This is the story of two childhood friends who grew up together with the same dream to join the Indian army and what was the probability of childhood friends to clear the defence exam and interview, join the academy and pass out from the academy as a commissioned officer at the same time same day! Defence aspirants would know that the probability of this to happen is nearly zero. This is the story of Lt Shubham and Lt Vineet as narrated by Lt Shubham Bbaunthiyal.
We met when we were in class 7th (2007) at the same school (Army Public School), we were in the same class and surely it was the destiny which brought us together from two different direction towards the same goal. From very starting, we both had one goal of our life and that was getting into Indian army as an officer. Though after a lot of efforts, we both were not able to clear and join the National Defence Academy after 12th. It was a big set back for us as it was a big blow on our dreams, it became a challenge for us, during this journey we kept motivating each other and kept trying to achieve our goal.
After college, I applied for the Indian Army again and got recommended in my first SSB Interview attempt but Vineet was not able to clear it along with me. Our dream of passing out together from the academy was almost shattered but as we all know, the destiny will always work for you if you want to achieve something with pure heart and soul. In the next attempt, he cleared it for TGC entry and joined the same academy after few months. Academy days were tough as they are supposed to be, be it from ragda of weapon training area to that of officers. We enjoyed everything together and as luck of our friendship was on our side. We marched passed in a same contingent standing next to each other and passed out on the same day. I believe in destiny but destiny only works well when you courage to accept failure and strong will to work towards your goals. Wish you luck and best wishes for whatever you do in life.