Army Life in BMT is all about the regime and discipline, as well as testing of your mental ability allowing you to grow as a person. I know a lot of you went in in May already, but there are many more batches to come, every month. So, I hope this guide will be useful for all of you.
BMT life is like a routine everyday, so its almost monotonous, so it will be almost similar unless you have outfield training. Daily routine include:
0530 – Reveille (also known as: wake up!!)
0545 – 5BX (inclusive of: Jumping Jacks, High Jumper, Pectoral Stretch, Crunches, Push Up and Run (once you are conditioned))
0600 – Breakfast
During Breakfast, you might hear a long whistle blow from a distance, followed by some music. Shout “keep still there” the instant you hear it, or you hear someone else shouting it. Stop everything you’re doing, even if you’re in a weird half-squat position about to stand up from your table. Wait till the second long whistle blow before you continue. This is when they are raising the flags. This usually occurs at 0630 hours.
After Breakfast is typically area cleaning.
0730 – 1st Parade
0800 – Lessons/PT/Talk
PT (Physical Training) usually starts of with a warm Up (which includes jogging on the Spot, jumping jacks, Pectoral Stretch, High Jumper, Side Stretch, Quad Stretch, Hamstring Stretch and Calf Stretch). Talks are usually conducted in the Lecture Rooms, and during the first few weeks, you might be asked to wear the IPLV for heat conditioning as well.
1200 – Lunch
After Lunch, you might be asked to do some marches or go for talks as well.
1330 – Lessons/PT/Talk all the way
1800 – Dinner
Like Breakfast, during dinner, you might hear a long whistle blow from a distance, followed by some music. Shout “keep still there” the instant you hear it, or you hear someone else shouting it. Stop everything you’re doing, even if you’re in a weird half-squat position about to stand up from your table. Wait till the second long whistle blow before you continue. This is when they are lowering the flags. This one always seem to be longer than that in the morning. This usually occurs at 1830 hours.
1900 – More Lessons/Briefing/Talk. PT (OTOT – Own Time Own Target) training may also occur.
2200/2230 – Lights out (sleeptime)
There is always a lot of things to be done, and work (as they try) is distributed in a rotation basis – the Duty Roster. The first one that you will notice is CDO/CDS: Company Duty Officer/Sergeant. They are in charge of the things that happen during their duty day, for instance, taking strength.
Water Parades (Also known as “Half full water bottle, drink up!”)
This is a famous aspect of Army life especially now in BMT. For all the intense training you do, you’ll find yourself always “healthy” in Tekong, and I think some credit goes to the hydration regime. The only exception is the water parades during Last Parade, because that really destroys your sleep (~500ml of water just before you go to bed) and you wake up all the time at night to pee if your body is not accustomed to such hydrated levels.
Every recruit has to recite the SAF Core Values before each drink-up, as follows:
“The SAF Seven Core Values are:
Loyalty to Country;
Care for Soldiers!”
Sargent: xx Bottle Drink up!
“xx bottle drink up!”