IAF motivates young aspirants to join the forces; here’s how

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NEW DELHI: Strong commitment to serve the nation, discipline, clear goals and dedication are the key skills needed among youngsters aspiring to join the armed forces.

To build a direct connection with aspirants aiming to join the Armed Forces, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is reaching out to young college students across the country. The intent is to guide the students about the mode of entry in the forces, challenges and quality of life experienced by the professionals.

The reach-out initiative by the IAF does not reflect on the decline in the number of applicants. “The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) has seen a steady increase in applications over the years. The IAF has also witnessed active participation of women lately,” says Wing Commander (Wg Cdr) Sneha Singh, who has been serving in the Indian Air Force since December 2005.

She added that such programmes are more helpful to women as they have always been very doubtful about their role in the Indian Armed Forces.

“Although girls are keen to join the armed forces, they are apprehensive about their role. We try to clear the doubts. The aspirants must know that the forces do not discriminate between genders.”

“Students take this opportunity to learn about the opportunities offered to females in the armed forces,” adds Sneha.

“IAF is opting for the reach-out programme to inform and encourage youngsters. Most candidates have limited knowledge about induction and the best way to inform and clear their doubts are through one-to-one interaction,” says Sneha.

Sneha’s entry into the IAF was a smooth one, as she hails from a defence family. With her father serving the Indian Navy, the Kanpur girl never faced any resistance from the family when she decided to join the Indian Air Force.

“After completing my Bachelor of Science in Zoology, I applied for the Services Selection Board (SSB) and cleared it in the first attempt as I was well-prepared,” says Sneha, who cleared SSB in 2004.

“The training was rigorous but stimulating. I enjoyed every bit of it as I was devoted to the job and was ready to give my best at every front of the training,” says Sneha who was motivated to join the forces since her childhood. “Watching my father and later my brother serve in the IAF was inspiring,” she adds. “I had tuned my brain to challenge myself physically and mentally. A person can excel in the forces only if he/she is completely dedicated and self-motivated. Besides the physical strength, this is about one’s mental strength,”adds Sneha, who studied in Kendriya Vidyalayas throughout and finished her BSc before joining the IAF.

During a recent reach-out programme held at Amity University, students were briefed about the three branches of the Indian Air Force where they can apply as per their age, physical attributes, qualification, inclination and interest. The students are also informed about the eligibility criteria and the various qualifying exams that are needed to enter the air force and UPSC (NDA and CDSE), AFCAT, MET, NCC and SEC.

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