#ThatNSSLife: What No One Tells You About Your First Month Of National Service

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We all know before we start our national service that it’s not going to be the most fun experience. And that’s just because of the stories that you hear going around all the time, and well, the pay. However, there are also some things that people don’t usually tell you that you’re going to want to be prepared for.

Your Parents Are Going To Abandon You

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Yes, this is one of the more hard hitting things that can happen during your national service. For some it happens right at the start and for others it happens somewhere in the middle, but in either case, your parents realize that you’re now earning an income of your own and they stop supporting you financially. Now it’s just you and your 559.

There’s Going To Be Someone Who Tries To Give You A Tough Time

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Once you’ve started working, you’ll realize that you can’t get along with everyone. That includes both supervisors and your fellow service personnel. Noticing that your colleagues don’t like can make for some uncomfortable situations but things rarely ever escalate.

People Asking About What Comes After Your National Service

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Another pet peeve with regards to the whole period is that people are going to keep asking you about what comes after your service period. People ask like they had things figured out when they were at that age.

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  1. My National Service was fun because I had the mindset of making it fun. For the first time I was out of the University, free and able to make my own decisions. I was happy to have been posted to the Account-Generals Department Pensions Division. I bonded quickly with staff and supervisors and generally because of my happy-go-lucky ways, I got along with everybody including the Department Heads. Indeed, I was sad when I was recalled by the University to continue my service on campus as a Teaching Assistant.


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