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GUY WAS AN OFFICER IN NS, “CAN I USE IT TO GET HIGHER SALARY IN 1ST JOB”

I served as an officer in the army. Can I use it to negotiate for higher salary in my first job?

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I applied to this job in a manufacturing firm and my job role is more business related. After clearing the interviews, they told me they are keen to hire me and I am keen to join them too. They will be discussing salary and HR matters in a few days time. After gathering some info, this company pays additional increments for NS experience although it is not civil service or defence/ military related. I want to use my officer background to ask for higher pay. The reasons I can think of are

1. Only a minority and better performing NSFs gets selected to OCS. Being able to complete officer training demonstrates resilience and commitment.

2. As an officer, I learned leadership skills, organizational skills, management skills, planning skills etc which can also be applied in corporate world.

3. An officer held bigger responsibilities than the average soldier.

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4. An officer is generally fitter than the average guy.

Are these reasons strong enough to ask for a higher salary? If not, what else should I do?

Netizens’ comments

  • Of course you can bro! Then when you enter the office the intern will shout OFFICE TIAM, then salute you and report strength every morning.
    Then when the office toilet no more toilet paper you can make the cleaner sign 7 extra and do guard duty with the broomstick outside the cubicle.
    Then every morning you can make everyone stand outside office recite SAF core values and half full kopi drink up before anyone can enter.
    I think your job interview you also just camo on and wear FBO go down and show them you mean business.
  • lol officer in NS honestly don’t mean jack s—… even officers have lousy leadership skills. Also doesn’t mean you are officer you are fitter, your mindset kinda messed up isn’t it? Only benefit you can leverage as an officer is your planning and management skills at a leader level, but that mindset of I was an officer I am above all mindset will get you in trouble sooner or later…
  • And ur rank is bulletproof.
    Shoot other rank will die, your’s won’t.
    U have failed as officer to understand that every ranks plays a part in a successful operation.
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