Sunday, June 13, 2010


I am a SISPEC Crossover to OCS. I was awarded the Golden Bayonet in ASLC and Coy Best in BSLC.

In OCS i was nominated for award but i didnt get any. But its alright.

Anyway, honestly, the training in the SAF is generally very safe and noone should really have to be overly concerned for safety matters. Just pay attention to the briefing and pay attention when bullets are flying then you’ll be cool. This is not withstanding if there is a moron around you that does dangerous things ofcourse.

Section Live Firing, Platoon Live Firing are very tame events. The procedure is so set in stone that the likelihood that anything will happen is slim to none. I have done it twice the amount an average commander trainee would have to on account that i have been through SISPEC and OCS and its a really dull affair. I got bored during the second time. Especially since there is a dry rehearsal, then a blank rehearsal and finally a live rehearsal plus another one for night (atleast for SISPEC).

Also, for those wondering, which is tougher, SISPEC is tougher hands down.

I was from one of the most laid back company in SISPEC, and went to one of the toughest wings in OCS but, SISPEC is tougher hands down.

SISPEC is tactical all the way in the outfield. Meaning when you go outfield training, the moment you get out of the tonner, you’ve got to behave as in you are in the enemy can be around. Totally no nonsense. You only get a break when it is all over. The longest i have had to endure this was in taiwan for a continuous 7 days.
This means that even when its time to sleep, you have to maintain the alert ratio as per ordered. usually 50:50. This was even during the rain (the temperature was 5 degrees that night) and we still had to carry on with the mission. It was the single most physically and mentally toughest things i had to go through in the Army.

In OCS, its alot of symbolic and theatrical bullshit. I am not saying that i am ashamed to be an officer. But OCS doesn’t do training like SISPEC does.
In OCS’s toughest experince for me, was in taiwan (again, though in the summer now), it was a 5 day exercise, but in between mission we can have a tactical break (that means you can just chill) at one point we were sleeping on top of an open hill with all our equipments scattered around me. I’m not especially proud of this, but if you’re in rome.

I just get a little upset when officers behave like they are better than specialists. Cos the truth of the matter is that the best specialist is better than every other officer. And officers like to brag about going through the tough trainings of OCS, without knowing that SISPEC is tough too, and much more so.

2 comments:

Syed Al Hafizh Shah said...

Great to know that I went thru the same.I got the golden bayonet too.that was in 19th ASLC.Was told go to OCS which I decline coz i dont want o go to traineeship again.but after persuaded by my Delta Coy OC and My PC.decided to go.passed the 2 inyerview.one in sispec which qere interviewed by CO Sispec n all coy OC followed by going to Gombak Mindef for 2nd interview.

Got to wait for 2 month before posted to OCS.in a mean time became a trainer in Sispec.

Got to OCS into the service term 1.first night kena tekan.askwd me whats my rank n name...i replied 3sgt Sh**,got questioned 3 times,then i got it.it was OCT Sh**.

Both are equally tough.but more memorable was Sispec.Sispec taught me about teamwork bit OCS is Individual.i trained sispec for more than 5 mths as there was no intake to start the course.

Got appointment as CWSM followed by CSSM.god thing is can tekan the trainees but i dont.every week have to send report to the indian SSM and meetup with Dy Commander.got to prepare the school for parade.got interview for S.O.H.top three was selected.but i was not chosen just because i cant answer "when n how the financial crisis came about".I felt it was not fair question.the person who throughout the training of NS where consistent was not chosen.It was chosen by manging t answer 1 question which was irrelevant.

But anyway,became best in Alpha wing n receinving another BAyonet silver in colour plus S.O.M. PLUS SELEected to go CTC.

I still love Sispec more than OCS.the best about OCS for me is the JCC.thats about it.

Syed Al Hafizh Shah said...

Great to know that I went thru the same.I got the golden bayonet too.that was in 19th ASLC.Was told go to OCS which I decline coz i dont want o go to traineeship again.but after persuaded by my Delta Coy OC and My PC.decided to go.passed the 2 inyerview.one in sispec which qere interviewed by CO Sispec n all coy OC followed by going to Gombak Mindef for 2nd interview.

Got to wait for 2 month before posted to OCS.in a mean time became a trainer in Sispec.

Got to OCS into the service term 1.first night kena tekan.askwd me whats my rank n name...i replied 3sgt Sh**,got questioned 3 times,then i got it.it was OCT Sh**.

Both are equally tough.but more memorable was Sispec.Sispec taught me about teamwork bit OCS is Individual.i trained sispec for more than 5 mths as there was no intake to start the course.

Got appointment as CWSM followed by CSSM.god thing is can tekan the trainees but i dont.every week have to send report to the indian SSM and meetup with Dy Commander.got to prepare the school for parade.got interview for S.O.H.top three was selected.but i was not chosen just because i cant answer "when n how the financial crisis came about".I felt it was not fair question.the person who throughout the training of NS where consistent was not chosen.It was chosen by manging t answer 1 question which was irrelevant.

But anyway,became best in Alpha wing n receinving another BAyonet silver in colour plus S.O.M. PLUS SELEected to go CTC.

I still love Sispec more than OCS.the best about OCS for me is the JCC.thats about it.