and thereafter Military + MBA degree = A powerful combination that guarantees success in corporate world.
As an Indian Army officer at 21, youd be looking at a lifestyle that one cannot imagine in any other profession, so early in life. What compromises Quality of Life? On one hand is a job with a thick pay packet but with the drudgery of 9AM to 9PM schedule, no avenues and time for extracurricular activities, no scope for adventure and excitement, no social status, lack of family life, threat of being terminated with a months salary, working in suffocating environment with no self respect and honour. On the other hand is a job which offers you challenge, adventure, excitement, honour, prestige, self respect, whole some family life, safety and security for the family and to top it all the love, respect and esteem of our great India. In the somewhat chaotic social and economic conditions that prevail in our country, Army life is an island of sanity and social order that is the envy of our countrymen. Quality of life is an important attribute of Army life, and has no parallel in any other service. Some of the intangibles, which go to make the quality of life in the Army, are:-
(a) Service of the motherland.
(b) A profession to be proud of
(c) Opportunity to travel and know the country and its people/culture/flora and fauna
(d) Opportunity to serve and represent the nation abroad
(e) A pure and noble profession
(f) Honour and social status
(g) No stagnation, a new challenge every day.
(h) Opportunity for growth
(i) Sports and adventure activity
(j) Messes, clubs and institutions facilities
(k) Education facilities Both school and professional colleges for children
(l) AWWA hostel for girls in metros
(m) Army ensures your physical and mental health.
(n) Quality of life ensured not only for officers, but also families.
Consequent to the Sixth Pay Commission salaries have shot up. While the pay and the allowances of an Army officer may superficially appear to be at par with other Central government services, and may be less than that offered by the corporate sector, the quality of life and non-inflationary nature of the perks, which the Army offers outshine the other services. Government job entitles you to many hidden perks, which you may NOT quantify while calculating remuneration. Apparently, there are about 61 types of facilities, benefits and allowances that are applicable to Army in general. In fact if one were to work out the remuneration of a service officer vis a vis a comparable job in the private sector, on the basis of cost to company you would be astounded to find the returns of an Army man to be more if not the same. Some of these perks which are not quantified in terms of cash and are immune to inflation are as follows in case of a Lieutenant, which is the starting rank.
n STARTING PAY RS 15600/- to 39100/-PM
n GRADE PAY RS 5400/-
n MILITARY SERVICE PAY RS 6000/-
n KIT MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE Rs 400/-pm
n TRANSPORT ALLOWANCE RS 1600/- PM to RS 3200 ppm/-
n FIELD AREA ALLOWANCE RS 25% of Basic Pay RS6780/- pm
n COUNTER INSURGENCY RS 6300/- PM
n HIGH ALTITUDE/UNCONGENIAL CLIMATE RS 5600/- PM
n SIACHEN RS 14000/- PM
n FLYING PAY RS 9000/- PM
n PARACHUTE PAY RS 1200/- PM
n SPECIAL FORCES RS 9000/- PM
n GALLANTRY AWARDS
n TECHNICAL PAY
n LIFE LONG PENSION
n QUALIFICATION PAY/ GRANT FOR SERVICE COURSES RS 6000/- PM TO RS 20000/- PM
n OUTFIT ALLOWANCE RENEWED EVERY THREE YEARS RS 14000/- INITIAL & RS 3000/-
n ENTITLED RATIONS
n ANNUAL LEAVE TWO MONTHS & CASUAL LEAVE 20 DAYS
n 50% CONCESSION ON AIR TRAVEL
n FREE TRAIN TRAVEL ONCE A YEAR AND SUBSIDY FOR OTHER JOURNEYS, LTC
n FREE MEDICAL- SELF AND FAMILY IN WELL EQUIPPED MILITARY HOSPITALS
n SUBSIDISED HOUSING IN CLEAN CANTONMENTS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY
n CANTEEN FACILITIES FOR SUBSIDISED PURCHASE OF ITEMS INCLUDING CARS AND ACs
n INSURANCE COVER FOR RS 15 LAKHS AT SUBSIDISED PREMIUM
n GROUP HOUSING SCHEMES IN CITIES INCLUDING METROS
n LOW INTEREST LOANS
n SEPERATED FAMILY ACCOMMODATION IN CHOICE STATIONS.
n ENCASHMENT OF LEAVE UPTO 300 DAYS AT LAST PAY DRAWN
n STUDY LEAVE UPTO 2 YEARS WITH FULL PAY AND ALL BENEFITS
n FOREIGN POSTINGS
The above are entitled as per service conditions and qualifications acquired. Cadets at the IMA, OTA, Cadet Training Wing at CME, MCME, and MCTE get a fixed stipend of RS 2100/- PM.
POST RETIREMENT BENEFITS
n PENSION AT 50% OF LAST PAY DRAWN
n DEATH CUM RETIREMENT GRATUITY
n FREE MEDICAL TREATMENT INCLUDING DEPENDANTS
n CANTEEN FACILITIES AS BEFORE
n INSURANCE COVER
n RESETTLEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
n MBA PROGRAMME FOR RETIRED OFFRS
I was searching on this forum and found there was no thread specifically for the SHORT SERVICE COMMISION ( SSC ) for Army,Navy and Airforce ..so i thought of opening a thread for it ..
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