This persisted even after BMT was over and postings came. Ok, I admit, due to a relative, I had a choice of vocation after BMT:
- Vehicle mechanic
- Medical orderly
- Rifleman (which I was supposed to be…)
I chose driver. I wasn’t very surprised when postings came and I was to be a driver. Ok, please don’t be pissed with me!
My charmed life continued in STC (Supply Transport Centre, formerly known as STTS or
We were attached to the CO’s office, under the label ‘CO Project Team’. STTS just had a new CO at that time, and he was implementing sweeping changes to the loggies, like making drivers stay in even when on course, etc. He was a nice guy. The SSM (School Sergeant Major) was another story. He was an imposing person, but after several weeks of making his morning coffee (2 bags of coffee beans, no sugar!), he mellowed.
Being in the CO’s office had its perks. Sure, we had to stay in compared to some trainees who were attached to external units and stayed out, but some of my benefits were:
- No morning parade. Immediately after reveille we disappeared into the CO’s office and CSMs couldn’t pick on us
- We could have EVERY MEAL at the canteen! Meals were not indented for us and Sembawang’s canteen food was HEAVEN! PRATAA!!
- Internet. The little room in the CO’s office had true, fast internet access, and the PCs were modern machines for us to design video presentations and programs.
- Lots of offs. Whenever we completed a milestone in a project, or helped out at a function, we would usually be awarded off days. I once spent a week at a chalet, courtesy of the CO (due to a senior officer/WO retreat) and had 4 days off after that. Cannot beat that!
- The COPA was virtually boss when CO and SSM wasn’t around. My off passes were sometimes signed by him :P
- On the other hand, the SSM was nice enough to give me lots of off passes for doing stuff like photoshopping him into places he did not go but still wanting to wayang to others that he was there. Cool
- Being authorized to bring in video cameras, digital cameras and other stuff into camp, since I had a LOA (Letter of Authorisation). Freedom!
- The company of lots of friendly people. I made friends with lots of NSF officers, and since I am a computer technician, I often fixed their computers for free meals…
- My ‘white horse background’ rumour persisted here. Even the CO thought I was a spy from Mindef sent to check up on him. Soon, NSF officers were jokingly saluting me and addressing me as ‘Sir’.
- Tying up the COPA to a rolling chair and rolling him around the HQ block on his birthday, while videoing every moment.
After nearly 3 or 4 months of attachment at STTS, I finally went on my basic vehicle maintenance and driver’s courses.
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