It's time to face one of my biggest fears: enlisting into the army. I haven't been looking forward to this day since I was a child and even experienced a nightmare just a few days prior, but all of this worrying is for nothing, because to my surprise it didn't turn out as bad as I expected it to be. Of course, I wouldn't have known this on the day of enlistment, so I dragged my feet towards the bus terminal, tired from the lack of sleep from the previous night which was probably due to the absence of hair.
Upon reaching Tekong, we did the usual stuff and settled our admin stuff for the whole day. I couldn't sleep that night. It was one of the toughest nights to go through in my life because I woke up 8 - 10 times, around once every 30 minutes in the span of the so called "7 hours of uninterrupted rest". Needless to say I felt awful the day after. That plus the thought of sleeping with a bunch of strangers whom I barely interacted with because of my introvert personality. It wasn't until the second day after the vaccination that I took the initiative to initiate a conversation. To my relief, I found out there were actually quite nice and easy to talk to, so it makes it much more enjoyable to share our stories together.
Training-wise was not that bad for the first few days. I had already experienced this whole uniformed group situation before as a cadet in NPCC, so all of the shouting and rushing stuff was nothing new. One of the things that stuck out the most was how intense the PT was. It was more than what I did to train for my IPPT - maximum repetitions for push ups and sit ups for 1 minute and running a 2.4km track every day - and it was only the first few lessons. I have a feeling things are just going to get more intense as time goes on. That said, I stopped training after I passed the pre-enlistee test so it has been a good month or two since I exercised. To feel that the PT lessons were intense here is justified.
Perhaps one of the biggest setback this week was running in the rain during metabolic circuit, a type of physical training where you run around 10 stations of exercises without stopping. I always hate falling sick so it made me kinda worried. But then again, once you enter Tekong, there is no escaping the dreaded "Tekong cough". It's only the first week and more than half of the platoon is already coughing. I'm just bracing myself for my turn at this point of time.