Pulau Tekong

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That First Field Camp

My first field camp was a disaster, and when the cyberpioneer Facebook page quizzed readers about interesting field experiences during their basic military training (BMT) I thought back to the week in February 2010, to the moments on Pulau Tekong when I felt like falling out and when I struggled to complete my shell scrape. Before enlistment my fitness was hardly a priority, so that eight-week physical training phase was no surprise. I was the only one in my junior college class. And while this additional time made future route marches as well as infantry exercises less taxing this first trip outfield was beyond exhausting. Continue reading