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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."
Talk to the winners of one of this year's Best NS Infantry/Guards Units - 786th Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment (786 SIR) - and one word comes up often: commitment.
Not your usual In-Camp Training (ICT): Military Expert (ME) 4A (NS) Muhammad Nurhafiz Bin Juma’at, 32, shares his story as a front-liner in the battle against COVID-19. A Nursing Officer in 8th Combat Support Hospital (8 CSH), he was deployed alongside his fellow servicemen to take care of patients at the Singapore Expo Community Care Facility (CCF).
Propnex CEO COL (Ret) Ismail Gafoor, 57, started his transformative life journey during National Service (NS).
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).
After losing two of his naval diver batch mates to cancer, 2LT (NS) Rohan Mathew Thomas wants to raise funds for young adults battling the disease by challenging himself to a 6,400km relay run across the US in 49 days.
3rd Sergeant (3SG) Muhammad Noorhakim Bin Rozilan shares his journey of going through Basic Military Training (BMT) (twice!) to be fighting fit.
When he entered Basic Military Training, Corporal First Class (CFC) (NS) Venkat Subramaniam was 108kg. His fitness was in the dumps and he would fail his Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) with a 2.4km timing of 17min and 50s.
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).