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Pay and Remuneration
Salaries in the Army have increased after the 6th Pay Commission; in addition there are about 60 perks and benefits which bring armed forces salaries closer those obtained in the private sector.
Officers: On Graduation from any of the military Institutes, i.e. NDA, IMA or OTA one can join the Army at the level of Lieutenant at a pay scale of Rs 15600/- to 39100/- per month. (This figure doesn’t include perks and benefits).
Field Marshall K.M.Cariappa joined the Indian Army when the British were still ruling India and played an active role in World War II. After Independence he became the first Indian Commander-in-chief of the Indian Army. He retired from the Army in 1953, but still visited the front lines during the 1965 and 1971 wars with Pakistan to keep up the morale of the soldiers. He also served as Indian High commissioner to Australia and New Zealand in the 1950s. He is famous for saying, “to me there are only two ‘stans’ - Hindustan (India) and Foujistan (the Army)."
Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw also participated in World War II. He was the 8th Commander-in-chief of the Indian Army and masterminded Pakistan’s rout during the 1971 war. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1972 for his service to the nation.
A Day in Life
Peace time routine is different from routine during war-like situations or on border posts; however the general routine remains the same across all ranks and in all commands.
The day usually starts after daybreak with physical exercise or activity. Another training session occurs after breakfast. All assemblies are preceded by a ‘fall in’. During ‘fall in’ the men and their equipment to be used for training is inspected. A games session in the evening is usually followed by a roll call. During this period the day’s activities are reviewed and the next day’s activities are shared with the men. Any important news is also communicated at this point. The period following this is relaxation time with no structured activity scheduled. Sometimes a religious parade is organised when the entire group irrespective of religious denomination visits a place of worship. This could be a temple, mosque, gurudwara or church. Dinner is followed by ‘lights out’ by 10 pm.
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