Welcome back

I’m finally back from 2 weeks of military training in Pulau Tekong. These two weeks may seem to pass quickly to some of you but for me, it was a real drag! The first two weeks of training was not that tough and the commanders could not carry out any form of punishment to us as it was the so called “adjustment period”.

Typically, we would wake up at 0530 hours and sleep only at 2230 hours. That’s about 17 hours of “uptime” which is why I say it is a real drag because most of the time, you would find that you have done so many things and it’s only about 0900 hours. Fortunately, I had lots of admin time* during my first two weeks in the military. For the whole of this month (from 6/10 until 7/10), we will be doing nothing except physical training. This is done to shape up our body and muscles and to prepare us for the basic military training, which will begin after 7/10.

Apart from getting lesser sleep and suffering from muscle sores, everything is going along well so far. The food is good and there is at least some welfare for the trainees. However, I noticed that military personnel like to use vulgarities and there is a lot of regimentation. I hope to quickly finish my duty as a soldier and return to civilian life!

As for now, I’ll be updating this weblog once a week or whenever possible since I will be staying in camp and will return only during weekends.

*Admin time refers to an allocated time set aside for personal administrative matters such as washing of laundry or taking short naps.