Our Uniformed Organizations
My real life experience in one
I became a wee bit curious about the uniformed organizations when I was about to turn 18. You see, all suitable Singaporean males had to go through what we call National Service for 2 years at that impressionable age.
On my big day of beckoning in 1982, I nervously reported to Central Manpower Base. My parents and brothers were there to see me off.
My stint in the army made me respect a machine which we called a typewriter. Make a silly mistake while typing five copies of a document and you will need to bring out your trusty eraser. Rub, rub, rub... and re-type again. Make another mistake at that spot again. Then, rub, rub, rub... and this time you get a hole there.
Ahh... thank goodness we were not in the ISO 9000 thing or something like that then.
I became something of a touch typist during my National Service. I even managed to obtained a Certificate of Proficiency for my typing skills. The then instructor, Sgt. Mary (probably a Warrant Officer by now), proudly told us that this piece of paper would qualify us as a certified typist. And we could look for jobs as typists in all government departments. Wow! I was impressed!
Where could someone go for their National Service?
Singaporeans could be posted to any of the uniformed organizations for their National Service:
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Created on 5 Apr 1997. Updated on 12 Nov 2006.
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