Posted on 17-Sep-2013
He started talking about all the things they do like drill and ‘Praise and Worship’. He also talked about the benefits like training discipline and self –control. At that point, to be honest, I was thinking “Ah, another organisation to waste my time.” I was not interested whatsoever in joining. However, my mother on the other hand, thought differently. Soon, it was time to return home. Then came the moment I was not expecting at all. My mother turned to me and said “That Boy’s Brigade thing seems interesting, I’m going to send you to the first meeting to try it out.” Obviously I tried to argue my way out of it but to no avail. She made me go.
I was not happy about it, but it all changed when I attended my first meeting. I went there to sign up with the captain, Mr. Nicholas Yeap. We went into one of the classrooms and he started to talk about more activities like rock climbing and laser tag. I was thinking to myself that this could actually, eventually be interesting. So, I decided to join.
Since then, I’ve never really turned my back on Boy’s Brigade. During my first year of experience, I attended many of the activities including BB Pesta, Bowling Competition, Laser Tag and a trip to Singapore. I enjoyed myself on all those occasions, making new friends and also gaining knowledge.
In my second year with The Boy’s Brigade and school, I was made one of the new squad leaders of the company. I felt happy and nervous at the same time knowing that I had to live up to some expectations. One of my first things to do as a squad leader was to attend the boot camps and take care of the form ones. Later in the year, I also join the Basic NCOs’ Training School (BNTS). It was a great experience as I learned many new things.
A few months later during the Enrolment Day of my company, I managed to get promoted to a Lance Corporal. I was really happy and everybody congratulated me. However with great power comes great responsibility. The other newly promoted NCOs and I help each other through hard situations. Fast forward a few months and here I am now.
Overall I think Boy’s Brigade has made be a better person. It has thought me to control myself not just physically but also emotionally. Boy’s Brigade also helps me make more friends and allows me to be myself and have fun. Now looking back at it, I am grateful that my mother made me join.