I want to be an Army officer

“I want to be an army officer.”

“Well, you have to have an intermediate degree for that. Then you apply at one of the recruitment centers where they will test your knowledge and physical fitness. They will also conduct a short interview. If they clear you, you will go for ISSB, where they will test you physically and mentally for three or four days. If you pass, you will undergo a rigorous training at the Pakistan Military Academy. If you successfully complete that, you will become an army officer. Although the trainings and courses will continue throughout your career and you must perform well, if you want to go higher up in the service.”

“I guess I will be a CSP officer then.”

“Well, you have to have a bachelor’s degree for that. Then they will make you take an exam in various subjects including English, Islamic Studies, Science, Current Affairs etc. If you pass the exam you will have to undergo a medical test, a psychological evaluation and a grueling interview. You don’t just need to pass these, you need to land in the top couple of hundred or so to go further. If you do that, you will undergo training at the Civil Services Academy. If you successfully complete that, you will undergo another training at a different academy. If you complete that too, you will become a CSP officer. Although the trainings and courses will continue throughout your career and you must perform well, if you want to go higher up in the service.”

“Judge, then?”

“Well you will need a law degree for that. And then…..”

“Wait wait wait! Why the hell is all this so hard?”

“Because these people have to perform important functions. Not every Tom, Dick and Harry can do this stuff. They have to pick the right people for defending our country’s borders, for executing its laws and for interpreting statutes and meting out justice.”

“I can’t do all that.”

“Then be an MNA or MPA.”

“What do they do?”

“They make the laws of this country which are then executed by the bureaucrats and interpreted by the judiciary. They run the country that is defended by the army. They are the bosses.”

“What do I need for that?”

“Nothing. All you need is that more Toms, Dicks and Harries want you to be an MNA or MPA than any other person in your constituency.”

“And degree?”

“Not anymore.”

“Tests?”

“None.”

“Training?”

“Not at all.”

“Courses, if I want to go higher?”

“No courses.”

“Hmmm!”

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