i was commissioned as an officer of the Singapore Armed Forces on 20/07/2014. it was a proud and defining moment for both me and my dear ones.
but this is it. everything has its time. everything comes to an end. this marks the beginning of a journey filled with heavy responsibility, difficult decisions, tricky situations and countless problems. we, as officers, must not falter in these testing times and prove to be worthy of this title. this morning, i already feel the heaviness of many judging stares.
the above is probably the worst military cliche, but it should never be considered as such. as leaders, the implications of our failure has a multiplier effect. sergeants look up to us for guidance and orders and imagine if we fail, it snowballs down to our men. reporting to unit early tomorrow morning, perhaps it would be good to refresh my aspirations as a newly commissioned officer.
to be an inspirational and authoritative leader.
inspirational-i would like to inspire my men to become who they want to be rather than who i want them to be. i met instructors who apply a very strict and traditional military way of teaching, who attempts to mould you into their idea of a good soldier. i have also met instructors that are very liberating in a sense that they step back and let you have the privilege of experiment and exploration, only stepping in when guidance is needed.
authoritative-i aspire to have a positive and close working relationship with my men but there must always be a superior-subordinate understanding between us. if not, i will have a hard time getting things going. but i must exercise care here, for i experienced how LTAV can try too hard to portray such image but backfire in the end..
i hope that in future troubling times, i can refer back to this.
on a side note, i am definitely going to miss my dear coursemates. gosh my heart literally aches at the thought of the impending separation. i am going to be miss Joel, kokping, ricky, isaac, ryan, jingen, zhiwei, brandon, isaac and many more. i am really tired now so tomorrow i am going to document all the happy, exhilarating moments so i will never ever forget them.