One main reason why mono-intake is more siong that BTS may be because the unit is self-contain, i.e. no holds bar when it comes to tekan sessions. TSR, rules against excessive push-ups within a certain time period, recruits must sleep before certain time, no duck war, no change parade etc. were completely unknown to the recruits of 46 SAR. Unlike BTS where the rules were followed strictly given the set-up of the schools, the officers and specialists take orders from the CO. And if the CO and OCs gave the green light to whack, you can imagine how the recruits would be treated…
Til this day, many men still do not understand the mentality of those specialists who trained them during BMT. They comprised of the so-called “roving team” that moves from one armour unit to another, training men from BMT to trade courses, and the PTIs who were totally insane, sadistic and hao lian due to their supposedly excellence physical strength. It just seemed like every specialist, once given the license to whack, would vent their frustrations with NS (having to serve in a faraway, super wooloo place like Sg. Gedong), with their love lives (e.g. kena jilted recently; cannot get it off during make out; kena rejected when tried to make out), or life as a whole.
Day in, day out, recruits were yelled at, kicked at, slapped, for no apparently reasons, even if there were no cock-ups. One can imagine how much psychological stress they were subjected, not to mention the physical strain. Here is one memorable tekan session.
“Ali Baba” was considered chicken feet after the entire platoon had gone through several hours of “Ali Baba”- the locker version. Warning, you may puke just by thinking about it. The usual “Ali Baba” punishment is to order every recruit to empty their belongings from their lockers, throw everything into their duffel bags, run down to the parade square, toss everything into one pile, and then proceed to sort everything out again and lay them out for inspection. All this is usually performed wearing parade 4.
The 46 SAR version was, instead of duffel bags, the recruits used their lockers instead. Hey! Isn’t easier since you don’t have to toss things into the bag? Yeah, right. They “simply” have to carry their lockers down to the parade square with everything in (wearing parade 4, no less). Also imagine the mad rush when the entire platoon tried to get this done within an impossible 15 minutes, thus jamming the stairways. Oh, and not forgetting the poor platoon that stayed on the 4th floor!
After the usual tekaning in the parade square, what followed will be standby-bed. So now, the poor recruits would sort out their belongings, carried their lockers back up into the bunks, cleaned the bunks for inspection within a “reasonable timing” of 30 minutes. Sure, the bunks would be cleaned, but then the specialists would start knocking recruits down with push-ups for wrinkled or sweaty parade 4. Hey! A good soldier should be able to do all physical chores and take all tekans, and still look smart and smell good, right?
More shit to come in later posts…