A different kind of life
On her Facebook page, Captain (CPT) Hong Ruoyi has a post that reads: "He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying."
When asked about its significance, she said: "I tend to be a pretty impulsive person, and this quote reminds me how I should take everything one step at a time."
CPT Hong is certainly taking that advice to heart. Six months into her Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) stint as a Platoon Commander (PC) at the 12 Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) Battalion, she is enjoying herself and slowly building up her knowledge of soldiering and people management skills.
A Yale university alumnus and the youngest of three daughters, she said: "The SAF has allowed me to meet people whom I would never have met otherwise. As a PC, the hardest thing is not conducting activities or writing lesson plans... it's managing people.
"I've also met people who have been very helpful and very willing to teach... It's really the people around you that make the difference and I like the people around me a lot."
She added with a laugh: "I think I just enjoy a different kind of life and doing things that are a bit out of the norm for a girl. I'm into outdoor activities, I like to run around and perspire. When I'm running about and outdoors, I feel alive."
"My parents are very supportive of me joining the SAF, especially my father. He's happy that he has someone to talk to about the Army!"
- CPT Hong, on her parents' response to her joining the military
CPT Hong Ruoyi, 24, Platoon Commander, 12 C4I Battalion
Story Rachael Lim
Photo Joel Low
Styling Ain Zulkifni
Hair Leon Loke / Salon Reus
Make-Up Zen Chi
Clothes ZARA & H&M