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Why do you want to join Army?

The most asked question in Personal Interview Why Do you want to Join Army/Navy/Air Force?

This is a question that is must to be asked because the answer given by the candidate lets the Interviewer know what are the reasons that are drawing you towards defence forces. And generally candidates try to find the answer of this question on various websites/Blogs. However the answer to this question lies deep inside you, we will help you to dig out the answer from you.

Many candidates answer that they want to join Army because they want to serve their nation. Of course true but can this reason alone be sufficient enough as almost each and every professional is serving his country. If you want to serve you motherland then you can also join IAS, IPS, Income Tax Department or any other department, what’s the uniqueness in Army that you want to join it. One thing if you can note that many other professions helps you in serving your motherland in an indirect way and Army helps you to serve in a direct way. So, in better words you can say that by joining Army You will be able to serve your nation directly, however this statement alone will not be sufficient.

So, Lets discuss various aspects of defence jobs.

Challenges/Adventures

Unlike many other jobs Army offers you to face various challenges and adventures in your life. Those challenges could be in form of working in frizzy cold of Siachen Glacier or Burning heat of Rajasthan. Particularly Army offers you wide range of adventure sports like River Rafting and Horse Riding. So its challenging aspect could be one of the factors that might be driving you towards defence.

Games and Sports

Army/Navy/Air Force offers you various indoor and outdoor games that you can play during your service. Games are important part of defence you may get a chance to represent your unit or may be you are better enough to make it up to the services team.

Gaining New Experience

In defence you will be posted to a new location after every three to five years, you will meet new people and will get to see new places this will help you in learning new things. India is a country where the language changes even after few kilometers so a different location will give you rich experience.

Salary/Perks/Canteen/Medical facility

Army offers a five digit salary even to young officers apart from salary you will be entitled to avail Canteen and Medical facilities.

Salary is an important aspect of any Job. However this is not the only thing to watch out for, but it will be good to acknowledge this in your answer but not in starting.

Education/Family

You will have option to go for higher education, Army takes care of that. Your children will get to study in good schools. Medical facility can be availed by you entire family.

Childhood Dream

Many candidates have a childhood dream of donning uniform; if you are one of those then you can mention that as well. However if joining defence is someone’s childhood dream then he/she must have some knowledge about Rank, Units, Regiments and Weapons detail.

Social Respect

As we all know Army men receives a special respect social respect which they rightly deserves and its only possible to get such social respect by joining Army.

Post Retirement Benefits

There are a number of post retirement facilities in Defence jobs. These include medical and Canteen facility. If you take early retirement then there are ex-servicemen recruitment cell that will assist you to get another job.

Responsibility

Many candidates say they want to get power, I would suggest replace your word power with responsibility. As an officer you will have to shoulder a lot of responsibilities, many individuals find responsibilities as a burden while others enjoy handling them. You will be responsible for safeguarding our nation, are you ready?

It is important to note that the above mentioned points are just a few from a wide range of things offer by defence jobs. It’s not a job it’s a Career.

Keeping all these points in mind you can formulate your answer to the question why do you want to join Army?.

Lets discuss some other important aspects regarding this question that you need to take care.

It is your decision to Join Army so the answer to this question must be yours not borrowed from anyone. Do you know what Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey, PVC said when he was asked why do you want to join Army. He said “I want to win the Param Vir Chakra.” It was his clear-cut goal in life and he ultimately achieved it. Now before moving ahead I want to warn a few copy cats who decided that they will also say what Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey has said, if you do so then be ready to face some follow up question such as how PVC looks like, who was first one to be awarded. Friends these are simple questions for the one who really want to achieve PVC. Don’t you think if someone is really serious to win PVC and he don’t know how it looks or who was first to be awarded that, he must have searched the net to see how it looks and various details if he doesn’t know that then you can evaluate his/her seriousness. There is no limit to the follow up questions but they are cake walk for the one who is speaking truth.

Candidates use words like Job Security just because they heard that somewhere. You tell me is there any guarantee of life in Army, you are talking of Job Security where there is no life security. Don’t copy any thing just because it sounds well, give it a thought.

There is no restriction on your creativity use your brain to formulate your answer. The above mentioned points are just guidelines these are not Lakshman Rekha that you can’t cross or you have to adhere strictly to them. You see we have nowhere mentioned that you can answer that I want to Win PVC, but still a guy with his own creativity got selected and achieved his aim. “You too can also achieve your aim.”

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  2. Few of my family members have served the nation which was one of the reason for my interests towards defence services. How can i specify this in interview?

    • You can mention that My Father/Uncle was also a part of Indian Army and i am very much inspired by him. But if you say so then make sure some follow up questions about you relative like his branch and what work he does. Because if you are motivated by someone then he must have had a discussion with you then only you will get motivated and as a curious person you must have also asked his rank and work.

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