Actually, I really don't quite understand the so-called 'prestige' attached to having a 8-5/8-6 job requiring stay-out. I was a stay-out personnel and personally felt that stay-out life was even harder and tiring than staying in.
Initially, my branch colleagues were downright jealous of the prviledge given, afterall, to every stay-in personnel...to be given a permanent stay-out status was like granting a night's worth of freedom to the otherwise, inhibited, restrained life of staying in. Even I was thrilled of the prospect of being granted limited freedom. However, as days and weeks rolled by, staying out begins to take a toll on a person...here's the lowdown.
1. Depending on where you stay, you may have to wake up at the same time you wake up when you were staying in (~5.00am) (Or even earlier!) just to catch that first bus that leaves in order to get to camp before 8.
2. Spend more $$ on transport. Even if you are in those camps with shuttle services, the shuttle service doesn't bring you right to your doorstep right? (Even so, shuttle services are mostly reserved for regulars and have limited capacities and frequencies)
3. You don't really have much time, if you take public transport from a relatively ulu camp, chances are, when you are dismissed at 5pm, u'll most likely reach 'civilisation' at around 6 plus to 7, after jostling with the peak hour crowd...you reach home at 8-ish? Dun forget you need to wake up at 5 am the next day...so you need to sleep at 12, the miniumum?? That allows you 4 hours for your personal pleasure stuff.
4. Lethargy sets in. By the time you get home, you are really too tired to really engage in any activity, except sleeping.
5. Let us assume that you are the minority who stay-out, won't your colleagues get immensely jealous and start to pile work on you just they believe you can go around gallavanting after dusk whilst they can't? (Point 5 does not apply if you are in a fully stay-out unit)
6. Staying out does not equal to 'chionging' until the cow comes home and get a hangover the next day...and turn up for work with bloodshot eyes and dark rings ala 'The Ring' style. Do that a few times and see what happens.
Nonetheless, some may choose to argue that...
1. at least you get to sleep in the comforts of your own home.(Refute: Unless your pillow is made of down and mattress as soft as silk, with an air-conditioner, I rather agree that the bunk has the same conditions as your room.)
2. you need to spend time with your significant other. (Fair enough ;)
3. you can do tuition to supplement your measly pay and offset your transport costs. (Yeah, provided you get a kid that can start at 9pm at night and end at 11pm...cos you won't be able to make it at 8pm, without reeking of sweat.)Maybe I am right, maybe I might be wrong or maybe I was downright oblivious to what can be achieved with the time given.