It’s been more than half a year since I completed my National Service. To date, I still miss those fleeting two years of my life. Fond memories of the people and the many interesting incidents do occasionally resurface in my mind.
Sad to say, the punishments for all the things I did (or didn’t do) in NS will never leave me. I’m sure many NSFs and NSmen would understand the underlying nostalgia behind that moment of angst and anger (or perhaps, fear).
Lucky for NSFs today, there’s a new store, G-Military, which recently opened in White Sands (where else?) to help combat those book-in woes.
But if you think that’s all they offer, think again – this modern military provision shop even sells camping gear!
Ah, the ever versatile and ever useful black tapes. I cannot even begin to count the number of times that this wonderful creation “saved” my life. I wouldn’t have completed some of my route marches without these tapes plastered onto my pathetic, worn-out boots.
If you are ever in need of some last minute outfield (or force prep) supplies — such as camo creams, black tapes, sewing kits, toiletries pack, and more —, you’ll be glad to know that you no longer need to brave the queue at the mini booth by the bus interchange.
You can purchase them at G-Military too.
If you misplace any components in your rifle cleaning kit, you can be assured that G-Military also retails these rifle cleaning kit supplies, such as oil bottles, pincers, brushes, and fanalite.
Knowing that I had a frequent habit of losing my garters and not wanting to be disciplined during uniform checks, I made a habit of purchasing extras and storing them in my locker. It goes without saying that I’ve “saved” a couple of lives as a result of my kiasu-ness.
Just in case any of my bunkmates required extra help in shining their boots, I also made it a point to store an extra brush and a can of shoe polish.
For better or for worse, you can sate your inner kiasu-ness (or siao-on spirit) here at G-Military as well. Who knows, your kiasu-ness and generosity may pull you up the ranks towards potential ‘Company Best’ candidates. (No promises, though.)
The lifesaving store also offers military name tag embroidery services and makes ID tags on the spot as well.
G-Military also brings in other countries’ military-inspired merchandise, such as pixelated backpacks, insignias and badges.
You can even get your own personalised vocation keychain tags as well.
Heading overseas for a hike or planning on going camping soon? You no longer need to head to the army market on Beach Road to gather camping equipment. G-Military brings in a wide variety of international brands for you to choose from.
Stanley’s vacuum insulated flasks aren’t exactly cheap. But with the quality it promises (and comes with), I guess, you do get what you pay for.
Otherwise, you could always grab a classic Nalgene bottle from the States.
Shopping for army merchandise can be a little troublesome and, let’s face it, boring. I salute G-Military’s efforts at modernising the concept of military shopping, and at the same time fueling outdoor adventures.
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