Posts about afst

Patroit's walk

As part of the four days Common Officer-ship Training (COT) course after the Air Force Service Term (AFST), one of the key highlights for the course was patriot’s walk. In short, it was an event that requires us to walk through the Singapore Civil District in small groups and learn about our past. Initially, I thought it was just another boring walk and a waste of time as not only do I have to arrive at camp earlier than usual, the subject just doesn’t seems interesting at all.

However, when I arrive at the City Hall area, it was a completely different atmosphere and setting. Never have I stepped into the city area so early in the morning and it is a total different kind of feeling. The city is quiet and peaceful, the sun is rising and it’s amazing to see the city and people awaking to another day in life. Nonetheless, the activity soon kicked start and each team started buzzing off to their respective trails and checkpoints.

Along the way, I realized that it could be a fun and interactive activity after all. Although I’ve participated in many excursions and visits to historical sites and monuments during school days, I’ve never actually spent my time walking around the city area to check out the monuments. In fact, I think it is a creative approach to learn and actually see the history rather than reading facts from books. Furthermore, it has helped to bond better team excellence and forced us to know others from the various vocations, which was one of the main objectives of this COT.

All in all, though I felt a little tired towards the end of the activity, I guess I pretty much enjoy the trip and it was definitely fulfilling and enriching way of learning about our past. Maybe, this could be a form of out of classroom learning based concept, which the government has been placing emphasis on it over these few years. What do you think?

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Another chapter closed

Today marks the end of my seven weeks of Air Force Service Term (AFST) training in the Officer Cadet School (OCS). I must say time passes very fast and seven weeks just seems to vanish at the snap of a finger. This training is one of most enjoyable and memorable one as compared to my pre-infantry training back in OCS last December. Not only have I made a bunch of new friends from other vocations, I’ve also learnt many values, leadership qualities and how to handle various situations as well as to lead a team of people and get things done.

I mentioned in one of my posts that this service term training would be a good break from my previous routines and I aim to give my best. In every course, there would be ups and downs but I’ve not really seen any major issues in this course except for the occasional miscommunications and debates. I guess the Air Force culture is different and the people have a set of positive mindsets and thinking. The way things are done are more professional and efficient and this could be one of the factors why my stay in OCS Air Wing is enjoyable. The trainees are given more freedom and say in terms of the way things are being run and executed and this has greatly helped in many areas.

I’m not sure if the rest have this feeling in their hearts but honestly speaking, I’ve never felt “sour” when it was time to hand over the bunks and leave the place. Air Wing has more or less became my second home over these few weeks. Nonetheless, I guess it’s time to move on to the next chapter of my training back in Air Force School. Before I end, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the instructors and fellow course mates whom have made my stay in OCS Air Wing an enriching, memorable and enjoyable one.

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Occupied

Apologies for the lack of constant updates to this site. I’ve been extremely busy and frustrated as I’m trying to meet my project deadline. It has been a long time since I’ve touch programming and it’s a challenge to think through the logic and processes in a software application.

I hope this ends quickly as I dread of looking through the thousands of lines of codes.

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Rock climbing

Today was the first time I ever attempted to rock climb in my life! All these while, I thought rock climbing was an easy task until I actually starting climbing up the artificial rocks. Though I did not managed to completely climb up to the top, I guess it was enjoyable and a great experience. Not only have I learned more about rock climbing (the equipment, safety requirements etc.), I’ve also understand the importance of teamwork, especially your buddy at the bottom holding on to the rope that’s attached to my safety harness.

Every step that I take is physically challenging. I realized that it takes a lot of determination, analytical thinking, proper coordination between the legs and hands as well as muscles to reach the top. There were moments where I was really exhausted and my forearms muscles were screaming in pain. By right, I should be using more of my legs to assist me in climbing instead of using arm power. I guess with more practice, I will be able to complete the entire climb without much effort.

Coming Thursday would be the last exam for this service term and Friday would be the IPPT test. I hope I’ll be able to do well in both and at least improve on my results as compared to the previous ones.

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Time travel

Last week, I wrote about feeling anxious, excited and yet looking forward to attend my AFST back in OCS after a long wait. Little did I realize that one week came and went at the blink of an eye and not only have I made new friends, I’ve was also elected to hold wing appointment for a week. Being a senior cadet (I crossed over to Air Force after completing my infantry service term), I was prepared to hold wing appointment having heard from my friends that Air Wing practices a cadet management system. Naturally, I was appointed as a Cadet Squadron Commander for a week — the role is similar to that of a sergeant major [1].

Typically, holding an appointment means more workload and responsibilities. Nevertheless, I’m grateful to be given an opportunity to prove my abilities and apply leadership qualities which I’ve learnt. Though there are times I’m in a dilemma or being thrown a difficult situation to resolve, I have learnt how to strive a balance between friendship and duties. All of these are part and parcel of the core value lessons that were taught to us.

Life in OCS Air Wing is different. The atmosphere, environment and approach of working and resolving issues are different as compared to the others. Lectures makes up about 80% of the training program while the other 20% consists of physical, team bonding and sports and games activities. I would say that there is a difference in culture among the tri-services in the armed forces though we share the common goal — that is to defend our country.

In 6 weeks time, I’ll be leaving to Brunei (yet again) for JST. By then, it would have mark the end of my entire course and I would have completed the identity transformation.

[1] Sergeant Major — Refers to a non-commissioned officer (NCO) who ensures discipline among soldiers and conducting parades.

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Identity transformation

For the next 8 weeks, I won’t be able to write as often as I’ll be going back to the Officer Cadet School (OCS) for my Air Force Service Term (AFST). This means I’ll be staying in camp on weekdays and only return home during weekend. Frankly speaking, I look forward to attend this course as it’ll be a good break from my usual routine for the past 4 months, as well as undergoing some form of identity transformation from an infantry trained soldier to an air force trainee.

I’ll try to keep this web log updated whenever I have extra time to spare or manage to secure an internet connection. As compared to the last 2 months, though things will be a little quiet here, do remember and continue to visit this site for updates!

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