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This title is a collection of excerpts from interviews with former conscripts in which they recall their time in the South African Defence Force. The chapters are structured according to the general sequence of a conscript's experience: receiving call-up papers, klaaring in, the first week of Basics, keuring, bush phase, second-phase training, general service, the Border, Angola, the townships, klaaring out and camps.

Appendices give additional information on a range of matters, from the context of the Angola War to National Service medals. A comprehensive glossary explains military terms.