Indian Army Officers do not earn a lot as compared to Private counterparts. With a constant threat to life and the hard life that they spend, many people keep asking if they are satisfied with the salary they get.
An Army officer reply to this question on Quora and his reply is simply hilarious
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“I am an officer in the Indian army currently serving in the disturbed areas of north east.
Age:24, joined the army at age of 22
Salary: 6–7 lac/yr
Coming on to the satisfaction level. I won’t be talking of salary as a satisfying factor. Although important, but that’s not the reason why I joined the army.
I am deployed in insurgency effected area in Manipur with around 20 men under command. It’s not a 9 to 5 job behind the desk. It’s a 24*7 duty with added threat to life every minute. There are no Sundays and holidays. Every time I go out in the hostile area I have to make my mind understand the fact that I may not come back alive or the worst, one of my men suffers a casualty.
That’s a constant fear you face but cannot show it on your face, for you are the person in command. A little fear on your face can demotivate your troops. You have to always make a confident face with no fear and pretend that you are fully motivated and these all situations cannot pull you down.
Further, you cannot share your emotions with your men for it may show that you are weak. You may miss your family and friends but you have to keep it yourself. That’s what we call loneliness of command.
Facilities available: water has to be fetched from a water source nearby. It’s so muddy that if you fill a transparent glass you won’t be able to see through it. It has to be boiled before drinking. We bath with it and also prepare food from same. Electricity is available 2 hours per day. Food is mainly tinned. Somehow mobile network here is good.
The above answer is not a complaint against anyone , nor I am trying to gain sympathy. It’s about the challenges we face each day. This is the life I chose for myself. These situations make me stronger each day.
Being in the army, it has given me many opportunities to develop myself. I have jumped from airplanes, dived deep into the sea, given lectures to gatherings of hundreds, travelled two foreign countries for joint training and the list continues.
So, am I satisfied?
Read his whole answer here.
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