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  • Gordonator's Avatar
    43,270 posts since Jul '04
    • Prepare for PTP/BMT: http://iprep.ns.sg/

      Secrets to Pass IPPT: www.ns.sg/publish/etc/medialib/nsportal/mindef_services/register_for_ns.Par.0004.File.tmp/IPPTBooklet.pdf

      Source: www.ns.sg , www.army.gov.sg , www.mindef.gov.sg

       

      BMT Enlistment Dates for 2015
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      www.mindef.gov.sg/imindef/mindef_websites/atozlistings/army/About_BMT/Enlistment_Dates.html

      BMT Graduation Dates for 2015
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      www.mindef.gov.sg/imindef/mindef_websites/atozlistings/army/About_BMT/Graduation_Dates.html

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      This PTP/BMT thread for all pre-enlistees who are going to enlist soon.
      Please feel free to ask any questions on everything BMT-related.

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      SINGAPORE: Changes will be made to the Basic Military Training programme for National Service recruits from 2010.

      There will be a new 19-week BMT for obese recruits, and either a 9-week or 4-week customised BMT for other classes of recruits to better prepare them for their subsequent combat, combat support and combat service support roles.

      Releasing details on Friday from the its two-stage review, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) said recruits whose Body Mass Index (BMI) exceeds 27 will have to undergo the new 19-week BMT programme that is designed to help them improve their physical fitness incrementally while equipping them with basic soldiering skills and knowledge.

      This is with effect from February 2010.

      It said the programme was introduced after a review to strengthen the BMT system as it was seen that over time, obese recruits have shown that they can achieve optimal fitness levels and weight loss in about 19 weeks.

      Recruits who are medically fit for deployment in selected combat and combat support vocations, such as signal operators, combat medics and naval system operators, will be given a new medical classification of PES B2, in place of the existing PES C1 classification.

      The SAF said this is to ensure that the medical classification of the soldiers is consistent with their deployment and the recruits will undergo a new 9-week programme from June 2010, that will include customised physical training, as well as basic combat training to prepare them for their combat and combat support roles.

      As for those who are placed as PES C recruits, they too will undergo a new 9-week BMT programme from June 2010, with light physical and vocational training. This is to prepare them for combat service support vocations, such as service medic, and those related to logistics and administration such as supply assistants.

      There's also a new 4-week BMT programme that will be conducted for PES E recruits, focusing on National Education, SAF core values, regimentation and discipline, as well as vocational training to prepare recruits for combat service support vocations.

      Colonel Ng Wai Kit, assistant chief of general staff (training), SAF, said: "The latest changes to the BMT system begin with the introduction of the physical training phase to prepare our recruits who are less fit, and raise their fitness level to that which is comparable with their direct BMT peers."

      There will be no change to the standard BMT for PES A/B recruits.

      In the first phase of the review, the SAF looked at how recruits undergoing the 4-week Physical Training Phase (PTP) could be better prepared for BMT.

      This resulted in the introduction of an 8-week PTP, which will raise PTP recruits' physical fitness to a level that is comparable to their direct-BMT peers.

      The new PTP programme will begin in December 2009.

       

      Edited by eac 29 Dec `15, 10:28PM
    • General Issued Standard Items in BMT
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      1x Duffel Bag (Black)
      5x No.4 Uniforms
      4x PT Singlets
      3x Admin T-Shirts
      1x Kevlar Helmet
      1x Jockey Cap
      1x Swimming Trunks
      1x PT shoes
      2x Combat Boots
      2x Green Towels
      1x Kiwi Set + Brush
      1x Sewing Kit
      1x Fork & Spoon Set
      5x No.4 Socks
      2x PT Socks
      1x Garters
      2x AA Batteries
      1x 7 piece Tolietries
      1x LBV
      1x Helmet Net
      2x Green Water Bottles
      1x Field Pack
      1x Toggle Rope
      1x Multiple purpose knife
      2x Mess Tin
      1x Mess Mug
      1x Ear Plug
      1x No.4 Belt
      1x Half finger Gloves
      1x Black Sling Bag
      1x Airforce Waterbottle

       

      To start things off. below is a list of items recommended to bring for your enlistment.

      Necesscary items
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      Arrow Hangers and pegs
      Arrow Alarm clock
      Arrow Permanent black marker pen
      Arrow Small lock with keys
      Arrow Washing powder and brush (to wash clothes)
      Arrow underwear (7 is more than enough)
      Arrow Liquid soap, shampoo, facial foam
      Arrow Toothbrush and toothpaste
      Arrow Plastic ziplock bags (for packing clothing)
      Arrow Swimming goggle
      Arrow Spare pair of glasses for those short-sighted
      Arrow Pain relieving spray
      Arrow Basic Personal First Aid kit
           (panadol, stomach-ache pills, medication oil, bandages...etc)
      Arrow Slippers

      Optional items
      Arrow Small radio
      Arrow Coins for drinks vending machines
      Arrow rubber watch
      Arrow books to read
      Arrow stationeries like pen, penknife and scissor
      Arrow Dried food such as biscuits.

      Edited by eac 05 Dec `09, 5:42AM
    • CyberPioneer: www.mindef.gov.sg/imindef/publications/cyberpioneer/index.html

      Edited by eac 05 Dec `09, 5:43AM
    • Idea Ranks
      ok now let me introduce to u all all the ranks you will see in the SAF. Cool

      Arrow Enlistees' ranks
      Once Recruits complete their Basic Military Training, they attain the rank of Private. Enlisted personnel form the basic foundation of the Army's manpower. These ranks are worn on both sleeves. Shown here are the Lance Corporal and Corporal ranks. Privates and Recruits do not wear ranks on their sleeves.



      Arrow Specialists' ranks

      Promising enlistees with command potential will go to SISPEC (School of Infantry Specialists) for Specialist courses. They are expert soldiers who have undergone professional military training courses and are known as Specialists.


      Specialists Cadets (SCT ) wears the new Specialists Cadets introduced in Dec 08. Specialists Cadets will not longer be promoted to Corporal (CPL) during their basic and advance training.

      They progress from Third Sergeant (3SG) to Second Sergeant (2SG) to First Sergeant (1SG). If they prove themselves to be capable and responsible, they may even attain staff-level ranks, such as Staff Sergeant (SSG) or Master Sergeant (MSG).

      Specialists usually serve as instructors or are put in charge of groups of men. They serve as the link between the Officers and the men, and are recognised as being a cut above the enlistees.

      Edited by Gordonator 24 Dec `08, 11:46AM
    • Arrow Warrant Officers' ranks

      Warrant Officers are Specialists who have distinguished themselves with their dedication and professionalism. With more than 10 years of service, they are the most experienced personnel in the Army.

      Because they are given Officer-type duties, their ranks are worn on the epaulettes. They have similar responsibilities and authority as Junior Officers.

      You do not have to salute warrant officers and you may address them as 'encik'.

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      Edited by Gordonator 01 Jul `05, 8:26PM
    • Arrow Junior Commission Officers' ranks

      The Junior Officers wear bars on their epaulettes. Commanding platoons or companies of men, they oversee the execution of orders and ensure the welfare of the men under their command. They are most important in small-unit combat, and earn the respect of their men by leading by example. As exemplary soldiers, they bring their men into action with dedication and energy.

      Junior Officers graduate from OCS with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant (2LT), and are promoted to Lieutenant (LTA) after they have had sufficient experience. They may later be moved to higher appointments and assume the rank of Captain (CPT).

      You may salute Junior Commission Officers.

      Edited by Gordonator 24 Dec `08, 11:49AM
    • Arrow Senior Comission Officers' ranks

      The Senior Officers wear the National Coat of Arms on their epaulettes, more affectionately known as 'crabs'. They make command decisions in combat and peacetime, taking charge of units or important branches. Senior Officers are crucial in the formulation and execution of missions, as well as overseeing the training and direction of their charges.

      Commanding Officers begin their duties at the rank of Major (MAJ), and only the few who can distinguish themselves will attain the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (LTC). It is an even greater challenge and responsibility for a senior officer to attain the rank of Colonel (COL).

      It is highly recommended you salute senior commission officers when you see one.

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      Edited by Gordonator 28 Jun `05, 9:40PM
    • Generals' ranks

      The people with the highest ranks in the Army are known as the Generals. The stars on their epaulettes reflect the enormous responsibilities on their shoulders. They are responsible for the planning of policies which affect the entire Army, including Command of Divisions.

      Presently, the three levels of generalship are : Brigadier-Generals (BG), Major-Generals (MG) and Lieutenant-Generals (LG).

      You must salute whenever you see a General.

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      Edited by Gordonator 28 Aug `05, 12:11PM
    • Arrow OCTs' ranks

      Promising enlistees with command potential will go to Officer Cadet School (OCS) for Officer Cadet courses after BMT. Officer Cadets have a whole array of unique ranks simulating actual command ranks during their training. OCTs' ranks are similar to a REC.

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      Edited by Gordonator 18 Jun `05, 11:28AM
  • kuekj's Avatar
    625 posts since Sep '04
    • Originally posted by Gordonator:
      To start things off. below is a list of items recommended to bring for your enlistment.

      Necesscary items
      Arrow Hangers and pegs
      Arrow Alarm clock
      Arrow Permanent black marker pen (important)
      Arrow Small lock with keys
      Arrow Washing powder and brush (for washing clothes)
      Arrow underwear (7 is more than enough)
      Arrow Liquid soap, shampoo, facial foam
      Arrow Toothbrush and toothpaste
      Arrow Plastic ziplock bags (for packing clothing)
      Arrow Swimming goggle
      Arrow Spare pair of glasses for those short-sighted
      Arrow Pain relieving spray (trust me, you will need it)
      Arrow Small First Aid kit with panadol, stomach-ache pills, medication oil, bandages etc

      Optional items
      Arrow Small radio
      Arrow Coins for buying drinks at vending machines
      Arrow rubber watch
      Arrow books (but i doubt u will have time to read, you are better off resting)
      Arrow stationeries like pen, penknife and scissor
      Arrow Dry food. preferably those that u can share with everyone else.

      other misc items like toilet paper, slippers, towel etc will be issued to you.

      I will recommend that the pen be put in the list of necessary items. Because you will be copying notes from the lectures, and recommend a ballpoint pen so words won't smudge after writing. Get a small ziplock for your notebook and your pen.

      Shaver also, recommend manual shaver because you are not allowed to bring electrical shaver outfield.

      Hangers and pegs, recommend the sturdy plastic ones, not the flimsy ones made of wire coil as the clothes can be quite heavy. If you forget to bring it, e-mart sells them. But e-mart breaks don't come often.

      I will recommend solid soap than liquid soap, because it's easier and lighter to carry. Put it in a soap box labelled with your name.

      Ziplock bags, get one roll of "extra large" from supermarkets, good for packing No 4's. Also get plenty of small and medium ones around the size of A5 paper. You'll find them very useful for your various barang-barang such as the "first-aid kit", packing your outfield stuff, etc.

      Please don't use number padlocks or "turn-knob" locks as your buddy is supposed to hold one of your keys, lest you are not around and the instructors request access to your metal cabinet. Keep your keys with you, recommend that you put with your ID tags.

      Also bring a large tin of Prickly Heat! You'll enjoy powder baths even in bunk. Laughing

      Recommended optional item: Thirsty Hippo, plus those stuff which can make your metal cabinet smell nice. You definitely won't want to return to bunk and face a smelly cabinet.

      from a passed-out recruit's point of view

      Edited by kuekj 19 Jun `05, 12:43AM
  • Ito_^'s Avatar
    23,162 posts since Jul '04
    • Thank you, although I won't be in for another year, its very reassuring to know these stuff before hand. Smile

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    24,118 posts since Nov '03
  • Gordonator's Avatar
    43,270 posts since Jul '04
    • Originally posted by kuekj:
      I will recommend that the pen be put in the list of necessary items. Because you will be copying notes from the lectures, and recommend a ballpoint pen so words won't smudge after writing. Get a small ziplock for your notebook and your pen.

      Shaver also, recommend manual shaver because you are not allowed to bring electrical shaver outfield.

      we were issued with pen and notebook during my time. but it's always good to has a extra pen around. as for shaver, we were also issued with one. Cool

    • Idea Things not recommend to bring during BMT

      do not bring stuffs like MP3 players (iPod), watches or expensive handphones to tekong. unless u risk it been stolen. trust me, i have seem many things gotten stolen during my time, be it the people from your section. platoon or other company. never hurts to play safe.

      don't bring too much money with u also. maximum $30 is more than enough for canteen break, taxi ride home etc.

  • thoreldan's Avatar
    4,091 posts since Jun '03
    • Originally posted by Gordonator:
      Idea [b]Ranks
      ok now let me introduce to u all all the ranks you will see in the SAF. Cool

      Arrow Enlistees' ranks
      Once Recruits complete their Basic Military Training, they attain the rank of Private. Enlisted personnel form the basic foundation of the Army's manpower. These ranks are worn on both sleeves. Shown here are the Lance Corporal and Corporal ranks. Privates and Recruits do not wear ranks on their sleeves.

      image[/b]

      u left out PFC

  • Gordonator's Avatar
    43,270 posts since Jul '04
    • Things taught in PTP and BMT

      - PTP ( 1 month )
      for those who fails to obtain a silver for your NAFA/IPPT before enlistment, you will need to go for Physical Training Phase (PTP) before your BMT. u will be trained in physical exercise everyday which includes running, circuit training, gym and swimming (for those who can't swim) etc. during this period u will also be taught simple foot drills and undergo some short distance route march.

      - BMT ( 2 months )
      the highlights of BMT includes,
      Arrow Foot drills and rifle drills
      Arrow Weapon handling (M16)
      Arrow Standard Obstacle Course (SOC)
      Arrow Individual Marksmanship Training (IMT) (think of it as a arcade game)
      Arrow Range (shoots with live rounds)
      Arrow Indivividual Fieldcraft (7 days field camp in the jungle of tekong)
      Arrow Grenade Throw
      Arrow SIT-test (test of your leadership skills)
      Arrow Route marches (a few 8km plus a 16km and 24km at the end of BMT)
      Arrow Basic Close Combat Training (BCCT)

      Edited by Gordonator 10 Jul `05, 11:10AM
    • Originally posted by thoreldan:
      u left out PFC

      son't think SAF are promoting any PTE to PFC anymore. Cool

  • thoreldan's Avatar
    4,091 posts since Jun '03
    • Originally posted by Gordonator:
      son't think SAF are promoting any PTE to PFC anymore. Cool

      from when onwards?

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  • James1's Avatar
    363 posts since Apr '04
    • what is the minimum pocket money given to the recruit and private by the government?

      How long does it take for the government to offically recruit u? example, time taken for the check up and time taken for nafa test?

      Different qualification post to different camps right? where will 'n' level student be posted to?

  • KrU's Avatar
    3,864 posts since Jun '03
    • Originally posted by James1:
      what is the minimum pocket money given to the recruit and private by the government?

      How long does it take for the government to offically recruit u? example, time taken for the check up and time taken for nafa test?

      Different qualification post to different camps right? where will 'n' level student be posted to?

      They give u allowance of abt $350 for rec and $450 for pte...

  • James1's Avatar
    363 posts since Apr '04
    • Originally posted by KrU:
      They give u allowance of abt $350 for rec and $450 for pte...

      thnx, but u have answer my qns 1 out of 3, do u know the other rest?

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