Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Behind the chevroned number 4

Friends who know me say that I do not have what it takes to be an instructor as I'm too soft-hearted and kind to do anything horrible to recruits.

Well here's a chance for you folks to see how I am like in camp! Well not exactly see but you can hear, right from the horses mouth how I behave in camp. Bwahahaha. And what better way then to hear from the recruits themselves!

Yeah. The recruits were told to type last weekend, half a page of appraisal for their individual platoon commanders. Taa-daa! The end of course instructor appraisals are out and hear what the maggots in camp say about me...

THE GOOD

"One of the few instructors who bother to do PT with us, kinds of motivates us to do better when commanders train beside us."

"Knows a lot of extra stuff that is not taught in BMT anymore but still goes through the extra mile to impart his knowledge."

"Makes lame jokes but at least it loosens up the tense training atmosphere."

"Understand the pains of a recruit and guides us accordingly."

THE BAD

"May look like another JC kid on the block but he is no pushover, of all the sergeants I fear him the most."

"Lacks adequate communication with us. Does not really care for our welfare."

"Has temperamental mood swing, can be joking with you one moment and screaming at you in another."

"His tall lanky frame is the harbringer of the most hineous of punishments."

THE UGLY

"Likes to say 'You maggots are climbling on my head. And even worse! You guys are shitting on it! Like to take my kindness as my weakness right?' Normally after this we would face the floor."

"Looking at him during training makes you think he is an ass or someone very unreasonable and a lot of hatred is involved."

"We have so much to do and we only fall in late for 1 min and he knock us down... Bloody hell."

"His flaunt of blatantly blunt degratory and insultory phrases during his frequent scolding sessions, without the use of profanities and vulgarities shows he has a good command of the language. But some of us being non-jc students or hokkien soldiers would not understand what he says."

And...

THE IRRELEVANT

"Has a good sense of dressing especially in his taste of shoes. But his watch is rather gay looking and is not his type. He should change to those metal strapped watches."

"His more than frequent use of colourful and complex English phrases would put any GP tutors to shame."

"Plays too much basketball but is very good at shooting especially from the 3-pt range."

"This supposedly harmless, buck-tooth and mild-mannered instructor has a monster lurking behind his cute smile."

The things recruits say. Hahaha. You can tell some of them are more proficient than I am in terms of language. And its not suprising. This bunch of JC punk asses are quite astute I must say. I've recruits who score 7 distinctions for A levels just this year. WTH....

But I just laugh it all off. As I told them on the first day of their enlistment, "I'm not here to please you or to make your stay here enjoyable." And why should I care when I'll ORD in 3 months??? Bwahaha!!! *Evil laugh* Of course there are much more things they mentioned about me but I just chose some of the more interesting ones.

Anyone got any funny things your man said about you or any funny characteristics or habits of past superiors to share?
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8 comments:

crackhead said...

i had one 3SG who during my entire 7 weeks in BMT, not once did i see him wear shorts. at the end of the day when the seargents wear their yellow infantry vest, he always wore his with track pants. now that i think about it, i just can't picture him wearing shorts! but he was a nice guy. one of my few instructors who never used vulgarities.

takumi said...

Ha! Instructors' apprasial... Rationale for the commanders to know their strength and flaws so as to better improve their teaching techniques for the next batch... What a piece of crap... I meant does any of the instructors' bother to read, alright, most do read and laugh off their heads... Haha!!! Recruits tend to write funny things, some are totally irrelevant and defeat the purpose of instructors' apprasial... Blergh...

crackhead said...

now that i remember, one of my platoon mates wrote that my OC is a 'talk cock king'. when he found out about it, he falled in the whole coy and wanted to know who wrote it.

On Eagle's Wings said...

Hahaha. Pariah I suspect u are from leopard. If you are i know who that sgt is. Yeah. Most of us treat the appraisals as bedside reading materials! :)

crackhead said...

actually i'm from pegasus. :)

Kev said...

The bunch of us specs on recourse found the recruits' journals and decided to write a bunch of articles inside for kicks, and goodness, all the ways on taking on the system were published.

The recruits who enlisted after we POC-ed would have given thanks for us.

Anyway, I had juniors who came to me and really thanked me for collecting lunch/dinner rations for them during guard duty(my trademark as a Guard Comd). and the RPs soon took to calling me the ration sergeant.Hehe.

kureshii said...

Tsk, the appraisal... tells you pretty much nothing, but is a good way to see how your men/trainees see you, when you yourself are not sure what kind of effect you have on them.

Remember one of my transport sergeants telling me that my drivers remember me most for making them knock it down, even though that happened not long after i got posted in, and i never knocked them down again after that. And mind you, he told me this about 3 months from my ORD. Food for thought for those who wish to achieve maximum effect with minimal effort - the first 2 months are critical.

Eric said...

This can't actually work, I suppose like this.
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