How can a national serviceman fight and die for his country when he does not learn how to be faithful in taking care of his duffel bag, no matter how inconvenient it is and how much space it takes
This reflects the wrong mindset that some Singaporean soldiers have.
We are the sons and daughters of this land.
We defend our country because this is our home.
A mother with an asthmatic child will always ensure the child has a nebuliser close by, because it is what may save the child's life during an asthmatic attack.
It is burdensome, but the mother will do it out of love.
This is what being an operationally ready NSman means - being always ready to respond to any emergency and doing it in the right spirit if we truly love our nation.
I discussed the article with my teenage sons, to ensure that they understood the importance of personal responsibility and their responsibility towards their nation.
It is not just the Defence Ministry's job to educate soldiers; such values must first be inculcated at home by parents.
Many parents wait for the army to train their sons.
However, parents should also train their sons for the army.
This article was first published on April 30, 2015.
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