The Army Open House 2017 is returning after a 5 year hiatus and it’s making a comeback in the City, in the heart of Singapore’s downtown district at the Marina Bay area! Army Open House 2017 @ City is taking place this coming weekend, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017 at the F1 Pit Building in the Marina Bay area, from 9am to 8pm. There are many exciting things to see, do, participate, have fun, enjoy and relive your National Service memories (for those who served NS before). I was at Army Open House 2012 @ Our City, I had an enjoyable time there, that year was NS45 and it brought me back many memories of my NS days! Before you continue reading, take a flight back in time to Army Open House 2012 through my article and photos!
Now, let me bring you back to 2017! This coming weekend, Army Open House is making a comeback into the City! There is something for everybody to do and participate, from the young children to the adults! The Army Open House 2017 @ City will be an excellent family outing to learn and know more about National Service in Singapore, the importance and significance of Total Defence, the history, heritage and many different memories of 50 years of National Service, as well as understanding and knowing the capabilities of our 3G Singapore Army.
Today, I am going to share a sneak preview of what the visitors can see, do, participate, watch, enjoy, have fun and learn at Army Open House 2017 @ City! First and foremost, let me show you the map below, the layout of Army Open House 2017 @ City
Source: The Singapore Army Facebook Page / Map download link for easy viewing – http://bit.ly/aoh17layout
First and foremost, before you visit Army Open House 2017 @ City, remember to download the Army Open House 2017 Mobile Application from the Apple Store, Google Play or via this link: https://aoh17.skyopt.com/
From the map, you can see that there are a vibrant and diverse mix of activities, displays, exhibitions, performances at Army Open House 2017 @ City, from static exhibits, dynamic performances, battle rides, interactive games, activities and of course, Singaporeans favourite topic – food. All the various activities promise to keep your whole family entertained and engaged at Army Open House 2017 @ City.
Let me share with you some of the key highlights of Army Open House 2017
Go on Battle Rides
The Battle Rides will be one of the main/most popular highlights of Army Open House 2017, whereby you would expect a huge crowd wanting to have a go on the various Battle Rides offered during Army Open House 2017 @ City.
Land Rides – Terrex ICV , Bronco ATTC , LSV Mark II , Peacekeeper PRV
Water Rides – M3G , LARC V
I took a ride on the M3G during the media preview, had a short water ride on the waters of Marina Bay, had some great views of the Marina Bay surroundings and Army Open House 2017!
Take note! Look out on the map and head down to the booth to register for your battle rides!
Participate in “Soldier Strong Challenge”
An action area, ideal for adults to participate together with their children, great time for father-child bonding session! It’s a mix of the former Standard Obstacle Course (a.k.a SOC) and the new age SOC for the modern 3G Army training.
When I saw the “SOC ground”, it brought back many many NS memories for me, the SOC was a nightmare for me when I was a recruit, as time went by during my NS time, it got better and easier as I got fitter from the physical training, conditioning and build up during my NS days. Many stories and memories from my SOC days during my NS days, those were some unforgettable days for me.
If you are game for it, have a go at the “Soldier Strong Challenge” with your child, it’s going to be a priceless family bonding activity!
50 years, a milestone for National Service in Singapore. Our Singapore Army has come a long way since 1967, since the start of National Service. Today, we had a modern 3rd Generation army equipped with some of the latest military equipment and vehicles. National Service had gone through so much over the 50 years and I was also one of the many many Singaporeans that went through National Service. The importance and significance of National Service must never be forgotten, all of us have a part to play in our national defence.
The NS50 Showcase is a very interesting exhibition, besides walking through history and evolution of National Service in Singapore, this is also an experiential exhibition incorporating modern technology such as virtual reality and videos.
This NS50 Showcase is not just a history showcase, it’s also about the people that went through, served and supported NS, it’s also about the achievements of our National Service men and women, in defending and safeguarding Singapore, as well as the international roles/support that our Singapore Armed Forces played.
National Service – Serve, Support, Pledge, Reflect, four keywords at the end of NS50 Showcase segment. We must not forget that defence and safety of our nation lies in our own hands and not somebody else.
Dynamic Defence Display (3D) Show
The Dynamic Defence Display (3D) Show is another key highlight of Army Open House 2017 @ City. The 3D Show gives the public a better understanding of our various types of military equipment, vehicles, personnel in action, a showcase of the modern 3G Army warfare capabilities.
There are quite a number of 3D Show in action, it would be great for the family and children to watch and learn more about Singapore Army. What are some of the 3D show actions that you can expect to watch? Let me share some photographs below!
Limited edition collectibles
Take a look at this video on The Singapore Army Facebook Page, would you love to get your hands on these collectibles?
Yes, you can get your hands on them by taking part in various activities during Army Open House 2017 @ City to redeem them!
Many more things/exhibits/fun to explore
There are still a lot more to explore at Army Open House 2017 @ City!
- Remember to go for your Canteen break!
- There are kids and games zone on level 2 of the F1 Pit Building
- Check out the Army Exhibition on level 1 amd 2
- Army Platforms Display along the F1 main track
- Visit the Battlefield Zone and get yourself into action
- Performances on the Main Stage
For more information and updates, here are some of the key website and social media links
- Website – The Singapore Army Website
- Facebook Page – The Singapore Army
- Facebook Event Page – Army Open House 2017
- Army Open House 2017 Mobile Application – Apple Store, Google Play or via this link: https://aoh17.skyopt.com/
- Hashtags: #AOH17 #ArmyReadySoldierStrong #NS50
A gentle reminder to all visitors to Army Open House 2017 @ City, please take note of the following:
- Dress in comfortable attire
- Wear covered shoes
- Wear a cap
- Remember to keep yourself hydrated when you are at Army Open House 2017 @ City
This will be a great time for a family outing! Parents, bring your children down to Army Open House 2017 @ City, enjoy and have fun! Share with them your NS memories and stories!
I would like to thank Army Information Centre for the invitation to the media preview of Army Open House 2017 @ City!
***** Update 29th May 2017 *****
Due to overwhelming response and positive feedback from the public, Army Open House 2017 @ City has now extended to 29th May 2017 from 9am to 8pm. More information inside their Facebook Page!