I refer to your article “SINGAPORE ARMED FORCES SCRAPS BUDDY SYSTEM WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT” (Link: http://www.allsingaporestuff.com/article/singapore-armed-forces-scraps-buddy-system-immediate-effect).
I wouldn’t quite agree on this one. While saf might scrap ”buddy system” 1 day, I still think buddy system should be strongly encouraged throughout national service, provided both buddies have a certain distance of respect for each other’s privacy while still looking out for each other. That’s a clear line.
One day if you go field camp, training, route marches, or any other operations or exercises, don’t tell me you want to act individually? You still need your buddy to look out for you and vice versa. You’re not a ”1 man clearing force”. If this is buddy system is not enforce, one day some soldiers might become individualist.
Your buddy might also be the one taking care of your belongings and even your rifle should you not be around.
And as for the rifle, it’s true that each of us must take care of our rifle every now and then if it’s issued to us. The term ”take care of your rifle like it’s your wife” is actually a military lingo, if interpreted correctly it would mean, ”this rifle when issued to you deserves utmost care and attention, as it would help you during operations/exercises; this rifle is your basic weapon, it is an extension of yourself”.
No offence to whoever gives feedback on this or to whoever is mentioned in this article. I believe constructive feedbacks should be made here. Thank you.