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"His journey in life is starting, and he is looking forward to it. It will not be filled with daily rainbows, and that is not what I wish for him. It is the acceptance by the SAF that has enabled him to correspondingly accept himself and strive on in life."
Young and successful: Lieutenant (LTA) (NS) Kenneth Lou, 28, and 3rd Sergeant (3SG) (NS) Chew Tee Ming, 30, are the co-founders of Seedly, a leading personal finance portal in Singapore.
Stricter safe distancing measures, more courses conducted online and a shortened direct enlistment process - these are part of measures implemented at the Basic Military Training Centre (BMTC) to minimise the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
A slew of new initiatives will be introduced to improve the National Service (NS) experience for every serviceman.
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” – this saying by Roman philosopher Seneca certainly applies to Corporal (CPL) (NS) Tan Ying Li, who stuck to his guns and landed a spot in NUS to study medicine on his third application attempt.
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).
For those who are enlisting, this explainer can save your weekends - and "face". It’s no secret that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is full of acronyms. Some are easily deciphered through common sense, while others take longer to decode.
What to bring for enlistment day? Is BMT 7 days a week? Is there WIFI in Tekong? Master Warrant Officer Thanimalai s/o Sockalingam, School Sergeant Major of Basic Military Training Centre (BMTC) School 2, answers some of the most-Googled questions about enlistment and BMT.
They're here to welcome you to the first day of the rest of your life (in National Service or NS).
Basic Military Training, or BMT, is an initiation to the military for new recruits – you stay together in bunk, learn basic soldiering skills and adjust to the regimentation of a strict military lifestyle.