Secondary school drop-out becomes top specialist cadet after signing on with the army

Specialist Cadet Muhammad Haireen Mahadi was awarded the Golden Bayonet for being the top trainee in his infantry course at the 38th Specialist Cadet Graduation Parade at Pasir Laba Camp. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
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SINGAPORE - In his teenage years, Specialist Cadet Muhammad Haireen Mahadi, who described himself as "rebellious", did not do well in his studies and stopped going to secondary school when he was 15.

"I was irresponsible, lazy and did not make the right decisions, but army life instilled discipline and regimentation in me," said SCT Haireen, 28, who enlisted in 2009 and is now a regular with the Army Deployment Force.

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