The last outfield ever
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
It's finally done.
I have finished the last high key event of my NS life. Let the gates of chaogeng open and may I siam every single possible thing from now on. The road has been long and arduous but the end is finally in sight!
As such, let me share the last glorious outfield story that I went through.
"It was good."
Yup, that pretty much sums it up. No ten paragraph long worth of whining and complaining this time round, because it was just that good. No, I'm not saying that the I enjoy the lack of sleep and the swarms of commando mosquitoes*, but this might be the best outfield we have ever been through.
(commando mosquitoes: mosquitoes that are resistant to insect repellents and stings through layers of clothing)
It didn't start off all well and swell though, we had to book in earlier on a Saturday then take a bus to Gedong camp. It wouldn't have been necessary if not for the "rally talk" that the big boss has for us. I really think that giving us more time/freedom outside is a heck lot more motivational than to summon all of us back and try to pep talk us.
Oh how glad am I that I was wrong about this.
I can't believe what I saw that day, one way or another they managed to bring siam diu to us. TO US. I don't think I can elaborate anymore than this but it seemed like the big boss didn't seem to know about how far they'll take it; and it was toned down mid-way. It was pretty amazing though, the guys who were there would know. We even had some beer.
There's a lot of little details that I left out but all in all everything turned out fine, so I'll fast forward to Monday when we finally moved out.
The weather forecast was thunderstorms for the entire week. I don't know who the weather forecaster is but he ought to get fired as it did not rain at all during the week, not just that, we were all destroyed by the searing heat of >33º celsius. However, the word thunderstorm was perhaps apt after all. The weather forecast of 34º thunderstorm held true; under the ridiculous heat there was thunder and lightning everywhere, just no rain. In hindsight I'm glad it didn't rain though.
The fight went on for 4 days. Similar to the previous outfield, other than one of our own vehicle no other vehicles from my company broke down. This is amazing on so many levels, we couldn't believe ourselves and didn't want to say anything to jinx it before it was all over. Even though it felt like forever during then, a couple of winks later it was already the last day.
Our last mission was holding the line for a set period of time, but for us it was just surviving at some remote corner. We were all facing the road where our allied forces were holding on to, if we see any enemy vehicles appearing it would've meant that we have failed the mission and that we're pretty much screwed. Around mid day, we saw an enemy vehicle sliding into view over the horizon.
Panic sets in for us as we were not sure what we're supposed to do. My job really isn't to fight off enemies and we didn't really have the equipment to "kill" them anyway. Further down we saw that our CO and RSM started their vehicles and were preparing to retreat; is this a real threat?! We have absolutely no idea but we held our ground and prepared our weapons to fire upon them, to at least scare them away even if we couldn't "kill".
Our officer was also caught off guard by the sudden turn of events and told us
"Anyone who takes down that tank gets 2 ranks promotion!"
or something along those lines. (cause technically we do outnumber them)
After a few minutes of being in high alert and waiting in anticipation, we got hit by an anti-climatic bomb. The enemy was already "dead" and merely shifted to the backline so that it won't clog up the roads. *epic face palm*
As we waited during the battle for something to happen, we were all hiding within the shady trees, away from the relentless heat. During this time, a few wild monkeys appeared and we decided to give them some food. We weren't exactly supposed to do that but since we're going to throw away our food at the end anyway, we decided to throw whatever excess we have left to them. It was incredibly amusing to watch a monkey stuff itself with luncheon meat and biscuits. They are so incredibly greedy that when they were done you could see all the food smeared across their tiny cheeks!
Slowly but surely, the battle came to an end.
And we all rejoiced.
Everyone gathered at the finish line and I finally got to see my buddies that have disappeared for the past couple of days; we shared all the interesting things that has happened as we sat in a circle around a mosquito coil; just because our mission has ended, doesn't mean that the mosquitoes' mission to make us miserable has ended. (damn you mozzies!)
The most amazing thing out of this outfield is that 2 companies has zero vehicle breakdown. I can't stress enough how improbable it is for that to happen; our bosses were naturally elated as well and told us that this is a really rare occurrence. Day turns to night and all the tanks slowly made their way back to camp and as the last vehicle pass through the gates, we can finally heave a sigh of relief. Our job is done, and for the first time, we went back along with the rest of the battalion. We didn't need to work overtime recovering all the vehicles that were left outside, everyone was back safely on time.
Even though this is supposedly the hardest outfield we'll ever have, it turned out to be the best one we've ever been through!
With the end of this outfield, it also concludes the last climax of my army life; all that's left is the conclusion and the summary which will be done within the next 49 days as of now.
It's hard to believe that I have gone through so much in the past 22 months, so many awesome memories and so many fuck ups; so many lessons learnt.
I'll take the next 49 days to write about everything I've learnt in my service; maybe revamp this skin after such a long time as well.
p.s. I just got my laptop
p.s. I just got someone
p.s. Things seem to be falling into place.