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Nicholas Yong reflects on being called 'ancient' in the army at the age of 31

By Nicholas Yong Reporter [email protected] It is always an uncanny thing to see history repeated before your very eyes. I am sure it is nothing new for fathers, teachers and mentors. It must be a sign of age, given that most people read about historical events in books, as opposed to witnessing it themselves. In my case, it made me think back to more than a decade ago, when I was the proverbial callow youth of 21. It was a case of deja vu during my recent three-week overseas In–Camp Training stint in Shoalwater Bay Training Area, where I spent three weeks. It is located in the little town of Rockhampton, with a population of just over 74,000, in the Australian state of Queensland. It was my second deployment there, after the first one as a full-time national serviceman (NSF) in 2000. But having been downgraded two years ago due to a bad back, the only battles I fought this ...

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