Theme: Inspiration

NS JOURNEY OF PTE (NS) CLASSEN CHEONG

By Jocelyn Chan, on behalf of Supply Base East
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PTE (NS) Classen Cheong was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). After his enlistment check-up, he was given a choice to serve his National Service (NS). PTE(NS) Classen’s choice was clear: he chose to serve even though it would be challenging for him.

Being in NS required him to adapt to a new environment with new colleagues. While not everyone was willing to accept or understand him, PTE(NS) Classen was able to improve his social skills and build his confidence with the care and support of his superiors and colleagues. Occasionally, PTE(NS) Classen would, in his personal time, bake muffins for his colleagues. During his tenure of service, PTE(NS) Classen was also given the opportunity to be mobilised twice for mask packing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PTE(NS) Classen completed his NS on 26 March 2020. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to his parents, Mr Alan and Irene, for their support and confidence in the SAF, giving us the opportunity to mould PTE(NS) Classen to a soldier. His parents were proud that he was able to contribute to the nation, and has grown to be more matured and self-disciplined. PTE(NS) Classen is now doing well as a Pastry Trainee Chef at Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant.

This story was submitted by a member of public. Have your own NS story to share? Let us know at NS55@defence.gov.sg!

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