“I miss the days out in the blazing sun marching in the parade square with my RSM barking commands into my ear,” said no NS man ever.
Ah the good ol’ army drill commands – so versatile, so full of meaning.
Wish you could use them in civilian life again? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
1. Senang diri
Usage: When the big boss is not around and you can slack a bit.
What it actually means: Stand at ease.
Usage: When the big boss is here and you are candy crushin’, you better stop your crushin’, man.
What it actually means: Freeze.
3. Cepat lari
Usage: When you shred the wrong documents and realised it was your boss’ 100-page presentation deck.
What it actually means: Run.
Usage: When the boss asks you to re-do the 100-page presentation.
What it actually means: It really means re-do. Sucks to be you.
5. Hentak kaki cepat hentak
Usage: When promotions kenna everyone. Everyone but you.
What it actually means: Marching on the spot.
6. Ke Belakang Pusing
Usage: When you want to knock off early tactically but big boss comes back
What it actually means: About turn.
7. Masuk baris
Usage: Wake. Work. Repeat. This is basically us every weekday morning.
What it actually means: Enter the parade.
8. Keluar baris
Usage: Right at the opposite spectrum is Keluar Baris – You know, when the clock strikes 7pm (if you are lucky) and you are tired AF but still cannot wait to sprint out of the office.
What it actually means: Fall out. Make sure you don’t kena besurai though.
Usage: When the colleague disagrees with your boss and you admire his guts. A lot.
What it actually means: Salute.
Speaking of which, here’s another thing we should hormat this July:
Put on your uniform (but make sure the button-fly doesn’t explode) or take the easy way out (grab one from your Facebook archives when you were still at your IPPT Gold-best). SAF wants you to hormat yourself for your unwavering service this SAF Day. Just follow these steps:
1. Take a photo of yourself in uniform OR with a significant figure in your life who’s an SAF serviceman/woman.
2. Post it as your profile picture, hashtag #HormatSAF & #SAFDay16, and tag @cyberpioneer.
You don’t actually stand to win anything but how about some discounts and good ol’ pride?
This post is brought to you in conjunction with MINDEF.