National Service

Church Life

Feeling unheard in my church, I’m thinking of leaving

Having been treated unkindly by my peers, I made the difficult decision in my teens to leave my previous church. As a third-generation believer, I was in search for a fresh start.  My secondary...

National Service

Life lessons I took away from BMT

I enlisted on 11 August 2021. I was looking forward to having a great buddy, someone with whom I would have mutual respect for, someone who cares about Basic Military Training (BMT) and would do his...

National Service

How not to waste your National Service

It seems strange that you would take advice on how to finish National Service (NS) well from someone who wasted much of his two years. But I really want to help you learn from my regrets, and the...

Studies & NS

Living as a soldier of Jesus Christ, in NS and beyond

Every person’s two years in National Service (NS) will be different. No longer trapped within the confines of the education system, you’ll find yourself with a newfound independence. But if...

Studies & NS

Survive and thrive: Making the most of my National Service

Most people say that every Singaporean son goes into National Service (NS) a boy and comes out a man. Some say that NS is a void, and others still just shrug their tired shoulders and utter, as if it...

National Service

When my command school dreams were suddenly crushed

The disruptive COVID-19 season has certainly been a disappointing and frustrating period for most of us, with many of the plans we had for the year being written off. Even as I write this, I will be...

National Service

Finding hope in the face of NS enlistment

2019 was a big year for me because it was when I graduated from polytechnic and enlisted into National Service (NS). I faced enlistment with greater fear and apprehension than most. This was largely...

National Service

Struggling to get used to NS life?

Under the Enlistment Act, I was due to enlist on July, 5 2019. Unlike my peers, I was actually looking forward to enlisting as I wanted a career in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). I had heard...

National Service

I faced down five weeks of depression in NS

In 2018, I struggled with depression for five weeks. As a National Serviceman, I was transitioning from an old camp to a new camp. Things were run differently, and having to adapt to the new...