Friday, February 26, 2010
INDIAN ARMY, a beautiful organization
I found in Indian Army, a beautiful “managerial and administrative” organization. When I joined my first unit, initial days I had not much responsible jobs to do. As I told you, as per tradition of the unit I was asked to stay with Jawans for few weeks. I got one cot allotted with them. A senior JCO briefed me the daily routines of the unit. The unit was in the verge of moving to the valley. There was no much officers present in the unit. Few of them had gone with advance party. I started working with Jawans as one of them. Staying with them I could understand each individual, their living standards, habits and their life styles in a very closed quarter. At this period every one was under my observation and Jawans also started evaluate their officer. As I had lot of time to indulge in the activities what I like. I went personally to all Jawans and enquired about their personal liking being in the Army and their problems in a democratic way. I found the men I am going to command is so complicated. They had brought up in different environments and have different values of life. To meet their diverse requirements as an officer is a cumbersome work. Here is the importance of Training . The goals of giving training to Jawans as well as Officers are to bring a standard in them, which make them fit to work in hand with hand in the same platform. They are standard managers. From all the sides they are able administrators. The mental frame work that formed during the training gives them control over the senses, actions and words. This mental control cause physical control during actions for perfection. Everyone learns all rules and theories, but fails in implementation. Even though, the reason for failure is known, but not the power to act. Here an Army officer succeeds. A man trained with this kind of mental foundation surely became 100 % manager. He became capable enough to work up to the satisfaction of his superiors and expectation of his subordinates.
First Sainik Sammelan I attended was one by the Brigade Commander. The arrangement was so nice to see. From that I could understand how well the system is stream lined in Army. Officers are more vigilant and observed the activities of his subordinates and supported them to achieve the result. Men are more punctual and obedient to orders. Humanbeings are basically lazy by nature. But by training and constant reminders only his active nature can maintained. Some people remind themselves to be active; others want someone to remind them to be active. Every one here must manage people, but also materials (other resources) and time. the challenge is in facing the “do or die” situations in stock while accomplishing tasks with limited manpower with limited other resources in limited time.