Archive for October, 2007

Fourth bookout

This week was manageable. We had Basic Trainfire Package on Wednesday. The entire company spent the entire morning till four pm zeroing our weapons. Platoon One and Platoon Two proceeded with the day and night test. I barely managed to scrape through. Still, the feeling of hitting the target is exhilirating. Live firing is quite similar to the simulator. The recoil is easy to deal with once the zeroing is done properly.

We had IPPT on Saturday. My performance was quite lousy. I need to put in more effort.

I didn’t do much this weekend, just went to Mass with my parents on Saturday.

We will be confined next week, due to the Field Camp starting from the 27th to the 1st of November. I’ll be missing All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day. Maybe I’ll make up for it on the weekend.

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen. 

Third Bookout

This week was really slack. We had lots of time to sleep in between periods.

Oh, and I was on Attend B for 3 days. I had a terrible chest pain during Tuesday’s Ability Group Run. They put me in the safety rover and sent me to the medical center. Over there I got an ECG and chest X-ray. Results were normal, but the doctor prescribed cough syrup for my bad cough. I hope I don’t fall ill again this week. The PTP phase has ended and the BMT phase follows. I can’t afford to miss any lessons.

The other day we were assembling outside the cookhouse after dinner, and we saw a rainbow above the medical centre. It was beautiful.

There is hope still.

Second Bookout

I managed to return in one piece. My sore throat returned as well. No fever, but I’m having this blasted cough. They call it the ‘tekong cough’ or something. The long weekend before the book-in gave me too much rest. Saturday night’s trip to MOS resulted in a bad hangover the next day. I should have stayed at home, but then Joshua’s cousin Christopher was in town.

I had a crappy appetite on Sunday and Monday. The thought of going back in was damn depressing. All the meals I during those two days tasted bad. I felt sick and nauseous. But thank God I managed to snap out of it by Tuesday. My appetite returned to normal soon after.

This week was a bit stressful. We had three tests this week: M16 Technical Handling (TH), Individual Marksmanship Training (IMT), and lastly 2.4 km Run. I managed to scrape through TH and IMT. TH was almost a goner because I had a faulty weapon. IMT was manageable. I missed many targets, especially during the day test. The night test was surprisingly easy.

But that’s not the end. IMT is just simulated environment in an air conditioned chamber. Live firing will not be so easy. As for the 2.4 km run, 3 weeks of running aimlessly paid off. I managed to clock a pass timing of 11:58; much better than my previous timing of 13:50. Now I can work towards a better grade. A gold perhaps?

They let us out on Saturday morning at 1100. Christopher was back in town, so Joshua and I went to watch Resident Evil with him. It was a gory film, though most of it was censored away.

I have to go back later at 1945. St Michael the Archangel, defend us in our day of battle!


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Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us

Stella Matutina, ora pro nobis

Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, pray for us

St Michael the Archangel, pray for us

St Jude, pray for us

St Benedict, pray for us

St Dominic, pray for us

St Anthony, pray for us