As a fauji wife of more than a decade I can safely say that I have come to know this tribe rather well. There are various ways to indentify the military man – whether in uniform or in civvies. There are some peculiarities and identifying factors that the fauji man has made his own; this little list of pointers may help to identify the fauji:
Whether he is in full ceremonial regalia, battle fatigues,
evening formals or in a pair of jeans and a tee you can be sure he is perfectly groomed and well turned out.
He Has That Haircut
This signifies not only that he has just emerged from a fortification or restricted area of some sort; it also means that he habitually follows rules and lives his life with discipline.
He is Irresistible in Uniform/Overalls/G-suit/Tunic/Combat Clothes
Obviously, So is She
Doesn’t this picture speak for itself?
He Can Dress in the Dark
He May on Occasion be Heard to Say Something Like “@#$dy Civilians!”
He Will Call You Ma’am
I thought it was charming that all officers respectfully called me “ma’am”. It took me a while to realise that it spared them the hassle of remembering names and seniority and other technicalities!
He Inspires Respect
Whether he says “Defence” at the Toll Plaza or when he meets some other stranger, you can see the deference and respect dawn in the eyes of people. As for the pride he inspires in his family and friends… well I can go on for a while there.
He Always Lets You Precede Him
Chivalry is not dead yet! You will still find it the Officer and the Gentleman who opens doors for you, waits for you to precede him and offers to carry anything heavier than a bunch of flowers for you.
He Loves His Machine
Weapon, vehicle, plane, missile or any other equipment that the fauji works with… he will treat it with care and respect. Because you know, he’s a lover and a fighter.
He Respects All Religions
He’s a Hero!
Natural disasters or terror attacks, the fauji is always the first in the line of fire; and proud to be so!
He Can Dance or Play the Guitar or Sing or…..
... and practice some rather strange party rituals as well – here this guy is being tossed up in the air, presumably after a very stiff shot of something extremely alcoholic.
By – Reena Daruwalla