Of things that matter.

December 20, 2009

The one and only.

The one and only.

“I serve with pride, honour and integrity.”

Three months have passed, and for some strange reason, it feels like a significant milestone.

Those who went to BMT would have just seen their first batch of recruits pass out on Tekong Parade Square; those who went to the units would have been through a significant phase of training with their troopers; those who took up staff appointments probably are into the full swing of their jobs, and those who went to OCS are about to start shaping the young leaders of our army.

They say that being an Officer Cadet is one of the best times of your life. Well, I guess there’s a reason why ‘they’ (whoever they may be) said it.

It just hit me all of a sudden how much I miss the times in Charlie Wing. Good ol’ memories of chiong-ing together, slacking together,nua-ing together, doing sai-kang together, laughing together…

I looked through the magazine, and felt a sense of pride like never before. Nostalgia overwhelmed me, and smiles kept coming to my face with every turn of the page. It dawned on me that these 9 months have changed me in more ways than I have realised, or could have imagined.

Amidst all the AIs, Training Programmes, and all the responsibilities as a PC, I have seen the very simple fact, that I am not very different from the men that I lead now. We have all been brought up here, have our loved ones here, and now, are performing a mandatory service to the nation.

But I was privileged; privileged enough to be given a chance to live, train, work and play with 73 other characters in Block 25 of 500 Upper Jurong Road for 9 glorious months. And I don’t think I could’ve gotten any luckier than that.

We’ve grown, from young men, into men of honour and character.
Most importantly, we’ve grown together.

And looking back now, I realise that out of all the tough times, hardship, blood sweat tears and what-not, what really matters is that these memories will probably never fade; and along with the values, lessons and relationships that we’ve gained, we have 01 x awesome Charlie experience that we can call our own.

“My journey here in Charlie has been without a doubt, a phenomenal one, and I couldn’t be happier to commission with all of you.

I’m proud to be a Charlie Cougar.
I’m proud to have been given the chance to do Charlie proud, and I’m proud of what we have been, what we are, and what we can be in the future.

Keep the Charlie Spirit burnin’ guys.”

I wrote that for the magazine 4 months ago. And I’m pretty sure I’m still feeling the same way I did when I wrote it.

This is for us.
This is for Charlie.