I am 2SG Kenny Ng, an Aircrew Specialist (ACS) with 126 SQN in Helicopter Group, Participation Command. I took the unusual path of signing on only when I was nearing my Operationally Ready Date (ORD), after having served almost my entire Full-time National Service obligation. Although such a path might seem inconceivable to many, I chose to believe otherwise. Here is my Air Force Story.
I was posted to the RSAF as an ACS after my Specialist Cadet School phase. At that time, I was secretly relieved, thinking that I have left behind my Army days of having to stay outfield. I thought to myself then, "Surely it cannot be that tough to fly around in an aircraft!" Little did I know that I was about to be proven very wrong in all aspects of my thinking. I remember waking up to my first morning in the jungle, when the heat and humidity hit me hard. We had been warned about it, but nothing quite prepares you for that experience. There were tropical birds singing in the trees, but there were also a host of insects that saw us as sources of food. Survival in such an environment requires one to be physically agile, mentally strong, alert and easily adaptable to changes. My parents noticed the change in me, as they remarked that I have become more confident since returning from Brunei. I believed others who have participated in the training can attest to this experience.
"It came to me as a shock when I discovered that I had to undergo a jungle survival package as part of my training. It was not the usual SAFTI or Tekong outfield; I had to experience the wilderness and challenge myself to survive in an unknown terrain."