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Serving to your country as a soldier is something that is very much different from a regular job. Even it cannot be compared to a job. Working in an Army is a passion , dedication and love towards our country . Soldiers do it for the pride and honor of our country and this is the only reason that they struggle everyday so that we can sleep in peace .

Life in the armed forces isn’t like any other. When they are protecting our country’s borders 16,000 feet above the sea level at a temperature of -50 degrees at the Siachen Glacier, it can’t be just another job, right? Neither one is battling an average temperature of 50 degrees in the blistering heat of Rajasthan. They are not working for themselves , they are working for our country , they are sacrificing their life for protecting our families and for providing us a safe life. 

 

It’s not easy to be so selfless and that’s exactly what makes these ordinary men extraordinary.  Even when the rest of us were busy in taking sides , calling out for a war or praying for peace and both governments were busy taking on their counterparts on national television and we, as regular citizens , have taken social media by storm with our tweets , status messages and open letters. It’s the army who were busy fighting bullets at the border amidst all the ceasefire violations and growing tension.

This hardship for Army men begins from the training level itself because training is done under strict discipline with absolutely zero tolerance for mistakes . They have a very tough schedule and they give no little time for rest and also they get strict punishments when they do any kind of mistake . During the training period , the cadets operate on little to no sleep and have a rigorous exercise routine to follow , including speed marches and runs with full battle load on their backs. And these routines are practiced everyday for long hours.

But what makes everything worthy are the benefits after the training when every single trained person becomes faultless with great manners and style. They know the right way to walk, talk, dress and dine. Haven’t we all always looked up to the lifestyle of the armed forces? “The bonds you forge during those training days last for lifetime.

Actually the real struggle begins after the training as they work 24*7 . They work under very tough conditions with no proper roads and tracks for transport and little to no public support. There isn’t enough drinking water and sometimes , operations require them to stay on duty for weeks on end without any rest in between. Our soldiers don’t only fight with the enemies , they also fight with the Natural disasters .At such high altitudes , frost bites , chilblains , loss of memory and pulmonary edemas are common problems. 

Life in the armed forces isn’t easy. It’s a new challenge everyday. And the challenge isn’t just from the enemy but from nature too. You’re far away from your loved ones, fighting for life every single day. But it’s the spirit of these men and their undying love for India, that keeps them going. 

Army men know the level of expectations from them. And the only way to live up to those expectations is training and training hard. It’s almost like being super humans. Those who are physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually tough, manage to survive all odds are the ones who become a part of the Army.

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