This question was posed by the army's First Infantry division commander, Lt Gen Datuk Muhd Effendi Mustaffa, who said that lately there had been only "softees" turning up at army recruitment exercises.
"Recruits these days are too soft for the army. Gone are the days when they used to be tough when they signed up to serve the country," he said after hosting the division's Hari Raya open house on Bampfyle Road.
He said although the recruits were more educated, they lacked physical and mental fitness for basic training.
"Those who whine and cry to their families during the first phase of training should not sign up. There should not be complaints from them or their parents.
"This is the army. We train soldiers to be tough to prepare for war. Nowadays, those who sign up are the 'last resort' men. They see the army as a last resort for a job.
"During my time, people wanted to be in the army to serve their country and fight the communist threat.
"These days, people sign up because they see it as a job.
"A career in the army is good as they have the opportunity to study and better themselves but this does not mean they can be softees.
"Those who wish to be in the army must have a certain degree of physical and mental fitness to endure the harsh army training.
"They have to be tough because they are the country's defenders. We do not want those who hide in the event of a war."
Referring to a newspaper report on Sept 28 about two recruits, Zarul Fahmi Shabsuddin, 20, and Khairul Azzuwan Zainal Rashid, 19, who claimed serious abuse by their seniors and officers, Effendi said their claims were being investigated.
Zarul Fahmi claimed he was forced to drink weapon cleaning fluid while Khairul Azzuwan said he suffered scarring to his arm after an officer cut it with a knife.
Effendi said ragging of new recruits was bound to happen in military camps although the seniors should not go overboard.
"Those involved in the incidents have been ordered to go on leave."
Macam mana x lembik,pemakanan lembik,gaya hidup lembik,mak bapak pun lembik...jadi yg membesar semua lemau2 dan lembik2.
Kalau perang nanti, bawak keyboard,mouse pad...dan bayangkan satu scenario dalam Counter Strike. Tak pun,merempit la ke medan peperangan.