Eight tips to survive BMT

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08 Jan 2020 | OPS & TRAINING

Eight tips to survive BMT

// Story Koh Eng Beng

// Photos Chai Sian Liang & Courtesy of Basic Military Training Centre

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It’s like the first school term when you meet new friends, learn new skills and get used to the demands of your teachers (read: sergeants). We share eight tips to help you during Basic Military Training (BMT).

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1. Guard your rifle

Never leave your rifle out of sight; hang on to it especially during a field camp. Many recruits have woken up to find their rifles gone (and in the hands of their sergeants), earning them an extended weekend island staycation on Pulau Tekong.

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2. One for all, all for one

Be nice to your buddy. Help others even when you are done with your task. During BMT, you're rewarded and punished as a team.

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3. Bring a permanent marker

You will need it to label your clothes, water bottles and other personal gear (because everyone else will have something similar). Or risk using your bunk mate's towel.

4. Bring clothes hangers

With 16 recruits sharing just the few clothes lines in the bunk, having your own hangers will come in handy for drying your uniform.

5. Bring more sets of underwear

Unless you want to turn your soiled underwear inside out and wear it again.

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6. Apply vaseline before route marches

During a route march, your trouser will constantly rub against the insides of your legs. Apply plenty of vaseline on the insides of your legs to prevent thigh abrasions. If the gooey texture of petroleum jelly is not for you, try diaper rash cream.

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7. Exercise

Training is ramped up progressively at a comfortable pace for recruits. Having said that, there's no harm doing some sports and exercises on your own before enlistment. Getting used to the sun and sweating helps!

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8. Enjoy the process

Training can be siong (Hokkien for tough) but there are also fun moments to revel in. Enjoy the journey! Find out more about BMT at go.defencepioneer.sg/whatisbmt

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