Several years ago, the story is told of a Soldier who always wore his Regimental Tie and Lapel pin when in public (distinguishing him as a soldier; from that particular battalion/unit). On some occasions, be rode the bus from his home in the suburb to the city. On one such trip and when he sat down, he discovered that the conductor had accidentally given him a Rs 100/ too much change.
As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, “You’d better give the Rs 100 back. It would be wrong to keep it.” Then he thought, “Oh! forget it, it’s only Rs 100; who would worry about this little amount. Anyway, the transport company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as gift from ‘God’ and keep quiet about it.”
When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, then he handed the Rs 100 to the conductor and said, “Here, you gave me too much change.”
The conductor with a smile replied, ” I noticed the Regimental Tie and Lapel pin. I have been thinking lately about asking a Soldier how to join the Army. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. You passed the test. Can you please mentor my son to join the Army?”
After exchanging contact details, the soldier stepped off the bus, he said a silent prayer, “Oh God, I almost sold you and my beloved Army out for a mere Rs 100.”
A soldier is distinguished by his actions. His actions speak louder than his words. YOU can identify him from a distance. From his bearing. From his demeanor. From his actions. From his words. He stood by the nation and has promised to stay put, when all else fails.
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