Time really flies, today marks the day I'm officially one month in NS. 4 weeks just breezed by since my enlistment yet it did not seem like that much time has passed.
The sian thing is that I am down for remedial training every Saturday morning since I failed my IPPT trial yesterday. And it so happens that the first session was just today several hours ago. Well at least I generally improved despite having one of the most intensive physical trainings on Thursday. See previous time
and you know what I mean.
Standing Broad- 212cm
2.4km run: Timing was messed up but I believe it was <12mins.
Just one month alone, I have learned so much and done so many things. I have survived the 16 days of confinement, fired live rounds and learned many field craft skills etc. Details I can't post here.
Though I have not been chosen to be platoon IC, I volunteered to be the RT IC for my platoon for yesterday and today. I know I am unlikely to be chosen for IC with many other more eligible people (anxious for OCS), but I guess I should try something in BMT to take back something.
So with 12 guys under my charge, I just did what the previous ICs did except that it was much smaller. At least to mark my first month in NS/BMT, I conducted the water parade, marched 2 platoons around (P3 and P4 combined during marching) and the area inspection for the first time. I was lucky this time, I bet I am the first IC that has not been knocked down at all! Normally, its customary to down 20 during the takeover and many many more when the platoon commits mistakes like "fourling-in" late and under-par bunk cleanliness.
This should be the first and last time I can be the IC. I have been keeping a low-profile most of the time. Quite contrary to my expectations, now everyone in my Orion platoon 3 knows me because I vomited during the confinement period and misplaced my NS identity card recently (I found it back in the nick of time).
Most of the people inside my platoon (or even company) are from the top JCs. People like me from the average neighborhood JCs and only make up the minority. Poly and international students have an even smaller number. So much so for meeting people from all walks of life... Its true all of them are generally well-behaved but it does not really offer much exposure to people outside of this educational stratum. This "enhanced leadership" group we are designated, looks good on paper, but is likely to cause problems once some get out of command school and meet the "man" on the ground. The positive thing of this is that we get exposed to many diverse well-thought out opinions. This is especially evident during our current-affairs discussions.
Competition is stiff when it comes to making it into command school. I have this impression that some (or actually very few lah) want to get into OCS
or at least SISPEC
to prove their self-worth. Volunteering for the sake of volunteering, then showing their true colours once the commanders are out of sight. Such people really irk me to the core.
As for me, entry to OCS (provided I pass my IPPT first) is fine but I actually prefer joining the support arms (like artillery/armour/signals) under SISPEC. I prefer talking to small groups of people/handling machines to commanding large masses of men. Of course, thats just a personal preference lah, if given the opportunity, I would not pass up the chance of getting the experience of a lifetime in both command schools.
Now to sign off. Got to prepare and rest well for a 6 day outfield camp starting next Monday.