15 Best Reasons to Join Indian Air Force

1. Rock Solid Job Security
Nowadays in India private companies do not give us as much job security as they gave to our parents and grandparents. In an economy where nothing is certain, having a government job is the best for us because we will never be asked to leave from a government job. Best of all there are no pay cuts and only increments throughout our life. Immaterial of whether the economy falls or rupee falls, no one will be sent home jobless from a government job.

2. Pay and Allowances
If you are a freshly passed out and commissioned officer in the armed forces you will make about Rs.42,000 per month. Additionally the allowances that you will get are flying pay, high altitude allowance, sailing allowance, island allowance, pilotage allowance, diving allowance, submarine allowance, commando allowance, etc. Allowances vary between Rs.6,000 to Rs.16,000 and DA of 60%.

3. Great Facilities for You and Your Family
The facilities like free schooling to children, free medical facilities to dependents, Canteen facilities, Car to senior officers, loan facilities, excellent accommodation where ever you are posted, free air tickets to you and all your family anywhere in India once in a year. Facilities like swimming pool, tennis court, squash courts, etc. are part of your accommodation.Memberships to Clubs, gyms and golf courses are absolutely so cheap that they are as good as free.

4. Great Food at No Cost
If you are an unmarried officer, food is free of cost. Once married the ration used for the preparation are given to the officer at his doorstep free of cost. I don't think any company can afford for such an arrangement to its employees.

5. Awesome Foreign Assignments
The MNCs have a way of tempting their workers to work more with the price tag of a foreign assignment. The poor souls slough there is so much only to get an assignment to work in a foreign country for a few months. For a few lucky, may be a year or so. Whereas in the armed forces we send Officers with diplomatic visas to Foreign Countries as Defence Attaches in the Embassy as a peace posting. We give them an opportunity to actually chill out.

Our officers even go to do Masters in Reputed Defence Colleges. The Navy sends every year a handfull of Officers to the Royal War College, London, US Marine Staff College, etc. The kind of facilities and luxury these officers receive in those countries are unmatched.

6. Scope for Higher Education
By the time you retire in the normal course of your career in the navy, you end up doing 2 masters (M.Sc.) degree, M.Phil. MBA and PhD (Optional) in your life. Can you name a company in the world which gives so much paid leave and pays its employee to pursue this quantum of studies?

Technical Officers have the opportunity to pursue M.Tech from IIT Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai in their course of their career in the seats which are reserved for Armed Forces.

7. Respect Wherever You Go
You might wonder why I have put this point as No.7, because in the present world not many people care a shit about it. But actually speaking the respect you will command from your soldiers, subordinates, the society and even your family is something you will never be able get in any profession. 100% of the time you will (even if you don't wish to) end up being a role model to your children.

8. First Priority Physical Fitness
Today no one thinks before joining a company in these lines – whether the job will allow me to be fit, play a sport, do some physical exercises or indulge for some fun time in physical activity/adventure activity. But job in the armed forces is all about what I have mentioned in the previous line. Your physical fitness is paramount to us. You can assure yourself a healthier lifestyle in this place.

9. Great Post Retirement Options
On retirement, apart from the handsome amount that you will receive, you will get a pension throughout your life. Today an officer with 22 years of service after retirement will get a pension of approx. Rs.30,000 per month. Even after retirement with your experience and knowledge base the Officers of the Armed Forces are the most sought after commodity for leadership roles in big companies. The armed forces nurture each officer into a leader which becomes his second nature. Hence a second innings post retirement is very probable and equally attractive.

10. Style and the 'Cool' Factor
Not many people understand the style and charisma that sticks with the men in uniform. Believe me, there is nothing more appealing than a smart officer turned up in a crisp uniform. You can never buy that outfit outside. Like the Bourneville ad, you have to earn it to understand it. The pride which comes along with wearing the uniform is out of the earth and you must experience it to understand it.

11. The motto
'Touch the sky with glory', this motto in itself is a reason enough to join the branch of the Armed Forces. Each word in the motto is filled with inspiration and honour.

12. Leave in a jet plane, to learn to fly one
You get a chance to not only fly a jet, but get paid for doing so. So it is a job full of adventure, pride and satisfaction.

13. Everyone is equally important
Being a pilot is not the only way you can be a part of this institution. Even if you join it as an engineer, or as a ground staff, you'll still get the chance of working amongst the sprawling and the thundering jets. You'll be providing a valuable assistance to IAF.

14. Adventure on the go
The number of adventure sports you can do, when in Air Force, is countless. Paragliding, skydiving, car rally, rafting are just a few names, the list is long. In no other job you'll get a chance to enjoy all of this.

15. Camaraderie and companions
You spend a huge amount of time in training, you make friends there. Your fellow officers in whichever unit you get posted become a family for you. It is a lasting bond.