Fall In! The Unofficial Guide to Surviving Basic Military Training:

Fall In! The Unofficial Guide to Surviving Basic Military Training

By Matthew Chew, Nicholas U Jin

Published by Epigram Books

Non Fiction



Basic Military Training. Every Singaporean male goes through it, yet not everyone gets all the details beforehand. We’re here to help – unofficially.  

We’ve got your back. These pages contain everything you want – and need – to know about Basic Military Training (BMT) and National Service (NS). And we mean everything.

Written for boys and their worried parents, Fall In! pulls back the curtains on a rite of passage and explains all the baffling terms. What is POP? Are mobile phones really prohibited? What is a water parade? What can you bring to make life at camp easier? (Pro-tip: a little Febreze goes a long way.) And how do you handle the unavoidable Tekong barber?

This easy-to-read, comprehensive guide goes beyond what Mindef will tell you and is the perfect companion to BMT. The authors talked to many recruits and NSmen during their time in NS and received support from the National Youth Council to write this book.

"A concise, quirky guide to the National Service enlistment process, this book is a must-read for everyone on the brink of enlistment. Interspersed with nuggets of wisdom and humour, it underlines the tips and tricks for Basic Military Training while acting as a thorough guide."
—Teo Xue Shen, author of 18 Walls who completed full-time NS in 2018

"If SAF issued this to all recruits, maybe there wouldn’t be so many blur sotongs around. Actually accurate and clear."
—Private Chan Bing En, currently in NS