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I'm in the army now, and they just had the whole "career talk" with us. I'm considering signing on, and they are offering a lump sum as well. Is there anything else I should consider?

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    • Gabriel Lee
      Gabriel Lee
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      Answered on 16 Nov 2018

      Are you truly passionate about serving the nation? No doubt that both the career progression and pay package is there, but if you have no passion, you'll suffer eventually especially in the long run as you'll be bound to the contract term.

      I find it pretty ironic when they give their career talk as they'll say "Don't sign on just for the money", but the content that they're sharing is mostly on the pay package and bonuses.

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        I mean I feel like I do like the whole army thing, but a lot of my older friends say that it's all just brainwashing
        16 Nov 2018
      • Gabriel Lee
        Yea sort of, I'm currently serving NS too and they only show you the perks (good side). I have a few friends who signed on due to their family's financial background, which I can understand. So if you feel that you're passionate about the army, then you should consider. But do consider really carefully as Andre has shared, there's no such thing as giving it a try. Once you sign the contract, you're bound to it (terms and conditions). Check out online forums for more insights, quite a few discussions on this topic.
        16 Nov 2018
    • Lee Jin Fei Andre
      Lee Jin Fei Andre
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      Answered on 16 Nov 2018

      Depends on what your goals are, and whether you'd be willing to sacrifice the few years of your life if you're going to pursue something else after the bond ends. Do you see yourself in this career, or is it just a stepping stone to get some higher than average moolah ?

      I did consider signing on as a pilot once, but the bond was long and if I didn't like it I would be stuck in a profession for 10 whole years without any chance of leaving early (I mean you could but the penalty really is out of this world).

      When signing on there's no such thing as "I wanna just try it out and see how" because you're stuck for that few years. Bear that in mind and if your heart is still telling you the pros are so much better than the cons I guess you'll have your answer then.

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        Hmm, but if I don't sign on now, and I wait till nearer into the army life to decide, then I'll lose out on the perks if I choose to sign on in the end right?
        16 Nov 2018
      • Lee Jin Fei Andre
        Then you're just looking at the money rather than a career. And I daresay you're going to have a hard time dragging yourself to work if you sign on with this mentality. Reply is a little late, but hope this helps.
        14 Feb 2019
    Harris Tan
    Harris Tan
    1 Answers, 2 Upvotes
    21 Nov 2018

    I would if I could.

    Not everyone can fit into the system. Not everyone can tuck their ego in and listen to crap from an outdated doctrine.

    But there's more to in then just the uniform. If you enjoy it, you enjoy it.

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