Annual In-Camp Training

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 by Shaun in Labels: , , ,

I would like to apologise for the lack of commmunication via the comments section and tagboard from 4 - 20 August. The blog was updated using the scheduler inherent in blogger.

From the 11th to 16th, I was out in the lesser-visited parts of Singapore, looking something like this, with a lot more sweat and dirt, as well as camouflage paint.

My reservist duties require that I perform the role of a military transport logistician. While I don't get to carry fancy weapons (except for the now standard-issue SAR 21), walk for long distances and charge up hills, my role entails planning and executing the safe and efficient movement of troops and stores. When the troops fight and sleep, we plan and work. We also tend to be the first guys in, and the last guys out, which is initially quite demoralising when starting out, but gradually becomes a way of life as you go along. Many a time, it's a case of fitting different cogs together to get the military machinery moving.

In this mission, we spent seven days and six nights in the forest. Which doesn't sound that bad, until you add sweltering heat, no sanitary ameneties, minimal (3 hrs) sleep and over-enthusiastic mosquitoes into the mix. Top it off with logistics planning and execution for a substantial amount of vehicles from different units at odd hours, and you'll have a better understanding of the situation.

It ia a military offence to capture and share photos of actual operations, but I guess it's ok to share pix of the momentos that I obtained from this exercise.

Everyone got this.

Soldiers who've served five years/instances got this.

And a few of us got this.

This experience gave me a better overall understanding of my unit's logistical needs, in relation to their operational requirements. The process was not very fun, but it is was necessary for our national defence reasons. It was a job that needed to be done.

PS: I am sunburnt, mosquito-bitten and very dehydrated & exhausted and hope to fully operational by this weekend.

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  1. neoconvoy says:

    Soldiers who've served five years/instances got this.

    i never got this leh...they should give us cyberwarriors (damn cheesy. don't know whose bright idea it was) a laptop when we ord...

    Army 4 Life !!!

  1. Shaun says:

    neoconvoy said...
    i never got this leh...they should give us cyberwarriors (damn cheesy. don't know whose bright idea it was) a laptop when we ord...

    Army 4 Life !!!

    Cyberwarrior TED, I believe you should approach your admin support assistant or chief clerk to address this issue.

    You enthusiasm for our armed forces is admirable.

  1. chaz says:

    congrats on a job well done! haha,, I got mine from 1 - 12 sept.. woot!

  1. Shaun says:

    you have fun then, sir.

  1. 'm says:

    wah! you come back with a medal & commendation letter? impressive.

    glad ur back :D

  1. Hey Shaun glad to hear that you are proud of your reservist. Well, actually Sylvia and myself had lunch with BG Lim Teck Yin the week before he went on exercise too. Nice guy (grandson of Lim Bo Seng) who is built like an ox!

    I went back for reservist from 12 to 19 August too, in the survey section of 351 SCE. My reservist seemed to be better than yours.

  1. Shaun says:

    Hi Walter, hey, wasn't 351SCE part of Ex King Cup as well? So many attached units and different movements for me to recall. Just wanted to get the job done in the end.

    Heh, didn't know that abt BG Lim, nice nugget of info there, thanks.