Becoming a Guardsmen 1

A few days ago when I was on my way back home on the MRT, I overheard a brief conversation between this girl and this guy before they left at Jurong East. All I managed to cover was two sentences.

…every weekend you go to log-in?…
Me:Isn’t it book in? Hmm

…I hope my brother won’t get into Guards. This intake…
Me: Yep. Talking about NS..

There have been plenty of instances when people around me have shown the common mentality towards serving National Service. The best case for them is to get a slack vocation, best if you get to go home every night. Hence, being in a chiong-sua unit is very much frowned upon. Not to mention being in a Guards unit.

I have had the same problem before. When I was first posted to 1 Guards in 2005, I prompty googled Guards and tried to find any information that I could have helped towards my understanding of becoming a Guardsmen.

Hence, I decided to write a few blogposts about my path of becoming a Guardsmen.

On the day that I graduated from Sispec (School of Infantry Specialists) from ASLC (Advanced Section Leaders Course), I received notification that I was posted to 1st Battalion Singapore Guards. I was naturally afraid and I was so turned off that I was badly demoralized. Why not send me to BMTC (Basic Military Training Center), I thought. Everyone wants to go to a slack place and enjoy their NS life, but it is not my choice to make. The worst thing is, its Guards. I would have to go through the dreadful GCC (Guards Conversion Course)! I would have to continue being a trainee again! Not to mention that everyone has the common feeling that GCC is a sick and tough course which is difficult to pass. The problem was also that my fitness was not the best as compared to the rest, so why am I posted to Guards, an elite infantry unit?

The next book in day I proceeded to my unit and saw many familiar faces, fellow ASLC trainees that were also sent to Guards altogether. Everyone was having that sick feeling in their guts (not a pun ok?), and we were jealous of friends who were posted to BMTC, or even Infantry units.

When I went there, the GCC wasn’t going to start yet, for we were waiting for the officers to come. Depending on the requirements, you can either go for a mixed course (with officers and specialists), or a separated course. Mine was a mixed one.

The days went pass and we started knowing who’s who in our battalion and we began some physical training and skills training before our GCC. Training was tough, but they emphasized on team building.

How was training like? I think I shall leave it for the next post.

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