If you thought you've seen it all in your eventful 18-year life, wait till you join the army.
The three months in BMT will expose you to all sorts of people you never thought existed.
1. Chao Keng Kia / Kengster
2. Muscle man / Fitness freak / JC-canoeist
3. The Siao On / Chiongster
Not to be confused with the muscle men. Siao on chiongsters come in all shapes and sizes. Whatever you are asked to do, he will do 200%. In war, you can always count on him to storm the front to be a hero.
4. The Wayang
When talking to the sergeant he sounds like the siao on / chiongster, but when it comes to crunch time he'll give his 200% to siam the work. You'll meet a lot of this type of people in the working world.
5. The blur sotong / cockster
6. The Kiasu / Kiasee
Dressing up in a ghillie suit is perfectly fine if you're a US Marines sniper. Not if you're a chao recruit. You'll meet some people who will bring the entire Beach road army market in their barang barang on the first day of enlistment. Good thing is if you're hungry during confinement, they probably bought combat rations for you to try. They are forever over-prepared and will set their alarm 1 hour before reveille.
7. The smokers
8. The white horse
9. Sabo King / Smart Alec
Wants to show off to sergeant he found an empty bullet casing in the bunk, everyone gets confined. Must always ask stupid questions that get everyone into knock it down position.
10. The female recruit
Usually signed-on regulars, the female recruits are more siao-on than the regular blur NSFs. Also a motivation for the guys to not be outdone by their female counterparts.
11. Nua Sai
Before you joined the army, you didn't think anyone could take 20 seconds to complete the shuttle run, or do only 12 sit-ups in one minute, or get stuck on top of the jacob's ladder for 20 minutes. But yes, there are really very nua people in the world. You can only threaten them with confinement then they will start to move.
12. Foreign talent
Actually there was a Russian during my BMT. I couldn't remember his name, everyone just called him Russian.
Top photo from Cyber Pioneer Facebook.