Archive for September 2007

Reservist Day Nine – Training for the big one

Training for the big one

**This entry was handwritten on 18 Sept 2007 1918hr**

Went out in the afternoon for some training to prepare for the big exercise tomorrow. Damn unlucky. It started to rain the moment we start our training. Our equipment was faulty and we have to change new equipment. It was a funny sight when we are changing the equipment.

Bump into my colleague at the training ground. He was attached to our unit for that day to cover our training. Haha. Small world.

The training schedule is rather tight. The exercise is tomorrow. And we are still training today. Usually, the day before the big exercise is for us to prepare store and rest.

Still got some store not ready yet. It is going to be a tough exercise. Will have to wake up at 5am tomorrow.

Reservist Day Eight – Cannot make it officer

Cannot make it officer

**This entry was handwritten on 17 Sept 2007 2349hr**

Just finished a briefing by our officer. Wondering why the need to conduct the briefing so late in the evening. Can’t he do it in the morning since we got nothing to do?

I’ve come to a conclusion that if we are going to war, my first bullet will be fired at my officer. Seriously, our chances of winning the war will be greatly increased without him around.

His technical knowledge is wrong. Heard that he gave our CO wrong information during the planning. Can die I tell you.

Then he asked 2 of my platoon mates to crarry a lot of equipment for the coming exercise. Like that how to walk? Never use brain one leh. One look and you know that it’s more than 4 person’s load. And he expect 2 people to carry them. Well done.

How do you expect me to go to war with this officer?

Reservist Day Eight – Waste of time

Waste of time

**This entry was handwritten on 17 Sept 2007 1300hr**

Finally got the chance to go eMart to buy toothpaste, toothbrush and shaver. Glad that nobody notice that I didn’t brush my teeth for the whole morning. It feels good to be able to brush my teeth finally.

Morning was a waste of time. We were send out to a training area to attend a lesson that we are not required to learn. Our officer insist that we go since it is in our timetable. We told him that we don’t need to learn those things because we will never get to use it. Furthermore, it is the advance level. We haven’t learnt about the basic yet. How do we attend that lesson?

But our officer insist that we attend. He is scare to ask or cancel it. Furthermore, he don’t need to attend.

A officer from another platoon managed to convince the instructors that we don’t need to attend that lesson. We were released from the lesson halfway after being asked several questions.

No more program for the rest of the day. Can sleep until dinner time. Time to catch up with the sleep that I lost during the weekend.

Reservist Day Eight – In a mess

In a mess

**This entry was handwritten on 17 Sept 2007 0704hr**

Booked out on Saturday late afternoon. Been out whole weekend and didn’t sleep at all. Am in a total mess after booking in.

Forgot to bring back my toothpaste, toothbrush and shaver. Sign in at the wrong row. Left my camp pass in the company office table until my platoon mates saw it and told me about it.

The body is in camp but the heart is outside, thinking about what happened and what is about to happen. In a mess….

Reservist Day Six – No 100 marks answer

No 100 marks answer

**This entry was handwritten on 15 Sept 2007 1135hr**

Spend the morning doing some training. It was about the Geneva Convention and how we should handle civilians and POW at times of war. Rather interesting lesson I must say. Do you know that if a enemy soldier is more seriously wounded than our own soldier, the medic should treat the enemy soldier first? Seriously, who would follow such laws at times of war?

One of my platoon mate suggested shooting our own soldier to make him more seriously wounded than the enemy so that the medic is allowed to treat our own people first. Hahaha. Keep him away from me when I’m wounded during war!

The lesson was conducted in a role play format. There are people who act as POWs, civilians or enemies while we practice how to handle the situation. The instructor keep stressing that there is no right or wrong answer. I totally agree with him. Even the best answer might not work for all situations. A lot of things require us to think while on the ground. (But its kinda hard to think with the helmet on :P )

When the lesson was about to end, one of the Sergeant from another platoon started asking the instructor what is the best way to handle the situation that we encountered during the training and stuff like that. To him, the best solutuion has flaws. I do agree the best solution isn’t 100% fool proof, but then, I feel that there is no such thing as best solution. Even if there is one, it might not work all the time.

And this guy keep asking and asking non-stop. Everyone is already tired and want to go back to our bunk earlier to get ready for bookout. But there he is asking questions that don’t have a 100 marks answer. It really depends on what is happening on the ground. You need to think about it and make adjustment. As a commander, you need to think on the ground. Not expecting someone to spoonfeed you the answer.

Guess he doesn’t get it.

Anyway, we are waiting for book out now. Not sure what time can we go. Not sure if they found the missing equipment. Not sure if the investigation branch will be coming or not. Oh well, better take a nap while waiting.

Crap. The book in timing is always fixed, but the book out timing never will.