Thursday, May 13, 2010
wow. 1 week after i got back my pink IC. this last 1 week was quite a boring week for me. nothing to do everyday, no income. applied to be a police officer & am now waiting for them 2 call me up for an interview. Alvin posted on facebook saying something is missing in camp. i guess something is missing from my life.
i still cannot really get use to being an ORD personal just yet. i still miss the days when i am still in army. my trainee days, the day i got my 3 sergeant rank, the first day my men came under my care, the days where we commanders joke & laugh around, the days where we commanders complain together against people we all don't like.
from the men's BMT phase, we commanders started teaching them all the basic. wearing of uniform & boots, packing of cardboard, water parade, greetings, drills, weapon management, fightning as a group of 3, field camp. finally they passed out of BMT & went into trade course. each of them were teach base on their roles. M203 gunners knows how to take care of their weapons. materdor gunners fired their practice & life rounds. drivers took care of their vehicles. gunners practice their gunnery skills. medics & runners all know their job scopes.
after trade course, the section & SC went for their infantry training. we VC & drivers everyday went down to our vehicles & change whatever parts which must be changed. after the tiring infantry training, we started our armour training. vehicle travelling in a speed which will scare away stationary MG gunners. gunners firing their 25mm gun so fast & accurate that no enemy can withstand. materdor & m203 gunners, bashing with their heavy weapon systems into enemy area & still having the strength to finish them all. VC & SC knowing what to do in both their roles.
in came ATEC stage 1 & we did all we could for every test that is throw to us. we did our best & got results that will make every higher commanders grin in their dreams. but i am not just proud of them because they got good results. i am proud of them because i saw my platoon mates, every single one of them, doing their best & helping each other to obtain that result. i dare not take all the credit but i think its safe for me to say that without our teachings, the men will never have made it to this stage. seeing them doing sure a great job & knowing part of their good work came from us, really makes me feel successful.
i wanna thanks afew people in my army life. thanks all the commanders of my BMT, SISPEC & ATI phrase. because of them teaching me, i can take that knowledge & teach my men. thanks Alvin Kok(7, SC3) my SC to help me in taking care of the men & sometimes the vehicle. thanks Shao Yu(7, VC1), Wei Yang(8, VC3) & Tristan(9, VC1) for teaching me alot on the vehicle & helping me whenever i face problems. thanks Jeffrey(7, SC1), Kenny(7, SC2), lao lim(7, VC2), Chee Wee(8, VC/SC1), Shawn(8, SC3), Kevin(8, VC2), Felix(8, SC2), Kenneth Fam(9, SC1), Rui Yang(9, SC2), Cherng Lin(9, VC3), Wei Tang(9, SC3), Eugene(9, VC2), Sheng Bao(HQ PS) & Brendon(HQ) for all the laughers, jokes & nonsenses you all are. thanks all the platoon sergeants for the teachings, arrows & jokes.
i won't forget my men as well.
thanks Nick my driver for being one of the better drivers in the company. always doing what i ask him to do even after i tell him its actually my job. he is willing to help the men & taking care of the vehicle. very hardworking driver.
thanks Jia Liang my gunner for being one of the better gunners of the company. he knows how to clear IA by himself which is very useful since most of the time i will be navigating the vehicle & not very free to help him.
thanks Yao Tian the section 2ic for being a responsible guy, helping alvin to take care of the men's well being & mission readiness.
thanks Rui Zhong my section sharpshooter for being a very smart, strong & helpful big brother to the platoon. he has prove that me deciding to remain him is a right one. i am very proud to have sure a soldier fightning with me.
thanks Hong Swee my basher for also being a very helpful & funny soldier. being able to joke with the rest of the section even if they always say that he is from poly.
thanks Swee Keat for being a very hardworking saw gunner. going outfield even if he has pain in his leg. never even though of resting or taking his helmet off when the vehicle is in ambush position.
thanks Wei En for being a funny, strong runner & a second big brother in the platoon. his jokes, laughers & mood really affect the platoon's mood.
thanks John for being the support gunner of the platoon. everytime i ask him to help Jia Liang load rounds, unload rounds or clear weapon, he will never say no even after knowing that it is actually my job. he is indeed part of my section & even if he is alittle blur at times, he will always be in my section.
the men will have a long way ahead of them. lots of training & test ahead of them & i wish all e best for them. if they keep up with what they have done so far, than i will have no more worries for them. its a new chapter of life for all the commanders & i also wish them all the best in their studies & jobs. i just hope they will not forget me just as i will never forget them. all the best everyone.
thats for now, bye.
Friday, March 26, 2010
wow time really flies. in just about 1 months time i will ORD from SAF. something i was really looking forward ever since i enlisted. i still can remember the first day i was enlisted. i was so nervous but i kept telling my family its ok, 2 weeks pass very fast de. looking back, BMTC, SISPEC, AISL & finally 41 SAR, its really a long way.
guess this post should be the last post i write while i am still in army. i often say being a sergeant is really a very hard job. but to say the true, if i am given a chance to go back time & start NS all over again, i will still say YES to being a commander. i really respect my own rank. being a commander really gave me a fruitful experience.
last few weeks we were very busy going outfield. company test is really very fun. moving around trying 2 destroy the enemy. its to bad its not very fair but i still manage to destroy 2 MG post & i myself know that my section manage to destroy afew enemy vehicles. cannot really say much here as it really is a very long & fun event.
just thinking of what i am going to do after NS is really a scary thing to do. to think that for the past 2 years there is actually someone or something telling me what to do. after NS, i have to decide my fate myself again. this time its not just my own fate but the fate of my family as well. its time to finally help my family. around 1 months time everything will be different. really can't wait.
thats for now, bye.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Merry X'mas everyone. this year de X'mas don't really have mood. i guess maybe it's because auntie chris's family went Hong Kong & didn't countdown with us thats why the feeling different ba.
been through a long way to reach today. my men have passed out of their BMT phrase & also their trade course phrase. they have also been through infantry section, platoon & company size training & will be learning armour next year. went through their company size training with them as a SAW trooper but maybe because of my inner self, i automatically took up the section commander's role of section 2 & bought my section to flank a 7 men section. with only 3 men (include me), we manage to overrun 2 men but i was declare dead by S3 from his point of view. was fun actually. finally can exercute my section commander's training & feel the intense of frontline battle again after so many months of being a vehcile commander.
ORD is next year may which will come very soon. i still don't know what i wanna do after army. work in office? sign on as police? office can work as what? IT? alot of questions. i know my IT skills is very outdated & will be very hard to get a job in that section. police is my child hood dream but do dreams come true? guess now worry also no use, things will work out fine in the end ba.
looking at my friends, they have all grown up. it is a long way after all. when i look at them, i got the feeling that only i haven't grow at all. they have gone through some ups & downs but i hope they all will be alright.
guess i am still as bored as i don't really have much to write even through the last post is months ago. will update again if anything interesting happen. thats for now, bye.
Friday, August 28, 2009
my 21st birthday had finally come & now i am older by 1 year. on the actual day, we were having live firing on SAR21. everyone passed ofcouse & i did my own practice shot & it turn out not hard. SAR21 is a weapon easy to handle.
i took 21st August off & went to ck to see them train. i can see their improvement. they are still as friend & funny as always. really wished the days when me & yu went ck every friday for our training. every friday was our best day in every week.
saturday i went back to camp for the company & platoon photo taking. was actually quite silly to stay back until so late for it. went child hood friend's home for a birthday party. i was told it was some other uncle's birthday & i trust mine mom. i remember asking her if they are going to celebrate mine as well but she keep saying no one has that in mind.
upon reaching there everyone was really acting well. even my mom bought a wine over to act as a gift. the preparation & the hiding was well planned. in the end when they call for the cake cutting session, i was pulled in & it turn out to have my name on the cake after all. how could they ignore my 21st birthday.
was very happy & surprise & got alot of cake on my face & my shirt. lucky my mom managed to wash my shirt. was a really great day. that day was also Man utd VS Wigan. Man utd was playing so badly in the first half but they geared up in the second half & scored 5 goals. was a great match (from the second half onwards) to watch.
i forgot which date but yu, jinhao, yu's sis, yu's sis's friend & wei also bought a cake for me. we went to jurong SAFRA club to play the kids indoor playground. i remember going to that sort of playgrounds with my child hood friend when we were still young. that day we were standing outside & yet yu keep saying we shouldn't go in first. at first i didn't know what he was up to but a trip to the toilet, i saw yu's sis & her friend lightning up the candles. in the end it was as what i saw, a little cake but i am really thankful. we had a very fun day.
it had been a very long time i had cake for birthday. thought i don't mind not having one, but i am really thankful they took my birthday as an important issue. yu, huat, jq & dy even got me a hard disk which turns out to be very useful now that my laptop is running out of space.
thanks everyone again. thanks aunt chris for preparing that surprise party. thanks yu for that day of fun. thanks all my friends for the text messages. my mom said that once you reach 21, the years will carry on. very fast you will be 22, 23 & so on. guess we just have to treasure everyday. that's for now, bye
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Time flies. 09th July 2009, was was the day i celebrated my 1 year army life. it wasn`t much of a celebration, i just ate bread & talk alot of cock with my bunk mates. life in 41 SAR is getting better now that the recruits are in. they look damn blur on the enlistment day (although they still look very blur now) but now they are slowly but surely learning things.
their PTP period is over & is now going through BMT but in this period, 1 of them kana H1N1. now must take note of their well being le. they seem very easy to get fever now. hope everything goes away soon.
nothing big happen actually so also nothing much to post about. i believed in fate since young but now when i think back, i think its really just my own thoughts. most probably the things i thought will happen will never happen. guess i just have to accept the fact & just carry on my life. thats for now, bye
Thursday, April 16, 2009
FINALLY!!! i have finally finish my 22 weeks of AISL (armour infantry section leader) course & am now a 3rd Sergeant NS man. went through alot of training, events, live firing, arms cleaning etc.
fired the 25mm brushmaster canon. although its not a big canon, its still quite powerful if aim correctly. fired 7.62mm GPMG & COAX machine guns. very inaccurate but i guess machine guns wasnt meant to be accurate in the first place. fired the 0.5 inch heavy machine gun. i really dislike that gun as it is much harder to aim & shoot at targets. fired 40mm AGL. much more accurate than the 0.5 inch HMG & is very powerful.
drove the BX 2MT AFV & was really a fun experience. clean the arms unit all my fingers became black in colour was something i will never forget. enduring the cold weather in overseas was hell for us all.
maintain a silver for IPPT, pass SOC in 9.56min (ATI standard) & gain some weight due to the good food of the cook house. cant say too much about the oversea training but i guess that part i will never forget.
seems very long but now i cannot really remember what really happen in this 22 weeks. i remember alot of late night arms cleaning. preparing of the vehicle by putting all the OVM items in their places. cleaning of the vehicle was very dirty & wet. alot of test on all the weapons, driving, signal set, turret control, TSR for weapons, driving, turret & the vehicle in general.
alot of things i already forgot, how to put the signal set etc. going to 41 SAR camp which is a 10min distance away from yew tee MRT. can reach home very fast every book out. going to take a whole new batch of recruits which will slowly become our man under our teachings. cant wait for my ORD date to come.
guess this marks the end of my trainee life in NS & the real test will being very soon. taking man isnt as easy but i guess as long as i dont torment them for my own entertainment, i should be fine. i really think with the experience of taking class in taekwondo, i wont have much of a problem in taking those man.
thats for now, bye
Friday, November 14, 2008
wow. finally 8 weeks of BSLC has finished. this 8 weeks is still alright, not as hard as people made it sound like. but this 8 weeks my knee pain came again & again. went through SAW live firing (misfire), IPPT still maintain silver, fail SOC (retest that day was on status so never take).
missed section live firing (on status), miss IMT (on status), field camp & grand slam some exercise i never took part (because of the knee pain).
yesterday night around 9pm we started our 28km route march. it was hell. i kept thinking of falling out. but in the end, i ate sweets & drink water through out the whole march & i managed to complete it & earn my corporal rank. enjoyed this 8 weeks of BSLC. kana posted to armour infantry. going to be hard but i will try my best to complete that 21 week course.
this 8 weeks really taught me alot of things. i foudn out all the SGT are very nice people. even my sect commd is also very nice. i got a grade of B- & a position of 5th in the platoon. i just think its not fair. this 8 weeks i didn't do much & yet i still got top 5. i was LPS on grand slam 1st day. i personally think i did not so bad, atleast the timing of the sections moving for mission & the harbouring was done nicely. hope my new unit will be as fun as well.
thats for now. bye
Ruban Chua Hong Sheng
Easy going guy
Read comic (Doraemon)
Nothing i can think of
Been through much
See through much
Did stupid things
Learn from stupid things
Hope for peace
Not just world peace, but personal peace
Family comes first
Bros, movie pals and child hood friends are important
TKD is part of my life
Sleep everyday soundly without regret is my dream