This is part of my month-long “Brevity is Clarity” endeavour, inspired by a friend’s Facebook post (here) which reminded me of the importance of getting points across cleanly and clearly. 160 words, 5 points, 1 issue. Check out the complete collection (here).
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1. Over the weekend, on the SAF Confessions Facebook page (above) and across a number of other platforms, there were a number of posts highlighting the supposed disparities between the officers and the specialists. I have two points.
2. Ranks, appointments, and the hierarchy do matter for full-time national servicemen, but not as much as some have made it out to be. There are so many different permutations, roles, responsibilities, experiences; yet, I reckon it is more important to be proud of what you – individually, or with your buddies – have accomplished.
3. Significantly, we should break a “tradition of nastiness” that has permeated some units (I should know, from my stint). Besides grappling with strict regimentation, many men deal with unreasonable, unconsidered requests, or deliberate attempts to make life difficult for two whole years. Without compromising the rigour of training standards, to-be commanders – especially those who had been at the receiving end of such behaviour – should treat their men fairly, and with respect.
Happy New Year, everyone! And to all our servicemen who are spending this festive season in key installations and camps, stay safe, and thank you.