas
wellasworkassecurityinchargeforyourbuilding?Youfeedyourfamily,theseguys
securethecountrypostsoanycomparisonismorethanexaggeration.
Myexperience:WeweregoingfromLehtoNubravalleyonbikes.Assnowmeltedduring
theday,waterwascascadingatcertainpointsontheway.Atonesuchpointourbikesfell
andwesomehowmanagedtogetthemoutofwater,buttheydidnotstart.Astheroad
wasdownhill,wetookthebikestoaBRO(BorderRoadOrganization)campafew
kilometersaway.Theywelcomedus,putinintoroomswithheaters,provideduswithchai,
juice,dryfruits,chocolates,snacksetc.Whilewewerewaitingforourclothes,shoesand
sockstodry,wehadsomechatwiththem.
Wecametoknowthatwhiletheyaregivenprovisions(dryfruits,chocolatesetc),they
almostnevermakeuseofthemasthelivingconditionsaresoadversethattheyhardlylike
toanything.Mostoftheirfoodis"readytoeat"items,itisoneinabluemoonthatthey
gettoeatgreenvegetables,elseeverythingisjustfrozen.Ilookedaroundasa8'x10'room
wasconsistingofseveralbunkerbedsandwasfullofgasesfromwhatcouldbeagas
heaterbuttheycantgetoutasthetemperatureoutsideissubzero.Ifeltthatworkingfor
armedforces(ortheirsisterorganizations)mightacutallybeunderhyped.
BRO,asthenamesuggestsistheorganizationwhichmaintainstheroadsneartothe
border,andoncehavingseentheLehroads,Icansafelysaytheyaredoingabetterjob
thananyonewouldexpect.
BROistrulyabrotoanyonetravellingtoLadhakh.
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KaranSingh
WrittenMar20,2015

Well!I'dpartlyagreewithyouthatarmyisthenottheonlyprofessionwherepeopleare
makingsacrificesbutithascertainsectionsinwhichpeoplelivequiteahardlife.
temperaturesconditionswhicharewaybeyondnormallivingstandards.Secondly,
Keepingyourlifeonstakealmostallthetime.That'sthereasonIndianarmyissolooked
up.AnothermajorreasonisthatIndianArmyisaapoliticalarmy.

Answeringthesecondpartofyourquestion,whydosomesoldierswearuniformwhile
travelling:that'san"armyact".
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TanviKhade,..
UpdatedJun12

AgreedthatnooneforcedthemtojointheArmedForces,theydiditoutoftheirown
choice,butsimilarlynooneforcedyoutorespectthem.Buthere'sathing:

Don'trespectthemcoztheyprotectyou,butrespectthemcoztheyhavethe
COURAGEtoprotectyou!
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RashishShingi,SalutetotheIndianArmy!!!
WrittenJan20

Readitsomewhere...

AnIndianArmysoldierandasoftwareengineermetinShatabadiExpressandhereisan
interestingconversationthattranspiredbetweenthem:

VivekPradhanwasnotahappyman.Eventheplushcomfortoftheairconditioned
compartmentoftheShatabdhiexpresscouldnotcoolhisfrayednerves.HewastheProject
Managerandstillnotentitledtoairtravel.Itwasnottheprestigehesoughthehadtried
toreasonwiththeadminperson,itwasthesavingsintime.AsPM,hehadsomanythings
todo!!

Heopenedhiscaseandtookoutthelaptop,determinedtoputthetimetosomegooduse.

Areyoufromthesoftwareindustrysir,themanbesidehimwasstaringappreciativelyat
thelaptop.Vivekglancedbrieflyandmumbledinaffirmation,handlingthelaptopnow
withexaggeratedcareandimportanceasifitwereanexpensivecar.

Youpeoplehavebroughtsomuchadvancementtothecountry,Sir.Todayeverythingis
gettingcomputerized.

Thanks,smiledVivek,turningaroundtogivethemanalook.Healwaysfounditdifficult
toresistappreciation.Themanwasyoungandstockilybuiltlikeasportsman.Helooked
simpleandstrangelyoutofplaceinthatlittlelapofluxurylikeasmalltownboyinaprep
school.Heprobablywasarailwaysportsmanmakingthemostofhisfreetravelingpass.

Youpeoplealwaysamazeme,themancontinued,Yousitinanofficeandwrite
somethingonacomputeranditdoessomanybigthingsoutside.

Viveksmileddeprecatingly.Naivenessdemandedreasoningnotanger.Itisnotassimple
asthatmyfriend.Itisnotjustaquestionofwritingafewlines.Thereisalotofprocess
thatgoesbehindit.

Foramoment,hewastemptedtoexplaintheentireSoftwareDevelopmentLifecyclebut
restrainedhimselftoasinglestatement.Itiscomplex,verycomplex.

Ithastobe.Nowonderyoupeoplearesohighlypaid,camethereply.

ThiswasnotturningoutasVivekhadthought.Ahintofbelligerencecreptintohissofar
affable,persuasivetone.

Everyonejustseesthemoney.Nooneseestheamountofhardworkwehavetoputin.
Indianshavesuchanarrowconceptofhardwork.Justbecausewesitinanair
conditionedoffice,doesnotmeanourbrowsdonotsweat.Youexercisethemusclewe
exercisethemindandbelievemethatisnolesstaxing.

Hecouldsee,hehadthemanwherehewanted,anditwastimetodrivehomethepoint.

Letmegiveyouanexample.Takethistrain.Theentirerailwayreservationsystemis
computerized.Youcanbookatrainticketbetweenanytwostationsfromanyofthe
hundredsofcomputerizedbookingcentersacrossthecountry.

Thousandsoftransactionsaccessingasingledatabase,atatimeconcurrentlydata
integrity,locking,datasecurity.Doyouunderstandthecomplexityindesigningand
codingsuchasystem?

Themanwasawestruckquitelikeachildataplanetarium.Thiswassomethingbigand
beyondhisimagination.

Youdesignandcodesuchthings.

Iusedto,Vivekpausedforeffect,butnowIamtheProjectManager.

Oh!sighedtheman,asifthestormhadpassedover,

Soyourlifeiseasynow.

ThiswaslikethelaststrawforVivek.Heretorted,Ohcomeon,doeslifeevergeteasyas
yougouptheladder.Responsibilityonlybringsmorework.

Designandcoding!Thatistheeasierpart.NowIdonotdoit,butIamresponsibleforit
andbelieveme,thatisfarmorestressful.Myjobistogettheworkdoneintimeandwith
thehighestquality.

Totellyouaboutthepressures,thereisthecustomeratoneend,alwayschanginghis
requirements,theuserattheother,wantingsomethingelse,andyourboss,always

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expectingyoutohavefinishedityesterday.

Vivekpausedinhisdiatribe,hisbelligerencefadingwithselfrealization.Whathehad
said,wasnotmerelytheoutburstofawrongedman,itwasthetruth.Andoneneednot
getangrywhiledefendingthetruth.

Myfriend,heconcludedtriumphantly,youdontknowwhatitistobeintheLineof
Fire

Themansatbackinhischair,hiseyesclosedasifinrealization.Whenhespokeafter
sometime,itwaswithacalmcertaintythatsurprisedVivek.

Iknowsir.IknowwhatitistobeintheLineofFire.

Hewasstaringblankly,asifnopassenger,notrainexisted,justavastexpanseoftime.

Therewere30ofuswhenwewereorderedtocapturePoint4875inthecoverofthe
night.

Theenemywasfiringfromthetop.

Therewasnoknowingwherethenextbulletwasgoingtocomefromandforwhom.

Inthemorningwhenwefinallyhoistedthetricolouratthetoponly4ofuswerealive.

Youarea?

IamSubedarSushantfromthe13J&KRiflesondutyatPeak4875inKargil.Theytellme
Ihavecompletedmytermandcanoptforasoftassignment.

But,tellmesir,canonegiveupdutyjustbecauseitmakeslifeeasier.

Onthedawnofthatcapture,oneofmycolleagueslayinjuredinthesnow,opentoenemy
firewhilewewerehidingbehindabunker.

Itwasmyjobtogoandfetchthatsoldiertosafety.Butmycaptainsahibrefusedme
permissionandwentaheadhimself.

HesaidthatthefirstpledgehehadtakenasaGentlemanCadetwastoputthesafetyand
welfareofthenationforemostfollowedbythesafetyandwelfareofthemenhe
commanded.hisownpersonalsafetycamelast,alwaysandeverytime.

Hewaskilledasheshieldedandbroughtthatinjuredsoldierintothebunker.Every
morningthereafter,aswestoodguard,Icouldseehimtakingallthosebullets,whichwere
actuallymeantforme.Iknowsir.Iknow,whatitistobeintheLineofFire.

Viveklookedathimindisbeliefnotsureofhowtorespond.Abruptly,heswitchedoffthe
laptop.

Itseemedtrivial,eveninsultingtoeditaWorddocumentinthepresenceofamanfor
whomvaloranddutywasadailypartoflifevalourandsenseofdutywhichhehadsofar
attributedonlytoepicalheroes.

Thetrainsloweddownasitpulledintothestation,andSubedarSushantpickeduphis
bagstoalight.

Itwasnicemeetingyousir.

Vivekfumbledwiththehandshake.

Thishandhadclimbedmountains,pressedthetrigger,andhoistedthetricolour.
Suddenly,asifbyimpulse,hestoodupatattentionandhisrighthandwentupinan
impromptusalute.

Itwastheleasthefelthecoulddoforthecountry.

PS:TheincidenthenarratedduringthecaptureofPeak4875isatruelifeincident
duringtheKargilwar.Capt.Batrasacrificedhislifewhiletryingtosaveoneofthemenhe
commanded,asvictorywaswithinsight.Forthisandvariousotheractsofbravery,hewas
awardedtheParamVirChakra,thenationshighestmilitaryaward.
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PankajYadav
WrittenAug19,2014

Ifyoufailatyourjob,Youpayforit.

IfaSoldierfailsathisjob,thewholenationendsuppayingforit.

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Showsomerespect.
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AbhishekPandey,StudiesatIITMandi
WrittenAug24,2014

Doyouevenrespectyourparents,afterall,theychosetogivebirthtoyou,to
raiseyou,feedyou,educateyou,nobodyforcedthemto.Itwastheirchoice.
Goandtellthemthesamewordsthatyoudon'towethemanythingforthe
sacrificestheymadebychoice.

SinceYouwantahumbledebate,wellhereitgoes..

Werespectpeoplefortheirservicetohumanity,nation,community,societyand
acknowledgetheworkdonebyeveryone.Butthisrespectdependontwofactors:
1.Themagnitudeoftheircontributionand

2.Thepercentageofselflessattributeintheircontribution

Now,thesecondpointissignificantforthedefensepersonnel.Theirworkisalmost
unmatchedinselflessnessbyanyotherprofession,andwhentherearesomanymillions
workinginsuchalargescale,youjustfeeltremendousrespectforthosepeople.
Remember,wearenotindividuallypraisingcontributions,thatisrare,andtherespectthe
ArmedForcesdeserveisatleasthigherthatwhattheygetrightnow.

Now,comingtothepointthatyouarealsoaprofessional,whohastostayaway
fromhome.Doyoubothertocomparetheselflessnessattributeintheirworktothesame
inyours?Youworkforyouandyourfamily,anddoagreatservicetoyourfamily.Iam
suretheyrespectyoumorethantheArmedForces,butthepointisyourservicestothe
nationpaleincomparisontothatoftheArmy.
1.Idoubtyourjobinvolvestheriskoflosingyourlifeonadailybasis.Whenyour
sacrificewillbethatbig,peoplewillrespectyoumore.

2.AboutCompulsoryMilitaryService:Theabsenceofcompulsionisreason
furtherwhywerespectthemmore,theychosetodoitvoluntarily.

3.Yousay:

nobodyforcedyoutotakeriskoflifeorstayawayfromfamilyandwhenyouchoose
somethingfrompersonalchoiceyoucan'tpleathatyoumadesacrifices.
That'sexactlythepoint,nobodyforcedthemto.Theydon'thaveanyreasonto
serveintheArmyexcepttoensure"professionals"likeyouandtheirfamiliescansleep
peacefullyatnightandworkhappilythroughtheday.

Goingbyyourlogic,weshouldnotrespectanyone,scientists,statesmen,visionaries,
authors,doctors.Afterall,itwaspartoftheirjob.

Savingother'slifeandbeingreadytosacrificeyoursforthesamehavealwaysbeenthe
greatestvirtuesthatnevergounnoticed.Youwantthesamerespect,butarenotreadyto
sacrificethesame.
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AshTri
WrittenSep21,2015

Hi,I'llavoidrhetoric'sandheadtoaddressyourquestionstraight.

Butfirstlet'sunderstandwhysuchquestionsareaskedaboutarmyorarmedforcesandno
othergov'torganization.That'sbecauseweseealotofpostsonsocialmediahighlighting
soldiersproblemsmostlyrelatedtoanamoliesinpayandperks.Butwhyonlyarmedforces
peoplesharetheirproblemsinsocialmediaandnootherorganization?That'sbecause
armedforcespersonneldonothavetherightofmakingemployeesunions.Repercussion
allotherorganizationsgettheirdemandsmetthroughrepresentationsbyunionsandeven
gototheextentofstrikestoforcethegov'tacceptthem.Butissuesofarmedforces
personneldon'tevengetrepresentedasthere'snosuchforumavailabletothem.Hence,in
astateofhelplessnesstheyexpresstheirproblemswherevertheycan.

Nowcomingtooverhyping,yesthingsgetoverhypedwhenweallsaythatwerespectand
salutearmedforcesbutatthesametimequestionfacilitieslikecanteen,tollexemptionand
rationsgiventothem.Weallforgetthatfundamentalrightsofdefenceforcepeopleare
curtailedandIcan'timaginewhat'sthecostoffundamentalrightsforanyonebutIfeel

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whatevertheygetisveryless.

Everyoneservesthenationbutwhyputarmedforcesatadisadvantage,financiallyat
least,comparedtotheirequalsinothergov'tjobs.WesawsomuchhohullaoverOROP.
EvenChetanbhagatjumpedintoitandwrotesomefoolisharticleinadaily.Doweall
knowthatallias,ips,ifs,irs,iesandadozenmoregov'tjobsnotonlyalreadygetOROP,
butalsoNFU,whichmeansthattheyfirstreachthetopmostsalarypossibleandthenget
oropbasedonit.Theirdropbudgetwouldbemanytimesmorethanthatofdefencebut
wedidnothearthewordsoffinancialprudencefromanyoneregardingthemsofar.

Averagearmypersonnelretiresatbefore40yearsofagewhenheisloadedwithliabilities
inhispersonallife.Hisserviceinarmydoesn'tgivehimanytimetoprogressuponhis
educationandafterutilisinghisprimeyouthfulness,heisleftalonetofendforhimself.Do
weeverwonderwhoarethosesecurityguardsatATMsmallsandplushsocieties?Mostof
themareformerarmymentryingtosomehowearnalivingtotakecareofhisliabilities.No
problemsofar,butwhyretirearmypeoplebefore40andothersat60.Howdoyou
compensateitrelatedtohiscounterpartinothergov'tjob?Bypension?Apensionisnever
enoughatthatstagetoaddresshisliabilities.

Otherissueslikeseparation,longdutyhours,nolabourlaw,psychologicaleffectsofseeing
bloodanddeaths,inabilitytolookafterfamily,children'supbringingandeducation,
propertyfeudsduetoabsence,etc,etc,can'tbeattachedapricetagandcompensated.
Mindyou,similarconditionsfornondefenceisachoicewemakeandwemayleaveatour
willbutarmypeoplecan'tquittheirjobiftheydon'tlikeit.Theydon'thaveeventhatright.

Sonowyoumayassesifit'sOverhypedornot.Ithinkit'snotandtheyneedtobetaken
careof.Thesamealsoholdstrueforourparamilitarysoldiers.
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JaydeepBanerjee
WrittenAug20,2014

Wellfirstofallarmyisnotonlyprotectingourbordersbutalsoprovidingsocialservices
likemedicalfacility,schoolingandsoonatplaceswhichmostprobablyyouwillliketosee
ontvonly.
Quotingfromyou"IasaprofessionalalsohavesacrificedmylifewhenIcan'tcomehome
ontimeservingtofeedmyfamily."hopefullyithinkyourfamilydon'texpectyouto
returninacoffin,butforthosemenyestheirfamilieshavethesekindofdreams.
Andnowigiveuthatactualanswerwhyworkinginindianarmyisoverhypedaccording
toyouwellonecan'tjustbecomeanofficerwithalltheeducationalqualificationsbut
needqualitiesbeyondthereachofmany.
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ChandreshMahajan,FounderandEducator,MechanicalAcademy
WrittenOct21,2014

IhavegreatrespectforallthesoldiersinIndianArmywhoriskstherelivesforthesakeof
ourgoodsleeps.Iagreethatsoldierdownthehierarchyaretruelytheoneswhodeserve
respect.ButmostofyouarecluelessaboutthelevelofcorruptioninIndianArmy,
especiallyhighupinthehierarchy.Andtobeveryfrankandblunt,notALLofthemrisk
theirlives.Thatnumberisveryfew.Apparently,IliveinJammuanditisbasicallya
defencecityandduetomyjob,IhaveregularinteractionsandmeetingswithArmy
officersandIcanstatevariousincidentstosupportmypoint.Ihavemetplethoraof
peoplewholaughinglysayki,"YrArmymemajemaarneaayeh,kaamkrnethdi."Quorais
nottherightplatformtounfolditall.Moreover,IwouldliketotellthatIndianDefencedo
notgenerateanyrevenueonitsown.Itsurvivesontherevenuegeneratedby'aamjanta'
whoworksashardasanyDefencesoldier.Itfeelssosadandirrationaltoseeindividual
peopleemployedforindividualtasks,onetobringnewspaper,onetodrivevehicle,oneto
opengates,onetoservefood,onetobringjuice,onetowipediningtable.Inacountry
whichisthehomefor1/3rdoftheworld'sfooddeprivedpeople,isitrationaltospendso
muchmoneyonthesepettythings??Chinesearmydonotliveonthetaxespaid.They
generatetheirownrevenue.Theydofarming,theyrunfactoriesandmills,they
manufacture,theysell,andthemoneytheyearntheyusefortheirexpensesandnotto
mentiontheyareonegoodpackofarmywhenitcomestodefense.Iknowmostofyouwill
takemycommentinthewayitshouldnotbetaken.Youwillthinkofmeasapersonwho
donotloveandrespecthisowncountry'sarmy.No.That'snotsomethingilcalltrue.But
yes,likeeveryotherservicesectorinIndia,IndianDefencetooisaservicesectorandthere
arepeopleinArmywhoREALLYarededicatedtoserviceandcountrywilltheirheartand
soulbutnotall.Butweneedtoimprovetoreallygainrespectuptoalevelthatnoonecan
everthinkofaskingsuchquestionandnoonelikemeshoulddaretoanswerone.

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DeepakYadav,Presentindefinate,futureperfect
WrittenAug21,2014

Iamsurethatyournextquestionwillbe"Isn'tPrimeMinisterofIndiaoverhyped?"heis
alsonotforcedtobeaPM,healsochosehimself.
Itsnotthejobyouchoosemakesyougreatbutitsthesacrificesyoumake.
AndIdon'tnobodymakesmoresacrificesthenthesepeople.
PeopleofIndianArmy*(TheIndianArmy)

Wearesafebecausethosepeopleareriskingtheirlivesoutthereforus.

Whenyousayoverhypeditsbollywoodthat'soverhypeditscricketthat'soverhyped.
ButwhenyousayIndianArmyisoverhypedIcanonlygetoneconclusionthateitheryou
areaworriedchineeseguyoranafraidpakistani.
AnditsgoodtobeafraidofIndianTigers.
JAIHIND
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JaideepKedia
WrittenAug20,2014

Theeyeballthatusuallyenlargesafterseeinganindividualinarmydress,earsfollowafter
hearinganindividualservinginarmy,isnotwhatithink"OverHyped".Accordingtome
itisashearadjectivethatyourbodyreflectswhenyousee,hearorsensesomething
honorableandrespectable.

Addingtothefactitismoreorlessverytrue.Anindividualshouldberespectedand
honoredwhoisactuallyservingthe100crorespeopleofthenation.Theplacewherethey
liveiseithermorethan60degreehotorlessthan0degreecool,theplacewhereasimple
humanbeingcannotnurturhis/herhabitat.

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ManjunathaMurthy
WrittenSep16,2014

Justlookatthetopicsquorahasassignedtothisquestion,"StupidPeople","Stupidity"...
youneedmore?

Regardingwearinguniformoffdutyduringtravel.IndianArmypersonnelgettotravel
freewhentheyaregoingonleave.Mostofthemfinditeasiertobeinuniformthenshow
theirIDcardstoticketcollectors.
Itistruenoteveryonejoinsarmyforthepassiontoservethecountry.Someofthemdoas
alastresort.Butoncetheyarepartofthearmytheyforgetthereasontheyjoinedand
serverthecountrypassionately.

Hypeisnotawordoneshouldbeusingwhentalkingaboutoursoldiers!Iguessifmilitary
servicewasmademandatory,oneandallwouldhaveappreciatedwhatoursoldiersare
doingforus.
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ShaliniPrasad,FemalePeterPan
WrittenAug22,2014

Someonesomewhereisputtinghislifeinlineoffiresothatmyhomeandlifeissafe.
SomeonesomewhereisawakesothatIcansleeppeacefullyatnight.Someonehasleftthe
comfortsbehindsothatIcanhaveallthecomfortIhavetoday.Someoneissacrificing
watchingtheirchildgrowandsomanyotherthingsinlifesothatIcanhaveallthatin
peace.
Thatsomeoneisasoldier.
He'sisn'tworkingovertimetokeephisjobsafe,ortogetabiggersalarypackageortoget
thatpromotionatthecostoffamilytime.

TothesoldiersofIndianArmedForces
Andjustthefactthatyouaredoingitwhennobodyaskedyouto,whenyouweren'tforced
tobycompulsorydutyincreasesmyrespectforyoubytenfolds.Youchosetojoinarmy
insteadofbecomingasoftwareengineerlikemeandleadingacomfortablelife.Icannot
hypeyoureffortsenough.WhateverIdointhislifewillbelessthanyourcontributions.

Pleasefeelwelcometowearyouruniformatalltimes,evenoffduty,sothatIknowyou
areoneofthemandcanshowmyrespectforyou.Pleasefeelfreetoidentifyyourself,so
thatIknowwhenIcancontributetoyourwellbeing.Youhaveearnedit.Youhaveworked
hardforit,andyouhaveeveryrightto.

Andpleasedon'tpayattentiontoarrogantpeoplelikeOP,whotakeeverybodyelsebut
themselvesforgranted.
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AnkitGovil,Learner
WrittenAug22,2014

Theyreasontheykeepwearingisbecausetheyhaveprideinservingtheircountrywith
substandardmachinery,corruptpoliticianandungratefulpeople.Buthey,theyareover
hyped.
IknowifIhavethegutstotakeabulletforungratefulpeople.
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ShivSingh
WrittenSep6,2015

Yesitis,comingfromafamilyfullofarmypersonal.
Itismostlymediaandasensethatpeopledefendingourbordersaredoingbiggestthing
forournation.
Butifeelbiggestcontributerstonationarescientistsfarmersengineersandadministrators.
ArmyemployeesgetbettersalarythanothergovtemployessplustaxfreeCSDmedical
benefitsandlotsofrespect.
Thatisgoodenoughtoexpectthemtoperformthejobforwhichtheyarehired.

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Ifperformingyourdutydeservesapplauseweshouldapplausearmy.

Butiargueperformingdutyisexpectedinlieuofmoneypaid.

Isawinoneanswercomparingjeeexamwithnda.
Ihavetakenbothandiknowndaismuchmuchlightweightintermsofintelligence
requiredtoclear.

Althoughndahasdifferentrequirements.

Armyjobislikeanyotherjobwithwelldefineddutiesthatyouareexpectedtoperform.

Likescientiestengineerdoctoretc.Dowhatyouwanttodonotbecauseitishypedornot.
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Anonymous
WrittenJul26

Icannotagreewithyouanymore.IamservingofficeroftheIndianArmy.Youeverheard
anyofourcolleaguesshoutingonnationaltelevisionforrespectoratanyofyourdebates
thatpleaserespectus.IvolunteeredintheforceandIdontcarewhatyouthinkaboutmy
job.

Myprofessionalismstatesthatwheneverandwhatevertheconditionbe,ifiamcalledfor
serviceIwilldomyjob.iwillgotomybasecampafteriamdone.Yougohomeeveryday
andyouenjoywithyourfamily.Iget40+daysayearforthesame,soIdontthinkyou
shouldbeworriedaboutrespectingmeanddebatingit.ibelievethatifthatpeopledont
respectthepersonintheuniformbuttheyrespecttheuniform.Attheend,youdebateitor
notpeopleofthiscountryalwaysstoodforusandtheywillcontinuetodoso.

ForthepartwhereyouaskedthatwhydowewearuniformwhennotinDuty,youwould
haveseenadefensepersonnelmostlydutytravelsbecausewhenweareleavingthebasewe
havetoleaveinuniformandmostlyitseasytoreportbacktounitinuniform.Thisis
simplytheonlyreason.Theresnothingtoshowoff.
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AlokDeshpande,yetanotherguywithbeard.
WrittenAug27,2014

IwroteananswerthinkingifthequestionisAretheyoverrespected(Idon'tknowifthe
termexists,yougetthepoint!).Anyways

Considera16yearoldwhowantstohaveagreatcareer.

Case1:HethinksaboutIndianArmy:
Hewantsmoney,cooluniforms,socalledrespecttheyget,almostacompletewaiverfrom
lawswhichareapplicabletothecivilians(yes,youreaditright),NONEEDTOUSE
IRCRC(theyhavedifferentqueuesatthereservationcounterevenwhenitsnotawar
situation),goodqualityandcheapestproductsinthe'canteen'(Iheardtheyhaveallsorts
ofliquorscheaperthandutyfreeshops)andonthetopofthat,asmallservicespan(for
SSOfficers)plusajobwaitingaftertheretirement!Ariskinvolved,butevenroadsare
notsafethesedays.Hethinks,hellyeah!

DoIrespecthimjustbecausehewantedalltheabovegoodthings?

Case2:HethinksofIndianInstituteofTechnology:
Money,goodjobs(youthink,16yearoldboy!),etcetc!

Heburnsmidnightoilfor730daysandmakesitintoIITBombay!(rememberthe
2,000:5,00,000admissionratioforagoodbranchinanoldIIT.)I'mnotmakingthisup,
askgoogle

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NowIwouldrespecthimforthetalenthehas,thehardworkhehasputin.

Tosummarize,thereisnodoubtthattheydoalotofsacrifices,risktheirlives
butremember,theywantedallthosementioned(andmanymore)things.Iwouldn'tcount
itasaselflessdeed,notinallcases.
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RimjhimSharma,Numbers!
WrittenFeb27,2015

AsthedaughterofaretiredArmyColonelhavingasisterandbrotherinlaw(married
officers)astwonavyofficers,Iwouldliketotellyouit'snot!SadlyIhaven'tthediscipline
andgutstogetthroughthetraining.
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VarunVKhandare
UpdatedDec8,2014

Letmesharesomethingaswellsoastogiveyouanotherperspectivetoyourquestionand
letyoudecideforyourself.I'manarmyofficer'ssonandsoitwillbetakenforgrantedbya
fewthatbeingfromthearmyI'llbewritingintheirfavorbutI'monlysharingmysideof
thestoryhere.

Myfatherhadthehonorofcommandingtheverysameinfantrybattalionthathewas
commissionedinto,arewardingyetchallengingassignmentthatcameinafter20yearsin
service,anormaltimeframebackthen.Ionlylivedwithhimforlessthanhalfofthat
durationashemovedbetweentheIndoChineseborderinnorthSikkim,thehighest
battlefieldintheworldatopSiachen,thenortheastwhileatthepeakofmilitancy,aUN
missioninawartorncountryincentralAmericawhileattheheightoftheircivilwar,back
tothenortheastandontotheeverVolatileJ&K.Hetookoverthereignsofhisillustrious
battaliononthebrinkoftheKargilWar,everyIndianknowswhatOperationVijaywas
like.After2yearsofahectictenureinsafeguardingtheLoC&CIOpscameinthe
marchingorders,bothforthebattalion&himtomoveinto'peacestations'.Hiscommand
hadconcludedsuccessfullyashewasaskedtoreporttoatrainingestablishmentwhilethe
battalionwastomoveintotheircoolingoffperiodundernewleadershipwheretheir
familiescouldjointhemforaperiodof2yearsbeforetheyweresentpackingonceagainto
anunknown&inhospitablelocation.

Apartofthebattalionhadalreadymovedtothenewstationtosettleinandtoourjoymy
dadmanagedtogetashortleavebeforethefinalmove&promisedusthathe'llmakeit
homeintimeformyyoungerbrother's10thbirthday,ithadbeenover3yearssinceeither
ofushadcelebratedourbigdayswithhimaround,hebarelycameonleaveeven
otherwise.Everythingwasinplaceandmydadwasreadytohandovertohissecondin
commandwhenareportcameinaboutalargeterroristgrouptryingtomaketheirway
downsouththroughtheirarea.Mydadimmediatelycanceledhistravelplansanddecided
tostaybackeventhoughhewascleartomoveoutwithoutanyramification.Hesaidhe
owedhismenatleastthatmuchanddidn'twanttoleaveanythingtochance,especially
whenthenation'ssecurity&thelivesofhismenwereatstake.Hedecidedtoleadthetask
forcehimselfinordertomakethebestuseofwhattheyhadwithhisexperience.The
terroristswereinterceptedintime&theoperationturnedintoa96hourgunbattle.They
returnedscratched,scathed&woundedyetsuccessfulwith17heavilyarmedterroristsin
bodybags.Hispledgemadetohiscountry&hismentookprecedenceoverapromise
madetohissonsandforthatI'mproudofmydadashehasinculcateduswiththesame
valuesofselflessness&servicebeforeself.

Ihaven'tsharedthissothatmydadishailedasaherobyyou,thereadersorthenation.
He'salreadyaherotous,tomymom,mybrother&I.That'sallthatmatters.Hedidn't
jointhearmybecausehe'sanadventurefreak,infacthispreferstendingtohisplants
wheneverhecansparethetime.Wheneverdutycallsthough,hebringshisAGame,
whetherit'sscalinganentiremountainrangeinthepeakofwinterorspendingdayson
endinanambushbeitscorchingheatorpouringrain.He'sdoesn'tdothisforan
adrenalinerush,hedoesittokeephisnationsafeandtodohisbitforthesociety.
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AnuragVerma
WrittenSep21,2014

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Theworkenvironmentofasoldierismuchmoreextremeandchallengingthanwhatwe
canactuallyimagineandthinkofandyesevenitisoverhypeditshouldnotbeatalla
concerntousaslongastheyaredoingjusticetothejobtheyaremeantto.
Theydomuchmorethanjustprotectingourbordersandfightingbattlesforour
country.Takeforexample,therecentfloodsinJ&K,Indianarmyhadbeeninvolvedtoa
largeextentandmostoftherescueoperationsweredonebythem.
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AkshitaBhalla,IbasemyanswersonExperiences,Observations&
Beliefs
WrittenSep1,2014

MyfatherservesintheIndianArmyandIseethestruggleshehasbeenthroughtoprotect
ourcountry.

ToworkintheArmy,youneedvalor,sophistication,strength,intellect,quickthinking,the
abilitytostrategise,discipline,mettle,selflessnessandsacrifice.

Rather,Ithinkitisnothypedenough.PeopleworshipBollywoodcelebritiesand
cricketers,buttherealheroes/heroinesaretheonesinOliveGreen.Itisnotacoincidence
thattheselectionprocessfortheIndianArmyisoneofthemoststringentandcorruption
free.

ItisoftensaidthatyoucanrecognisesomeonefromtheIndianArmyjustbytheir
demeanor.Thatdoesnotcomethateasy,sonny.Youaremorethanwelcometotry.In
fact,Idareyouto.
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Anonymous
WrittenOct4,2014

Iwouldhavenotevenlookedatthequestionifitwasn'tfortheuseofword/phrase"over
hyped".
LetmetakeachancewhatIfeelwhenIhearthenameofIndianArmyoranyotherwing
ofIndianDefenceForces
1.thedisciplineintheirlives.0530hrsmeansdot0530hrs,noneofthemcanaffordtobe
lateevenbyaminutecauseitcancostthemlives.
2.theyforgotheirnight'ssleepsothatthenationcansleepinpeace,withoutever
complainingaboutit.
3.forthemenservinginthehighaltituderegions,theconditionaresimplytooharshbut
theydothejobanyway.
4.theyputservicebeforeself,itsmottoofIndianDefenceforces.Theyliveuptoitevery
moment,mayitbehelpingthenationsintimesofcalamitieslikethefloods,cyclones,
earthquakes,whateveritistheyarealwaysonthefrontrowofservice.
5.IndianDefenceforcesarenotforwartimealone,theirroleisindispensable,always.

PS:MyfatherservesforIndianArmy,andIamproudofhim.
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DhananjayaReddy
WrittenAug30,2014

Ifyouareamongthesamepeoplewhoshowlittletonorespecttothepoliceorthe
watchmen/securitygaurdsbutthumpyourchestandsay"IamproudoftheIndianarmy
andwhoeversaystheIndianArmyisoverhypedisanassholeandantinational",Isay
fuckyou,you'refullofshit.Andtoanswerthequestion,Yes,workingfortheArmedforces
isoverhyped.

PS:NoteverybodywhoworksintheArmedforcesisputtinghis/herlifeindangerevery
day(Averygoodandsurprisingnumberofpeopleneverevengetascratchapartfromthe
onestheygetduringtraining).NoteverycivilianissittinginanACofficeofanMNC
(majorityofthemarestrugglingeveryday1415hrsinsubstandardlivingandworking
conditions).
YouhavenoideahowmuchIwanttoandwishtojoinanyofthearmedforces,butcannot
becauseIdon'tmeethalfthephysicalcriteria,sodon'tjumpintoconclusionsthatIdon't
havethegutstodowhattheydo.
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Anonymous
WrittenJul4

Truthfullythearmyguysreallydontcareifyoufeelthatyouowethemnothing(many
mightevensaythatyouowethemnothingsinceitistheirjob).Speakingasthesonofan
officerwhoservedfor30years,Icantellyouthatthereismoretothesacrificethan
cominghomelate.Tryseeingyourfamilyonlyforamonthorsoayear,multipletimes(I
admitthereareotherprofessionalswhodontgettoseetheirfamilytoobuttheycan
choosetochangethesituation,thearmyguyscannot).Havingyourleavecanceledata
momentsnotice,justasyoureachhome.Whilethisisalsoprevalentinotherjobs,
throwingatantrumaboutitandservinginplaceswhereyoulifeisinconstantjeopardyis
not.Yes,youchoosetoserveinthearmybutyoudontgettochoosewherethatservice
takesyou.Mostofthepeopleinthearmedforceshaveadeepsenseofpatriotismbutthey
dontshoutaboutitfromtherooftops.Thelifeisnotoverhypedatall.Andtheydontgo
shoutingaboutthesacrificetheymakeeither.Manypeoplecomplainiftheofficethey
workinistoofarortoohotortoonoisybutfortheseguysgoingtotheofficecouldmean
traversingdangerouspathsorevendoingsoinfoulweather.

Secondlythetravellinginuniformsthatisnotanormthatcouldbesobecausethey
haventhadthechancetochangeyet.Iftheyarenotonduty,thepersonneldoroam
aroundincasualclothes.Iftheyaretravelingonofficialbusinessthentheymightbe
requiredtodosoinuniformbutthatreallydependsonthesituation.
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AnilNayak,OneofmyclosestfriendrecentlybecameanofficerinIndian
Army.
WrittenSep15,2015
Youhavewritten,"Iasaprofessionalalsohavesacrificedmylife".

Letuscomparethetwosacrifices.Yougothroughalothardshipsinurprofessionand
spendalotoftimeatworksothatyourfamilycanliveabetterlife.Andforthatyou
deservecredibility.

Nowcomingtothesoldiers.Theygothroughalotofhardshipsintheirprofessionand
spendalotoftimeatworksothatALLthefamiliesofthecountry(includingyoursand
mine)feelprotected.AndbyspendalotoftimeatworkImeanspendingmonthsattough
climaticconditions.Sodon'ttheydeservemorecredibilitythanyouandme?Don'tweowe
themrespectforthat?

Anditsnotjustsoldiers.Anypersonwhokeepswelfareofhumanityoverwelfareofhis/her
ownfamilydeservesmorerespect.Ifyouaresacrificingyourlifeforanyhumanitarian
cause,forthebettermentofthesocietythennaturallyIoweyouagratitudeandrespect
youasmuchasIrespectasoldier.:)

SoNO.Workingforanysuchcausecanneverbeoverhyped.

PS:Thisismy1stansweronquoraandmyEnglishsuckssogrammarnazisplzspareme
_/\_
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YogitaKarache,Proudindian:*|Politicalscientist|feministbychoice|
STUDENTbyHeart|
WrittenAug31,2014

IamfinewiththisIhaveaskedthequestionforhumbledebatebutpeoplearegetting
emotionalandfewantinationalshavealsousingthethreadforfalsepropaganda.I
acknowledgeallanswerswhetherpositive,negativeorneutralandexpectothersto
acknowledgethesametocomplywithethicsofdebate.......

"BUT"
OVERHYPED....SERIOUSLY?OnlymoronscanusethesetypeofwordsforTHeGREAT
ARMY...isn'tit?..
Comeon!
Behavemahn!!!!
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AshishSharma,ITEngineer,AmbiDextrous,Geek
WrittenOct7,2014

MyfatherisArmyretiredandhewasnotininfantrydivision,hewasintechnical
division(Civilengineer).HeiskindofsoftforthoseboysstandingstubbornlyatSiachin,
butletmetellyou,strongness,yesheisstrongman,talkaboutgoingagainst300peopleat
once(notfighting,goingagainsttheirmisconceptions,ofcoursethathadsomepossibilities
offormerthough.),whereverI'vegonewithhim,andwheneverI'veseenanykindof
unbalancedornotnormalkindofsituation.Ifoundoutthatmyfathersomehowbecame
partofthatsituation,toresolveitofcourse,ortostopthewrong,ortoencouragethe
right.Whatsoever.

Thepointis,myfathernevermademelearnthatIcouldbeaspectator.Healwaystaught
metobeaplayer.Todosomethingaboutthesituation.

PS:Iamwaitingforaguyorgirltoanswernegativelyinthisquestionandgettinghisass
kickedineverywaybackandforth..

PPS:thisanswermayhavesomeenglishissues.Pardonmeforthat.
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TusharMaurya
WrittenJan31,2015

Ithinkwhosoeverhasaskedthisquestiondoesnotrealizewhat"notcominghomemeans
forthesesoldiers".Thisassumptionsalsoincludesgettingkilled.Soforthefactthatyou
arecomparingthesacrificesofone'sprofessionallifewiththatifasoldierisnotjustified.
Youdon'triskyourlifebyworkinginaprofessionalenvironmentbuttheydo.Solet'send
thistopichere.Whatanysoldiereventhebaselevelsoldiersdoistotallycommendable.
Andhypeornottheydon'tmerelydoitforthehype.
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PawarSurbhi
WrittenAug27,2014

AndIwouldbegtodiffer.Ihavereallynotseentheofficersspecificallytravellingin
uniforms.
Itisnothyped,peoplewhotakearmyasprofessionalandsomeaspersonaliswherethe
differenceofopinionmade.Armyformeisdedicationanddevotion.Andanythingin
whichpeoplearedevoutbecomesareligionandhenceisuniqueinitsidentity.
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SushantArdent
WrittenOct25,2014

Overhyped:/
SeeIndianarmyistheworld'slargestvolunteermilitary.(http://en.wikip
edia.org/wiki/Vol... )
Peoplearewillingtoservetheircountryhere.

Whatisyourproblem.Itisn'toverhypedatall.
andasfarasIknoweveryIndianintheirchildhoodhadatleastoncedreamtofjoining
theIndianAirforce.haven'tyou!
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Anonymous
WrittenAug28,2014

Idon'tthinkso.
InIndiathereisthisconceptofhighclassandlowclassjobs,whichisnowheretobe
seen(oratleastnottothisextent)inothercountrieslikeAustralia,USA,etc.
Sincethearmyteachesdisciplineandturnsordinarypeopleintogentlemen(anotherrare
speciesinIndia),thehyperelatedtoitisjustfied.
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MadasamyMurugaboobathi
WrittenSep9,2014

Idon'tthinkit'soverhyped.Maybethepeoplelikeuslivingincities,discussingthis
questiononquoramusthavebeenwithaquitepeacefullife,single/married,with
friends/alone/withfamily.Butthosepeoplewearediscussingaboutislivingawayfrom
theirfamily.WearenotdoingsocalledSERVICEtoanyoneelseawayfromourblood.
Don'tpleasecallitaserviceifyouthinkyoudoitforyourfamily.Ofcoursetheywould
havesurelywatchedthosearmymoviesandknowthattheyarenotgoingtohavea
peacefullifeuntiltheyendtheirSERVICE.

Theyareawayfromsociallifeandsocialcommunications.Howmanyarmypersonnelin
yourcityusefacebookwhenwecanseeourwallsfloodedwithourfriend'spoststhatsay"I
amfeelingdizzy".

Wesurelycan'tcomparethethingswedowithwhattheydo:)Iamnotquiteconvinced
withthequestionitself.

PS:It'stheiruniformandtheydowearit.whydoesitbotherus?Didanyonebotheryou
whenyoucomebackfromschoolwithuniform?ordidwefeelshameonourselvesduring
that?
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TarunVasudevan
WrittenFeb28

OhafterreadingyourquestionIwishtheyhadcompulsorymilitaryservicehereinIndia.
Itwould'vesetsuchtrash,niceandproper.
Tobeveryhonestwithyou,nooneouttherecould'vecaredanylesserabouttherespect
thatyou'veforthem.Wechoosetostandforprickslikeyouinthefirstplace,everynow
andthen,andforplenty.YesthoughIreallyadmireyouraudacityandtheabsolutelackof
moralitywhenyouquestionwhatitisthatyouoweanyofus.Notyourfault,weprovided
youwiththatopportunityIguessallofusoutherewilljusthavetolivewiththat.
You'relateforsupper...Hey,Idon'tknowifit'sjustmebutthat'scute!
HaveyouheardofRIMCorRMS...OrSainikschoolsmaybe.Orwereyouworriedabout
missingyoureveningteaeh?Someofusstartveryyoungyouknow.Asyoungasgrade
6th.Consideringwhatweareupagainst(andafteryourquestionforhumbledebate,
definitelywhatwearegoingtogetinreturn),that'sprettyyoung.Werun,wejump,we
swim,weclimbropes,weridehorses,wedohardcorephysicaltrainingandstrenuousdrill,
wegetscrewed,getusedtoexecutingordersliketheclickofabutton,webreakbones,wait
forthemtoheal,thenbreakthemagain...Whileyou'rebusyrunningaroundwithwhat...'
RDSharmakimathskikitaab?'
OhyouthoughtIwasfinished?Thatwar...Ohthatwasjustschool.Andthenitsthe
trainingcentres.Evernoticedwhat'stheselectionrate?300from600000750000.We
fighttogetin.That'sjustNationalDefenceAcademy.Andifonlyyouknewhowmanyget
boardedoutoftheAcademyjusttomatchuptotheunrelentingstandards.Still,it'sschool
alloveragain,justwithquadrupledstandards.Andaround,2/3rdmakeoutofit,per
batch.
Safetosaythatyourcollegelifewasecstasyincomparisontoours.Ohlord,pleaseforgive
me,wereyouatwar,strugglingtosurvivewithalltheragging,andgirlsandthebooks?
(IntentionalSarcasm)
Idon'trecallanyantiraggingcommitteeinmyacademy.ButI'mgladitwasn'tthere.
Cause,thenI'dbeyou,andtherewouldbeonemorepricktoprotect.Ireallydon'tfeellike
mentioningthetrialsonehastoundergoinourprofessionasfullycommissionedofficers
orotherranks.I'msurethatyou'reawareofourjobprofileandourlineofprofession.And
Idon'tthinkitrequiresanymoreattentionthenitalreadyhas.Clearlyrunning70odd
kilometerswith40kgloadisnomeantask.Buthey,Ichoseit.Iknowright,whyamI
eventellingyouthat.Howstupidofme.
Allthebeautifulthingsthatpeoplehavementionedbeforeme...Cheerstoallofit...They
giveourkindhope.Andifnoneofitseemstogetintothatthickskullofyours,letmejust
putonethingstraight:thereisnosupperifthereisnofamily.Everyonehasinsomeway
ortheothermadeachoicetoprotectyourfamilyasourown...Sothatyoucangetlatefor
supperandcallitasacrifice.
I'mgladthateveryoneoneofusherehasmadesuchaphenomenalpersonalchoiceof
riskingourlivestosavemany.AndItrulyadmirethelargessofheartitrequirestodoso.
GodforbidifyouweretobeinaCIscenario...Likerightinthemiddleofit...You'dknow
howmanybulletspeoplearewillingtotakeforyou.
Forthelastpartofyourwonderfulquestion...Thattshirtyou'rewearing...Didyoulike
sacrifice3ormoreyearsofyourlifetogettotouchit?Wedid.Allofusdid.Weearnedit
buddy,thehardway.Ithinkweareentitledtowearit.Ofcourse,sincewearepractically

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neveroffdutyandsincemybeingaroundmakesyoufeelsafe,Ithinkwebetterhaveour
powersuiton.
Byallmeans,reapthebenefitsoffreedomthatweprovideyou.Butthenpleasedon't
questionourwaysandmeans.Weassureyou,theywon'tbotheryoumuch.
Andifyoustilldidn'tgetanyofit...Pleasedousallafavorandhideyourheadina
garbagebin.
Forallthosewhothinkweareanotherspokeinthewheeldoingourjobs,whichare
apparentlyjustastoughasanyother...Andthosewhocitestatisticsofhowit'snotall
aboutgivinguplives...Ijustfeelsorryforyou.I'dliketoswitchwithyounexttimeI'min
lehorHunli.Afterallitsjustajob,I'msureyouallwillbeabletohandleitjustaswell.Itis
anhonorablelife,farmorethananyotherlineofprofessionI'vecomeacross.Andyou
knowwhatthebestpartis?Wegetalltherespectandhonourthatweneedfromourown
kind.TrygettingaSalutefromyourguardifyoucan(whichI'msurewillonlybeon
demand).Inmycase,everytimesomeonesalutesmeorIsalutesomeoneelse,it'san
exhibitionofmutualrespectforthetrialsandtribulationswe'vemade.Andthatiswhat
makesussustaininanyenvironment.Appallingtoseehowyoudrawparallelbetween
Defenceforcesandotherlinesofprofession.Othersareclearlyjustasimportant
consideringthecontributiontheymaketothenation.Theonlyextrabitinourprofession
isnotthesacrificebuttheintentiontomakeone.Andwhiledoingsowe'renotbiasedit's
justunquestionabledutyforus.Andthatmyfriendsisn'tjust427ofus.Thatgutfeeling...
Itswhatdefinesallofus.
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RajKumar,ProudIndian,BusinessAnalyst
UpdatedSep23,2014

WorkinginIndianarmyisnotevenahypeandwheredoesthetermoverhypedcome
from?Theymakesupremesacrificeforthenationwhilewearesittingatourhomes
enjoyingallcomfortsoflife.SurethereisnocompulsorymilitarylifeinIndiabutthis
supremesacrificecannotbedonebyeveryone.Itcanbedoneonlybypeoplewhoare
strongatheartandwishtosacrificeanythingfortheirnation.TheyloveIndiamorethan
anyoneelse.Theyareondutyforover300daysinanyplacethattheyarecommanded
andhavevacationforonly60daysinayear.

Youpeltstonesatthemandtheyusethesamestonetohelpyouintimesofadversity

Whenwesleeppeacefullyatourhomestheyguardourbordersatveryextreme
temperatures,bothtoohot(above45C)andtoocoldregions(below0C)

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MysincererequesttoeveryoneistonotcallIndianArmyPersonnelonlyat
timesofcalamity,dangerorterroristattackbutalsocalltheserealheroand
heroinesofournationtoawardfunctionsandopeningceremoniesaschief
guest

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Anonymous
WrittenSep22,2014

Pleasedontsaysuchstuffwithoutknowinganything.

IamfromBangaloreandIwasinKashmirduringtherecentfloods.
IfnotfortheIndianArmy,Iwouldnthavebeentypingthisrightnow.
IwishIcouldtellthehorrorthatIwentthroughduringthattimebutIreallydontwantto
recollectthehorrorthatIwentthrough.Sosorry.

YousaythatdontoweanythingtotheIndianArmy.Thatiscompletelywrong.Weoweour
livestothem.Wehavetwooftheworstneighboursnexttousandtheyaretheoneswho
protectusfromthem.

Ifanything,theyneedtobegivenmuchmuchmorecreditandrecognition.
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AdithyaLNarayanan,ComputerScience,B.S.Classof2018
WrittenJun17,2015

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Itisabsolutelynot.IfeveryIndianthoughtlikethequestion,wewouldn'thaveamillion
strongarmy.

Itisnecessarytounderstandthatajustbecauseamotherchoosestohaveachilddoesnot
meanthatitisherchoiceandsheshouldnotcallanythingintheprocessasacrifice.Italso
doesnotmeanthatthechilddoesnotoweanythingtothemother.

AsfarasIknow,nooneinthearmyasksyoutooweanythingtothearmyorunderstand
theirstruggles.Ifyoucan,dohelpoutinsomewaypossible,butotherwise,staycalm,
becauseincaseofanemergency,IndianArmywillstillprotectyouwithoutaskingyouif
youowesomethingtothemornot.

Andforthepassingquestion:Itisjustamatterofpridemyfriend.Youdon'toweanything
tothem.Thatdoesnotmeantheyshouldn'tshowoff.Theyearnedtheuniform.Itislike
writingyournameonyourcar.
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GauravRathore
WrittenSep5

Mydearfellowquoran,

Imagineyourselfinasituationwhereyourhouseisbeingattackedbyamobwhowantto
lootyourfamily,rapeyourwomen,seizeyourlandinchbyinch,andshowyouthetrue
meaningofslaveryandhelpisjustabadjokeatthemoment.

Spinechilling?

Yousaidthatyouhavemadesacrificesforyourprofessionalcareer,haveyoumadea
sacrificeofyourabilityofsight,asacrificeofyourabilitytowalk,asacrificeofyoulife?
Willyouevermakeachoiceinyourprofessionalcareerthatwillmakeyouworkin60
degreecentigradeoftemperatureforabout3months?

Ifthearmypaysyouthedoubleofwhateveramountyouareearningrightnowareyou
willingtofighttheterroristsinKashmir?OrtheBodosintheEast??

WASTHISEVENASERIOUSQUESTION?ORUASKEDITOUTOFBOREDOM??

Ifugetachancevisitanyoneofthearmyparaplegiccentresuwillseeampleamountof
bravemenwithaplastichand,sittingonwheelchairs,wishingthattheycouldstillserve
thecountry.

searchaboutpeoplelikeCAPTAINSAURABHKALIAandCAPTAINVIKRAMBATRA
,maybethenyouwillrealiseinwhichshitholeyouarelivingin.

AAPUNHEIZZATDOISLIYEBORDERPENAHIMARTE,AAPNEDESHKLIYE
MARTEHAIWO.

Theproblemisyoudon'tknowwhatindianarmyis.MayGodblessyouwithwisdom.

ADVICE:NEVEREVERASKINPUBLICWHATUASKEDHERE,BECAUSESOME
WILLGIVEUSTARES,SOMEWILLCUSSYOUTOTHECORE,ANDOTHERSLIKE
MEWILLBEATUTOPULP.
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DailyTricks
WrittenApr6,2015

InitiallyIfoundyourquestionveryobnoxiousbutfollowingmayansweryourquestion
EarthquakeCalltheArmy
TerroristattackCalltheArmy
AchildstuckinaborewellCalltheArmy
RiotsCalltheArmy

And

For'RibbonCutting'
CallActorsandpoliticians!!!!
LastyearUttarakhand,
TodayKashmir.
Anyweather,
Anyplace,
Anywarmanornature,

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Anytime:
TheIndianArmyisalwaysready.
Whydontweinvitethemduringhappytimes..
dearallavoidinvitingheroorheroinsduringopeningceremoniesorawardfunctions.

InsteadinviteIndianArmy....
Theydeservemorethananybody...

JaiHind.ProudtobeanIndian.
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DeepaliNajareGoje
WrittenMar3

1.Firstissue...Sacrificedhours...Thatextrahouryouspendinoffice,it'sdonetogetan
award,orpromotion,orraiseorsimplytoavoidpinkslip.Thatisbartermyfriend.Where
youbarterFamilytimeformaterialcomfortsorpersonalachievement.Understand
sacrificemeansyougetnothinginreturnofthatextrawork.

2.Hardships..Let'srunalongat5degreesshallwe...Notbecauseifyoudon'tdoityou
willlosethejob.Butbecauseyouwanttodoit.Haveyouseenasweeperorsewageworker
sayingIchosemyjob.Thatiscalled'majboori'myfriend.ButImsureITprofessionals
respectitalot.AndImsuretheycallseniorjanitorsSir.Justpointingoutthehypocrisyof
yourthoughts.AndjusttoletyouknowaseniorcleanerinarmedforcesiscalledSirbyhis
juniorfromothertrades.Thatmyfriendisarmyforyou.

3.Respect.....Whoexpectsrespectfrompeoplewhocaresnothingfortheirfamilyand
chosesextrahouratofficeoverthem.It'ssimplemyfriend,ifthetimewithfamilyisnot
valuableforyou,thennothingelseholdsvalue.Justmoney...Enjoyit.

4.Overhyped.....Hmm.Notasinglemoment.It'sworthit.Rememberthesemenand
womenjoinedbecausetheydon'tcareaboutthegeneralpublicviews,personalcomforts.
Theyaresimplyclassapart...
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HemantSingal,WebDeveloper.
UpdatedNov5,2014

Nope.

TheysavedmyfamilyandmeinUttarakhanddisaster.Ihatetosaythisbutsomeofthe
devotees(notallofthem)wereprettymuchbehavinglikeajerk,liketheywereentitledto
beinthefirstchopperoutwhilearmycouldonlypull5060peopleoutthosefirstfewdays
iftheweatherwasnice.

Theywerebehavinglikemenonthegroundwereresponsiblefortheirplightandwerenot
doingaproperjobwhilethiscouldnotbefurtherfromthetruth.

IfIwasinthepositionofthecaptainincharge,IprobablywouldnotbedoingeverythingI
can.Idefinitelywouldnothavebeensonicetopeoplewhoweredownrightabusive.

ThreedaysIsawhim,hedefinitelystartedlookingveryhaggard.Hispolitenesswas
affectedabittoobutonlyabit.However,hissuperhumansenseofdutyneverfaltered.

Idon'tknowwhatIndianArmydototrainpeoplelikehim.Maybeonlypeoplelikehim
decidestojoinarmy.Idon'treallyseemyselfdoingwhathedidafteranytraining.

Peopleprobablydon'trealizethatarmydoesalotforthesocietyevenduringpeacetime.
Everytimepoliticiansfindthemselvesinatightspottheygiveittoarmyandwaittotake
thecredit,whilearmydoesn'tmakeapeep.

Nowhowcanworkingforanorganisationlikethiscanbeoverhyped,Idon'tknow.Ionly
hopenexttimeIaminadisaster,attack,riotoranythingofthesort,IndianArmyisnot
far.
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ChiragSingh,DefenceBrat
WrittenOct10,2014

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Wow!!Youreallyhavetobeaspecialkindof"__________"tocallserviceintheIndian
ArmedForcesbeing"overhyped".Iamadefencekid,mywifeisadefencekid,&weare
proudofourupbringing.Idon'twanttogetintoadetailedanswerastherearemorethan
enoughdetailedresponsestoyourstupidquestion.

Youarenotsacrificinglifetoearnforyourfamily,youarejustgoingthroughthemotions
likeeveryoneelse.

Ifyouaskme,theIndianArmedForcesarenotappreciatedenough.Andtrustyouarenot
thefirstIndianIhavecomeacrosswithsuchanattitude.Itravelalotinmywork,and
henceImeetalotofyourtype.

Ifitwereuptome,Iwouldmakepeoplelikeyouliveatanadvancedbasecampin
Kashmir/Lehforaweek&thenaskthisquestionagain.
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SrinivasYellisetty
WrittenMar5

Ihadtearsinmyeyesreadingsomeoftheposts.

Iamoverwhelmedbytheoutpouringofloveandadmirationfromciviliansofallhues.

Ifyouaskmethetrueantinationalsarethethepoliticians,thebureaucratsandanArmy
topbrass(fornotstandinguptotheirpoliticalbosses)andforcetheiryoungsoldiersto
facetheenemybulletsorharshNaturewithoutbeingproperlyequipped.Theyarethe
trueantinationals.

Thecountrylovesitssoldiers.Thecountryisindebtedtothesebravehearts.
TheIndianArmyisnotonlyonethemostprofessionalforcesintheworld,itisalsooneof
themostapoliticalandsecular.

Myrequesttothepoliticiansisdonotdragthemintoyourstupidpolitics,donotdenigrate
them,donottrytodowngradetheirstatusvisavisotherbureaucrats.

JAIHIND.JAIJAWAN.
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NitinIsloorkar,Notallthosewhowanderarelost
WrittenSep23,2014

WorkingintheIndianArmy,oranymilitaryserviceanywhereintheworld,canneverbe
overhyped.Unfortunately,itcannotbeexplainedunlessitsexperienced,butdousthe
favorofnotcomparingacorporatejobwithmilitaryservice.Asfortheuniform,theyhave
earneditandtheywearittocommandtherespectthattheydeserve.Butthemarkofa
truearmymanisthathewillneverwavethisinyourface.

ToquoteJackNicholson,"Iwouldratheryoujustsaid"thankyou",andwentonyour
way.Otherwise,Isuggestyoupickupaweapon,andstandapost.'
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SomeshwarTrivedi
WrittenOct14,2014

yesitisoverhyped.itisactuallybigsacrifice,buttoday'ssocietyhasdeteriotedittothe
levelthatithasbecomeordinarygovtjoblikeanyother.SecoundlyArmyevendonot
recognizeitsownmenasExServicemenwhoareinjuredduringtrainingandmedically
boardedoutfromtrainingfromacademylikeIMA,NDA,OTA.Eventhetrainingperiodis
notcountedasservicewhereasthetrainingperiodofanyotherservicelikepolice,
administrativejobqualifiesistakenasservice.MostironyisthateventodaytheGentlemen
cadetarenotconsideredasdefencepersonnelbecausetheydontcomeunderArmyAct
1950.AnActwhichwasbasicallymadeinbritishperiodandisstillcontinuing.Evenarmy
deniestoprovidemedicalfacilitiestotheirmedicallyboardedoutofficercadetbecause
onceanytraineebecomeunfittheydenytoconsiderthemastheirpart.Nodisability
pension,Nobenefitofbroadbanding,NoECHSfacility,andNOESMstatusforre
employment.Biggestmockerytheygivemedicallyboardedoutofficercadetpriority1
statusforgroupDpost.Armyonlyrespectitsmentilltheyarephysicallyfitandcanrun.
Ifsomethinghappenstoutheydenyeverything.atleastciviljobisprotectedunder
section47ofdisabilityact1995whereemployeercantretrenchfromservice
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AshwaniKumarSingh
WrittenSep17,2014

I'llansweryoursecondquestionandthenwillmoveontothemainquestion.
"Whydotheyweartheirdressevenwhentheyareoffduty?"
TothismyfriendIwouldlovetotellyouthattheydonotwearitatalltimes,yestheydo
notwearit'even'whentheyareoffduty.MyfatherisanExArmypersonnelandheused
tolovewearingcivildresses(aswecallitinarmy)wheneverhewasonaleave.Andthey
wearitwhiletravellingbecauseofoneofthefollowingreasons:
1.Heistravellingtohisplaceofduty,mostprobablyhisoffice(suchasNorthBlockor
SouthBlock,orARMYHQinDelhi)ormaybeheistravellingtohisUNITforhisworkor
heisreturningfromdutyafterallyoudonotexpectthemtoreachtheirplaceofdutyand
thenchangetheirdressatthatplace.
2.He/theyaretravellingtotheirvillagesorhometownortheirhomesforthe2dayholiday
whichtheygetattheweekends(whichweusuallycall"PindPass",pindmeaningvillage
here).Andtheytravelinuniformsothattheycouldstraightawaygetbacktodutyon
Mondaymorningassoonastheyreachtheirplaceofdutyafterspendingsuchalong
vacationof2days(sarcasmintended).
3.Somelowrankpersonnelaretoworkoryoucansayserveattheofficers'.Sotheyneed
todrivetheofficerandhis/herfamilyiftheywanttovisitsomewhere(evenifitisfor
shopping).Andtheyareondutyevenatthosetimes,soyoumayfindarmypersonnel
roamingaroundinuniformeveninmallsnowyoudonotexpectthemtochangetheir
dressinthecar/gypsyandthenroaminthemallandthencomebacktothecarandagain
dressintheuniforms.
4.Theuniformbelongstothem.It'stheirwishastowhenandwheretheywanttowearit.
:P

Somostlybecauseofthesereasonstheyweartheiruniformseveninpublicplacesorwhile
travelling.

Nowcomingtoyourfirstquestion."AretheIndianArmyservicesoverhyped".TothisI
wouldsay"NO".
TheIndianArmedForcesarenotoverhyped,beitarmy,navyorairforce.Letmeget
somerealworldexamplestothis:
1.Indianarmyworksintheworstconditionsinwhichnootherarmyintheworlddoesits
duty.
2.IndianArmyasyousee,theyservethecountryeveninthefloods,ordisastersor
famines,althoughit'snottheirjobtodoso.Whatifyouareanengineerinafirmandyour
Bossasksyoutogetacupofcoffee,youwouldstraightwaytakethisintoyourmindthatit
isnotyourjobtogetcoffeeforyourBoss,andifthiscontinuesforsometime,youwould
onedayburstandmayhaveanargumentwithyourBossonthesameandgetfired.But
IndianArmyneverdoessay,evenifitisnottheirjob,theydoitdutifully,becausethe
nationbelongstothemandyoubelongtothenation.Whatiftheytoldthattheywon't
helpthoseinthefloodssimplybecauseitwasnottheirjob?
3.ThoughIhavementionedaboutthe2dayholidayorPindPassinthefirstpartofmy
answer,itisforthosepeoplewhoareworkingintheareasofpeaceorareintheirUNITS.
Peoplewhoareontheareasoftensions,andtheborderareas,orareassuchasSiachen
don'tevengetasingledayholidayformonthsandstilltheydoit.
4.Someonementionedthatthestatementthat"salaryinIndianArmyisprettylessthan
theirciviliancounterpartistotallybull***"Idonotagreetothisatall.Youmaycompare
apersonwhodoesa9to5job,takeanengineerforexampleandearnsRs.40,000Rs.
1,00,000permonth,whileanarmypersonnelworkingformonthsregularly,24hoursa
day,7daysaweek,getsasalaryof2530kpermonth.Andyousaythatthesalariesare
equivalent.Askanengineertoworkformonthsregularlyandthenlistentohis/her
demandsandthenyouwillgetastowhatittakestoworkformonthsregularlyandthat
tooinworstoftheconditions.
5.Yes,youarealsosacrificingyourtimeandhealth,doingovertimeinyour9to5job,but
forwhom?Yourfamily,yourparents,yourchildren,andIagreethatthearmypersonnel
alsodothejobforthesameobjectives,butifyoulookatitinbroadertermsthanyou
wouldgetastowhatittakestostayawayfromyourfamilyforyears,whatittakestoserver
forshittypeoplewhoresideinoursociety,whatittakestoworkfor"YOU",whoisa
strangertothem.Iwonderifyoucouldwakeupevenasingle24hoursforme,beinga
strangertoyou.Buttheydo,foryou,forme,forallofusinthisgreatholylandofIndia
andit'sallvoluntarily,theyaren'tforcedintoit.

Ihaveseenpeopleinmyareacallingmyfatheras"FaujiSahab"andyesIfeelproudwhen
Ihearsuchwords,andthosepeoplesaysonotbecausetheIndianArmyisoverhypedbut
becausetheyrespectIndianArmyandtheArmyPersonnel.:)
Hopeyouwouldalsounderstandwhatittakestodotoajobintheworstoftheconditions
andthattooriskingyourlifeforshittypeoplelikethoseprevailinginoursocietythese
days,whodonotdeservetheprotectionofsuchanextraordinarytaskforce.

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Anonymous
WrittenApr11

Ihavereadmanyanswersforthisquestionandhaveobservedthatveryfewareanalyzing
practically.AllaredesperatetoshowtheiremotionalattachmenttowardsIndianarmy.

IrespectIndianarmybut,Ifeelthatitisdefinitelyoverhyped.Theyworkinextreme
conditions,theyrisktheirlives,theyservetheirnation,theygetpaidless,etc.

Majorityofprofessionhavealltheserisksandtheyalsoservethecountry.Adoctor
workingstraightfor12hoursinanoperationtheatreisalsoservingthecountryandis
fightingriskofinfectiondaily.Anengineerwritingaprogramisalsoservingpeopleby
makingthemcomfortable,savingtheirmoney.Asalesmantravelling5060kmsdailyis
alsoriskinghislifeeveryday.Asewagecleanerisalsoworkinginextremeconditionsso
thathecancleanthedirtandmakeenvironmenthealthy.

AlltheIndiansarepayingtaxesindifferentformssothatgovernmentcanpayforallthe
expansesofthecountry,sotheyarealsoservingthecountry.Atleasttheygetpensionafter
retirementandagoodlifebutacommonmanworkinginprivatesectorhastoworkupto
6065yearsofageandstillcangetnothingintheirsavings.

Allaredirectlyorindirectlyparticipatinginservingthecountry.Everyprofessionisequally
important.
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TarunVerma,Alwayscurious!
WrittenAug30,2014

Everonehasansweredthequestionaboutwheitherit'soverhypedornot.
Iwillansweryouranotherquestionaboutwearinguniformwhiletravelling:
1)Firstofall,asotherssaid,theyonlywearitwhentheyareonduty.
2)Secondly,thisisathingwhichyouhavetoearnandyoucannotbuy.Soit'stheirright
towearit.Youcan'teventhinkaboutitinyourfarthestdream.
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NithinSunder,Errhi?
WrittenApr12,2015

Therearetwotypesofpeoplewhenwetalkaboutthearmy:Wewhoaskourselveswhy
shouldIhelpsomeonewhenIcanbehappyearningandfundingmylifeandtheywho
wakeupeverydayandtoilforthesakeofprotectingothers.

YoumentionedthatIndiaisnotacountryforcompulsorymilitaryservice.

TheyDESERVEthehypefortheireverydaywork.
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MananSBeg
UpdatedSep20,2014

Allpoliticalsystemsandsocialsystemscreateinstitutionsforstabilizingthemselves.It
startsrightfromchurches,courts,hospitalstoarmedforces.

Thehardestoftheinstitutionsneedtohavehigheststandardsofprocessestoinstillvalues
foritsrunning.

Similartoalotofpeopleinthecivilsocietymeasurethemselvesintermsofmoneythey
make,armyneedstosetadifferentvalueset.Armyasaninstitutionneedstofeedon
discipline,sacrifice,prideandrespectasitsvalues.Theseneedtobeupheldinsocietyjust
likerichpeoplebuylargercarstoshowtheircommitmenttomaterialism,forcingothersto
relativelycompareandreinforcetheircommitmenttoit.

Institutionswouldalsoneedtoreinforceinthemtheideathattheirvaluesarebetterthan
otherinstitutions.

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Whatwouldhappenifallinstitutionscarrythesamesinglevalueset,letssay'money'?
Peoplewouldjumparoundinstitutions.Institutionswouldfailontheirprimarygoals
destabilizingtheentireecosystem.Maybe,thegovernmentswouldfail.Maybe,Youwould
gotothehospitalforfluandfindyourkidneymissingafterwards.

Thismightalsoexplainthereasonwhypeoplearenothappywithyouaskingsucha
question.
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Anonymous
WrittenDec25,2015

Firstofall,salutetoIndianarmyandofcoursetheamounttheygetislowaspertheirjob
profilebutstillitishigherthanciviliancounterpart:Defencepersonnelgethigherpay
thanciviliancounterpartsTimesofIndia

Theabovelinkistheproof.theyshouldbepaidalotmore.Noonechoosestodieforthat
amountinthatdisastrousconditions,yettheypreferthisjobbythemselvesaftergetting
B.Techdegreeandallwhichcangivethemevenabetterjobinprivatesector.
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AmitChaurasia,Writer|DataStorage|Analyst|Nationalist|Re
establishingDharma
WrittenAug25,2014

Ifyoulookatitasjustanotherprofession,itmightsoundreasonablethatthey(Armymen)
arejustdoingtheirduty.Butthat'swherethesimilarityends.
IlistoutmyreasonsastowhyworkingworkinginIndianArmyishighlyregarded(inyour
wordsoverhyped)below:

1.Firstandforemost.
YouandIhaveourjob,finances,time,healthorwellbeingatstakewhenwefail.
Theyhavetheirlife.Notjusttheirsbutmillionsbehindthem.Theydonothaveoptionto
winorloose.Theyjusthavetowinevenifitmeansloosingeverythingtheyhavegot.You
andIwillp**inourpantsatthatsituation:).

2.Conditionsinwhichtheywork.
Idon'twishtostatealltheconditionsassumingyoumighthavereadaboutthem.Youand
Iwouldscreamoutofourlungstogetbetterworkconditions,betterpayetc.Eventheydo.
Butthatisnotthereasonforthemtodisobeytheircommand.Youmighthaveheardabout
OnerankOnepensionissue,oneofthemostglaringinjusticedonetoexpersonnel.

3.Nonwarwork.
Beitanynationalcalamity,wheneveryinstitutionfails,itsthearmywhichiscalledupon
byb*****dpoliticiansbecauseofwhomthoseveryinstitutionsfailed,tosavetheira**.
Andarmydoesitwithgreatelan.

4.Excellence.
Ifyoulookat,armyisoneofthosefewinstitutionsinIndiawhichisstillworldclassand
hasmaintaineditshighlevelofexcellenceandintegrity.

5.Finally,thethrillandadventure.
Whereelseintheworldwillyouhaveanopportunitytojumpintosomethingthatspurts
thatadrenalinrushinyourveins.SomethingsoMANly.Somethingthatyouhavebeen
passionateaboutindeepcornersofyourheart.

Havingsaidso,havinganopinionaboutsomethingisdefinitelyyourprerogativebutI
inviteyoutoreadafewwarsagaandstoriesofmen,beitanyarmyoranycountry,who
defiedphysicsandanatomyjustfortheflag.Perhapsthen,youwouldhavearethink
aboutwhyarmedforcesareoneofthemostrespectedjobsintheworld.
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ParikshitTiwari
WrittenFeb18,2015

Prioritiesforacivilian(readyouandme)
Family>Self>Country

Prioritiesforasoldier

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Country>unit>family>self

Thesacrificesyoumakeforyourfamilydontmeananythingtome,theydontaffectmein
anywayandtheyarenothingdifferentfromthesacrificesimakeformyfamily.

Thesacrificesthesoldiersmakeallowmeliveandbreathfreely.Theyaffectmedeeply.
Likeyouandmetheymakethesacrificesfortheirfamilies.Unlikeyouandmetheymake
greatersacrificesfor100crorestrangers.

ThismakesthembetterhumanbeingsthanyouorI.Theydeservetobeproudaboutwhat
theydo.
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MadhuShudan
WrittenMay1,2015

youhaveneverliveduntilyouhavealmostdied,
thosewhochoosetofightlifehasaspecialflavour
THEPROTECTEDwillneverknow
wordsofcaptRSUBRAMANIANkeerthichakraPOSTHUMOUSLY!
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UdishaMisra,Writer
WrittenMar9,2015

It'struethatyouchoosetojointhearmybyyourownchoice,foryourpersonalambitions.
Buthowmanyofusaresuch,whoseambitionsareplainlyandonlyfortheserviceofthe
nation?
Howmanyofusarereadytokillourselvesfromthechillingcoldorheatstrokesbefore
dyingfromenemiesbullets?
Areyoureadytogetyourbonesbrokenforabasicsalaryof15k?
Honestly,ifyougothroughthepayscaleofthejawansandofficers,youreyeswillbein
tears.Theyhardlygetanythingneartowhattheydeserve,stilltheychoosetoservea
countrywhichforgetsthemoften.
Theycannotbeoverratedorunderrated!Theyarethey!Andthat'swhattheyare!The
IndiaArmy!
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NiteshBasnet
WrittenAug11

Overhyped?Wearealllefttouseourimaginationtoanswerthisprovokingquestion,
whichIassumewastheauthorsmainintent,anyways.

Overhypedasinwhat,givingmoreattentionthantheydeserve?OrtheytheArmy
claimingformoreattention,care,facilitiesetcthenwarranted?Totakethesecondnotion
thatourArmyseeksattentionormorelimelightetcissimplyludicrous,sowelljustdrop
that.

Nowtoconsiderthefirstnotion,wegivemoreattention/value/noticetoArmythanthey
deserve.Yesitmayseemsotothoseignorantfewwhodonotunderstandthatour
Constitution,thislargestdemocraticsystemintheworld,thefundamentalrightsandthe
possibilitieswehavearoundwhereevenachaiwallahssoncandreamandbecomePM,all
thesearethankstothesameArmy.

Itisasadfactthatforsome,thecurseofignoranceandlimitedperceptionmakesthem
perceivefundamentalcoreblessingsastheirunbornright.Thissametakenforgranted
limitedperceptionsmadeusthinkinthepastthatourenvironment,ourforest,ournatural
resourceshadjustbeenplacedthereforus.Nowthatitisafactthatitsdeteriorating,the
consciousnessofgreenforestryandsaveourplanetetcpenetratesthethickskull.Nowthe
appreciationthatthisiswhatactuallyhelpsusandweneedtheenvironmenttosurvive
andnottheotherwayroundhasbecomeapparentlyclear.

Tocomebacktothisquestion,itisnotonlyinsultingtoourforcesbutitseekstobelittle
theirsacrificesandmockthehardshiptheyendure.Thinkandrethink,thefundamental
rights,theworkingsofparliament,thejudiciary,thelegislativeandallthesecivilideasand
systemsarenothingbutjustwordsandideasencapsulatedinabookorleavesoffiles.And
itisnotbymagicorsomeautomatedGodprovidedsystemthatenablesandfacilitates
theirfunctioning.

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Toanswerpointblanktothequestionyes,anditisbecausewetakeourfreedom,our
libertyandourrightsforgrantedthatwefeelthatthearmyisoverhyped.Ontheother
handweneedtojustlookatourneighborsPakistanorMyanmartogetaglimpseof
actuallywhatthearmyiscapableofdoing.
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JitendraKumar,ecommerceprofessional
WrittenOct8,2014

Don'tknow,butthoseguysneverlosehumour

Mydadwhoisaairforcepilot,whilelookingatthevideoofsomedefencerelatedstuffin
whichaguywasabouttojumpfromtheplanelookedatmygrandfather,whoisalsoa
retiredairforcepilotandsaid"yaarrozirotikeliyenaajaanekyakyakarnapadtahai".
andthenbothofthemburstedintolaughter.:)

Butforthem,workinginAirforcedefinesthem:)
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AmiteshMishra,Honest,BrutallyandUnapologetically
WrittenDec22,2014

Dude,yousaidyouareaprofessional?Well,fromwhereiseeit,youarenotprofessionalat
all.Aprofessionalpersonrespectsother'sprofessiontoo.Yes,noonetoldthosemilitary
mentochooseandjoinarmedforces.Theydidthatbecausetheyhadahundredtimes
morecourageandwillpowerthanyouandme.Theywantedtotakethebulletforyouand
mesotheydidit.Noonecompelledyoutobegratefulforthat.Didasoldieraskedyou
beforedyinginabattlefiedthat"dude,respectmebecauseiamtakingabulletonmychest
foryou".Respectisneverdemanded,itisearned.
Thesocalled"hype"youhavementionedhereinyouridioticquestionisactuallythe
respectandgratitudeofpeopleforourarmedforces.Despiteyoubeingsoselfcentredand
ignorant,thereareafewpeoplewhowanttoserveothersmorethantothemselves.Ifyou
can'trespectthemthenpleasedontinsultthem.
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Anonymous
WrittenNov21,2014

Mreallyshockedtoseethisquestionfirst.Yesnoonehaveforcedthemtojoinarmed
forcestheyhavedoneitbychoice.Theyarenormalpeoplelikeyouandmeonlythingthat
pullthemoutofheardis"Theirselflessserviceandtremendouscourage"thatyouandme
lack.Dudewhatdoyoumeanby"IasaprofessionalalsohavesacrificedmylifewhenI
can'tcomehomeontimeservingtofeedmyfamily."...Dudeyoudontevenknowwhat
theygothroughwhatmediashowsitsnoteven1%.Letmegiveyousomeinsightoftheir
life.
1Attheagewhenyouarestilldecidingwhichcareertogofortheyarealreadydeployedin
arewhichyoumighthaveevenheard.Generallymostofnewlycommissionedofficersare
postedinnotsopeacefularea.
2Whentheydeparttheyarenotsurewhentheycanmeettheirfamilynextorwilltheybe
everabletoseethemagain.
3Okyousurvivedsomeyearsofyourserviceandthanyougetmarriedandyoujuststart
gettingtasteofyournewlifebaaangyouareagainpostedinaplacewhereyouhaveno
networknoproperfacilitiesetc.thereyougo

StillyouthinkIsworkingintheIndianArmyoverhyped?oklemmegiveyousome
reallifeincidenceofmylife

Iamadaughterofretiredarmyofficerandalsofianceofservingofficer.
Wheniwas6mydadwaspostedinMadhyaPradesh.Onefinedaymymomwentfor
AWWAmeet(AWWAstandsforarmywifewelfareassociation.Thisisafamilyget
togetherofladiesandfamilieswheretheytrytounderstandwhatishappeningaround
andifanyoneneedanyhelpetc).Itwastwohrsmeetingandmymomwassupposedto
bebackathomeby2:00AM.Butshedidntreturnback.Itwasalmostnightandiwas
cryinglikehell.LikealwaysdadwasnotathomehewasinsomeexerciseinRajasthan.
thoughwehadsahayakandotherpeoplearoundbutmostimportantpartof6Yroldgal
weremissing.Mymomwasnotathomeanddad...allihadwasmysiblings.Myeldestsis
ws12atthattime.MymomhadseverepaininherstomachandshefaintedinAWWA.
Theytookhertohospitaldirectly.Laterwefoundhehadtissueruptureproblemin
abdomenarea.WewerenotallowedtogotohospitalasshewasinICUanddadwasalso

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notaround.Doctorsknewthiswilleffectourmentalstabilitybadly.After2daysdad
reachedhome.Thiswasfastesthecouldreachus.Afterstayingawayfrommyparentsfor3
daysfinallyon3rddayweallgotchancetoseemom..Writerdoyoustillthinktheyare
overhyped?

Letmegiveyouonemoreincidence..wheniwas10mydadwasdeployedinIndoPak.
GujaratBorder.Itwasduringkargilwar.Wedidnthadanynewsofhim.Mymomused
tosaynonewsisgoodnewsduringwarsandinsurgency.Tomakeitworstformomifell
sickandiwasinICU.Wesentnewstodad.Asexpectedwedidnotgotanyreply.Almost
afteramonthwegotacallfromdadthatheisokandwhenhewasspeakingwecould
makeouthewascrying.Hewantedtobewithmebuthewasnotgettingleave.Thatdayi
realizedwhatitactuallymeans"SERVICEBEFORESELF".Idontthinkanyoneelseother
thndefensepersonalhavehearttodoso..
CanyoudothatmrWriter?Iguessyoucannot.

Ireallyfeelproudtosaymadaughterofsuchagreatmanandsoonwillbelivingalife
calledarmywife:)
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Anonymous
WrittenMar3,2015

itwasoverhypedwhenIdidn'tgettoseemyfatherformostofmychildhood.

itwasoverhypedwhenIwastaughtdisciplineinsteadofmakingfriendsandtrusting
people

ItwasoverhypedwhenitwastaughttpisthatIwastofollowprotocolsinanewyear
party!

Iwasbornarebel.Isitabadthing?NO!

Also,
mostoftheofficerskidsarespoiledorareunderconstantturmoilofacceptingorders.
Whereasjawankidsarebroughtupseeingsomethingtheycanachieve.somethingthatis
totallymadeup.officerkidsactsociallyandarecoolinallaspectsbutathometheyare
alwaysundersomeorotherrestriction.thisconflictmakesthemveryunstable.Butthisis
notsomethingwhichisperceivedbyjawanskids.Goodforthemasatleasttheywantto
joinarmy.

Justseetheratioofarmyofficerkidsgettingintoarmyandyouwillseethereasoning.

So,lotofarmyfamiliessuffersandareunderconstantturmoil.So,isarmyoverhyped?No,
intheprospectofIndia
idon'tthinkso.butforusasfamilymembersitwillalwaysremainlikethat.Anoverhyped
professionthatmakesapersonsacrificeorsometimesignore/overdomanythingsinlife
thatleaveslastingimpactonlovedones.

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RajarshiChakraborti,@www.grosum.comhelpingcompanieswith
EmployeeReviews,Feedback
WrittenNov30,2014

Thismayfitasagoodandanontraditionalreply.
http://www.mensxp.com/specialfe...
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TapasKumarMahalik
WrittenOct27

IwouldsayNObecausejustonereason.Theriskfactor.

Whatistheriskfactorinyourjob(whichdoonlyeitherforyourselfyouoryourfamily)?A
pinkslipandfindanotherjobafterfewdays.

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Andwhatstheriskfactorofasoldier?Deathorpartialorpermanentdisability.Doyou
thinkanyamountofmoneycanmakeupforthisloss?Ihopeyouunderstand.
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AyushVerma
WrittenSep18,2014

"Afterall,Indiaisnotlikecountrieswheremilitaryserviceiscompulsory."
"Itwasyourwishtojoinarmedforces,nobodyforcedyoutotakeriskoflifeorstayaway
fromfamily"

Doesthisnotendthedebate?Youyourselfacknowledgetheabovetwofactsandyetyou
saythepersondidnotmakeasacrifice.

"Whenyouchoosesomethingfrompersonalchoiceyoucan'tpleathatyoumade
sacrifices"Sir,sacrificeisapersonalchoice.
Asacrificeisalossorsomethingyougiveup,usuallyforthesakeofabettercause.(You
giveupandnotyouare'made'togiveup)

Yourwholeargumentisflawedtothecore.
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Anonymous
WrittenMar26,2015

No,notatall,butithinkIndiancricketteamsurelyisoverhyped.
ImeanwetreatcricketersasGods.
Wetreatactorsasgod,butwedosurelydon'tconsiderthesearmypeopleassomeone.
Wejustignorethem,orwejustdon'tcaretoknowaboutthem,andtheworstisthatwe
showthemsympathy.
IthinkthatwemustsurelyadoptruleslikeChina,whereitismandatoryforeveryperson
togotoarmy.
OrlikeSouthKoreaandSingapore,whereeverycitizenhastoundertake2yearsof
militarytraining.
Whensomeoneinyourfamily,oryouyourselfwillgoinarmy,youwillrealizethatIndian
armyisunderrated.
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AnjanPanda
WrittenJun13,2015

Well,theOPgothorriblyowned,andrightlyso.Learntorespectpeoplewhosacrificetheir
comfortablelivesjustsothatyoucanhaveapeacefulnight'ssleep.JaiHind.
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KhatriRajatArora,Youalwayshaveachoice!
WrittenSep12,2014

Askthisladyifitisoverhypedornot.
Andnotonlythisladyaskallthoseoneandahalflakhspeoplewhohavebeensavedby
IndianArmyinthelast67days!!

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(ShewassavedbyamilitarypersonnelyesterdayfromKashmirvalley)

ImageCourtesy:TheFrustratedIndian/Citizen4Forces
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RakeshSehgal
WrittenSep15,2014

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PiyushGour,Civilengineer
WrittenAug26,2014

Noteveryofficerinarmyfightsonborderoronawarriskingtheirlifes....somearmymen
haveworksliketakinginterviewsofcandidates,conductingssb,notmuchofliferisking
job,andtheygotallbenefitslikefreealcohol,food,schoolsfees,rationetc&moreoverthey
getrespectasiftheyaregoingtobemartyr

Withallduerespectifeeljobof
someareoverhyped
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PrafullLadha
WrittenMar19,2015

Armyisoverhyped??Ithinkyouareinsane.

Theyfightfortheirmotherlandwithoutanyrecognition.Whensalmanandshahrukh
havefightitsthefrontpagenewsandwhenourarmymendiesfortheirnationfighting
withenemy,itbecamealastpagenewsinaverysmallblockandyouareaskingarmyis
overhyped.
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BhagatSingh
WrittenAug19,2014

JustImagine,thereareterroristinyourofficeandyourbossgiveyouaweaponandorder
youtofightwiththem,,Whatwillyoudo??WillyouriskyourlifeORquittheJob..Every
onelovestheirlifeandfamily,Itstheirdecisiontofightratherthanquittingthejobin
WAR(wheremaximumchanceofsacrificinglife).ihave18relativeinArmy,Iknowwhat
paintheybear..RESPECTitDude.
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ShwetankSharma
WrittenAug19,2014

Youareright.

Anyprofessionalgetsfiredifs/hedoesnotworkwell.

*ohwaitasecondthearmedprofessionalsget'firedat'.
(Pardonmygrammar,please)
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Anonymous
WrittenAug21,2014

Likeeveryonepointedout,andlikeyoumentionedinyourquestion,militaryserviceisnot
compulsoryinIndia.Wearegivenachoice,thechoicetoserveortofollowother
endeavors.

Somostofuschoosetofollowotherendeavorsbutafewofusdecidetojointhemilitary.

Nowthisdecisiondoesnotseemtobethatcriticalbutthenpeoplefollowdifferentpathsif
theyjointhemilitary.How?

Well,theyhavetosufferextremetemperatureslike10degreesand50degreeswhilewe
cansitathomeandtheyaretransferredtoplaceslikeSiachenandRajasthan.Andthat
toowhentheyarenearesttotheenemyandtheywillbethefirstonestobearanykindof
onslaught.

Ontheotherhand,whatdowedo?SitinACofficesandhomesandleadourlives
normally.

Onewouldarguethatwealsofacedifficultiesinourlivesmuchliketheydo,I'llsay,please
spendsometimeinabunkerneartheLOCandthenwecanargueaboutit.
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Anonymous
WrittenSep20,2014

No.
Becauseeverytimesomethinggoesbad,thecitizensaremisledtoriotagainsteachother,
ormothernatureisperceivedtorevoltagainstus,anactofterrorismtakesplace,thenthe
armyrollsin.Andwecangotobedinpeacebecauseweknoweverythingisgoingtobeall
right.Thearmyishere.
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DeepakGupta
WrittenMar16,2015

Idon'thaveanyonefrommyfamilyworkinginthearmyandneitheramI.Iusedtothink
thesamearmy,whatgoodisit?Ihavenoinstancesthatchangedmyperceptions.Only
thethingsthatIsawonthenews.Whennaturalcalamitiesstrikes,whenterroristsattack,
whatdotherestofusciviliansdo?Sitinthecomfortofourhomesandhopethearmy
takescareofwhatallisrequired.Notthepolice.Butthearmy.Theydowhatmakesmen
tucktheirtalesinandrun.Sotherespectthattheygetisn'tundeserved.Therearen'talot
oflikeablethingsorpeopleinIndia.Butthearmyisoneofthefewthatdeserveour
respect.
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PratikPrasad,MBAAspirant
WrittenSep20,2014

Wellitisnotoverhypeditstherepectgiventothemfortheworkstheydoforus.Ifit
wasntforthemuwouldn'tbesittinginyourroomaskingsuchstupidquestion.
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RohitChawla
WrittenSep12,2014

Iwillanswerthiswithonelink.

http://www.storypick.com/captain...

Hopeyougotyouranswer
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KunalRane
WrittenSep21,2014

WentthroughalotofAnswers....andwannaaskeveryone.....whyshouldn'twehypethe
Armedforces..

whycan'tweimmortalisethembynamingourstreetsaftertheirselflessdeeds...

whyshouldn'tkeyinfrastructureprojectsbeinauguratedbyaccomplishedservicemen..

whycan'twetakethesecandlemarchestoensureourArmedforcesgetatestequipmentto
goabouttheirdutyratherthantheoutdatedarmstheygetwhicharearesultofacorrupt
politicianfillinghiscoffers...

Idon'tthinkwegivethemenoughcredit
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Anonymous
WrittenFeb14,2015

Toanswerthequestionsimply,itisanythingbutoverhyped.IndianArmydeservesallthe
respecttheygetandmore.

Comingtoyourrealintentionbehindaskingthequestion:
No,youdidnotdoitforthesakeofahumbledebate,I'msorry.Youprobablymetarmy
guyswhiletravelling,(I'massumingonatrain),gotintoadiscussionwiththemanddid
notfeelyourselfasimportantasyounormallyfeelinwhatI'massumingisyourfat
salariedITjobinBangalore.Youhadaprettygoodopinionofyourselfandthatwentto
nutswhenthesetoughguysdidn'tpaytwohootsaboutyourgreatjob.Sobasicallyyour
egogotbustedandyouwantedtogetbackatthembytryingtogarneropinionsagainst
themonquora.Sadly,foryou,youseemtohavegotunmitigatedflakfromallandsundry,
andrightlyso.
Yes,wevaluethearmymuchmorethanwevalueYoubecausetheyaretheones
voluntarilyworkingtheira$$'sofftokeepthelikesofmesafe.Theveryjobthatyouare
doingwouldn'thavebeenthereiftherewasn'tastrongarmyprotectingthecountry.No
investorswouldinvestinaplacewhichprovidednosecurity.So,yes,youdoowethembig
time,smartypants,butthatmightbebeyondthegraspofyourpunylittlebrain.
Andalso,doguyswearinguniformgettingmorerespectfromordinarycitizenslikeme
actuallymakeyoufeeljealousandinsecure?Because,otherwise,Idon'tthinkit'dmatter
toyouwhatsomeoneworeoffduty.
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HimanshuJoshi,Bloke
WrittenSep23,2014

Iamtakenabackbytheresponseshere.AsamatteroffactIalsofeelthatservingyour
nationisahugeresponsibilityandpride.

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Asforthepersonwhowrotethisquestion,Ithinkitisproofenoughtoremovethe
"stupidity"tagfromthisquestion.
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VinayNagaraju,Partner&Director@RoyalMysoreWalks
WrittenAug29,2014

Yes!SoisworkinginacorporatesectororbeingaprofessororlivingintheUS!!!

Ifyouhavethepassionforit,youwillrealizethateverybitofthathypeistrue!
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Anonymous
WrittenSep4,2015

OverHyped?Well,forsomeitisandforsome(imeanMany)itsnot.Asfarasthe
uniformsareconcerned,youmusthaveseenthemwearingitwhilereturningtotheirhome
orbase.Infact,ifanarmypersonneliswearinguniformoffdutyinanunknown/known
civilarea,heisactuallyputtinghimselfindanger,causeyouwontgetthearmyareatype
securityinthecivilareasandYOUKNOWHOWMUCHTHETERRORISTSHATEOUR
ARMY..soithinkthearmypersonnelsmustbe2xontheirguardincivilareas..ANDIF
ANYARMYPERSONNELISREADINGTHIS!..THANKYOU!FORLOOKINGOUT
FORTHECOUNTRY!causemyfamilyisalsopartofit..andsomedayiwillbetherein
thatuniformtoo..AnArmyOfficerAspirant
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AmanPandey
WrittenMar19

Wellfirstpartoftheanswerisprettymuchansweredbymany....Iwouldliketoattendthe
second"doubt"thatuhave.....
.
Militarypersonnelwhomuwouldhaveseeninuniformduringoffduty....wellforuoff
dutyhoursmaybefrom1700to0900hrs...Butnotfordefensepersonnel
Heiswearinguniformjustcozheisinhisofficialdutywhichcanalsoincludetravelingin
train.
Alsoadefensepersonnelisatduty24*7accordingtoIndianconstitutionandwhereleaves
areonlyprivilegeandnottherightsidelogicallyhecanweartheuniformatanypointof
timebutnoonereallywanttotocarry3kgofcamaflouegoingtorestaurant.
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VinodJayakumar,Technologist,Inquisitive,Traveller
WrittenJun3,2015

Noitsnot.Theveryfactthatweallarecomfortablywithoutfeardebatingaboutthishere
istheresultofsafegaurdingourfundamentalrightsbyoursoldiersfromexternalfanatics!
Itssadthatpeoplefailtonoticeandappreciatethis.Perhapsifmilitaryserviceswas
mandatoryforuslikeothercountriesweallcouldhaveappreciateditbetter.Wehavea
choiceofnotjoiningarmybecausetherearepeoplewhoareservingthenationtomake
thispossibleforotherfellowcitizens.
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SouravSahay
WrittenMar3,2015

therewasonefamousdialoguewhichiheardinoneofthemovies.
"NOEVERWANTSTOBEAHERO,SOMETIMES,ITJUSTTURNSOUTTOBE."
servicebeforeselfisonethingwhichyouwouldntfindinthisworldingeneral.whichmen
comprisesofarmedforces?theyarethoseselectedoneswhoknowswhatisgoodandbad
fortheircountryandtheirsociety.itisnotthearmedforceswhichoverhypethemselves.
theylovetodotheirworkbeingbehindthecurtains.anditisquitetruethatitisoneofthe
toughestjobsasitrequiresbothmentalandphysicaltoughness.workinginitcannotbe
saidtobeoverhypedastheydonteventakeasecondthoughtforsavingthelivesofthe
unknownswhichdefinesthere'ssacrifice...............
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ChinmayBadhe
WrittenOct11,2014

Beingafaujikid,Iknowhowmuchhypethearmedforcesaregettingandhowmuch
theydeserve.
Thiscountryonlyremembersthemduringanaturalcalamityorawarandthenforgets
theminamonthortwo..whattheydon'tunderstandisthatforsomeofthethem,it's
alwayslikethis24/7,365daysayear
Andwhenpeoplerealisetheeffortthesoldier'sareputtingin,somepeoplestartsaying
thattheirworkisbeingoverhyped
Ihavegottheopportunitytostayatsomeofthescenicalfaroffplacesandbelieveme,they
areworthstayingonlyforfewdays,notyears.Everytwothreeyearswehavetochange
ourcity,ourfriends,ourlifestyleandthensettleinanewplacewhichain'teasy.
.Theseareonlysomeoutofthemanythingsthesoldier'sfaceVOLUNTARILYforhis
motherland...andtheleastwecandoistosalutethemandbeproudofthem.
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AnilKumar
WrittenJan4,2015

IknowaNavalofficerwhowentonalongsailingandwhenhereturnedhomeafter3
months,his2yearolddaughtercouldnotrecognisehim.
Thatofficerwassoeagerlywaitingtoseeherdaughteroncehegobackhomeandwasso
shockedbythatthathecouldnotsleepfor2days..

Cantsayaboutthe'hype'thingthough...
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Anonymous
WrittenNov13

Whatisyourearliestchildhoodmemory?Goingtothezoo?amusementpark?

Mineisofmymothercryinghystericallyandusgettingthrownoutofmypaternal
grandparentshouse.Ithauntsmeallthetime.

MyfatherservedintheIndianArmy.Heleftmeandmymotherwheniwas4todefend
hiscountry.Idonthaveanysiblings.

Idontneedyoursympathyandiamawarethatallsuchfamiliessuffera
greatdealirrespectiveoftheirarmybackground.Iamwritingthisforyouto
understandwhatitmeanstoputthecountryaheadofyourfamily.

Iwasfedaliebymyfamilywheneveriinquiredaboutmyfather.Theytoldmethathewas
outonamissionandwillcomehomeafter5years(hadnoideawhat5yearmeans).Iwas
mockedbymyeldercousinswheneverijustifiedmyfathersabsence.Iwastoldbymy
relativestomanupbecauseihadtotakeresponsibility.Isawmomcryingmanytimesbut
couldnotunderstandthatasachild.Asigrewupidevelopedthisabilitytosenseher
pain.Ihadadeepdesiretoknowmoreaboutdadbutirefrainedfromaskingmymother
asitmighthurther.

Wehadafeudwithmypaternalfamilyasmymotherdecidedtoputthegovt.reliefmoney
bymynameinthebank.Isawtheuglysideofthesocietyasachildandbelievemeits
tormenting.Itwastormentingtoseedistantrelativescomeuptoaskmymothertohelp
buythemacarfromthecanteensinceitscheapinthecanteen.

Iquestionmyexistence.Iwishiwasneverbornasitwouldbeeasyformy
mothertoremarry.Shewouldnothavesufferedasmuch.

Asoldieriswellawareaboutallthisandaboutthepossiblepainthefamilywillgo
trough.Yethechoosestoserve.

FORHUMANITYSSAKEdontaskthisquestiontothefamilyofamartyr.Itmakes
usbleed.
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WrittenOct15,2014

NotonlyIndianarmybutarmyofanycountryintheworld,because,

Thereisdisciplineinasoldier
youcanseeitwhenhewalks,
Thereishonorinasoldier
youhearitwhenhetalks.
Thereiscourageinasoldier
youcanseeitinhiseyes,
Thereisloyaltyinasoldier
thathewillnotcompromise.
Thereissomethinginasoldier
thatmakeshimstandapart,
Thereisstrengthinasoldier
thatbeatsfromhisheart.
Asoldierisn'tatitleanyman
canbehiredtodo,
Asoldieristhesoulofthatman
burieddeepinsideofyou.
Asoldier'sjobisn'tfinishedafter
an8hourdayora40hourweek,
Asoldierisalwaysasoldier
evenwhilehesleeps.
Asoldierserveshiscountryfirst
andhislifeisleftbehind,
Asoldierhastosacrificewhat
comesfirstinacivilian'smind.
Ifyouarecivilian
Iamsayingthistoyou.....
nexttimeyouseeasoldier
rememberwhattheydo.
Asoldieristhereasonourland
is'Homeofthefree',
Asoldieristheonethatisbrave
protectingyouandme.
Ifyouareasoldier
Iamsayingthistoyou.....
Thankgodforeverysoldier
Thankgodforwhatyoudo.
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ChaitanyaShirishChakradeo,Indian
WrittenMay2

Yesofcourse.

Trydoingyourwithoutthemsittinonborders.

Restyouareintelligentenough.
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ShwetaSingh
WrittenOct5,2014

Agreed..theyarenotforcedtojoinit,Andthatiswhatmakesthemgreat.Withoutany
pressuretheyarewillingtogivetheirlivestothecountry.Acommonmanlikeyouandme
wouldthinktentimesbeforegivinganhourfromourlivesforasocialcause,soitissurely
admirablehowthosemeninuniformdedicatetheirentirelivesforthisoneBigcause.
ComingfromanArmyfamilyandnowlivingacivilian'slife..Isurelycancomparethetwo
andsay,Armyanditssoldiersstillneedmuchmoreattentionandcarethantheyget.
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AnilPunia,playingbetweenlines
WrittenSep11,2014

YoucanseeliveexamplenowinKasmirthatproveswhyworkinginIndianArmyisnot
overhyped.Ineverycrisissituationwedependuponarmytorescueus.Itistheirefforts
whichmasksomanysystemfailuresinIndia.
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Anonymous
UpdatedMay4

IwentforSSBonce(IthoughtIcouldtravelalotandhaveanexcitinglife,eventhoughit
paysconsiderablylessthanwhatIwasgettingpaidatthattime).WhatIexperiencedfrom
themomentIsteppedinwasbeyondmyimagination.Youwouldn'tbelievehowarrogant
weretheofficers.Theytreatpeoplelikeshit.Ihaven'tevenjoinedthearmyandthey
treatedmeasiftheyownedme.Icouldn'tstandtheirarroganceandIleft.Theway
superiorofficerstreatedsubordinatesareunimaginable.

OnehastoloosehisbackbonebeforejoiningIndianarmy.Indianarmyisforthosewho
cantakeandactonordersnomatterhowridiculoustheysound.Theyaretrainedtothink
insidetheboxandtheyaretrainedevenhardertokeepthemselvesfromsteppingoutside.
Theydothisbyneverendingdrillsandpunishmentsformonths.

Afteryougetthejobyougetpaidfordoingnothing,evenintechnicaldepartments.Oneof
myfriendjoinedandhedoesphysicaltrainingeveryday,nothingelse.It'sanutterwaste
oftalent.

Ifyouarelookingforajob,it'snotworthit.Ifyouwanttoserveyourcountry,payyour
taxesandbearesponsiblecitizen.Trustme,youalreadydidbetterforyourcountrythan
thoseofficerswhogetpaidforharassingtheirsubordinates.

Ifyou'regoodatsomethingdon'tjoinIndianarmy.Yourlifewillbewasted.

Edit

FromthecommentsIseeyouguysareinterestedinmySSBexperience.Hereitgoes.

Iwas25atthattimeandIwasworkinginaproductbasedITcompanyinPune.6inthe
morningIhadtoreporttotheselectioncenterandIreachedtherearound5.30A.M.And
inanother15minutestheyletusin.Thentheyaskedustostandinaqueueinthesun.
Therewerenochairsorwaterprovidedforthecandidates.Theycollectedthedocuments
andgaveeveryoneachestnumber.Theystartedcallingyoubynumber,Ifoundthisvery
offensiveanddisrespectful.IgotannoyedeverysecondIspendwatchingthem.Aftera
whiletheyshowedusthecanteenandaskedtoeatsomefood.Icouldbarelyeatanything
asIwasnotusedtoeatingfoodat7inthemorning.

Thenwehadanintelligencetestfollowedbygroupdiscussion.Therewerecandidateswho
wereattendingtheir10thSSB(myrespects).Bythetimeeveryonewaswearingblueshirts
andpantsandIwasonmyjeansandtshirt.Ifeltunderpreparedandkids(mostofthem
wereyoungerthanme)startedactingliketheyalreadybelongedinthearmyandreplying
'Yes,Sir'foreverystatementmadebythefacilitators.

TheycalledmebynumberIcalledthembytheirlastname.IntheG.D.roomIwassitting
inaverycomfortable(andinabitdisrespectfulmannerasIwasalreadyagitatedbythem
callingme'number3')position.

EveryonestartedlookingatmeandoneofthefacilitatoraskedmetositproperlyinHindi,
withcommandingtone.Irepliedback"Sorry,Mr.LastName"givinganexpressionthatI
didn'tunderstand.

Thenthemostsurprisingthinghappened,inhisloudesttonepossiblehesaid"Get
out"andsomebadwords,Igotshocked.IttookmeamomentandIsaid"Sure"and
walkedout.Iwasdisappointed.

Mycollegefriendswhowerealreadyintheservicewarnedmethatthejobisnotforyou.
Theywereright.WhenIappliedforitIhadverydifferentexpectationsasIsawskydiving,
riverraftingetc.intheadvertisement.I'mnotsureifit'sthatfuninthearmyeveryday.I
didn'tfindahappyfaceinthatarea.Theylookedproudthough.IagreethatI'vean
attitudeandI'mnotagreatfanoftakingordersfromsomeone.

InmyanswerIanalyseditasjob,Ithinkit'snotworthitevenifthepayistripled.
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NiteshBhardwaj
WrittenSep14,2015

IwasfortunatetovisitarmycontrolledborderatNATHULA(INDIAchina)border,I
wasverymuchinspiredbywatchingtheworkinglifeofINDIANarmy...Wewerenotable
tobearthecoldfor23hesofstaythereinthemonthofjune..inmydreamalsoican't
imaginetovisittheplaceinwinter...buttheindianarmykeepsonprotectingthemother
land..Theyspoketoisthatwhensnowfallcomesthantheyaredeprivedofproperfood
suppliesinregularintervals...Yetsittinginanacroomhavingacupofcoffeewesaythat

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INDIANARMYISOVERHYPED

Intheverysameplacetherewasatempleandiwasverymuchsurprisedtoseethatthe
templewascleaned,washedandallthepoojawasperformedbyasinglearmyofficer,and
byseeingthetemplewecan'tjustmoveaway...Inanydaydreamalsoafteryourcollegeor
officewedon'tevenhaveenergylefteventoopenourshoesproperlyandthatofficer
maintainedthetemple,yetINDIANARMYISOVERHYPED

OURINDIANARMYnevergetsholidaysinthefestival...Justgoandaskanyfresherin
thecollegethatwhethertheyaregoingtotheirhomesinpujabecausethereisnoofficial
holidaysdeclared,theywillcertainlyconfirmtheirplans..Sowearesoeagertogohome
inpujaholidaybutthaninbackofmindwealsopossessthatINDIANARMYISOVER
HYPED.

INEVERINMYDREAMWANTSANYWARTOHAPPENANDTHATOURARMYIS
NEEDEDTOSHOWWHATTHEYARE...BUTBEINGANINDIANIWILLALWAYS
RESPECTTHEINDIANARMY(eveniftheyaccordingtosomeoneisoverhyped)
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Anonymous
WrittenSep8,2014

Idobelieveittobeslightlyoverhyped.Therewouldbelotofpeoplejoiningitjustforlove
fortheirmotherland,butmany(includingmyfriends)joined/joinitforthenecessityto
haveajoborfortheprospectsofnicecareer,withallthefacilitiesprovidedtoyou.Few
joinitforthereasontohaveagreatsocialstatusifhe/shebecomesaMajor,Captainetc.
Speciallywith6thpaycommissiontheirsalarieshavebecomeasgoodastothepeople
workingintheprivateindustry.
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ShajiThornBlue,GameDeveloper
WrittenAug23,2014

Ifyourmotherfathergirlfriendandwhoeveryoucareinyourlifearesleepingathome
withoutthinkingasingletimethatsomeonesacrificehisfamily,sleepatbordertoprotect
you,ifyoudon'thavefeelingforindianarmydon'taskthiskindofquestion.

Betterquestionforyou..."Isn'tlovingmymomordadwhoprotected/supportmeinevery
situationisoverhyped"..answerthisyouwillgetyouranswer.
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ManishPahuja,ChasingtheSecret.
WrittenDec1,2014

Trytobeasoldierforjust6monthsandyouwillunderstandwhytheyarenotover,but
grosslyunderhyped.
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ShubhamTulankar
WrittenJul5

Iwouldjustanswerinonesimpleqoute!....

"WENEVERPAYTHEPRICEOFTHEFREEDOMTHATWEENJOY...BECOZMY
FRIENDSOMEARMYMANHASALREADYPAIDFORIT"
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VikasKundu,Restlesssoulinalazybody.
UpdatedOct16,2014

Theystandonawallandsay,"Nothing'sgoingtohurtyoutonight,notonmy
watch."
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Answersthatneedimprovement

AninditaSharma,Seekerofmysteries.Keeperofsecrets.
WrittenDec7,2014
absolutely!andsoisthefearofdeath:)
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Anonymous
UpdatedSep5,2014
"No!It'sajobIdoformycountrywithpride.Itcanneverbeoverhypedandthesame
goesforothercountriesaswell."

AnIndianSoldier.
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ShailendraPratapSingh
WrittenApr18,2015
Forthosewhohavefoughtforit,freedomhasaflavour,
Theprotectedwillneverknow...!!!
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DeepakSinghBisht
WrittenJan2,2015
Yeahmostofthearmymanwearsuniformduringoffdutyperiodsalso..itmightbe
becausetheywanttoberecognizedeasilyincrowd.Mightbebecausetheyareusedtoit.
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Anonymous
WrittenFeb11,2015
"Foryourtomorrowwegaveourtoday!"
Thiswasoneoftheveryfamoussayingstoldbyanarmysoldier.
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ArkaDhali,Dreamer
UpdatedSep5,2015
Yesdefinitely.
ThankstomovieslikeHOLIDAY,inwhichasingleofficerblowsuptheentire
terroristorganizationonhisown.
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JuanLuisMartnezMcGough
WrittenAug26,2014
YouneedtowatchBlackadderworldwar2orthemorerecentTheWipersTimesits
overhypedbecausemoney
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HasibaLaskar
WrittenSep25,2015
Iloveamilitaryarmyheisreadytomarrymeactuallywe'refromdifferentstatessohe
afraidifhelostmenowican'ttellmyfamilythatI'mgettingmarriedsowithoutinforming

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myfamilyimmarryinghim...SometimesigetsconfusedimdoingwrongorelseI'mright?
Ifsomeonehelpsmewillbegrateful!
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PavanKumar,404Error
WrittenSep25,2015
Thosewhochoosetofightlifehasdifferentflavour,Protectedwontknowthat.(Famous
armyQuote)

InfoTheaboveQuoteanswersyourquestion
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AshutoshPant,23|QCExecutiveandAcademicWriter|MBA&EngineeringGrad
WrittenOct7,2015
Sacrificingyourfamilyandpersonallifeforthecountryandlivinginextremeharsh
conditionsandthattooforadecentsalarywhichcannevermakeyourich.

Iwon'tsayitshypedatall.Bytheway,theneighbourcountriesofIndiaareso"nice"
aren'tthey?:PPakistan,China,Bangladeshalwayskeepthearmyontheirtoes.

EvenIusedtothinkthatpeoplejoinArmyjustlikethatbutsorry...that'snottrueatall.
Eveniftheypaytonnesofmoneytomeforjoiningthearmy..Idon'tthinkIwilleverhave
thecourageanddeterminationtodoso.:)
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RajanJamwal
WrittenJan15
IamjustpastingthelinktoalectureonIndianArmytrainingandethosandcoversthe
operationinMumbaiby51SpecialActionGroup(theallarmyeliteunitofNSG)

25CountriesLearntTheseSecretLessonsFromTheIndianArmedForces.WatchIt
Now.
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PanditJi
WrittenFeb12
"Ican'tcomehomeontimeservingtofeedmyfamilyandsodoesamunicipalworker."

...finewiththat,everthoughtofsomeonewhoisservingsothatastranger'sfamilystays
warm&safe.Noyouhaven't......

secondlyandmostimportantlylearndifferencebetween'SERVING'and'WORKING',
YOUWEREWORKINGTOFEEDYOURFAMILYANDASOLDIERSERVES....

DearOP,Justdropit'YOUJUSTWOULDN'TUNDERSTAND'
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Anonymous
WrittenSep22,2014
IfworkinginIndianarmyisoverhyped,whatareyourthoughtsaboutthisprofession

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YashSinha,Jackofalltrades,masterofnone!

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WrittenAug24,2014
Itisbecauseofthose'overhyped'guysthat'underhyped'guyslikeyousleepinpeace:)
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AshokaChandraWardhan,ITGuy
WrittenAug19,2014
Yesitis,thesamewayas,theloveofamotherforhernewbornchildis.
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AyushJain,Passionisoverrated.
WrittenAug21,2014
ItlookslikeyourFRUSTRATIONfornotbeingselected.
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Anonymous
WrittenFeb18,2015
Theyshedtheirbloodonbordermorefrequentlyforyourfamilythanyoudonateyour
bloodtoyourfamily.
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KumarAbhinav
WrittenAug25,2014
Foradimwitlike'whoeverhasaskedthisquestion',Ithinkyourquestionisoverhyped.
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TanviSinha,Sameasbefore,butdifferent.
WrittenAug23,2014
Nope
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JitendraNiberiya,IAMConsultant|IITD|AvidReader|OccasionalTraveller
WrittenAug27,2014
Youjustwentfullretard.
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DayanandKudari,Eatsratswhenstarving.
WrittenSep5,2014
Itdependsonwhatyoucompareitwith.

IT,BPO,Sales,Etc.Yes.

PolicePerhapsNo.

Thehardtruthis:yes,Armyjobishyped.
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AshwiniKumarJanu
WrittenAug20,2014
Itain'tanyoverhyped.
Doesn'tSomeonelikeyoubeingjealousofthemshowthequalityofthemen?
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PrabhuRamasamy
WrittenJan29,2015
Never.
It'sourpride.Weneverworryboastingaboutit.
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DeependraSinghYadav
WrittenSep21,2014

IhavebeenapartofIndianArmyasaOfficerCadetandIdin't
findworkingintheIndianArmyoverhyped.
AlthoughIresignedfromthereduetosomepersonal
reasonsbutIhadaverynicetimethere.
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SagarSawant
WrittenAug22,2014
Ihaveneverseenitoverhyped.MybrotherisservingIndianArmy.Alsomycousinarein
intoIndianNavymyfatherwasworkingwithIndianNavy.Itsprofessionwhichthey
chooseforwhatevermaybethereason.Idon'tseeanythingcalledasOverHypedmyself.
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BudSpencer,KnowafewthingsaboutArmy
UpdatedJun9
1.Readingthisquestionalotcomestomymindandhopefullymabletopendownallof
those.
1.IknwanarmyguywholastcelebratedholiNDdiwaliwithhisfamilyin2005.
2.Canuimaginestayingataplacewithnotelephoneconnectivityndnosourceof
informationabouttheworld
3.Stockingoffoodforwintersasthereisnoconnectionwiththesaneworld
(hibernating)
TherearethousandsofsuchexamplesbutIguesstheabovethreemakethepoint
clear

2.Thisisatruestorybelow

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Anonymous
WrittenOct26,2014
OPISALOSER.
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Anonymous
WrittenMay2,2015
Indianarmyisthebestofthebest.Salutetothoseguysjustbecauseofthemweareableto
sleepsafelyinourhouse,thoseguysstayawayfromtheirfamilyandpatroltheborderday
andnight.Withneighbourslikepakistanandchinaalwaysplanningsomethingfishy
againstINDIA.Thesemenneverrest.Theyworkinveryharshclimateandpostedat
worldshighestbattlegroundSiachenGlacier.ArmymenofothercountrylikeFrance,Usa
,RussiavisittheseplacestolearntheskillsfromtheIndianArmyhaveacquiredoverthe
years.Indianarmyhelpedusduring26/11,kedarnathfloods.Theyarecurrentlyhelping
Nepal.Recently26countriesrequestedIndiatobringthepeopleoftheirnationalityfrom
yemen.
RESPECTTOINDIANARMY
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Anonymous
WrittenSep27,2014
YouwouldknowifsomeoneinyourfamilyservedintheArmy._
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UsmanQazi
WrittenSep10,2015
Yes.LetmesharetheviewfromthatI'veheardoftenfromwithinPakistan'smilitary:Their
(India's)ranksseemworthlesscomparedtoours(Pakistan's)buttheofficerscanbepretty
good.I'veheardstoriesofIAFairmenjustnotshowingupat4aminthemorning.Andof
chronicdrunkennessandunreliabilityamongarmyNCOs.Itwouldbeunthinkableinthe

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PAForPak.Army.

I'llanotherobservation:Indiahasaseriousshortageofofficers.Sothecapableandwell
spokengentlemenofficers(whocommandovertroopswithchronicmoraleissues)arein
seriouslyshortsupply.YoungIndiansmaybepayinglipservicetotheBharatRakshakBS,
buttheyaren'tbuyingit.

Sowhygetstuckinsuchasetup?It'sjustatoplevelcultureofpettymindednessthat
meansthatIndiadoesn'tgetalongwithanyofitswonderfulneighbors.Ifyoudon'tshare
thatmindsetthenwhybother?
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AmanKharya
WrittenSep11,2014

ThisisaphotographoftherecentKashmirfloods.Ithinkitmaychangeyourperception.
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Anonymous
WrittenAug20,2014
Letmeguess....youdidn'tmakeittoNDA,didyou?
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Anonymous
WrittenAug19,2014
peoplelikeyouaredisgracetooursociety....
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Anonymous
WrittenFeb9,2015
Itishypedsoastotrappeoplelikeyoutojoinit.Youmighthelppeoplehereandthere,
butmostlyyouservethepoliticiansandindustrials.Theywillsupplyyouwithoutdated
weaponsandasktofightandkillinnocentpeople.Theterroristsarejustbrainwashed
pawns,ofbigindustrialistswhoaremakingbigmoneyforrichcountriesandwearebusy
killingtheseinnocentpeople.Therichcountriesmaketheseterroristsandthensellus
outdatedweapons,makingprofitforthemselves.

Ourpoliticiansandindustrialistsworkhandinglovewiththem.

Peoplearefooltojoinsuchforceandsacrificethemselvesinthenameofcountry.

Ifyouseethewholeuniverse,thewholeworldisours.Theconceptofcountryisflawedin
itself.
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Anonymous
WrittenAug21,2014
Yes.Militariesingeneralareoverhyped.Iguess,probablytoexploitstupidpeopletobe
partofthoseofficialterroristunitsofworldGovernments,andkillanddieforthose

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Governments.Alotofpeoplehavedonethesameoverhypeherewhileanswering,sothat
thosepeoplewillgoandkillanddieforthem.Alsooutoftheguiltyfeelingofhaving
exploitingthem,theydohypethem.

Iamexaggerating.Butmostmilitariesdoalotofoffensethandefensewithoutguilt.

Alsoastheywearuniformmostofthetimeduringservice,theyarelikelytonothaveother
dresses,whentheyaretravelingbackhome.Andgoingincolourdresstodutyisjust
additionalluggage.Probablyjustcostcutting,andsmartnessofthosestupidsouls.
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NandhakumarRavi
WrittenOct23,2014
Dude.Ithinkalltheseanswerswouldnotmakeu"enlightened".Soiamsavingmy
energy.Ihopeulldieinacountrywhereeachandeveryday,peoplelivewithfear.Ihope
udienastily.
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SourabhVerma
UpdatedMar18
Thereisnothingwrongifyoudon'trespectArmedforces.

Everyprofessiondeservesrespect,andsomeonewhoisaskingformorerespect,doesn't
ideallydeserveit,speciallyifhehaschosenthepathhimself.

Therearesomeprofessionswhichcontributetothedevelopment/stability/safetyofthe
nationandArmyisONEofthem.Ithinkasthecitizensofthecountry,weoughttorespect
allthoseprofessions.

Now,onecanalsorespecttheprofessionswhichdon'tcontributetothenation(Iamnot
sureifthereareany),becauseyouadmirethekindofworktheydo.

Therespectshouldbereservedfornotthemostdifficultjobbutthemostvaluablejob.At
theendoftheday,weallwantourcountrytoattainprogress.Thepeople/professionswho
servethecountrymostdeservethehighestrespect.Weneedtoindependentlymeasure
theircontributionandthevalueadditiontothebenefitofthecountryandthendecidewho
deserveshigherrespect.

Inmyopinion,thescientists,doctors,engineers,farmersdeserveequalormorerespect
thanarmedforces,andifyouaskmetopickoneprofessionaboveall,Iwouldgoforthe
politiciansordiplomatswhoworkforIndia.Theydeservethehighestrespect.These
diplomatsworkforIndiaincaseofwarsandtheireffortshelpedIndiawinsomewarsin
thepastlike1971
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Anonymous
UpdatedSep25,2014
WhenIspentmerely2daystrappedinaHimalayanValley,IthoughtIwasdead.Ithad
takenus4daystoreachthatspotwalking12hoursaday.Wehadnofoodsuppliesand
nostrengthtoevenwalkamile.

4IndianArmymenreachedusatmidnight.Apparentlytheyhadmanagedtoreachtous
inmere8hoursaftertheywereinformed.Theyhadclimbedapeakwhichnohumanhad
everclimbedinwinterandwalkedoverafrozenlake.

Theyliterallycarriedusontheirshoulderstoasafelocationwheretheycouldcookforus.
TheseguystoldmethattheywerestationedinSiachenbutwerenotphysicallyfitenough
tooperateinthatenvironmentandhencesentback.

ItmademewonderthekindofpeoplearerequiredtooperateinSiachen.
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V.PravinKumar,Doctor
WrittenNov9,2014
ReadthisonWhatsApp...

MynameisSep(Sipahi)BhoopSingh.IamasoldierintheIndianArmy.Imfrom
somewhereinIndiaitreallydoesntmatterwhereexactly,becausethatsnotrelevant.
MyidentityisnowthatofanIndiansoldierthanaresidentofsomestate.Letmesharea
secretwithyou.Itwasntpatrioticthoughtofservinganddyingformycountrywhich
mademejointheIndianArmy.Itwasmoreofamatterofpragmatism.Myfathers
meagrelandholdingswerenotenoughtosupportallofusfourbrothersandourfamilies
thatwouldcomealonginduecourseoftime.Sojoiningthe
Armyseemedlikeagoodoption.Notasgoodasjoiningthepoliceorsomeother
governmentjob.Butmyfathercouldntaffordthebribesrequiredtopaymywaythrough.
AndIwasalwaysveryfit.Sowhenthefaujiscametoourdistricttorecruit,Isignedup.
Anddespite
therumoursIhadheard,wedidnthavetopayapenny!
Fouryearsdowntheline,hereIam.Mylife,andtheeayIlookatlife,haschangedalotin
thepastfouryears.ItoldyouthatIdidntjointheArmyoutofanygreatsenseof
partiotism.Andevennow,Ireallydontidentifywithallthisvandemataramandallthat.
YetIdofeelproudofbeinganIndian.Youknow,inthe
villageIwas(weallwereandalotofmyfriendstherestillare)likeafroginthewell.
DuringmyfouryearsintheArmy,Ihavedevelopedastrongprideinbeinga
soldier,beingapartoftheArmy,andIamspeciallyproudofmypaltan.Ihaveforgeda
specialbondwithmyfellowsoldiers,andtodaytheyareasmuchmyfamilyasmyown
brothersbackinthevillage.Ihave
cometounderstandwhysoldierslikemefightinwarsandrisktheirlives.Itisnotreally
forthesakeofthecountrywellmaybe,butIdontthinkthatisforemostonourminds
whenfacedwithdanger.Whatactuallymotivatesusisthethoughtofupholdingtheizzat
ofthepaltan,andofnotbeingseenaswantingintheeyesofourcomrades.
Idontknowmuchaboutpolitics,noramIinterested.Idoreadthenewspaperandwatch
TV,buthavenevervotedinanyelection.Frankly,itdoesntmattertomewhichpartygets
electedorwhoformsthegovernment.
MylifeismoreaffectedbymySeniorJCO,CompanyCommanderandCOand
unfortunatelyyoucantelectthem.ButbyGodsgracesofartheyhaveallbeen
decentpeople.Butthen,Ihavealsoneverdoneanythingtocrosstheirpaths.My
disciplineisgood,Ialwaysfolloworders,andamneverlateingettingbackfromleave.Nor
doIeversleeponguardduty.SoIhave
hadnoreasontofearthem.
DisciplineisthebedrockoftheArmythisiswhatisdrilledintousrightfromthetimewe
getourfirsthaircutasrecruitsintheRegimentalCentres.Weusedtohaveanustaad
(instructor)atthecentrewhotoldusthatin
thefauj,thereisalaiddownwayofdoingeverything,wecantgowrongifwefollowit.So
whetheritisthewayIhavetofoldmyblanket,tothewayIholdmyrifle,everythingislaid
down.Itsgood,becausethatwayyoudonthavetotaxyourbraintoomuchabout
whattodoandwhatnotto.
ThisiswhyIhavebeenverypuzzledforthelastfewdays.IsawontheTVthatinKashmir
soldierslikemewhowereondutyatacheckpointareintroublebecausetheyopenedfire
onacarwhichrefusedtostopatthreesuccessivebarriers.Isawlotsofpeople
arguingaboutitonnewsabouthowthesoldierswerewronginopeningfireoninnocent
boysapparentlytheywereveryyoung,andtwoofthemdied.Iknowits
sad,lossoflifealwaysis.Isympathizewiththeirparentsitmustbeterribletoloseachild
likethat.Iheardthedefenceministersayingthatstrictactionwillbetakenagainstthe
soldiersinthiscase.Iwasalittledisturbedandquitepuzzled.Werentthesoldiers
deployedthereonthegovernment'sorders?Werenttheydeployedtherebecausethereisa
terrorismprobleminthatstate?Andwerenttheyjustfollowingthelaiddownprocedures
whentheyopenedfireonavehiclewhichcrossedthreesuccessivebarriersanddidntstop?
IwastryingtoimaginewhatIwouldhavedonehadIbeenintheirplace.HowwouldI
knowwhethersuchavehicleisbeingdrivenbyinnocentbutmischeviousboysorby
dangerousterrorists?WhatifIletitgo,andthecarisladenwithexplosives,anditgoes
andblowsupatacrowdedplace,killinghundredsofinnocentpeople?Howmuchtime
wouldIhavetoweighthesefactorsandtakea
decision?Icametotheconclusionthatundersimilarcircumstances,Iwouldhave
probablydonewhatthesepoorsoldiersdid.
Iwasdiscussingthiswithsomeofmyfriendsinthelangar.Theyallfeltthesame.Someone
said,thesoldiersarenotgoingthereontheirown,foraholiday.Theyhavebeensent
therebythegovernment.Andtheyhavebeensentbecauseitfeelsthingsarenotnormal
there.TheArmysjobistodefendthenationinwarandwarlikesituations.Soby
deployingtheArmythegovernmentbelievesthereisawarlikesituationthere.Otherwise,
wouldntthepoliceandparamilitaryforcesbeenoughtodealwiththesituation?Andif
thereisa
warlikesituation,howcanitbetackledonlybythepeacetimelaws?Isntthatthereason
whytheareahasbeendeclaredasdisturbedandArmedForcesSpecialPowersAct
(AFSPA)beenimposedthere?

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OneinformedcomradetoldusthattheAFSPAismeanttoallowustooperateinthe
disturbedareaswhereweneedtoreactquicklytodealwithterrorists.Ifyouarechasinga
terrorist,andhegoesandhidesinabuilding,youcantgolookingforawarranttosearch
that
building.Norcanyouwaitforanorderfroma
magistratetoopenfireonhim,likeweneedtoinwhendealingwithriotsetcwhereAFSPA
isnotinforce.Anydelayinsuchsituationswouldresultintheterroristsescaping,or
worse,killingciviliansandourowncomrades.ThenwhyistheChiefMinisterofthestate
askingforremovalofAFSPA?someoneasked.Heshouldjustaskforthearmytobe
removedandhewilltakecareofthelawandorderwithhisstatepolice."

NatthaSingh,thewizenedoldhavildargavethefinalword.SaalaIdontcareAFSPA
shafspa.Afterthisonethingiscleartome.Whenthepaltangoestothevalley,Iamnot
goingtostickmyneckoutforanything.Let
bloodyterroristskillasmanypeopleandescape.Nooneisgoingtohangmeforthat.At
leastthatwaytherewontbeanyriskeitherofgettingkilledorkillingsomeone,getting
courtmartialledandgoingtojail.
Afterall,thisistheirproblemletthemdealwithitIwillspendmytwoyearstheredoing
nothingandretirepeacefullytomyvillage.
Therewerenodsofagreementallaround.ButIwasntsosureIagreed.Whataboutthe
paltansizzat?Iasked.Thatwontbeatrisktoo,Natthasaid.Wewontrisktarnishing
itifweavoiddoinganything.Thatwaywewillmakenomistakeslikethosechapsdid.Im
stillnottoosure.MaybeNatthaisright.Don'tfireuntillfireduponthattooin....an
ambush!!
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AmanShrivastava,isadefenceenthusiast!
WrittenAug1,2015
Readthefollowinganddecideyourselfthatitisoverhypedornot?

ConversationBetweenASoldierAndASoftwareEngineer:

VivekPradhanwasnotahappyman.Eventheplushcomfortoftheairconditioned
compartmentoftheShatabdhiexpresscouldnotcoolhisfrayednerves.HewastheProject
Managerandstillnotentitledtoairtravel.Itwasnottheprestigehesoughthehadtried
toreasonwiththeadminperson,itwasthesavingsintime.AsPM,hehadsomanythings
todo!!
Heopenedhiscaseandtookoutthelaptop,determinedtoputthetimetosomegooduse.

Areyoufromthesoftwareindustrysir,themanbesidehimwasstaringappreciativelyat
thelaptop.
Vivekglancedbrieflyandmumbledinaffirmation,handlingthelaptopnowwith
exaggeratedcareandimportanceasifitwereanexpensivecar.

ConversationBetweenASoldierAndASoftwareEngineer

Youpeoplehavebroughtsomuchadvancementtothecountry,Sir.Todayeverythingis
gettingcomputerized.

Thanks,smiledVivek,turningaroundtogivethemanalook.
Healwaysfounditdifficulttoresistappreciation.
Themanwasyoungandstockilybuiltlikeasportsman.Helookedsimpleandstrangely
outofplaceinthatlittlelapofluxurylikeasmalltownboyinaprepschool.Heprobably
wasarailwaysportsmanmakingthemostofhisfreetravelingpass.

Youpeoplealwaysamazeme,themancontinued,Yousitinanofficeandwrite
somethingonacomputeranditdoessomanybigthingsoutside.

Viveksmileddeprecatingly.Naivenessdemandedreasoningnotanger.
Itisnotassimpleasthatmyfriend.Itisnotjustaquestionofwritingafewlines.There
isalotofprocessthatgoesbehindit.

Foramoment,hewastemptedtoexplaintheentireSoftwareDevelopmentLifecyclebut
restrainedhimselftoasinglestatement.Itiscomplex,verycomplex.

Ithastobe.Nowonderyoupeoplearesohighlypaid,camethereply.

ThiswasnotturningoutasVivekhadthought.Ahintofbelligerencecreptintohissofar
affable,persuasivetone.
Everyonejustseesthemoney.Nooneseestheamountofhardworkwehavetoputin.
Indianshavesuchanarrowconceptofhardwork.Justbecausewesitinanair
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conditionedoffice,doesnotmeanourbrowsdonotsweat.Youexercisethemusclewe
exercisethemindandbelievemethatisnolesstaxing.

Hecouldsee,hehadthemanwherehewanted,anditwastimetodrivehomethepoint.

Letmegiveyouanexample.Takethistrain.Theentirerailwayreservationsystemis
computerized.Youcanbookatrainticketbetweenanytwostationsfromanyofthe
hundredsofcomputerizedbookingcentersacrossthecountry.Thousandsof
transactionsaccessingasingledatabase,atatimeconcurrentlydataintegrity,
locking,datasecurity.Doyouunderstandthecomplexityindesigningandcoding
suchasystem?

Themanwasawestruckquitelikeachildataplanetarium.Thiswassomethingbigand
beyondhisimagination.

"Youdesignandcodesuchthings."

Iusedto,Vivekpausedforeffect,butnowIamtheProjectManager.

Oh!sighedtheman,asifthestormhadpassedover,

Soyourlifeiseasynow.

ThiswaslikethelaststrawforVivek.Heretorted,
Ohcomeon,doeslifeevergeteasyasyougouptheladder.Responsibilityonlybrings
morework.

Designandcoding!Thatistheeasierpart.NowIdonotdoit,butIamresponsiblefor
itandbelieveme,thatisfarmorestressful.Myjobistogettheworkdoneintimeand
withthehighestquality.Totellyouaboutthepressures,thereisthecustomeratone
end,alwayschanginghisrequirements,theuserattheother,wantingsomethingelse,
andyourboss,alwaysexpectingyoutohavefinishedityesterday.

Vivekpausedinhisdiatribe,hisbelligerencefadingwithselfrealization.Whathehad
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Anonymous
UpdatedAug23,2014
Iamanarmyofficer,soIwilltrytoansweryourquestionaspreciselyaspossible.Is
workingintheIndianarmyoverhyped?Well,letmejustgiveyousomefactsandleavethe
answertoyou.
MyfirstpostingwasinafieldareaandIgotatotalof45daysleaveforthefirst2
years.Itisnotjustamoviedialoguewhentheysayweleaveourfamiliesbehind.Iam
notcomplainingaboutthis.IknowthiswasgoingtohappenwhenIsignedupforit.

Idon'texpectahero'swelcomewhenIcomehomebecausefranklyIhaven'tgota
chancetodoanythingwhichcanbetermedas"heroic".Butmeandmyjawanshave
stayedathighaltitudeareasinintensewinterswhich,ifnothingelseatleastentitles
mymentocertainprivilegeswhichyoumightfind"overhyped".

WearenotaskingforanyspecialtreatmentbutsucharticleslikeonebyGaurav
BhatiainTimesofIndiaactuallypissesmeoffnoend

Iamnewonquoraanddon'thavethepatiencetowritealothereasthismobile
interfaceisabittediousbutfranklyIhadalottosay.

AllIamsayingisifureallyfeelthatweareoverhyped,wellIamsorrytohearthat.
Andjustastatisticsforyou.IamanexNDA.About2lakhaspirantstakethiswritten
examevery6months,outofwhichabout10000oddcleartheexam.Outofthese
10000,about500cleartheSSBandfinally350ofthose2lakhaspirantsjointhe
prestigiousinstitute.Ifnothingelse,Iguessthisstatisticshouldmakeyoufeelthatwe
reallyarenotsooverhyped.:)nohardfeelingbro

Andyathelastpoint,wellwedon'twearuniformallthetime.Pleaseunderstandthat
itsa24hourjob,notyourusual8to9job.Sothatfaujiyoumusthaveseenroaming
aroundwearinghisuniform,mightjusthavegotbackfromhisdutyandmusthave
gonetothemarkettobuygroceriesbecauseifhegoestochange,themarketmight
justshutdown.So,leavetheguyalone.Hehasfamilyresponsibilitiestoo.Takeitfrom
me,heisnotwearingtheuniformtoimpressanyone.Itisjustthatheisabitshortof
time.

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Inresponsetoananswerbyapersonwhoansweredabove.Respectthepoliceand
municipalityworkerbyallmeans.Nooneissayingthatyoushouldn'trespectthem.A
pointhoweverwhenallelsefails,whenyourcivilianinfrastructurefailstoperformits
duty.Beitriots,savingachildfromatubewell,floodrelief,itsthearmywhichcomes
totherescue.Andthearmyhasalwaysdeliveredwhetherinbhujearthquakeorthe
UttaranchalfloodandjustFYIwhenutalkboutNGO'sknowthisthemaximumnoof
successfulprojectsarebeingrunbythearmy.Whetheritsfreehealthcaretocitizensin
hinterlandorfreemedicalfacilitytoallciviliansinPune.

Regardingtravellinginuniform,whenyouareonofficialduty,oneissupposedto
travelinuniformsodon'tstartcommentingwhenyoudon'tknowthestory.

Andonelastthing,yoursarcasticremarkofnotgetting2minutestochange.When
youdon'tknowcrapabouthowfaujfunctionsIwouldadviceyoutokeepyourmouth
shut.
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SubhanshuNigam,Optimist|Rationalist|Dreamer|Nonconfirmist
WrittenAug16,2015
WhatifItellyoutheydeserveallthehype?
Readon:

TheaverageageoftheArmyManis23years.
Heisashorthaired,tightmuscledkidwho,undernormalcircumstancesisconsideredby
societyashalfman,halfboy.
Notyetdrybehindtheears,notoldenoughtobuyabeerinthecapitalofhiscountry,but
oldenoughtodieforhiscountry.
He'sarecentschoolorcollegegraduate
hewasprobablyanaveragestudentfromoneoftheKendriyaVidyalayas,
pursuedsomeformofsportactivities,drivesaricketybicycle,
andhadagirlfriendthateitherbrokeupwithhimwhenheleftforIMA,orswearstobe
waitingwhenhereturnsfromhalfaworldaway.
Helistenstorockandrollorhiphoporbhangraorgazalsanda155mmhowitzer.
Heis5or7kiloslighternowthanwhenhewasathomebecauseheisworkingorfighting
theinsurgentsorstandingguardontheicyHimalayasfrombeforedawntowellafterdusk
orheisatMumbaiengagingtheterrorists.
Hehastroublespelling,thusletterwritingisapainforhim,
buthecanfieldstripariflein30secondsandreassembleitinlesstimeinthedark.
Hecanrecitetoyouthenomenclatureofamachinegunorgrenadelauncheranduse
eitheroneeffectivelyifhemust.
Hedigsfoxholesandlatrinesandcanapplyfirstaidlikeaprofessional.
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Hecanmarchuntilheistoldtostop,orstopuntilheistoldtomarch.
Heobeysordersinstantlyandwithouthesitation,butheisnotwithoutspiritorindividual
dignity.
Hisprideandselfrespect,hedoesnotlack.
Heisselfsufficient.
Hehastwosetsofcombatdress:hewashesoneandwearstheother.
Hekeepshiswaterbottlefullandhisfeetdry.
Hesometimesforgetstobrushhisteeth,butnevertocleanhisrifle.
Hecancookhisownmeals,mendhisownclothes,andfixhisownwounds.
Ifyou'rethirsty,he'llsharehiswaterwithyouifyouarehungry,hisfood.
He'llevensplithisammunitionwithyouinthemidstofbattlewhenyourunlow.
Hehaslearnedtousehishandslikeweaponsandweaponsliketheywerehishands.
Hecansaveyourlifeortakeit,becausehe'sbeentrainedforboth.
Hewilloftendotwicetheworkofacivilian,drawhalfthepay,andstillfindironichumor
initall.
Hehasseenmoresufferinganddeaththanheshouldhaveinhisshortlifetime.
Hehasweptinpublicandinprivate,forfriendswhohavefallenincombatandis
unashamedtodoso.
HefeelseverynoteoftheJanaGanaManavibratethroughhisbodywhileatrigid
attention,whiletemperingtheburningdesireto'squareaway'thosearoundhimwho
haven'tbotheredtostand,removetheirhandsfromtheirpockets,orevenstoptalking.
Inanoddtwist,dayinanddayout,farfromhome,hedefendstheirrighttobe
disrespectful.
JustasdidhisFather,Grandfather,andGreatgrandfather,heispayingthepriceforour
freedom.
Atricolour,somewhereinhisuniform,
Atricolour,heholdshigh,
Atricolourheunfurlswithprideaftereverymisson.
Sometimeshecomeshomewrappedinone.
Beardlessornot,heisnotaboy.
Heisyournation'sFightingManthathaskeptthiscountryfreeanddefendedyourright
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toFreedom.
Hehasexperienceddeprivationandadversity,andhasseenhisbuddiesfallingtobullets
andmaimedandblown.
AndhesmilesattheironyoftheIASbabuandpoliticianreducinghisstatusyearafter
yearandtheunkindestcutofall,evenreducinghissalaryandaskingwhyheshouldget14
eggsaweekfree.Andwhenhesilentlywhispersinprotest,thesamepoliticianandbabu
aghast,suggesthe'smutinying.
WakeupcitizensofIndia.
Credits:PrateekSingh
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Anonymous
WrittenAug19,2014
Itiseasyforppllikeutositoutthereandpostsuchaquestion..butwhoeveruareand
whateverudoijustwanttotelluthatweintheArmedforcesdon'thaveaworkbutwe
Serve!Yes,weopteditbutthatdoesn'tmeanthatucanmakesuchavaguestatementthat
itisoverhyped!
Ifuaskanyarmedforcespersonneltositatyourofficeanddowhateveryoudofora
daywe'llbeabletodoiteasilybutifiaskyoutodothesameforadayinthefieldi'dbe
damnsureyou'llpissinyourpantsandrunaway!Thenyou'llansweryourownquestion!!
Itsbecauseofppllikeyouwhobringdisgracetothecountry!
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Anonymous
WrittenJul27,2015
Firstofallpardonmefrgoingamonymousfrdis....

YESitisoverhyped....Ndwenitcomesfromsomeonewhoisinthearmy,thenubetter
believeit.

WhyshudIsoldierberespected?Heisjustprotectingtheborders.Heisjuststayingaway
fromhisfamilyformonthstogether.Heisjustnotabletoseehiskidwhenhe/sheisborn
becauseheisinsomefarflungareasofkargilorarunachal.Heisjusthelpingyoucross
theroadwhenthecloudburstsinkashmirndlotofamarnathyatrisgetstuck.Heisjust
seeinghiscolleaguesdyingregularlyhopingtodothebestfrhisnationbeforehisturn
arrivestosayGudbye

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Icankeepwritingfrlongwhyisourarmydeservesrespect.ThoughIhavegr8regardsfr
everyotherprofessions.

Butwhoeveraskeddisoraresupportingit,plzintrospect.SeeHwcitizensofUSrespect
dereforcesnddenMaybucananswerurquestionurself.

JAIHIND
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AnkitSrivastava,ManagerBusinessAnalytics,Insights&Strategy,MBA(Marketing&
Finance),...
WrittenFeb12,2015
Anarmypersondoesnotwearauniformoffduty.Unlesshestoppedonhiswaybackfrom
workandyouencounterhimsomehow.

"IasaprofessionalalsohavesacrificedmylifewhenIcan'tcomehomeontimeserving
tofeedmyfamily."Whenyousaythis....youaredoingfor"yourfamily"....asoldieris
doingitforeachfamilyinthiscountry.

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Beingasoldierdoesnotmean"personalchoice"....itscalledPATRIOTISM...whichwedont
seetoomuchinourcountry.

Itisnotonlyasoldierwhoissacrificingeverythingforother.Eventhefamilyofasoldier
sacrificesalot.Pleasereadthis:AnkitSrivastava'sanswertoHowdoesitfeeltoknowor
livewithasoldier?

ANDasoldierisNEVERseekinganythinginreturn.Thatisselflessserviceandsacrificeto
thepeopleofthiscountrywhoareignorant,peltingstones,hurlingabusesandthankless.

Thatiswhy.IndianArmyBeAGentlemanforLife
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SurbhiKumud
WrittenNov4,2014
Uknowyouarealiveandabletowriteasksuchstupidquestiononquoraonlyforone
simplereasonthatyouhavegotagreatarmy24x7x365daysguardingbordersofIndia..
oneofthemostefficientnbiggestarmyoftheworld..stillhasnevertakenovergovernance
ofcountryunlikeourneighbourpakistan..
Ucallarmyforfloods
Ucallarmyduringearthquake
Uwantsoldierstofightterroristnprotecturhome
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Andratherthanbeinggreatfull..youareaskingisIndianarmyoverhyped?
Plzdontasksuchnonsensequestions..
Ps:Idonthaveanyrelativeinarmy..soitsunbiasedanswerfromanaverageIndiangirl..
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Anonymous
WrittenAug31,2014
WorkinginanMNCisOverHyped.
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PankajKushwaha,Abitterperson,veryproficientinruiningyourday.
WrittenAug19,2014

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Idon'tunderstandwhatkindoffuckretardyouare.
YouareaprofessionalwhoearnsbreadandbutterjustbyworkingassoffatsomeMNCin
someACcompartment.Notinopencoldenvironment.
Youseeyouwifeandkidsmoreoften.
Youwakeupwithoutanyfearofnotopeningyoureyesnextmorning.
AnarmypersonnelIstheretoprotectyouregoistandfoolAssservedbyenemies.
Andifyousayitsoverhyped.
Goandholdagunonborder.AndIwouldliketoseeifyoupeeinyourpantsornot.
AndforyourfuckingkindinformationIwouldliketotellyouthatarmyhelpedyoukind
offooldickheadseverytimewhetherit'sfloodorothercrisis.
IamnotanarmypersonnelbutIrespectthem.
Didnotlikemyanswer.
AurrahiuniformKibaat.Whydoyoucare?
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VibhaChowdhry,Iambackforgood
WrittenAug20,2014
Ihopeyougotyouranswers....lolquoraisnotaplacetopostwhateverwhenever....ufeel
like...getsomecommonsensedudeanddogetsomelife....therecouldbesome
shortcomingsinarmedforcestoobutwhattheyservefprisultimateandnothingonearth
canreplaceit.....sotheyrcalledsoldiers.
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JanardanSinghRathore
WrittenAug24,2014
Youaskingforahumbledebateona'notsohumble'question,saysitallabtur'over
hyped'senseofbeingverysensibleorintelligent.
Andasfarasdanswrtourquestionisconcerned,Idon'tthinkurqualifiedenough,asu
hvjstcomparedurslfSACRIFICINGonemissingmealtothesacrificesmadebyour
soldiersindlineofduty.
Andonemorethingtheydon'tneedurrespect.keepitwithurselfforrainyday.
Don'tyouthinkuaskingforrepectfrurmissingmealsiswaytoomuchtoaskfor?
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WrittenSep21,2014
AgaraapyehsochtehaikiaisequestionspuchkeaapfamoushojaaogethoManmohan
SinghbhikahegakiAapchutiyehai...:P
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