What are your thoughts when someone ask you to read Pioneer magazine? I believe the word boring pops up. For those who do not know, Pioneer magazine is a monthly publication by Mindef that talks about army and non-army related stuff. Reading the pioneer magazine brought me down memory lane to my army days.
Personally for me, the best time was during Basic Military Training (BMT). it was a time that we turned from boys to men. We literally had to do everything together. There was no longer the mummy who would wash your clothes for you and help you when you fall. It was the threshold of independence. I remembered our training instructor drilled the term “teamwork” into our heads and hearts. If someone did something wrong, the whole platoon will be punished. I believe that army training can bring out the best or the worst of someone. You can literally see through a person’s character.
One incident that I vividly remembered was at the Standard Obstacle Course (SOC), there was a challenge between the sections on who could finish the course first. The first had some form of reward of going for a canteen break. For those who been through BMT, you know that the canteen break is something very precious. I was one of the last few people to start running though the obstacle course and i remembered at the very last obstacle station, one of the other section’s guy fell into the barb wire. A couple of us saw that and we could have left it to him to try to get out or get the medic to help him But then we decided to go over to help our fellow section mate out and then run to the finishing line together. From this incident, it taught me that in our race of life, we can always afford to help others instead of aiming to be the first.
In celebration of Children’s Day in October, there is a special Pioneer kids supplement that comes with the usual Pioneer magazine. The theme for the kids supplement is “My SAF learning Adventure”. In the supplement, there are some inspiring stories, a games section as well as a DIY papercraft model of a Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicle.
The kid’s supplement is targeted at the age group of upper primary kids and it helps to reinforce the message that Mindef has been driving over the last decade; without the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), we will not be able to enjoy the peace that we have today. The supplement is structured in a way that is easy to read and the stories inside are true life experiences. This helps the kids to grow up understanding the role of the SAF which in turn helps them to relate better to the SAF.
Of course, the usual Pioneer magazine supplement is not as boring as what most people think, other than army related information, there are lifestyle, sports and other types of topics inside too.
If you are keen, do hop on to this website to check out the supplications. You can read the e-supplications there. There is no cost to it! Yes.. It is free!
*Thanks to Nuffnang that we received the hard copy publication of the October edition of Pioneer Magazine+ the kids’s supplement for the purpose of this review.