24km March to POP – My NS Journey


After 17 weeks of gruesome recruit training in Tekong (PTP + BMT), the day (19 September 2015) has finally came. This was the gruelling 24km March that many were dreading about. Marching overnight all the way from Changi Ferry Terminal to Singapore Indoor Stadium…

As you can see from the above image illustration, we took the Fastcraft (ferry) from Tekong Island to Changi Ferry Terminal then walk approximately 2km to our Start Point then along Changi Coast Road, through East Coast then finally to End Point at National Stadium. Those blue markings were the rest points at various km marks.


Getting Ready

Our Sergeants told us it would be better to prepare some candies to munch on while marching to keep ourselves awake. So I am all loaded up with calories (2 x Red Bull cans in grenade pouch, 2 x Pkt sweets in magazine pouch, more snacks inside fieldpack) and ready for the march 😀


How heavy?

As for the load of our fieldpack, many asked. It contains all my belongings accumulated from bunk and the usual 10-pack items, estimated around 12kg? Some of my bunk mates even threw away their personal belongings such as PT shoes, shampoos and towels just to lighten their loads by a little. In addition to the fieldpack load, we also have our SAR21 rifle to hold.


The March

At the start, everyone were in good spirit. Cheering and laughing while we marched alongside the Changi Airport Runway where many named it as the “Never Ending Road”. Why? Cause the whole stretch of path is ridiculously long. Construction works were on-going so it was quite boring as everywhere looks the same.


During the 8km to 12km stretch, that was the longest distance I ever felt. I am quite certain that it was more than 4km. My ankles were cracking, shoulders were breaking and my eyes were crying. I had to grind my teeth while I struggle to lift my legs to move forward. Slowly, I get a little bit light headed, eyes were shutting and I started to walk sideways like those Walking Dead Zombies. [ Continue Reading… ]