Monday, Jan. 17 saw a new batch of Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) enlistees begin their Basic Military Training (BMT) enlistment process at Pulau Tekong.
In-person send off
What was different, however, was that after a two-year hiatus, parents and loved ones were finally able to send off the enlistees in person, rather than from a distance.
Since 2020, enlistees have had to bid their parents farewell at Selarang Camp, rather than share a final significant moment together on Pulau Tekong.
In a Facebook post on Jan. 19, the Basic Military Training Centre (BMTC) shared that the relaxation of measures was part of Singapore's transition towards endemic living.
It added that all parents and enlistees took a supervised Antigen Rapid Test (ART) at Selarang Camp, before they were ferried over to Pulau Tekong.
Visit to enlistees' bunks and viewing of SAF-issued equipment
Upon arriving at Pulau Tekong, parents and enlistees headed off on their separate journeys.
Much like pre-Covid times, parents and loved ones were given guided tours of the bunks and viewed some of the SAF-issued equipment, while enlistees went ahead with registration and rehearsal for their oath-taking ceremony.
The physical visit to Pulau Tekong ended at the Main Auditorium, where parents witnessed the new enlistees take an oath of allegiance.
Parents were seen waving goodbye as they watched their sons leave the auditorium to formally enter National Service.
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