Ever since I have left the army and eventually finished my 10 years of reservist, I have never wanted to look back and be associated with the army anymore. Plus the fact that both my children are girls, and unless the law states that female needs to be enlisted as well, I don’t think I will ever step into a army-related building. Until..
The girls were invited to the Army Museum of Singapore (ARMS). It’s an event to introduce the Army to the children. The organizers actually wanted the parents to come in our old army uniform, omg! Only Andy was sporting enough to obliged. Salute!
There are three areas for the children to learn some knowledge of the Army, the Navy and the Airforce.
Every section has kids uniform for them to try on but Joey only tried on the Army No.1 uniform. She felt that the uniforms were not feminine and she looks like a boy. Isn’t she cute?
Kless and Jayne just tried the ceremonial caps.
When the army officer took out some of the items from the fullpack, the girls gave some very funny comments. The mess tin became a lunchbox. The airtight towel pack became a pillow. The combat ration became pizza. How we all wish, right? I can only remember the super hard ‘dog biscuit’ and the tasteless ‘colour water’.
Whatever is Colonel Seet explaining to the father, it seems like the boy is not too interested.
Uniform & caps for the Navy.
And the girls listening attentively to what the Navy does in missions. The dangling carrot was the chance to enact the scene after that.
Joey was chosen to be the Captain of the ship and Jayne was her Gunneryman.
With a lady officer, the two girls are definitely more receptive towards the Navy than the Army.
And the last station is the Airforce. The presenter is a F15 fighter-plane pilot. He is actually going to fly one of the F15s during the upcoming 48th National Day Parade. How cool!
In every station, the girls were given the task to do some handycraft related to the Army, Navy or Airforce. With the done product, the reward is the specially made “army” cupcakes.
Time for lunch and a bit of exercise after that, Standard Obstacle Course (SOC) for children.
Jayne met her blogging friend, Boon Xin. Sorry for the over-exposed photo, forgot to switch my settings after the previous photos.
Standard Obstacle Course (some called it the soldier’s playground).
Old SOC Obstacles
Low Wall. Parallel Bars. Stepping Board. Swing Trainer. Low Rope. Horizontal Beam. Swinging Beam. Balancing Log. Gate Window. Jacob’s Ladder. Low Ramp.
Redesigned SOC Obstacles
Low Wall. Stepping Stones. Rubble. Tunnel. Dodging Panel. Low Rope. Ditch. Corridor. Balancing Bridge. Window. Apex Ladder. Terrace.
And here is how Joey cleared her first SOC.
Low Ramp for the finish. Well done Joey!
Jayne tried a few obstacles too, like swinging on the Low Rope.
And overcoming the Jacob’s Ladder all by herself. Awesome girl!
All went well. The girls had their experience of the army life. And I survive my trip back to army.