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My first reservist ICT

My first reservist ICT

Changi Naval Base
Changi Naval Base (picture taken from Erik’s flickr album)

I finally got home last Saturday at around 5pm after a 6 days ICT.

My reservist unit is Changi Defense Squadron and our job is to guard Changi Naval Base. Basically, duties involve vehicle checks, scanning for bomb threats, sentry posts, prowling, etc – very much like professional security guards.

Glad that quite a few other old NSF buddies from Tuas Naval Base were posted to the same unit as me. I made some new friends too. This is the enjoyable part of reservist, catching up with old friends and making new friends.

The bad part is the regimentation.

I find it especially irritating that some of the SAF regulars still have not ‘wake up their idea’ that when guys like me go back for reservist – we see it as doing the nation a favour and we serve because we love our nation, Singapore – not SAF and not because we want a career as a soldier. We do not appreciate getting scolded with vulgar words, and being treated like low-lives by these idiots who signed up because they cannot-make-it-in-the-outside-world and who thinks that RANK is EVERYTHING.

Please lah… once out of uniform, you and I are all fellow Singaporeans trying to make a living. It’s only because I respect the Singapore flag that I call you ‘Sir’ and salute you. Respect from your men has to be earned, and I think most army regulars do not deserve respect because they only know how to pull ranks instead of leading by example.

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Having said that, I do appreciate my unit CSM and other good, regular soldiers who appreciate the sacrifices NSmen have to make to accommodate for their career as well as work-life balance and pay us the due respect. To these people, I give them my utmost respect in return and will gladly follow through the orders pass down from them.

I hope more SAF regulars can learn to think this way too.

Anyway, more about my ICT…

The exercise itself is not siong as we only have to do prowling. However, the living condition was atrocious as we have no proper shower facilities and sanitation. The toilets were broken and cannot flush – imagine the stink after four days with 30 men using them! We also don’t get to shower everyday as there is no shower point near our base camp.

The food from Singapore Food Industries (SFI) was as usual – horribly bad. They served us with fried food covered with extremely generous serving of chilli sauce for practically every single lunch and dinner. Weather was scorching hot lor… eat these already such lao sai one. How come they never think about it?

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One lesson I learn after this ICT – not to keep deferring.

Eventually, I will still need to complete whatever I deferred. Better to clear them now while I am still young.

One down, 9 more high-key to go.

Bless me.

Oh, and it’s back to work today.

Quite jittery to open up my mailbox and see the explosion of incoming emails… afterall, I am a civilian, not a full-time soldier.

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10 Comments

  1. Lily

    Hi, nice to read abt your reservist. Hey, just curious, do your need to stay over for your reservist? And is there any strict time restriction if your were to go out during night time?

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  2. Dee

    “make-it-in-the-outside-world and who thinks that RANK is EVERYTHING.” HAHA sounds funny but I second that 🙂 Anw, izzat’s a sea soldier at changi naval base now 🙂

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  3. alvinology

    Dee: Poor Izzat! The sea soldiers nowadays very xiong… I seen them training. My reservist is also at Changi Naval Base. I might bump into him next time I go back, haha

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  4. Egg

    I tot Changi Naval Base’s cookhouse is done by NTUC? I been there before couple years back . . .

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  5. alvinology

    Ya, maybe it’s NTUC, anyway they all taste the same to me.

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  6. LL Wei

    What did you mean by ‘not to keep deferring’?

    And are the Changi Naval Base MT Line drivers stillwearing blue Navy cover-alls?

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  7. alvinology

    LL Wei: Means whenever you get that pesky green letter from SAF, just go do your reservist. Bear in mind that whenever you defer, it will still come back to you. Ten work years mean ten work years. The earlier you start serving, the earlier you clear. You won’t want to be still doing reservist at 35+ would you? Some of my batch boys already ROD at 29.

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  8. LL Wei

    True dude. i just can adpt to the infantry life now though. Being in Navy has certainly slackened me… Changi LTB is possibly the best unit to be for a NSF! But now I’m shooting SAR, driving with a camo’ed face, digging trenches and doing 8km route marches. Seriously, which reservist drivers do that besides us? Ridiculous.

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  9. Dinesh

    I do empathize from where you are coming from. Being a Sea Soldier is one of the toughest job, a service man would have to face given the emotional,mental and physical labours that he would have to endeavour.
    Best of luck for your reservist trainings.

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  10. jack

    Yo, I’m also fellow sea-soldier! Batch 15!

    I wan to ask if those coxwains that drive the RHIBS can go back and drive RHIBS or not arh??

    Thanks!

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