Things You Think Of When Starting National Service Until Reality Hits You

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Wishful thinking is an easy but dangerous thing to do especially when National Service is concerned.

The program allows students who graduate from accredited tertiary institutions to taste their first shot in the corporate world as a requirement under Ghanaians law to do a one-year national service to the country.

As the National Service Secretariat (NSS)begin to release the postings of National Service Personnel (NSP), we just thought we should help our dear siblings to wake from their slumber.

I bet the following thoughts have ever crossed your mind at some point. They are attainable, however, it is better not to count your chicks before they hatch.

1. Working in an office

As always, fresh-out-of-school graduates have dreamt about working in their own office especially during national service where the government gives you a shot in the corporate world. These fellas keep forgetting that the secretariat can post them to places they desire.

2. Saving up your allawa

Only a handful of people are able to attain this feat. Everyone would like to save their monthly allowances towards something after the service, however, the majority of the personnel complete the program without a Pesewa in their account.

This may be due to such factors as place of posting. Some personnel spend nearly two-thirds of their monthly allowances on upkeep leaving them with nothing to save.

3. Hoping to get an increase in allowance or  get side gigs

Although personnel are able to make a ridiculous amount of money during national service from usually dubious ways, it is not the same everywhere.

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4. Giving off your best so that you can be retained.

Retention after national service is a conversation you have to have with your maker. You can be the personal pet of the one on the organisation’s top level but you can be booted out without regrets.

5. Drawing a budget.

Just when you realise how fast you cut through your stipend at the end of every month. The thought of drawing up a budget comes very fast but eet eez what eet eez. You’re just a spendthrift, get used to it.

6. Special posting is done deal

Special posting is not always a done deal. Of course, you might get someone up the chain to work some magic for you for a fee; the system will show a change in your place of posting but chale, you’re f*@cked. Even those with legit placement get bounced.

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old national service personnel was jailed for 26 years after the court found him guilty of defrauding the Tamale Medical Stores.

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