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From studious soldier to garang university student

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You can take the guy out of the army, but you cannot take the army out of the guy.

After serving two long and grueling years in National Service, many Singaporean sons celebrate their ORD (Operationally Ready Date) and get back to their studies.

But while most former soldiers forget their military past, there are some who struggle with acclimatising to student life.

These are three stories of university students who have yet to let go of their soldiering roots.

Always ready to strike

"During my second year in university, I participated as a senior in the Freshman Orientation Program. The seniors brought along Nerf guns for various activities during the program, and being bored on the first night, we decided to play with them.

One of us began demonstrating his profound tactical knowledge in formations, and somehow convinced a bunch of us to conduct combat manoeuvres.

"Although we were aware of the multiple pairs of eyes on us (especially the girls)
it did bring back many memories of being part of the military." 
PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/ROSALIND ANG

Pretty soon, there was a whole group of guys performing their newly acquired knowledge of combat movements in the garden adjacent to the school building." – Theodore Yzelman, 24, Student

The commander wannabe

"During my orientation camp we were told to be ready by 8am, but this guy created a huge ruckus which woke up the entire room of sleeping guys at 6am. He then proceeded to shout at us like a platoon sergeant with phases such as "eh, what time already!" and "wake up your idea!"

"He was the perfect example of a beta male trying too hard." 
PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/ROSALIND ANG

His failed impersonation certainly got on our nerves (nobody got up by the way), and my mate, an actual sergeant himself, gave him the most succinct, vulgarity-filled reply. That kept his mouth shut for a good hour as we continued to snooze." – Jonathan Koh, 26, Student

The sleeper agent

"During my orientation camp before starting my first year in university, this guy in my group tried to tie a hammock in his allocated chalet room.

It didn't make sense to me because there were beds in there, and we weren't actually camping in the wild.

"But his hammock ended up taking more space, so they just took down the hammock".
PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/MARK ONG

I guess he wanted to make more space because there were quite a number of guys sharing the room." - Denise Tan, 22, Student

BANNER PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/MARK ONG 
TEASER PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/ROSALIND ANG

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