The whole function of the Malaysian Armed Forces is based on the concept of circles within circles. Hundreds and thousands of man are systematically divided into many small military units called sections which will in turn combine to form bigger and bigger groups. Below is a short GIF demonstrating the concept of circles within circles in the Army.
All those circles will make up the Army, there will be similar circles in the Navy and the Air force. Together they make up the Malaysian Armed Forces.
It is similar to many round baskets of onions arranged in circles in a round shaped Pasar Malam, whereby the Pasar Malam is the Armed Forces and the rings in the onions represents the small units.
To ensure that the that whole Armed Forces is functional, it is essential that each and every circle works smoothly. Each circle has a specific role to play and to perfection must their role be carried out.
Once a certain part of the circle is not functioning, the whole system goes into haywire.
Hence, to prevent that from ever happening, the military through years of research and studies has came up with an ingenious system. A system to ingrain military discipline into each and every soldier so that commands are followed without fail.
The ingenious system is simple yet very effective. It consist of a thousand and twenty five ways to stimulate nociceptors. A whole spectrum of pain and discomfort has been discovered and used to the fullest by the military.
To prepare to be part of the circles in the Army, we the first batch of recent medical graduates from UPNM have been sent to the Army Academy for basic military training before we start our housemanship. Our training is not exactly what the infantry man go through but only a fraction of it seeing as how our main role would be doctors in the future.
Being exposed to basic military training, I have a new found respect for our fellow infantry officers. Never did I realise the amount of training an infantry officer has to go through. They are expected to be competent is various fields such as military tactics, map reading, weapons, signals and the list goes on and on...
The days are filled with hours of physical training, tactical warfare exercises, marching, shooting and not to forget fatigue duty (unarmed labour such as sweeping roads and cutting grass).
With the amount of time spend doing fatigue, an officer would hold a doctorate in road sweeping, a masters in drain cleaning and a PHD in grass cutting by the time they are commissioned.
Once a full fledged military officer is commissioned, one can be assured that they have been fully trained in all aspects. Fit as a bull, strong as an elephant and proud as a lion.
Personally, I find the instructors here to be on a different level. Their military knowledge and enthusiasm to teach is remarkable, almost never seen before. I also find the training to be quite an experience. Not exactly the most comfortable but fascinating nonetheless. Amidst the exhaustion and hectic schedule, there are short glimpse of beauty and certain moments that make everything worth it. Moments like retreating into the night as explosions fill the air, waking up during a misty morning and seeing soldiers slowly materialize out from the surrounding trees and bushes....