MAJ Nah Jinping
Few know the long road one has to travel before taking to the air as an RSAF Pilot. Yet, those who complete that journey will soon find themselves moving faster than they’ve ever imagined. Find out what the journey was like for MAJ Nah Jinping.
When did you decide to join the Air Force, and why?
At first, I wanted to be a lawyer. However, a career in the RSAF first piqued my interest when I visited a scholarship fair just after junior college. This was as they promised a professional career that wasn’t desk-bound, while also promising to train your critical thinking skills. I found this fascinating, so I decided to talk to the recruitment officer at the booth. That was when I chose a different route in life, as a pilot.
What was your proudest moement in the Air Force?
That would be the moment when I got my Pilot Wings. Just that one moment, where I found myself standing shoulder to shoulder with the other trainees in the parade square, was a culmination of all the years of anticipation. It also served to prove that all the effort I put in working towards being a pilot finally paid off. The training itself took approximately two and a half years and getting my wings made the journey well worth the fight.
Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy the flying, because every day brings with it different experiences. While flying is often challenging, it can also feel extraordinarily peaceful at times – especially when flying at night, when the rest of the nation is fast asleep. Through all the hours we spend flying, we discover a deeper meaning in what we do – that we are making a difference in protecting Singapore.
I also enjoy going to work because I get to see my friends. The people I work with are not just my colleagues anymore; they are like my brothers-in-arms.
Which moment during your service was the most memorable for you?
In 2016, during one of my squadron detachments in Australia, we executed live bomb drops as part of our training. My most memorable moment would be dropping a live bomb, then seeing it detonate on the target. It reminded me of how our training prepares us for the times when we will be counted on to do our job. It’s also an experience that few others can say they’ve had.
How have you grown since entering the Air Force?
The very nature of the job trains you to expect certain standards, so you learn to only demand the best from yourself. The vocation itself teaches you to be very precise in how you deal with issues. While I’ve always been outgoing, I am more outspoken now and tend to speak my mind in voicing my opinions – all while learning to be more tactful.