Why Choose Defense as a Career Option – And a Welcome Message from Girish

by Guest Author on May 31, 2014

My name is Girish Singh Thakur and this is the first article in the series of many about Indian Defense Services, The Service Selection Boards and Defense as a career option. We will be meeting regularly here, on navaljourney.com, a one stop destination for those who wish to pursue a career in arms.


My brief introduction, I am a two week old computer engineer and have been recommended by two service selection boards, one for the Indian Army, and another one for the Indian Navy.

As I am a fresh graduate from one of the premier engineering colleges in Madhya Pradesh, IET DAVV Indore, I am well aware of nearly all the career options that are available for the young engineering graduates. This is what I will try to explain in the next few paragraphs, that how defense services are to take as a career option.

Let’s start with an example. I went for my first SSB when I was in pre final year of my engineering. It was Navy University Entry Scheme. I will share my SSB experience in articles to follow, so look for that. Back to the talk, I was recommended and I came back to college. The placement season was about to start. We, recommended candidates were given the advice to secure another job too as the merit list was still to be declared.

So, I came back and prepared hard for my placements. The first company came. It is one of the US based multinational company which is a big name in the area in which they work. In their pre placement talk itself, they said something which stunned me from deep within.

“The guys who cannot work for undefined number of hours, on undefined hours, can leave the hall now”

Obviously, nobody left. Because job was at stake. I faced the interview with all my confidence (As being recommended a month back, I was brimming with it) and nailed it. They offered me the letter of Intent the very same day.

To the contrary, when I went for the SSB for UES NAVY (33 SSB Bhopal), an officer came to talk to us, on our opening address, and said

An officer is an officer, 24*7*365 days a year. Nobody tells him to be so, it’s in his heart that he is so

That being said, I hope my point is clear. There is a huge difference in between being commanded and being ruled.

Command is integral part of the discipline, whereas being ruled by your boss in an MNC, is something which nobody can sustain for a period longer than a few months or years.

The most common question, that the relatives ask you, when you guys get placed is, “Beta, kitne ka package hai?” or in English- “What’s your package”

But trust me on that, when you return recommended, they just wish to know at what rank will you be commissioned on. That is the aura of the uniform.

Stay tuned for next article. Subscribe navaljourney.com to get the links straight in your inbox. Your feedback is valued and much appreciated.

Take Care. Jai Hind. 🙂

– Girish Singh Thakur

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Biju balakrishnan p May 31, 2014 at 9:11 am

Really motivating… thank you sir for this awesome article


Girish June 5, 2014 at 11:40 am

Thanks Biju! Stay tuned! 🙂

manindar May 31, 2014 at 9:38 am

Eagerly waiting for the next big.


Girish June 5, 2014 at 11:40 am

It’s there! Check out now 😉

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