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He fulfils dad's wish, with help from his mates
He fulfils dad's wish, with help from his mates

2LT Goh Jin Qiang was one of the 568 officer cadets commissioned on July 19th, 2015. Source: The Straits Times

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100/15 Officer Cadet Course Intake
100/15 Officer Cadet Course Intake

With the newly commissioned Officers of the 97/14 Officer Cadet Course (OCC) moving on to their new postings, new Officer Cadets of the 100/15 OCC started their journey to Officership. Over the next 38 weeks, these young men and women will undergo a drastic transformation as they will be groomed and nurtured into Officers of the Singapore Armed Forces. As they forge new bonds and overcome their own personal limits, the Officer Cadets will be provided with endless opportunities to develop their leadership abilities and character. We wish the 100/15 Officer Cadet Course all the best as they undertake a rite of passage that will inspire them to Lead, to Excel, and to Overcome.

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Newly Commissioned SAF Officers To Continue Pioneers' Legacy
Newly Commissioned SAF Officers To Continue Pioneers' Legacy

Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs Mr Teo Chee Hean reviewed a commissioning parade at the SAFTI Military Institute this evening. A total of 568 officer cadets, comprising 464 from the Army, 61 from the Navy and 43 from the Air Force were commissioned as officers of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). 

To commemorate 50 years of the SAF, officers from the inaugural Officer Cadet Course (OCC) and their instructors were present at the parade. Addressing the graduands, DPM Teo highlighted that the SAF had become a modern and capable armed forces, and gave credit to the resolve of the pioneer batch of officers in building the SAF up amidst great geopolitical uncertainty during the late 1960s. He said, "In spite of the daunting circumstances, our first batch of officers stepped forward and persevered in their mission with courage and steadfastness, and laid the foundation for the SAF that we have today." DPM Teo also reminded the graduands to continue the efforts of generations of servicemen in the defence of Singapore. He said, "While the SAF is called upon to carry out a range of tasks, never forget the fundamental mission, the reason for the existence of the SAF. Why we as a country have invested significant resources, and called upon generations of Singaporean sons to do their duty for the nation, through National Service - We ourselves must be able to defend Singapore."

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99/15 OCC Ex. Memory Lane.
99/15 OCC Ex. Memory Lane.

Fresh from defending a piece of ground as part of a defence exercise, the Army Officer Cadets from the 99/15 Officer Cadet Course marched to the Kranji War Memorial. Our soldiers along with students from Christchurch Secondary School, appreciated the significance of Kranji War Memorial and the stories behind the brave soldiers who stood together to defend Singapore. After which, the entire contingent formed up to pay their respects to the fallen heroes at Kranji War Memorial as well as to reiterate their commitment to the defence of Singapore.

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24/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Offensive-Defensive Training
24/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Offensive-Defensive Training

Last week, the specialist cadets from the 24/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Professional Term took part in the Offensive-Defensive training on Thursday. Enemy simulators were introduced into the training, providing an opportunity for the cadets to fight against a thinking enemy. The cadets had to adapt to different situations and apply the skills and knowledge that they had learnt wisely.

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74th MIDS / 11th MDEC 1 X48
74th MIDS / 11th MDEC 1 X48

Junior Midshipmen from the 74th MIDS / 11th MDEC 1 participated in X48, to build inidvidual and team resilience. At the end of X48, the Midshipmen emerged with a better understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as a greater appreciation of the value of teamwork.

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SAF Day Message 2015
SAF Day Message 2015

Without a strong defence, Singapore could not have had the economic security to progress from a Third World City to First in the past 50 years. Our founding leaders and pioneer generation believed this with all their heart. They had experienced being subjects under British rule, then as prisoners during the Japanese Occupation. They saw how saboteurs during the Communist threat and Konfrontasi brought violence and destruction to helpless Singaporeans. Others reaped what our pioneers had sown and destroyed what they had built. Therefore when Singapore became independent, our pioneers were determined that Singapore should be able to defend itself and formed the SAF. 


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6 August 2015

National Day Observance Parade

31 July 2015

SAFTI MI Hari Raya Celebrations

28 July 2015

6th CSC(E)

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[Viewpoint] - China's Policy towards the Asia Pacific
[Viewpoint] - China's Policy towards the Asia Pacific

Date: 13 Aug 2015

Time: 1500h - 1700h 

Venue: SAS Auditorium, SAFTI Military Institute

Speaker: Dr Hoo Tiang Boon

The talk will address, inter alia, the following issues:  Is there a consistent or coherent strategy to China’s supposed regional assertiveness? How should we interpret China’s behaviour? What are some of the factors, dynamics and actors driving this process? From around 2009-2010, Beijing has been crafting and implementing a strategy of ‘flexible assertiveness’ in Asia. This is a calibrated and deliberate policy with two prongs. One aspect is a tougher and more uncompromising—and increasingly more revisionist—approach towards what China regards as its core interests. The other is a more flexible, more negotiable, and more beneficent approach towards those regional interests that are perceived as less crucial.

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Pointer Journal Vol.41 No.1
Pointer Journal Vol.41 No.1

In this first issue of POINTER for 2015, we are pleased to present our 3 prize-winning essays from the 2013/2014 Chief of Defence Force Essay Competition (CDFEC). Our top prize winning essay, a collaboration effort by MAJ Phua Chao Rong, Charles and ME5 Seah Ser Thong, Calvin is entitled “Learning From Mother Nature: Biomimicry For The Next Generation Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).” 

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Pointer Journal Vol.41 No.2
Pointer Journal Vol.41 No.2

Features:

Globalisation and Its Impact on Military Intelligence by CPT (NS) Fu Wen Hao, Kelvin

Illuminating Human Biases in the Intelligence Cycle by CPT Ng Zhaohong, Jeffrey

Should the SAF Maintain its Existing Focus on Full-Spectrum Dominance or, Should the Organisation Return to its Core Deterrence and War-Fighting Mission? by MAJ Benson Chian

The Use Of Pre-Emptive Force By Small States by COL Gaurav Keerthi

The Strategic Merits of Airpower by LTC Tan Kian Seng

A Study of Sun Tzu’s Art of War and Clausewitz’s On War by LTC Ong Cher Howe

How a Good Offence is not the Best Defence: An Analysis of SAF's Approach to Cyber Warfare by LTA Ng Yeow Choon

Book Review:

Rob Johnson, Michael Whitby and John France, How To Win On The Battlefield: The 25 Key Tactics of All Time by ME5 Seah Ser Thong, Calvin

Personality Profile:

Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) by Wu Wenjie

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