If you’ve served your time during National Service (NS), you’ll have heard more ghost stories than in the True Singapore Ghost Stories series. The thing is – ghosts aren’t real (looks over shoulder just to check). Some of the horrific things you’ll see in NS could match the tales of 2359: The Haunting Hour. It would shake the even the steeliest soldier around.

The tales in 2359: The Haunting Hour would have Russell Lee screaming in no time. Credit: Popular

The tales in 2359: The Haunting Hour would have Russell Lee screaming in no time. Credit: Popular

Take a look at these universal experiences that will turn any soldier’s face pale. When you’re done, you’ll wish you were never reminded of these non-supernatural, ghostly sights.

 

1. BMTC toilets after soya bean milk has been served for breakfast

Tommy (Fabian Loo) finds 'something' in 2359: The Haunting Hour. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Tommy (Fabian Loo) finds ‘something’ in 2359: The Haunting Hour. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

One of the scariest things to see is a Basic Military Training Centre (BMTC) toilet in the morning (after breakfast, but before area cleaning) after soya bean milk has been served for breakfast. You see, soya bean milk has a laxative effect on men’s stomachs. So right after drinking soya bean milk in the morning, 75% of the platoon will find themselves bombing the toilet, and not everyone can aim properly (why?! you are sitting down! why can’t you aim properly?!).

The state of the toilet is worse than any neighbourhood coffee shop’s one after a breakfast with soya bean milk. And guess who has to scrub and clean the toilet during area cleaning? That’s right, those of us who kena toilet cleaning duties.

Shudder.

 

2. Signing 1206

2359: The Haunting Hour's Madam Chew (Tay Ying Ying) is the type of Chief Clerk who will double check the SAF 1206 after the QM has submitted it. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

2359: The Haunting Hour’s Madam Chew (Tay Ying Ying) is the type of Chief Clerk who will double check the SAF 1206 after the QM has submitted it. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

When you’re asked to “sign 1206”, that basically means you’ve damaged something in the army and you’ll pay for it via a deduction to your (already pitiful) NS allowance, by signing a form called the SAF 1206. While the principle is sound – you pay for what you’ve damaged – it doesn’t take the sting away from having to pay for something you don’t care about with money that you do care about.

Unless you’re friends with your storeman. Then maybe…

 

3. Getting “attend B” from a Medical Officer (MO)

Looks like Desmond (Richie Koh) got attend C in 2359: The Haunting Hour. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Looks like Desmond (Richie Koh) got attend C in 2359: The Haunting Hour. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Let’s face it – when you see a doctor, you want an MC. That’s no different from NS, where soldiers see the MO to get attend C. It’s up to the MO to decide whether your condition is attend A (fit for normal duties), attend B (fit for light duties), or attend C (no duties). Attend A and C are fairly straightforward.

But it’s the dreaded attend B that everyone hates. To the MO, it means that you’ll be doing maybe 50% of your regular duties. Show it to your sergeant, and he’ll just laugh and ignore it. It’s as good as getting attend A. Which begs the question – why don’t they just have attend A and attend C and eliminate the useless attend B status?

 

4. “RSM is coming!”

Seng (Noah Yap) looks like he just spotted the RSM in 2359: The Haunting Hour. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Seng (Noah Yap) looks like he just spotted the RSM in 2359: The Haunting Hour. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Or, if you’re in a smaller camp – “CSM is coming!” RSM stands for the Regimental Sergeant Major, while CSM stands for Company Sergeant Major (and if you’re in a training institute, an SSM is the School Sergeant Major). They’re the equivalent of discipline masters in the army, and boy can they make life tough for you.

You have to make sure your uniforms are spick and span and you’re not doing anything that could be even construed as something that the RSM can make you sign extra (do punishments) for. If the RSM pops by too many times a day, you’re definitely going to get high blood pressure. Just make sure you don’t get attend B for it when you see the MO.

 

5. Canteen is closed

Encik Teo (Mark Lee) from 2359: The Haunting Hour has that sian face when you tell him the canteen is closed. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Encik Teo (Mark Lee) from 2359: The Haunting Hour has that sian face when you tell him the canteen is closed. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

If you have a good cookhouse (mandatory free meals), a canteen (optional paid food) usually isn’t necessary. But if your cookhouse food is terrible, then a canteen is a lifesaver. Plus, it’s where you go to for, you know, canteen breaks?

It may be a first world problem, but hearing that the canteen is closed will spoil your entire day. Usually it’s the only highlight of the day during NS, so taking that away from soldiers is just cruel.

2359: The Haunting Hour. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

2359: The Haunting Hour. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

If you managed to make it to the end of this article, then you probably need to be reminded of just how horrible army ghost stories can be – like the ones in 2359: The Haunting Hour! A sequel to 2359, this horror anthology film depicts three separate ghost stories in army, set across varying time periods. Our SAF soldiers have to contend with the likes of Japanese military ghosts, Facebook apparitions and even a horny snake spirit in 2359: The Haunting Hour!

You get to see Richie Koh (who plays Desmond) used as virgin bait:

Upright young virgin Desmond (Richie Koh) is used as bait in 2359: The Haunting Hour. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Upright young virgin Desmond (Richie Koh) is used as bait in 2359: The Haunting Hour. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

to tempt Natalia Ng (the Snake Spirit).

The seductive Snake Spirit (Natalia Ng) in 2359: The Haunting Hour. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

The seductive Snake Spirit (Natalia Ng) in 2359: The Haunting Hour. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Honestly, we wouldn’t mind being offered up to the Snake Spirit ourselves in 2359: The Haunting Hour.

 

 

Credits: Popular, Golden Village Pictures

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