I am a 20-year-old who is undergoing Basic Military Training (BMT).
Most of us know someone who has been through BMT, but not all of us know the hardships they face.
We often hear their funny anecdotes and stories, but we do not hear of the homesickness, lack of sleep and exhaustion.
Before enlistment, I was guilty of viewing national service recruits who took seats on public transport with contempt, wondering why strong young men needed seats.
Now that I have enlisted, I realise how much they need a rest.
Life for a recruit is tough - and gets tougher by the day.
Society can afford to show more support. So go ahead, make our day. Let us know you are grateful for our sacrifice.
Next time you see a recruit with a field pack, go up to him and thank him for serving the nation. Even better, give up your seat to him so he can get some rest before another tiring week.
Goh Wei Hao, 20, full-time national serviceman
This article was first published on December 31, 2014.
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