As I near the end of my full time National Service (i.e conscription in Singapore), now seems a better time than any to reflect on my experiences in the past 2 years.
Continue reading Reflections on National Service
After 7 long torturous months, I finally commissioned as an officer of the Singapore Armed Forces, surviving not only the wet season of Lancer and the dry and hot weather of Crescendo, but the many other exercises and challenges that OCS has thrown at me to prove that I am worthy to be a young 2nd Lieutenant.
Continue reading As a commissioned officer of the Singapore Armed Forces
I managed to make it to OCS (Officer Cadet School) after the foundation term in SCS (Specialist Cadet School). To be honest, I have no idea how I actually managed to be one of the honored few to be selected for the cross over, though I am extremely happy about it since it’s been one of my goals to commission as an officer of the Singapore Armed Forces. Special thanks goes out to my section mates who supported me all the way and made the past 8 weeks such a great experience.
Next up: endure 7 months of training in OCS and successfully commission as a 2nd Lieutenant.
UPDATE – 25th July 2015 Continue reading From Specialists to Officers
My Basic Military Training phase just ended last week, so I am now a lowly Private. There’s this banner that is hung in the Tekong Ferry Terminal that states “It’s not what you leave behind, but what you would gain in the days ahead” (or something along that line). When I first enlisted, I scoffed at that, but now, I truly understood what that banner meant.
I am also posted to Specialist Cadet School, fulfilling one of my new year resolutions, though I am quite disappointed that I did not make it to Officer Cadet School. But on the bright side, I don’t have to be confined in camp for the next 3 weeks and there is still a second chance for me to try to enter OCS (via a conversion course).
I would like to apologize for the lack of updates on my site and for taking so long to reply to some of your emails during the past few weeks. As you all probably figured by now, I have been enlisted into the Singapore army and I am now undergoing Basic Military Training, which means I spend at least 5 days per week in the army camp (with no internet access of course). The good news is that my BMT ends in about 3 weeks, but in the meantime, please be understanding if you do not receive an immediate response to your support requests.
Being in army also means being largely out of touch with the outside world. Sure, we do get newspapers everyday, but we do not necessarily have the free time to read it due to a rather packed training schedule. Moreover, there is only 1 set of newspapers per section, which means 14 guys have to take turns reading the papers within a short span of time. I was particularly frustrated by the fact that I wasn’t able to get any news on WWDC announcements save for a very short article on the iPhone 4 in the Straits Times.
Otherwise, life in the army is generally quite OK, even fun sometimes. I am actually considering signing on to the army if I can become an army officer. But for now, I must get ready to book back into camp.