Talking about esprit the corp...i remember the thing when i was in Reserve Officer Training Unit (ROTU). That was a hard time because we had a battle with RELA and most of them was a lady...we had to pretend like we were in ambush scene and had to combat them. One of us threw a stone to the RELA group and it hurted the makcik who's in RELA group. Actually she was an orang asli women, took part in our training.
Her head was hurted and our commander did an emergency assembly. All of us became panic because we knew what will happened when someone hurt and it became more obvious because the makcik did a report to our PW1 (Pegaiwai Waran 1), Encik Lias.
"Kadet!! Cepat mengaku siapa lempar batu pada RELA tu?" Our commander, Kapt A shouted to us. All was like tunduk dan menikus macam ayam berak kapur, takut and suspen sebab kalau tak ada yang mengaku, semua kena punish.
"Cepat!!!! Aku kira satu sampai tiga, kalau tak ada juga, korang tahu apa korang kena buat!"
"Apa lagi? Full!!! Sapa tak full aku rendam lagi sampai korang kembang!!!" (Kami kena rendam dalam tasik yang airnya separas lutut, kena rendam full sampai basah from head to toe in army uniform..just imagines how funny and teruk the situation..dengan marching boots and backpack seberat 10 kg kat belakang, topi segala bagai, semua basah..grrrr..rasa nak telan kapten tu..)
In the end, nobody appeared and the makcik dissapointed because no one was blamed for that kinda tak senonoh punya ambush. Actually, we were had a secret agreement @ MOU to keep it as secret till last. If someone went to the front line and mengaku that he/she did it (threw the batu) we still kena punish or denda. Jadi instead of takut, panic etc and confused because kapten tu suka buat tricky in his way nak test kami-kami, kita orang sepakat nak senyap and showed him that escprit the corp is important in a troop. Let say if the enemy caught us, no secret will be bocor from us and the captain was smile all the way sebab kami berjaya sepakat dan senyap tak bocorkan rahsia siapakah punya tangan yang melempar batu ke arah makcik RELA..
"Hmm korang bagus, aku saja nak test. Esok kalau musuh tangkap, tiada rahsia kerajaan keluar dari mulut korang. Makcik tu kirim salam, luka dia dah sembuh.."
"Yay!! We did it. Esprit the corp Capt!!!" And we jump higher and higher till we successfully commissioned as Young Officer...that's what esprit de corp meant to me...