Mindef Reserve

433SAR MR Parade
with LTC (NS) Ong Kien Soo, CO, 433 SAR

“Should I set alarm clock for tomorrow?” asked Dave to no-one in particular before answering, “forgot, we got human alarm clock in the bunk”.

The human alarm clock was Jonah “Marsh” Lim, who earned his nickname because during every in-camp training, he’s the first to wake up and wake everyone else up to go for breakfast. He’s earned a few other snipes for being so concerned about us missing the most important meal of the day. He takes it all in his stride.

He doesn’t have to any more, though, because we’ve just completed the last of our armoured battalion’s training camps, which was capped off with what to some was an over elaborate parade featuring soldiers, armoured vehicles and family members who were game enough to come to camp with us early on a Saturday morning.

Having deferred from national service for eight years, I hadn’t had the chance to serve out my NS days with my original unit, but I’ve been fortunate to have been posted to this unit comprising the best fellas anyone could hope to be buddies with. Joining them in December 2001 as a rusty trooper who hadn’t had any training for a decade, my new platoon mates helped me out, and once, even dragged me by my uniform through the jungle when I couldn’t even stand up from sheer exhaustion.

There’ll be more to reflect on, once I get clearance to talk in greater detail. But in the meantime, well done men and commanders of 433 SAR for completing 10 years of service.

Authorised photographs: Ex Wallaby 2005, ICT 2004

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Last parade

This morning, I will attend the last In-Camp Training with the 433rd Battalion, Singapore Armoured Regiment. The unit will be transferred to Mindef Operational Reserve after this year. In English, this means its training cycle (1998-2008) is over.

There are so many emotions involved but which can hardly come to mind right now because it is 6am and I haven’t finished packing for the week.

More to come, I am sure.

Ex Wallaby 2005
Exercise Wallaby 2005. Eating up remaining combat rations because there was nowhere to store them in our fighting vehicles

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National precision jargon specialist

Why is she throwing water behind her?

Learn to be a national precision engineering specialist whereby you will be able to throw water precisely at the back of your own head. While running.

The ZoCard I found said, “Join a new breed of technologists getting our hearts pumping. Precision Engineering – it’s not just your life you’ll redefine”.

I didn’t get it, so I went to the SPETA website and found out that this Precision Engineering Specialist Programme is an initiative of EDB, WDA, Spring Singapore and SPETA. SPETA, in their own words, are a non-profit trade association representing locally registered companies engaged in the manufacturing of moulds & dies, jigs & fixtures, metal stamping, metal castings, plastic and rubber moldings, precision machining, photonic and semi-conductor equipment, aerospace and automotive parts, as well as in providing services related to the precision engineering industry.”

They also write very long sentences.

They also say of the “PE Manpower Initiative“, which is what the ZoCard was about, is a structured in-employment upgrading programme whereby the Singapore Government and industry jointly provide special upgrading opportunities for engineering candidates in employment through part-time PE specific diploma or equivalent means.

The civil service-esque use of “whereby” makes it a lot clearer though, doesn’t it?

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Download your free terrorist wallpaper

Free terrorist MMSForget cute licking kittens and puppies on your phone. Make sure you get your free suspected terrorist wallpaper today.

‘Subscribers of M1, Starhub and Singtel will receive the photograph of Mas Selamat via MMS free of charge,’ the police said.

Meanwhile, The Star of Malaysia says that “regional sources” believe that Mas Selamat Kastari is already in Indonesia because he knows “the backdoor to Bintan”.

You learn something new about this country and it’s environs every day. First, there’s an ISD detention centre on Whitley Road, then there’s a backdoor to Bintan. I can’t wait to hear what’s next.

Theorists, meanwhile, are also not heeding MHA’s statement not to speculate on the circumstances surrounding the escape.

What you can do to help the dragnet is to ask your condo security guards not to sleep during the night, as they are wont to do, this being Singapore and all. So safe and all that, because I imagine the escapee to be a little on the desperate side, and people who are a little on the desperate side are wont to do things which are a little on the desperate side.

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