I’ve just joined the group of men who clank beer mugs and toast to a future that no longer needs me to wear green uniforms, boots and carry a rifle. Neither am I required to pass IPPT, attend ICT, nor apply for exit permit when I travel out of Singapore. It’s probably my first failure in life – PES F (failed medical test) – that I felt great about. Just like most NSFs, I’d also hoped for PES downgrade or exemption from NS duties during my NS stint. But seriously, in my case, I think it’s an irony to celebrate this. Whatever it is, I’m feeling light and free because it’s one responsibility off my shoulder.
Don’t be mistaken, I do support military trainings for every Singapore boys. Though it was a short NS stint, I’m still proud to have served my country for ~2.5years of full-time NS and one low-key ICT. In NS, I’d learned many skills and picked up some good habits. It’d changed my perspectives, character and made me a more matured and better person. Going through the bone marrow transplant was tough, but my NS experience has prepared me well to manage the tough times.
My BMT Leopard Company PC Lim told us that NS is good because IPPT ensures that we keep fit and healthy. IPPT pushes us busy people to exercise. Not forgetting the money incentives that can help to offset phone bills or a sumptous buffet. Now, without a push factor, I’ve become so lazy and giving in to mum’s suggestion that I should eat more and rest more. I know if this continues, I may be at risk for obesity, high cholesterol or diabetes. Time to make some exercise plans and execute it own time own target!
The army personal equipment are nicely packed into the black duffel bag. I think I can give away some items if anyone wants them.