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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Own time own target, fire!

Looking back, my 2 years of NS is a great source of learning experience.

During range shooting, the above phrase is commonly used.

And we in the back row behind the shooters have to "echo" it loud loud ;)






 We can also apply it to our life journey as well:


1) Don't shoot other people's target.

2) Pace yourself. There's time enough to finish the shots.

3) But don't wait too long as there's a time limit!

4) Aim, fire! Don't aim, aim, aim, aim, and still aiming!?

5) When I.A. happens, don't panic. Fix the problem yourself.

6) No matter what happens, don't point your rifle at anyone.


As in real life, there will be marksmen, and there will be "boh-boh" shooters. While the vast majority will be just "average".

If you are marksman, don't be too cocky... The targets are not shooting back.

If you are "boh-boh" shooter, don't be despondent... Isn't it nice to know you're not good at killing your fellow man?


Of the 6 metaphors above, point 1 & 6 are closest to my heart. 

Which of the 6 strikes the most resonance with you?

It would be nice to share your reasons why.

We shoot the breeze together!

Or if you prefer, we can talk "male-chicken" like during our NS days :)



28 comments:

  1. no 1, wrong, i remember some of us try to shoot our team mate target, thats the instruction from our superior! if we don't, that poor guy will fail. no kidding.

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    1. Tsk, tsk...

      That's cheating... KPIs again...

      Best platoon, best company, best unit...

      I know. I was the butt-party. We just remove the covered up stickers to reveal the bullet holes to help our team-mates.

      Never say we always learn the "right" thing in Army :(

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    2. haha there are so many "official" to over look the test. shooting others target will never let you be caught!

      but for your bobo buddy, "wah, how come so many holes???"

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    3. Ha ha!

      Our boh-boh buddies suddenly realise they have mastered the art of splitting the bullets to create 8 bullets holes with 4 shots!? (Left and right marksmen both kaypoh at the same time!)

      Too bad I PES C. I cannot get Marksman award since our range is "walk-down".

      Shooting is the only thing I good at during NS.

      On 2nd thought, maybe not!

      I also good at take cover, hollywood, and before there was MRT, I've mastered the art of falling asleep immediately when I sit down - inside 3 tonner, during lectures, anywhere when my buttock hits the ground!

      LOL!

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    4. my most memory days are those that we on guard duty. do you know what we were guarding? you woun't get it i bet you, no i guaranty!

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    5. the answer is at the previous post.

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    6. Ha ha!

      Find fruit trees the best!

      Good times right?

      If not for NS, I would not have chance to sleep under the stars in the open.

      Saw my first firefly glowing in the night - it was a magical moment. Too bad with army buddy so cannot be romantic moment :(

      After days of combat rations, fresh food never tasted so good! Got sand, got dirt also tasted bagus!

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    7. no no no, guarding durain trees and the fruits ofcos.

      the funniest things is we are ordered not to eat the durain whom we so heartedly guard. thats the stupidest order ever past down!

      end up we eat them for breakfirst, lunch, dinner and any other times. we even share them with our buddies back in barrack. some (stupid one) even snugger out of camp haha. stupid becos they can't weight the risk vs reward haha.

      know where is the place? pulau takong.

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    8. oh mind you, it was a 24 hours shift and we stand guard throughout the durain season!

      the durains are meant for the old forks back home. don't worry, they were more than enough to go around. ofcos there is no way to know by the time it reaches the forks, how many durains were left.

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    9. no, those snugger was not the dumpest, my platoon sergent was!

      during a live granate exercise, right in front of everybody, this smart ass took out a live granate, open the safty clip, then slowly pull out the safty pin!

      oh my goodness, every body dash for cover! he is not only holding on to the granate, he was sitting on the ammo box!

      %$%#%^@#$%#%^#

      he was fxxking lucky to put the pin back in again.

      @#@$##%^$&

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    10. he was even luckier that no officer was around and no body sell him out.

      #@%#$%$^....

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    11. sorry, i (we at that time of incident also) just cannot find enough dirty words to justify the incident.

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    12. As a ammo storeman, I never "play around" with 2 kinds of ammunition:

      1) Grenades

      2) Detonators

      Should bring your idiot Platoon Seargent to Rifle Range and show him the pictures of fellow idiots who blew themselves up fooling around - and that includes officers too.

      One memorable picture was an officer who killed himself and injured his fellow officers in a staff meeting by playing with 20mmm cannon shells he found on the ground!?

      That was good excellent training by Ammo school! First lesson, show the consequences if we don't follow SOP!

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    13. hay, idiot is a very kind word to use for my sergent, oh smol, you are so kind haha.

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  2. no 1 and 6 are the "dumpest".

    your team mate enemy are also your enemy.

    whats a rifle for? present for your enemy?

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    1. in ranges, we don't do it cos there are strick rules. that does not apply out side the range, especially in a battle.

      what nonsense!

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    2. i really wonder would our guys really fight in a real battle haha.

      i really feel we lives in such comfort lives that we forgotten what our real world is.

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    3. It's a metaphor silly!

      What do newbie traders who lose money do? Aim rifle at everyone but themselves right?

      All 6 points mentioned are not talking about range shooting ;)

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    4. oh trading, say so la..haha.

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  3. Mis-fire !Mis-fire !Mis-fire ! :P

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    1. Cory,

      At the range I don't panic.

      But if it's in the bedroom...

      Ouch!

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  4. Hi Jared

    My $0.02 on the rules of thumb from lima-foxtrot:

    1) Don't shoot other people's target.
    Live your own life and not a life of other's expectations.

    2) Pace yourself. There's time enough to finish the shots.
    Take one day at a time and see life as a journey of many steps instead of a sprint.


    3) But don't wait too long as there's a time limit!
    Balance tomorrow's needs with today's wants.


    4) Aim, fire! Don't aim, aim, aim, aim, and still aiming!?
    While we need to plan ahead in life, execution is also critical in moving us ahead towards our goals.


    5) When I.A. happens, don't panic. Fix the problem yourself.
    Fixing the problem doesn't rule out getting help from trusted friends and family.


    6) No matter what happens, don't point your rifle at anyone.
    Blaming others for our own failures doesn't absolve us of our own self-responsibility.

    Be well and prosper.

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    1. Panzer,

      No fun one! You even got the trick question no.5 spot on!

      We need to first UNDERSTAND and LOCATE the problem ourselves.

      Only then can we EXPLAIN and SEEK help from the RIGHT sources, if we really can't solve it ourselves ;)

      I bow in humble deference :)

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  5. >> 5) When I.A. happens, don't panic. Fix the problem yourself.
    may i add, "and if you can't fix, GET HELP!"

    i agree with panzer ... remember you also mentioned
    "3) But don't wait too long as there's a time limit!"

    >> We need to first UNDERSTAND and LOCATE the problem ourselves.
    in time constraint situation like, there is no time to UNDERSTAND and LOCATE. one just need to follow SOP or in work life which would have called workflow or procedures. and if you sure it's followed but still doesn't work, escalate to next level of competency! :)

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    1. durio,

      We all have different backgrounds and perspective ;)

      Some of us get lots of requests for "help" - over time, we can tell the differences between problem complainers and solutions providers.

      Problem complainers will "throw" the baby to the next level of competency.

      Solutions providers will escalate and seek support; but they still take "ownership" of the problem.

      I don't think my ex-bosses sent me overseas so I can highlight problems back to them ;)

      LOL!

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    2. perhaps you're right about different background & perspective. i can only guess you come from a very challenging environment with lots of "tai chi master" to deal with LOL ..... cheers

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  6. Jared

    True story, during my BMT days in 1990, got SGT help recruit clear IA for M16 rifle resulted in accidental discharge, one of the CPL kena hit by bullet fragment in leg.

    So sometimes, even when get help, need to get people who can really help and not make matters worse :-)

    Be truly well and prosper.

    Panzer

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    1. Panzer,

      I am glad I survived NS and reservist without "fright and danger".

      Yup, I've had my share of painful experiences of getting the "wrong" help - and some I never even asked!

      Beware of overly enthusiastic "do-gooders" ;)

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