Feeling Screwed Over – Part 2

by Terence

Things got worse after my last post.

Some people suggested calling MINDEF directly to see if they could do anything to help. That’s when I got the second shocker. I only have 5 high key trainings (in-camp training over a continuous period of 8 days) on record.

In 2002, I got called back for in-camp training from 9 – 18 May. However, I received the call-up in 2 separate notices. One was for the period 9 – 10 May, while the other one was for 13 – 18 May. 11 and 12 May was a weekend. So based on this technicality, the training period is counted as 2 low key trainings rather than a single high key training of 8 days.

This time, I decided to go to the officer from my parent unit that was overseeing our training. He admitted that SAF screwed up by not treating the training as a high key training, but said there was nothing he could do.

That’s the line I’ve been hearing all of the past week. Nothing can be done. I know that’s just a bunch of BS, but I can’t expect anyone to care, since all of these people are either trying to take the easy way out, or else they don’t care because this is their last in-camp and they can’t be arsed to help me.

I’m very angry, and I’m going to make a few more attempts to set the record straight. Failing which, I’ll just have to to take this in my stride. In the worst case scenario, I’ll have to serve another 4 years in order to clear my high-key training because the next 2 are low-key training.