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.

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

Cons:
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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