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[VIDEO] - SAF Day 2016 Update
[VIDEO] - SAF Day 2016 Update

We dropped in on the 5th combined rehearsal for this Friday's ‪#‎SAFDay16‬ Parade at SAFTI Military Institute. Looking good so far - here's the view from the 5th floor of OCS Building!

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SAFTI MI A Key Institution That Produces The SAF Leaders Of Today And Tomorrow: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
SAFTI MI A Key Institution That Produces The SAF Leaders Of Today And Tomorrow: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reviewed a commissioning parade at the SAFTI Military Institute (SAFTI MI) this evening. A total of 567 cadets, comprising 463 from the Army, 62 from the Navy and 42 from the Air Force, were commissioned as officers of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). As part of SAFTI MI’s 50th anniversary celebrations, PM Lee also unveiled a mural enshrining the images of the first batch of SAF officers on SAFTI’s grounds. The mural was donated by SAFTI’s pioneers in commemoration of the institute's golden jubilee.

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Special OCS Commissioning Parade for 50 years of SAFTI - From the Defence Minister's Facebook
Special OCS Commissioning Parade for 50 years of SAFTI - From the Defence Minister's Facebook

Happy 50th Birthday to SAFTI! To celebrate the occasion, the 1st batch who graduated from OCS in SAFTI 50 years ago joined 567 new officers who graduated today for their commissioning parade and dinner, with PM Lee Hsien Loong as the Guest-of-Honour.

What a special day for all of us. Young and old – 1st batch and 101st batch – joined by the common purpose to defend Singapore with all of heart and might!

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104/16 Officer Cadet Course Intake
104/16 Officer Cadet Course Intake

As the cohort of 101/15 OCC graduated yesterday, Officer Cadets of the 104/16 OCC started their journey towards Officership this morning. Over the next 38 weeks, these selected young men and women will undergo a drastic transformation as they will be groomed and nurtured into Officers of the Singapore Armed Forces.

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101/15 OCC Commissioning Parade
101/15 OCC Commissioning Parade

For the 567 graduating Officer Cadets of the 101/15 Officer Cadet Course, today was a day of special significance. Their long and arduous 38-week journey to Officership ended with a spectacular Commissioning Parade, held on the SAFTI MI Parade Square. The Reviewing Officer for the parade, Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, spoke of staying vigilant and standing ready to defend Singapore.

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Our Chief interacts with our Officer Cadets
Our Chief interacts with our Officer Cadets

Our Chief of Army, BG Melvyn Ong, recently visited the Officer Cadet School and engaged the Officer cadets who will be commissioning later this week. Our Chief shared his various experiences back in the day as an Officer cadet. The Cadets, in exchange, also shared their experiences as well as perception of the 3 elements of Soldier Strong - Strong Body, Strong Mind and Strong Heart.

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101/15 OCC ACPC & 12/16 MDEC (Phase 1) Graduation Ceremony
101/15 OCC ACPC & 12/16 MDEC (Phase 1) Graduation Ceremony

The Army Appointment Certificate Presentation Ceremony (ACPC) is an Officer Cadet School tradition and a major milestone for Officer Cadets from the Army. Concurrently, OCS commemorates the successful completion of Military Domain Experts Course (Phase 1). 

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103/16 OCC Ex Centipede
103/16 OCC Ex Centipede

After several weeks of training in OCS, Army Officer Cadets from 103/16 OCC embarked on their first major field exercise, an 8-day field camp at Pulau Tekong.

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103/16 OCC Senior Bar Presentation - Air Force Service Term
103/16 OCC Senior Bar Presentation - Air Force Service Term

This parade marks the end of the 103/16 OCC Air Force Service Term and 7 weeks of training. Subsequently, the Officer Cadet and Military Expert Trainees will be assigned to their different vocations and posted to their respective RSAF Training Schools for vocation-specific training. Upon the completion of the Air Force Professional Term, the Officer Cadets will return to OCS to be commissioned as Air Force Officers.

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76th MIDS/13th MDEC 1 - X48
76th MIDS/13th MDEC 1 - X48

Junior Midshipmen from the 76th MIDS / 13th MDEC 1 participated in X48, to build individual 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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3SG Tian U Qi Reflection
3SG Tian U Qi Reflection

My greatest takeaway from this journey is the friends and relationship bonds that I have made and found with the people going through this course with me.

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17 July 2016

Presidential Garden Reception 2016 (PGR 2016)

9 July 2016

17th CSC(NS) Family Day

5 July 2016

103rd CTC Oath-taking

1 July 2016

SAF Day Dedication Parade

Stay tuned for more upcoming events!



[Viewpoint] - Singapore's diplomacy since 1965: Being Adaptable, Relevant and Exceptional
[Viewpoint] - Singapore's diplomacy since 1965: Being Adaptable, Relevant and Exceptional

Date: 9 Nov 2015

Time: 1500h - 1700h 

Venue: SAS Auditorium

This presentation traces the key foreign policy considerations of Singapore, focusing on its limitations as a small state, geopolitical constraints and colonial past. It also examines the foreign policy approach of the Singapore government from the Cold War to present, emphasising its ability to make itself relevant to the interests of other states through deft diplomacy.

Despite being a small state, Singapore is able to punch above its weight through active diplomacy, and develop its reputation as a credible member of the international community.

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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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Pointer Journal Vol.41 No.3
Pointer Journal Vol.41 No.3

Features:


This issue of POINTER covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from a discussion on the merits of both sea power and air power, respectively, to an examination of non-lethal warfare today, to a historical coverage of the 1948 Malayan Emergency. Two other topics include a look at the evolving Cyber Threat – a very real and current menace globally as well as locally, and a general discourse on the emotional fitness of a soldier

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