The Life in Navy Vs. Life in MNCs (The story of my friend’s son)

by Uday Kumar on August 12, 2012

Hi everyone, I thought of writing down a recent discussion with one of my friend’s son who is into to the corporate world. The young man is presently employed in an MNC in Bangalore. He was brought up in a defence environment throughout his life. He studied in Army and Navy Schools.

After his Engineering he took up a job with an MNC (name of the company deliberately undisclosed). Everything was fine until recently when his father retired and left the service to settle in his native place and my friend’s son got fully cut off from the naval way of life. The young lad who was used to the Naval way of life met face to face with the hard realities of life.

The civil world is daunting and exceedingly cruel if you wish to live by your rules and principles. You better follow what others say (your boss) or else you will be pushed to the bottom most level of human chain and will be treated as the lowest form of living organism. Coming back to my point, the MNCs and corporate world are nothing better than a jelly fish which are highly vicious yet very appealing and inviting.

I don’t mean to say he faced violence in his office or that he was subjected to rebuke and molestation. His once happening life has been subjected to nothing but work, work and more work. His hands and legs are shackled by his employers in the name of service bond, target, annual target, promotion assessment, QRs for foreign assignments, being in the good books of senior managers and so on.

I spoke to him at length about these issues. I asked him what he remembered of his childhood days, just to divert from the topic and also I thought I can suggest him some solution. He remembered his everyday life as a teenager wherein his father would come home early (around 5 p.m) as is the norm in the service and spend quality time with his family.

He would go with his father for a walk with their dog. He would play tennis and football regularly. He was the school captain of their football team. He would see his parents attending so many social gatherings, parties, functions etc in his father’s official capacity.

The weekends would be full of fun and amusement with trips to nearby hill stations for trekking or just a jollyride with his parents. The memories of his childhood as well as his teenage seems to have had a very strong impact on him in respect to the agony he is undergoing today.

Today when he sees himself stuck in an office working from 9 a.m in the morning to 8 p.m in the night. He feels that nothing is less disgusting than this. No fun. No great weekends either. Weekends are filled with either pending work or some urgent work. This is the working culture he lives.

He misses the quality time that he saw his father used to have. I would say he is terribly ultra fat for a 24 year old. The junk food, pizzas and alcohol seems to have taken his health for a ride. The most horrifying fact about all this is the stress that he is subjected to in his office.

Trust me, he looks handsdown as a thirty year old. From what he told me, I dont think even during war time the armed forces would take so much stress to thier heads.

Today the MNCs have nothing to offer their employees except money. Even what they offer isn’t so great. 50 grands in Bangalore or Mumbai is as good as 20 grands in a small town.

Today the MNCs drain the employees till their last drop of energy. They die every day in their office in fear. They fear for things which are unworthy to be feared about. Being in the good books of seniors is very vital in getting plump positions in their organisation, earning a foreign assignment, etc.

So they end up over working to prove their bosses that they are a workaholic. I would say there is nothing great being a workaholic. I would say all workaholics are sick people who do not see what the world and your life could offer you. Comeon people, come out of your computer and files. There are much more interesting things in the world.  It doesn’t stop overthere, the politics involved in his office would put all our national parties to shame. The cut throat competition between the staff has taken away the little bit of moral values and ethics left in these organisations.

They are ready to be as much immoral as their company would require them to be. They are ready to take any immoral, unprofessional, unhealthy, narrowminded decisions for the betterment of their organisations in the name of everything is fair for profit and promotions.

I was once told by a wise senior of mine that, All’s fair in love and war. I dont see any love nor war over there.

After listening to the young man for quite some time, I told him,”Son, your father had a illustrious career. He was respected and adored. He visited more than 30 countries. He was posted in the Indian Embassy in UK for 2 years. He took great care of his wife and his children. He was a man of simplicity and humanity. He would care for his men before himself. He was exremely fit and would easily put any swimmer to shame in his swimming even to this date. He was awarded with various decorations throughout his illutrious career. He lived a life. He had a life!!”.

He was silent. I finally said, “young man, if you want a life, join the navy”.

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rocky monis August 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm

sir,wht do i do if my graduation marks are less.will it affect my ssb selction?


Narayana August 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm

i have purchased your material. If i follow your material is it enough? Which book should i prefer for screening tests i.e. the verbal and non-verbal tests?


saibaba August 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm

thanks sir for inspiring the youth of this country by writing articles to join in armed forces.


Rajat sharma August 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Dear sir,

I have got the call for ssc(pilot/observer).
this is my first ssb in navy.
i have given 4ssb for airforce(3 not recommended/1 screened out)
and 2 for army (both screened out)
I want to know that when ssb asks me that ” why i have come for navy this time”, what should be my answer/
Does it makes any affect that i have attended so many ssb’s in all arms of forces.


Srijith August 13, 2012 at 8:51 am

Hi Rajat,

Have you got the call letter for PILOT entry or observer? Why am asking is…I have applied for SSC OBS entry Dec 2012 but I haven’t get any intimation reg that. Please reply back.

Rajat sharma August 13, 2012 at 11:56 am

Dear Srijith,

I have got the call letter for Pilot entry.
I think their is separate list for the Observer entry.

Srijith August 14, 2012 at 8:23 am

Thank you for quick response Rajat. Hope I will get it soon.

Meenakshi Yadav August 12, 2012 at 11:23 pm


I want 2 join IAF but I dunno how to get into it apart from AFCAT.IS der ne other entrance for it.

Thanking u


sunil August 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Hello sir , i want to know about SSC (OBSERVER) branch of Indian navy. Please help me with all necessary details like what is main work of this branch, its contribution in navy ,promotion policies, its career growth, its posting and all remaining details ????? And also explain because now its SSC , can the officer appear for PERMANENT COMMISSION after few years of services and if no SSC then what is the post retirement job opportunity ????…. please help me all details…..


Uday Kumar August 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm

SSC (Observer) is a short service commission post for carrying out the duties of Navigator(as in air force) in the naval aircrafts. As short service officers you will 99% get a fixed wing air craft. Whereas permanent commission officers get helicopters. The main work of this branch is to help the pilot in navigation. Carry out Anti -submarine attacks from air craft, carry out communication with other air crafts on a tactical basis, you will be the tactician behind any air attack. I cannot say more about this on an online forum…The promotion policies are same that of the SSC officers. Yes, he may appear for permanent commission provided he has a good track record. Post retire ment job opportunities are a little less if you ask me if you will get to fly in air crafts outside since Commercial Aircrafts do not require an observer. But you will get good opportunities in Airport management and airlines management etc.


Meenakshi Yadav August 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm


I want 2 join IAF but I dunno how to get into it apart from AFCAT.IS der ne other entrance for it.

Thanking u



AMit September 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm

FOr girls the only thing available is trhu AFCAT entry!…..

Pankaj August 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I am in Indian Army serving as a soldier in Army Ordnance Corps. My service is about 2years and I want to appear in ACC exam. Sir please suggest that the procedure of SSB is same as in NDA SSB. Because I got nothing in Internet about ACC exam so I use to get some information from NDA SSB interviews. sir please make a reply… Sorry for the trouble sir..


uday August 18, 2012 at 10:34 am

Dear Pankaj, the SSB interview is the same for all entries. Whether it is NDA/CDS/ACC/CW/UES/AFCAT/Direct Entry etc

Sandeep Trivedi August 22, 2012 at 2:21 am

Sir, thanks for providing a great stuff.
I have SSB for CDSE-NAVY on 25 aug 2012 in Bhopal .I have already attended SSB 3 times earlier .I want to share u a sampled filled PIQ form of mine . So kindly give your mail where i can mail my filled piq…thanking sir..


suvarna August 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Sir i would like to know what are the oppurtunities for girls in navy.
I have completed my engineerinng degree in cse in 2012.


ashwini August 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm

graduate from IGNOU will be applicable in defence job……….???????????????


Saharan September 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Thx Sir for the nice article.BUT what about the other side of the coin?What about the negative aspects of this field?What about the destroyed family life.Transfer,Transfer and Transfer and there comes a point when you ask your family to stay back at that place and you move on to next one.
What about the time when you retire and you again have to look out for job opportunities,in fields that you are not familiar with.
Not everyone can be a MD at their own business.
Comparison has to be Even-Stevens.

Ram RAm


uday September 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Saharan, well brought out. Even if I have to make a comparison based on the disadvantages Armed Forces will do better.

Transfer, Transfer, Transfer – What is wrong in it. Your kid’s education will not be hindered since there are KVs, Army Schools, at all units and stations. The army/airforce/navy has units at either metropolitans like Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Jaipur, etc or at some of the most sought after picturesque places like Dehradun, Ooty, Lonavala, Port Blair, Goa, Chilka, Jamnagar, Jabalpur, etc etc. Only a few places fit out of the two above mentioned categories.

Regarding family life – In corporate people work late nights and reach home late. Their kids are fast asleep by the time they reach home. They are sent on business visits to other places and sometimes other countries too for a few weeks. They eventually speak to each other on personal fronts only on sundays/holidays.Cos there is no time to spend on each other. They are all so busy making money for their companies… Is this you call as family life.

And regarding becoming MD – come on friend not everyone outside the Armed Forces become MD of companies. So how can you ask me to justify why people after retirement are not able to become MD of companies.

madhur September 12, 2012 at 2:05 am

i am B.Tech(computer science) ,batch-2012 with 79.16% passout student.and i have already applied for indian navy in SSC executive(Information Technology) entry.but i have not received ssb call letter.when i tried to download ssb call letter from navy website the “No Record Found”message advertisement of this enty ssb date mention between july-november.sir please tell me… is there any chance to get call letter????


VIKAS HALI September 20, 2012 at 12:41 am

i have also applied for the same and i have received the call letter from the exchange of my hometown .it will be there don’t worry…

Tarun Goswami September 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Hello Uday Sir,
First of all, i would like to thank you for writing this article, i would not say inspiring as every job whether its in MNC or in armed forces has its own advantages and disadvantages, so we can not compare between two jobs. However, it totally depends on the choices. In-spite of the fact that i am also working with MNC, i personally like armed forces rather than MNC.
As you have mentioned in the article that this young guy goes to office at 9 A.M and comes at 8 P.M. and have become workaholic. It totally depends on the person whether he wants to be in office and become workaholic or finish his work on time and spend time with his family. Nobody puts any stress on you to work late at night. I accept sometimes you have to spend some extra time in your job to complete the assignments but which job does not have this. Sometime, you spend more time in office but other times you don’t have much work to do too.
Now, next thing you have mentioned that he started eating junk food, pizzas and drinking alcohol. If he wants to eat all of these and spoils his health, its his decision, working in MNC does not make him to do that. He is doing all of it because of his own wish. You could be in any JOB and could have any type of food. Its up to you only.
Regarding cutthroat competition, Now a days, in any job. there are so many people around who are working with you that every-time when you get an assignment, you always want to be seen at the first position. To do so, it is not necessary that you have to work 12 hours or you have to pull down others or you have to butter your manager and start making things which does not exist. To be stand out, you need to work smartly and with intelligence. There could be many ways to complete 1 thing, you need to have a foresight to always choose the best solution.


Shagun Joshi September 29, 2012 at 12:36 am

Oh sir! do you mean that those who are not in navy are not living at all! Is this kinda joke??? What fun is there in being aloof from the rest of the world and living in a world of own…not in the real world! As if there is nothing except this in this world except themselves..! I am daughter of an army personnel. Who’d know this better than me!


Rajeev September 6, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Sir I am interested in Naval Architecture but I have six fingers in Right Hand
Will i be eligible ??


Uken May 12, 2015 at 12:08 pm



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