VII ORD . . . Time is very interesting, it goes slow when you suffer and fast when you enjoy. From BMT to being in 607, each stage of my NS journey taught me something and contribute to who I am today. Unit life being the longest, and thus the most significant of my NS. . Being in 607 has been an interesting experience, giving me the opportunity to work with different people. Being in Platoon 3 has been a blessing for me, being able to get to know the people that were/are in Platoon 3. Working with them taught me that everyone is different and has their own way of doing things. The many hours spent doing duty allowed me to glean their ideas, personalities, outlook on life. Those difficult moments(insufficient people)/ happy moments(Going out together) helped us to forge a better bond. . For Platoon 3: Treat every duty as a… game. Do what you need to survive, enjoy the game. Occasionally, a boss will appear, slay it to gain some treasure, even if you lose that round, don't worry, the wounds are experience that help you to improve. In tough times, look at the people around you, they make the suffering lesser. In good times, enjoy it together with the ones around you, they make the good times possible. I hope I have been a good enough friend for you guys. Thank you for these memories. . CFC(NS) Gary Tan signing off . . . P.S. Platoon 3 is the best 😛 #NS50 #payalebarairbase #securitytrooper #bestplatoonever #ORDLOH
VI PLAB: 2017 . . . Started the year off with a surprise(?) 😂 Got my CFC rank, something that I thought I have missed. To me, this rank is important, it is the highest rank an ST could get, and show my contributions to the squadron are recognised. . Another surprise followed with Feb OSM. I still remember a certain PC once said to me that it is very hard for platoon people who only do duties and don't participate in other events to get OSM because they are just doing their daily duties and does not "stand out". Does this mean I did my duties well enough to "stand out"? 🤔😁 . As the months pass, saw my batch ORD, a new Platoon 3 command team, another birthday card, wisdom tooth extraction (what an uncomfortable experience) and “poof”, here I am. Being able to do my last 1B duty on Sunday gave me time to reflect on the 1 year 7 months here, and I realised that I really enjoyed my time here… . . . Last Stop: Oscar Romeo Delta #ns #securitytrooper #payalebarairbase #corporalfirstclass #littleisland
V PLAB: 2016 . . . 2016 was an interesting year, with May most significant. ROH was an interesting experience that not everyone will get to enjoy, although seeing aerial display everyday was a little too much 😆. SFI was the most consistent during this period though 😁. Turning the clock 2 weeks back before ROH was the most significant of my NS life. Prior to that day, I wanted to just finish my duties and end NS ASAP. However, that rainy 🌧 day gave me something few people ever get during their NS. A coin by then commander 7AELG, ME7 Tay Gek Peng. I was quite surprised when he came over to CP5 and presented me with the coin because I was "brave" enough to stop a high ranking officer. When I got back and thought about this incident, this went through my mind, "Why not be the best Security Trooper in my time?" Getting LCP, then CPL rank, completing my first 10km run at AHM, 2nd year IPPT Gold. I remember going to the e-mart ASAP after dismount to buy the Gold IPPT badge because CO was asking about it 😂. When the year was going to end, no one in my batch was nominated for CFC, and I thought that I will never get that extra money… . . . Next stop: Same Place Still #ns #securitytrooper #payalebarairbase #rsaf #7aelg
IV PLAB: 2015 . . . Went to PLAB and was relieved to see some of my section mates from 8SIR. The PC took us to our bunks and we were told to stay in for a week 🙃. Got introduced to the new environment and realised that the duties were quite diff from PYAD, much more checkpoints, much more ppl. OJT for 2 weeks, got a new greyish-blue beret (Bye, green beret 😆), everyone wanted to join Platoon 3, and I was happy when I got in. Stayed in base during last day of 2015, saw some fireworks 💥 and went back home on New Year’s Day. As we were going back home, I wondered what the rest of the year would be like, not knowing what an eventful year it would be... . . . Next stop: Same Place, New Year #nationalservice #securitytrooper #payalebarairbase
III PYAD . . . My first impression was the place was very small = less regulars 😂 . Got introduced to how things work, the living conditions (Aircon bunk, and a resident 🐱). OJT for 2 days and started my first duty there, a little tired (not used to the shift cycle), but had many days to rest 😆. Food was edible, but dinner was mostly Tze Char. Guarding such a small place is boring, as nothing much happens. Became bored as you somehow run out of topics to talk to cos of the shift cycle (keep talking to the same ppl). Almost a month went by and received news to report back to 8SIR. At Clementi, we learned we were going to airbases and reported to the respective airbases on the day itself… . . . Next stop: PLAB #nationalservice #8sir #securitytrooper #greenberet
II 8SIR . . . I was actually happy to be posted to 8 SIR, much nearer to my house. Fire drill on the second day, "punishments" and got the white ST armband. Same old thing of lessons, PT and punishments. Food was consistently good, and each meal became something I would look forward to 😂. I got my silver on the first IPPT, but no marksman, at least still got $200 😂. Last week: Learnt that I will be going to an army camp, got my green beret (which will be worn for only 1 month…), Red/Orange ST armband, went for an NE trip… and left for where I thought I would spent the rest of my NS life... . . . Next stop: PYAD #nationalservice #8sir #securitytrooper #neverbackdown
7 days… 7 of these . . . I BMT Tekong was... a little hard for me, but only needed to endure for 9 weeks. I knew I would miss the cosiness of my house and my mattress 😂 The lessons and PT in Tekong took me some time to adjust to, especially since I suck physically. Learned to call ppl with their ranks even though they are similar in age to me (1 thing which I still don't like about the military). The food was still edible lah 😆 if you don't expect too high a standard and very well fed 🐔I was lucky that the weather was good during my field camp, no rain, although it rained 🐱 and 🐶 during BIC. PES B2: No BCCT and 8 km route march. I guess BMT taught me to be slightly more independent, and know who to rely on when needed. After POP and the 1 week break, got posted to a place for some ST training. . . . Next stop: Clementi Camp #ns
Thank you to the awesome Platoon 3 for collaborating to help me celebrate my birthday. 😂 Delaying dismount brief just for this ah. Thank you @weiweimock @rayzzzwazzupp for the idea, @zhen_yu_ @oh.linus for sending the cake.