NS is a topic close to heart. I’ve never been through it, but my guy friends, girl friend, partner and boyfriend did.
When everyone went to BMT, all they talked about during meetups was NS. Their convos go along the lines of girls – training – girls – shooting – girls – IPPT – more girls – booking in on Sundays … you get the drift. (Sometimes I really want to stuff their mouth with a piece of tissue okay)
And us girls will be like… omg army talk again? Please don’t start…
Looking back, I guess I couldn’t relate cause I haven’t been in their
shoes boots. I also never really bothered to find out more about why they’re so excited about serving the nation.
So one day, I got an email from MINDEF and they’re opening up a tour for us to find out more about what our boys do. I was like OMG YES! We see the things they do in Ah Boys to Men but nothing beats being there in person right?
Our meeting point was in the Atrium at the Army Museum with the regulars who will bring us on a tour and let us know more about what they do and what goes on in the camp.
After interacting with the officers for a bit, the bus arrived and off we go for our tour around their training facility!
Our first stop was by the 100m Range I Shooting Range! Very excited cause quite recently, I aspired to be a sniper. *insert cool expression*
Get set ready and FIRE! We were told that it’d be quite loud and to stand in the tentage and watch from afar for our own safety. These are real bullets they are practising with. It kinda sounded like fireworks and firecrackers from the place we’re standing :D
Here’s a short clip for you to feel what I am talking about :)
And we took the stairs up of course….. just kidding. We headed for the lift right away. The officers who were with us took the stairs and they were on the top floor in like 2 mins? *bows down in respect* We heard the trainee cadets run up this tower quite a lot :)
We headed back to the Atrium and explored the Army Museum next! In case you’re keen, it’s free entry for Singaporeans & PRs (you tell me where to find this kind of good deal!)
And I must recommend this shooting simulation game to everyone! These are real M16 and SAR21 rifles (with no bullets) which were really heavy by the way, and we learnt how to aim and shoot at the screen. We must have played it at least 10 times but I failed many times using the M16 rwarrrrrr #sniperdreamsdashed
After this visit and learning so much more about what the boys do, I got to understand that it is indeed quite an exciting journey for our boys to embark on.
Their training schedules are pretty packed and it’s not easy carrying a rifle (which I can’t even lift at the shooting range) and backpacks and marching around. To be honest, I was wearing sneakers and a dress and I was already dying of heat stroke so I can’t imagine how it must feel like for them.
So to all mothers, aunts, sisters, girlfriends – think about our boys the next time you see them in their green/blue/grey uniforms. Give them some encouragement and don’t forget that they are doing this for our country… and us. Support NS and think about our boys! :)