Saturday, May 16, 2009

5:47 PM

From heaven to hell

If life in Stagmont was heaven, the first 4 days in 3 Signals is way down 18 levels of hell or even lower. 4 days feels like 3 months to me.

It appears to be a 3 Signal tradition to have unprepared bunks for us. We needed to shift cupboards up and down floors into 2 bunks. Those bunks allocated to us seemed to have fallen into dis/misuse as storerooms which had not been cleaned for months or even years. First 2 days already stand by area 5 times. After which, sai kang jobs like cleaning of equipment were handed to us. Whats more, I was appointed to be platoon IC. I dun mind being the IC in BMT or Stagmont, but here???

Most of us were depressed even before we reached the first night. Pumpings aplenty. I can say we did more pushups in a single day here than we did in the whole of Stagmont altogether. Physical activities back in, not yet on par with BMT but bound to supercede it.

I know, we are in the Unit Induction Programme phase now. Discipline has to be ensured. Batch after batch of operators, specialists and officers have passed through this stage safely and have gone on to "love" this unit. Lets hope I somehow will be "induced" to love this unit during this phase till I pass out of it. After all like it or not, I will be here for the rest of my NS liability.

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