National Service: Why I don't mind going in 2 months earlier
Tuesday, June 04, 2013

I mentioned that I was entering prison of some sort in the previous post, I was referring to entering the army. Because it'll be a pain in the ass to explain "why?" to international readers, Wikipedia does a good job of explaining it for me.

Thankfully, the "sentence" has shortened from 2.5 years to 2 for the past couple of generations, and if you passed your IPPT with a silver or gold, you will only need to serve for 22 months instead of 24. This is where my post comes in, I am doing 24 months.

First of all, I can't do pull ups or run long distance for nuts. I could, in the past, when my school has PE every week. But in SP (which I just graduated from), 3 years of non-regular exercise, coupled with fast food restaurants all around the school has put me out of shape.

As I've finished schooling early this year, why didn't I bother training up for IPPT and save myself 2 months of NS? Here's my logic.

The date we enlist is somewhat linked to our month of birth. Since mine is January, I have a very high chance of entering the first batch, August. I was hoping to find a temporary Computing job but all required at least 6 months of commitment. Which by the time I got around to finding a job, I was only left with 4 or 5. Since I have already failed my IPPT once, I knew that I will be enlisted in early June. Which gave me only 3 months to find a job, if I wanted to.

The thing is that I hate doing sales and stupid jobs, I wanted something that could give me experience for what I was going to do in the future. So I gave up on finding a job.

Hence, going in 2 months early is somewhat like a job to me. Even with the meager pay of $480, it's like I am being paid to exercise, train and pass my IPPT. Compared to training in my own free time right now, where the reward is the extra 2 months of not doing anything, I just don't see going in early as a bad idea.

Yes, I know that freedom is valuable. But when I spend my freedom doing nothing important, it really doesn't matter that much to me.

So the end result is that I have more reasons for going in early than not to. Even though the reason (not to) is a strong one, I probably wouldn't appreciate it until I'm in, but then again, maybe I'm spot on with this train of thoughts.

Less boredom
Some sort of income
Get fit for BMT
Enjoy life now

2 months less of freedom.

Like many people have told me, it's all about your mindset, it's up to you whether you want to enjoy your mandatory NS or not. I am not looking forward to it, but I do hope that it would be fun.

Work hard, play hard.
Let's see how I'll feel when I book out on the 29th.

p.s. I am enlisting on the June 11th. So... from then on I would be gone for 3 weeks. That's just life.

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