4 Lifelong Lessons that Basic Military Training Teaches You
Military service is a national policy in countries such as Singapore, Taiwan and Korea. In Singapore, it is mandatory for all male citizens once they reach the age of 18 years old to serve a period of compulsory service in the uniformed services. These uniform services comprise of the army, police and civil defence force.
For those that have not served in any uniform services, or specifically in the army, before, these are some of the valuable lessons that basic military training (BMT) teaches you, which you can apply to daily life, long after you have finished your national service.
Lesson #1: You get more done when you wake up before the sun rises
In BMT, every recruit has to wake up before 0530 hours every morning to have their breakfast, followed by 30 minutes of physical training lesson. These are usually completed before the sun rises. Studies have shown that working out in the morning before heading to work can increase productivity. Imagine if you applied this routine to your work life — you’ll be able to accomplish work faster and quicker, and have more time to yourself at the end of the day.
Lesson #2: Developing an adaptive/positive mindset
Jungle warfare training is one thing that all recruits will have to go through during their time in BMT. This comprises of surviving in the jungle for at least a week where recruits learn how to survive in the wilderness and carry out basic military procedures such as executing a firefight in a group of 3 men.
During these 5 to 7 days in the jungle, recruits are not allowed to shower or sleep in their beds. They are expected to adapt and sleep in the jungle terrain, pushed to embrace and adjust to the situations they are thrown into.
Such experience teaches you that no matter how hard your day gets in the future, it is not the end of the world, especially if you are able to make use of this training to cultivate a positive mindset and outlook on life.
Lesson #3: Appreciating the little things in life
Jungle warfare training teaches every recruit to appreciate the little things in life such as a nice shower, warm food and bed. Reminiscing how bad sweating throughout the day for a week without any shower facilities while working under pressure to complete your mission gives you even more courage to face your normal daily lives when you are having a bad day – just remember that it can never be as bad as BMT.
Lesson #4: Teamwork is the key to success
One of the most important lessons recruits should take away before they graduate BMT is understanding the importance of working together with their fellow soldiers. Similar to how companies hire professionals to train employees to work together effectively, BMT demonstrates the importance of teamwork during situations where recruits are tasked to complete small missions as a unit. If any recruit does not make it to the finish line, the whole unit fails. This forces the recruits to pull their fellow soldiers along to accomplish the mission no matter how tough it might be.
To sum it up, always look at the positives in your life, appreciate the little things and perhaps, cultivate the habit of waking up early in the morning, no matter how hard it may seem at first. Strive to be a team player and help your fellow colleagues or friends in need, which in the grand scheme of things could make your job easier for you as well, especially if you might need to rely on your “unit” for help in future.