Red Cross, St John, Girl Guides . . . are you familiar with these uniform units? Do you think first aid is about the only useful thing you can learn through participating in uniform units? If so, you are definitely wrong. There is much more we can learn while attending the courses held by these units. First and foremost, all of these uniform units lay a lot of emphasis on 'discipline'. You may be reprimanded if you are late for a meeting without good reasons . . . you risk a scolding for not wearing your uniform and accessories properly. All of this may sound quite harsh, but after completing the training, you will have learned how to be punctual and how to take care of yourself. As well as learning punctuality and good personal presentation, uniform units also cultivate team spirit - the sense of belonging and contributing to a team of people working together with a selfless spirit towards a common goal. When you work on your own it takes a lot of time to get the job done. But if five people co-operate with each other, you can see that time will be saved and you can explore more novel ideas in completing your task. Team spirit is vital when we need to solve problems. Through attending foot drill, leadership training or friendship functions, for example, we make new friends at the same time we develop team skills. Dedication to the community through social service is another valuable lesson we can learn in a uniform unit. Not only will participation widen our horizons, it also enables us to serve the elderly as well as the needy. Helping others gives a sense of achievement and pride in your effort. For the sake of helping others, you may need to sacrifice something - your time, for example. With today's unemployment rate soaring it is understandable that employers are more demanding when selecting employees. Candidates' qualifications and strengths including discipline, diligence and inner beauty are taken into consideration when employers assess potential employees. We learn all of these skills through participation in uniform units; why not join us in learning how to meet the challenges of a new era. Winnie Sin is a student at True Light Girls' College.