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Saturday, May 20, 2006
Yet another sad old man -vvv

Yesterday during guard mounting, this warrant officer gave me a long speech about my uniform. Actually, he was almost shouting but it didn't feel like a scolding because I had to try so hard to keep myself from laughing.

In case you didn't know, the upper half of the uniform I have been wearing for the past 2.5 years of NS is the older, reservist type uniform that was issued to me during BMT in 2000. The lower half was also issued by BMT but they are of the newer type. Therefore, there is a slight noticeable difference in the camouflage patterns and colours.

And so this old man kept saying things like "They never teach you uniform cannot wear two different colour, is it?!" What a stupid question. Who the heck would think up a regulation that states that the two halves of the camouflage uniform must be of the same colour? Besides, each half possesses at least three colours. Duh.

He actually wanted me to go change a set of uniform but I told him I have only this set in camp. When he said "You have no credits meh, cannot buy new uniform is it?", I was so tempted to reply "that's right" because I just finished clearing out all my credits down to zero cents, which I was very proud of.

Then he went on to repeatedly warn me "Better not let me see you in this uniform again!" Yeah, yeah, whatever man, I am a civilian come Monday, you won't even see me in uniform again, har har.

So here at the end of my NS days, I meet the last in a series of sad old men whose greatest meaning in life is enforcing impractical self-created rules. Before he left, he made a last comment on how I have no pride in my uniform, which is absolutely not true. I am very proud of my uniform. It has been through thick and thin with me, shielding me from the elements and protecting me from strange insects and thorny branches. It is really ironic that the issue of having pride in the way one wears his uniform would come from a man who wears dirty boots, doesn't velcro the sides and folds his sleeves up to his elbows.


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is that wo one that has fluid retention above the upper torso?
By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:30 PM  

That guy is such an ass. Speaking of self-imposed rules, he was also groussing about how in guard mounting we always ease-spring differently everytime. Although i seem to remember doing it the exact same way everytime I do guard; just that it's not his way. Funny thing is that he said he will be reflecting back to the other RSMs in the future, but thats EXACTLY the same thing he said the last time I did guard duty last month. I must imagine that everytime he comes down for guard mounting, he sees the drills being done our way, comments about how 'unstandardised' they are and how they should be done 'his' way, then meets up to bitch with the other RSMs but they just ignore him anyway and the cycle repeats.

Seriously, these people need a wake-up call. You know how those recently retrenched managers and supervisors during the financial crisis had to become taxi drivers and the govt was asking them to "change their mindset"? We should just discharge all these useless personnel and throw them out in the society, then they'll find out what real losers they are.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:19 AM  

ORD lor..... freedom oh yeah
By Anonymous jiangzheng, at 7:36 PM  

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