I know I hadn't been a responsible blogger lately.
This blogspace of mine haven't been updated for ages.
Well. I'm going through alot of personal problems lately * which I won't disclose much either * ( plus not to forget I'm ultra busy going through my BMT in Tekong ).
So sorry about it. I feel really bad about it.
Therefore I came up with this wonderful blogpost to help YOU ( young male readers of my blog who probably is waiting for your enlistment ) to somehow guide what are the do's and don'ts when you're going to/ about to enlist into army.
Here are some useful tips:
1) DECLARE ANY MEDICAL CONDITIONS
This is really important.
If you have any past medical conditions/ injuries, PLEASE DECLARE IT DURING YOUR CMPB checkup.
It's beneficial because at least the medical officer know what PES you're suitable for.
There are cases whereby the enlistee FAILED to sound off any past medical condition during their CMPB checkup, and in return they had a hard time convincing the Tekong medical officers about their medical conditions.
It's just super troublesome lah.
BEST is that you can get a GOVERNMENT specialists to record down your medical condition and just pass the record to the CMPB and * from then * the medical officer will decide whether you're suitable for a specific PES !!!
Remember your PES status is very important !!!
Here are the various PES statuses and their meaning :
PES A/B1 : Both PES A and PES B1 are COMBAT FIT, which means you're fit to go through ALL the basic military course ( which will eventually prepare you for your various future COMBAT units ).
PES BP: PES BP simply means you're FAT but still fit enough to go through ALL the basic military course. Just that instead of going through the 9 week programme, you need to go through a special drooling 15 week or 26 week to improve your fitness level progressively while equipping you with the basic military skills.
So obese people, START TO LOSE WEIGHT BEFORE YOU'RE CMPB CHECK UP !!!
PES B2: This is the more confusing case because you're neither PES A nor PES C. You still will go through the 9 week training programmed just that you will be deployed in selected combat and combat support vocation ACCORDING to your medical history. ( For example, if you happen to injured your hand before, you STILL NEED to take IPPT, just that you can excuse pull-up etc ).
Normally people who fall under this PES will be posted to be a storeman or a CQ ( similar to a storeman but has a sergeant rank ) or a driver.
No promises. But usually that's what I HEARD OF.
PES C: Go through a 9 week BMT programme however the programme will include LIGHT PHYSICAL TRAINING and VOCATIONAL TRAINING to prepare you for your future various combat SERVICE and SUPPORT vocation,
Normally people who fall under this PES will be posted to be a storeman, clerk or a medic.
No promises. But usually that's what I HEARD OF.
PES E: The most shiok PES. PES E enlistee only need to go through a four week BMT programme. The programme will only focus on vocational training as well as National Education, SAF core values, regimentation and descipline to prepare you for your combat service and support vocation.
No promises. But usally that's what I HEARD OF.
Now you know the importance of your PES status already >;)
2) FAMILIARIZE WITH YOUR SERGEANT/ COMMANDER CHARACTERISTIC
This come from my own personal experience.
I feel that it's very important to take note of your sergeant/commander personality and their MOOD !!!
Well, they're the ones who will be with you throughout your whole training ( guiding, helping or even punishing you ).
It's similar to you going to a new job and getting to know your superior, you need to know what their characteristic is like and how they are.
At least you can know which sergeant/ commander is the more "no bullshit" or the " can take a joke " kind.
Personally, I will only open up to some sergeants/commanders who are more willing to build a rapport with their recruits.
There are SOME who will tell you straight that they will want to draw a clear line between you and them ( the sergeants/ commanders ).
I don't blame them because if we're "too close" to them, what needs to be done cannot be done.
I respect that and in return I will behave as what they wished.
I'm comfortable with that because " too close " will also lure in alot of "unnecessary troubles". >;)
3 ) DON'T GLAMORIZE THE WORD " CHAO GENG "
I don't know who came up with this word but it's starting to irritate me.
Some recruits are really damn horrible in Tekong.
Their platoon mates already limping, they could still joke that " aiyah XXX confirm chao geng lah !!! chao geng lah !!! ".
Hello ??? That poor fellow already have difficulties walking, instead of helping him you still can care about whether he "chao geng" or not.
Where is the "Care for Soldiers" core values?
If you so care whether he chao geng or not, tell SAF to change to "Care whether Chao Geng" loh !!!
How will you feel if you were that person?
4) BE SENSIBLE AND INITIATIVE
When you enter BMT, the first thing that the sergeants/ commanders will highlight to you is " SHOW YOUR SENSE OF URGENCY ".
What they actually meant is for you to be INITIATIVE and SENSIBLE to help the slow ones ( if so happen you are the more "on the ball" kind ).
For example, if you're falling in for a certain activity and your platoon mates happen to be taking their own sweet time strolling in ( and your sergeants/commanders already starting to look piss ). You should HURRY them to fall in faster.
There will confirm be some recruits who will fall in faster than the rest and instead of rushing their platoon mates, they will just look left look right look up look down ( just don't even BOTHER to rush their platoon mates ).
Then jialat liao loh !!! Confirm your platoon will get "pump" ( which means push up punishment in SAF ).
Even if you ACT YI GE SHOUT " FASTER FASTER ", the sergeants/commanders also feel shiok like you BOTHER to do something about it.
In the end what they wanna see is you SHOWing your sense of urgency !!!
WAYANG GUYS !!! WAYANGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG
5) KNOWING WHICH IS YOUR HIGH/LOW KEY ACTIVITIES
Knowing your high/low key activities is very important.
Because you do not want to be that particular fucker who fall out during the high key and in return have to redo that activity with another company ( or worst kana " Out Of Course ).
The high/low keys are also base on your individual company.
For my company,
The high keys are :
IPPT , RANGE ( SHOOTING ) and FIELD CAMP !!!
These are the three most important component for us to pass out.
There are recruits who fall out during these high keys and have to redo these various activities with ANOTHER company ( not knowing how that particular company is like *shiong or lekpak* and worst "burning" their precious weekends just to redo these particular activities ).
So it's best for you to ask your OC when are your high keys, so you know that during these dates you cannot fall sick !!!
6) STAY AWAY FROM THE LOUD ONES
Personally I try to stay away from the "loud" platoon mates ( which also means staying away from trouble ).
Usually these "loud" platoon mates will be the one being targeted by commanders/sergeants !!!
I mean if you're those kind that can take punishment, go ahead and be part of them lah.
But if you're those who just wanna serve your BMT peacefully and stay away from trouble ( like me ), then it's best for you to keep a distance.
I'm not telling you to not talk/interact with them completely, what I meant is that if you see them being a nuisance or doing some cock stuff ( e.g breaking the rules ), you just "siam"/ don't join them loh.
7) IT'S JUST A THIN LINE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL
How you want your BMT experience to be ... is UP TO YOU !!!
It can be heaven or it can be hell.
It all goes back to your mentality.
To be honest, initially when I entered BMT I really think it's hell.
Firstly, I HAVE to wake up 5am in the morning to do 5 Basic Exercises ( which I personally think it's retarded lah LOL ) and do all the regimental trainings from morning till dark.
Secondlly, MY FREEDOM IS CONTROLLED ( I cannot do anything as and when I like ) and
most importantly I'm separated from my loved ones ( I only have my precious weekends to be with them ) !!!
Until now, I still think BMT is HELL. But what to do? TWO WORDS: BO PIAN !!!
No matter how much I loathe BMT, I still have to do my BMT and serve my remaining years in army.
So what I did was ... TRICK MY MIND INTO DOING IT !!!
Just keep telling yourself " OK today activities all DAMN EASY just do finish liao then I can go back bunk and rest ".
Just keep tricking yourself that whatever you do there will be a reward.
Start from small.
For example, " today if I complete all the activities, I might have the possibility to sleep earlier " then slowly move on to " this week if I complete all the activities, I can BOOK OUT over the weekends ".
Get the idea now ?
It's all in your brain !!!
8 ) YOU WON'T KNOW HOW STRONG YOU ARE, UNTIL YOU DO IT
This is what I learn after my field camp.
I didn't write about my few camps until now ( like what I promised in one of my IG post ) because I still can't believe that I've gone through field camp.
What I can say about field camp is ? ONE WORD: DISGUSTING
I was perspiring for 6 days, doing training under the hot/humid weather, "proning" ( which means lying down on the floor with my rifle ) and " leopard crawling" ( which means crawl with your arms while your body is still on the floor ) on the muddy fields where spiders, ants are ACTIVELY surrounding you. Sleeping under a small tent hugging your rifle not knowing what will happen to your rifle *ahem* and being punished by my commanders when our platoon movement is sloppy with our full battle gear.
The worst is YOU CAN'T BATHE FOR 6 DAYS !!!
Wah. Do you know how I wake myself up early in the morning during my field camp ?
I just open my shirt and smell myself. LOL !!! Wah confirm awake !!! even better than caffeine/ red bull !!!
But I still managed to survive and NEVER fall out !!!
It all goes back to your mental strength.
I have to admit I really cried HARD during my shell scrape digging ( which is digging a damn huge hole * approximately 3m length by 7m length by 3m width for me to prone inside ) under the hot sun.
My whole body was aching and almost about to collapse.
But I still tell myself to tahan through and continue digging because I've already come so far. I couldn't give up just because I cannot overcome this obstacle.
Eventually I completed my shell scrape ( after digging it for almost 10 hours ) !!!
After completing that whole field camp, that sense of satisfaction is really words can't describe.
I can see tears of joy from my platoon mates when they're marching back to our company.
The most memorable is hearing me and my platoon mates SHOUTING when that first drop of water touches our body when we shower.
Even shokobutsu commercial also not so drama !!! LOL !!!
These are really memorable times.
Till now, I will turn to my buddy and say " do you remember that day during field camp XXXXX happen "
All these tough times going through with your platoon mates, will really be embedded in your brains for life.
Well I've come to an end for my wordy blogpost.
I shall reward you guys with a shameless self shot of mine. LOL !!! I know right !!! Still irritating as usual !!!