Combat training and actual leading men is 2 different thing. Ever seen a Sword of Honour buang miserably in unit?
Ever experienced Battalion-level fighting during overseas exercise and men taking ET stick wanting to hit you?
Tell me you were trained how to handle such situations in OCS.
Our officers are a JOKE... please! My 2 years in NS, There is only ONE officer that earn my respect and salute. The rest are all pathetic jokes, or OK at best
This entire line, Sir, is a joke.
Kudo to our specialist and men!
Not trying to flame our officers, but thats what I really feel. Peace out
Last edited by Akatsuki; 16th September 2009 at 11:02 PM.
Playing with M43.
during my NSF days, many a time, i merely respected the rank, not the person who bears it. only a certain group of commanders got my respect, those who cared for the men when we were out on ops (such as buying snacks while we were on standby duties), and those who knew how to use their brains to think rather than to simply "follow the book".
treat others as how you want others to treat you. if you're a commander, treat your men well and they'll die for you. if you're a man, play your part well and your commanders will not purposely find fault with you.
quoting one of my PS, "army is fun, but it's those minority stuck up a**h***s who spoil the fun".
eat. drink. shoot
As officers of SAF are getting much more younger, those born after 1985, I think the older batch of officers (those born in the 1970s) are much more experience and gungho. I remember those 80s army officer I saw in my NSF was just 2 years older than me, but majority of the men thought he was a 'nua' guy despite his rank. Much more of he older guys would tell me, that they would call him 'Sir' out of the respect of his bar, but his personality was very much in questions. Always threw 'smoke', scolded his soldier for nothing, often talk loudly but suddenly become humble in front of the CO. I was the only man he would not, and would not dare to speak loudly - you see, I was the CO's runner. And also due to the fact the CO's PA was ORDing, clearing leave, I took over as COPA as well. Much of the officer's matters I would handle for them, so in front of me, he also 'guai guai'.
Then our camp had most of the 1970s officers ORDed, then came in many 1980s officers, there was even a female infantry officer leading the men, same age as me that time. But mostly CMI during 'chiong sua'. Our S3 (probably the shortest officer I ever met in SAF) did comment on the performances of those new batch of officers were too relax becos of the peace we have and tend to treat exercises not seriously.
Maybe in times of war, we can see how seriously our younger batch of officers are. but in times of war, every citizens have a part to play, not just soldiers. In our recent ICT, one of the trainer revealed to us that in times of war, school boys (cant reveal which level) would have to take up arms to fight should our country be invaded - after frontline NSmen & NSF units remaining < than 30% fighting strength.
throughout the course of my life, i am frequently amused by the people who think that bringing out their officer experience and putting it in essays, reflections, writeups.
fine, it isn't nothing. but when it appears in almost anything that you do, that shows how little you have in your life to keep holding on to that brief period. it is as if you have nothing else to hang on to, to be proud of!
you can send man a and man b through the same life experience; at the end, you can call man a educated (not in any "university degree" or "qualifications" sense).. and man b has failed utterly at learning anything. that is life.
Haa.. are there such people who keep mentioning about army life wherever they go? TS is still young and if he has been a typical normal good Singapore student all his life, this might be the "most happening" time of his life to talk about everyday...
But then, i do like to reminisce and talk about army life once in awhile with my friends... Simply because it is a different kind of experiences worth remembering... Like i think it's the only time in my life that i will go 10 days without food in the tropical forest of Brunei, fast march till groin abrasion, powder bath (and how the officers check that you powder bath, by making you cause an 'explosion' with your underwear), and so on...
9 out of 10 army tales are no different from the other, really.
We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities. - Oscar Wilde