this would be my last and final installment with regards to my personal NS experience. In this blog entry, I will be sharing with you what happened after I was put out-of-course (OOC) for the 82/11 Officer Cadet Course (OCC).
I was put OOC in May 2011 after sustaining a ligament tear on my left wrist. As my wrist condition worsened, I had to undergo a ligament reconstruction surgery and was given a few months to recover and recuperate. During this period of time, I was also put on a splint and was practically immobile. While I was waiting for my posting to be out, I was attached to the Human Resource Shared Services Centre (HRSSC) in SAFTI MI and I was involved in helping out the Student Affairs Branch. In total, I spent about 9 months at HRSSC and I have learnt a great deal about general administration and other taskings which are adhoc in nature. The work atmosphere was positive, friendly, and encouraging and I really enjoyed working with the people at HRSSC.
While waiting for my finalised posting to be out, CPC [it stands for Control of Personnel Centre, credits to Joel Chen for the information. They are the ones handling the posting of servicemen] had initially posted me to be a Supply Supervisor at a classified unit. However, as I didn’t have enough liability left, the idea was dropped. Then, I was issued another possible posting to be a Supply Assistant. I have absolutely no idea why CPC was bent on assigning me a Supply vocation but for me, it just will not work out because given my condition, I wasn’t able to lift heavy loads and furthermore, I was in a splint, causing me to be extremely immobile. After countless email exchanges between my superiors and CPC, CPC finally posted me to become an Admin Support Assistant at SAFTI MI.
Well, as an Admin Support Assistant, my main taskings were mainly centered on general administration [filing, setting up/tearing down of meeting room, IT support, and etc.] and while it may not be physically challenging, it might at times be emotionally challenging. Many people say that once the training phase during NS is over, life would be much more smooth-sailing and I no doubt share the same sentiments. In fact, I am really excited as I’m counting down to my ORD on 13 September 2012.
Honestly, though the 2 years in National Service might seem long and daunting, it will soon be over in the blink of an eye. Then again, there will be a new set of challenges and a new chapter of my life begins right after NS.
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