笑門来福 Chapter 2 (Part 6) …… Military Service
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Everything comes to those who wait ～ character transformation during a sustained period of military service. Now! It’s time for military service!
Military life had changed me. The fact that I have now evolved into such a diplomatic and talkative person is closely related to my two-year army life.
During my adolescence while in high school, I had been an extremely taciturn individual. Every day upon our dismissal in school, I would return home right away after saying “See you then” to my classmates. It wouldn’t be true to say that I was without friends in those days but I was as silent as a stone.
Apart from lessons, I was always sitting upright reading books, listening to music or drawing pictures. Even now, this is a part of me that has never changed. I still take pleasure in spending time all by myself to immerse in deep thinking, indulge in music or let my imagination soar. People who know me now might all respond skeptically with “Oh! You can’t be telling the truth?!” when they are told about my character back in the old days.
Before my enlistment, I was very much an introvert. However, since my discharge from the army,
I had completely changed and had developed a diplomatic personality. No… to express it more precisely, I was literally transformed as I had no other choice. Indeed, the army is an organization where you have to sing military songs in unison. Besides, there is an officer of the day to monitor
every aspect of his own unit and he has to report any special incidents to his superior without delay.
The military force is the type of community that actually resembles a business organization.
Throughout these two years, I’d been operating in the capacity as a soldier and have had to carry out the assigned duties as a member of the army force every day. To remain reticent and stay in solitude within this environment was in fact impossible.
In the course of a meeting, I had to speak out to present my viewpoints. During training, we had to share our ideas for the sake of communication. By the time one had advanced to the level of superior soldier (a senior), one had to talk to ones juniors in order to provide them with directions.
When compared to school life in which one could still survive without exchanging words with others, life in the army force was yet another story.
Moreover in the home affairs section where each dormitory was housing approximately 20 soldiers, smooth communication had to be achieved in this setting for the ease of one’s military life. According to the seniority of the respective formalized ranks such as private, private first-class and senior private first-class in the hierarchical structure, orders are conveyed in a level-to-level fashion. This system of message transmission could not work properly if there was lack of communication.
To be continued …….