25 Jun '11, 12am

From fat national service recruit to Golden Bayonet Specialist in 9 months flat.

From fat national service recruit to Golden Bayonet Specialist in 9 months flat.

Third Sergeant Ou Jianle (centre) weighed 81kg when he enlisted and had to go through a special 19-week Basic Military Training programme. With him are fellow Golden Bayonet winners Jayaraj (left) and Sharmil Rizza. -- ST PHOTO: TED CHEN TAKE a national service recruit who is 1.65m tall and tips the scales at 81kg and you get what the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) considers an obese newbie. Throw in focus and sheer doggedness, fast-forward the time by nine months, and you get a newly minted Third Sergeant (3SG) Ou Jianle, aged 21 - and trim. Not only did he make it to the Specialist Cadet School (SCS), he also graduated with a Golden Bayonet, an honour awarded to the top cadets from each formation. He was among the 1,244 Specialist Cadets who received their chevrons at the Specialist Cadet Graduation Parade yesterday. Only 21 cadets from among yesterday's graduands received...

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