Reservist Day Nine to Twelve plus – The Longest Four Days

**This entry was hand written between 31 Aug to 3 Sept 2009**
Finally, the grand finale of this year’s in camp has arrived. The 4 days outfield exercise. We have been training since late May for this and I’m just hoping we can get this over and done with. We will be put to the test to see how well our battalion perform. We performed very well last year and everyone have high hopes for us this year.
I spend the morning in the planning room helping my officer. The planning room is another battlefield. Fought in aircon room with pen and mouth. I never like going to the planning room and will try to avoid that place as much as possible. Had an early lunch in camp before moving out at 2pm. As usual, I’m in the first batch to move out. Sort of gotten used to it already. Everything went on smoothly for the day. Slow and steady in fact. I think they allocated too much time for us to accomplish our task. Which is something good. It’s still a long way to go, don’t want to rush everything and get ourselves tired on the first day. It was my CO’s birthday. They brought a birthday cake to the command tent to celebrate for a while. I managed to catch some sleep at night, between 2 rovers. When you are out in the field, everywhere is your bed. (and toilet too)
Our Div commander came to visit us in the morning. First time see a star outfield. It rained in the late morning and I took shelter under a bridge with another platoon. Had fun chatting with them and exchanging stories about NSF life. Tried to catch as much rest as possible cause I know we won’t be able to rest much for the next two days. By evening time, we are ready to move out. Almost puke blood when suggesting to someone from my platoon a better way to do thing. Refuse to listen. Look, I’ve been doing this thing for so many years already. I know your method is going to be damn troublesome. If you refuse to listen to me, don’t come bugging me for the rest of the night when you have problems.
And he was bugging me throughout the night. Told him already don’t listen. Sigh.
We were deployed by the roadside. With civilian cars driving pass every now and then. There were even some factory workers walking pass our deployment ground. I bet they are wondering what are we doing there. And we waited and waited and waited for the enemy to come. It was the longest wait I’ve ever encountered. In total, we waited 12 hours before the enemy finally decides to arrive.
After that mission, we head to another area to rest while our officers plan for the next mission. It was the toughest mission ever. I think they wanted to test our limits. But honestly speaking, this is a suicide mission. If we are using real bullets, most likely none of us will come back alive. And I’m sure they won’t assign this sort of mission in real war. It’s not feasible. But no choice, we have to fight the mission assigned by the top.
It was already the next day morning when we reach our location. All of us are dead tired. But we still need to get ready and prepare to fight the enemy. I was shouting at one guy for not doing his job well. Am already dead tired and this guy is creating more trouble. Almost wanted to use my weapon to wack him. Almost. You don’t piss off a tired and sleep deprived guy. Especially when he is wearing green.
We were deployed there until end of the day when exercise end. The enemy didn’t come. We waited until tired.
By right we should all be happy that the exercise is over. But some incident that happened towards the end of the exercise causes some unhappiness and spoilt the mood for celebration. Everyone have different methods to get things done. Our battalion’s method might be a lot different and bent a few rules. But our method is the most effective. Oh well, sometimes people just want you to follow the rules.
And because of that, we delayed quite a bit and end up reaching camp around 3am on friday morning. Everyone is dead tired. But we know that the faster we return our stores, the faster we get to rest. It was an amazing sight to see everyone working in a team to speed up the process. We got everything done within one hour plus. After that, we went back to bunk to wash up. Haven’t showered for 4 days.
By the time I finish washing up, it was already 5am. So we head down to the cookhouse for breakfast before hitting the bed.

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