100/15 Officer Cadet Course Initiation Ceremony and Family Day.
In the early hours of the morning, Officer Cadets of the 100/15 Officer Cadet Course underwent the traditional OCS Initiation. Senior Cadets simulated a turn-out that tested the Junior Officer Cadets' mettle and operational readiness. With unwavering spirit, the Junior Officer Cadets proved themselves worthy of being initiated into Officer Cadet School as they donned the 2-bar epaulette.
The Officer Cadets then introduced their families and friends to SAFTI MI’s grounds. Guests were given a tour of where the Officer Cadets will live, learn and train in the months ahead. Guests were also given an opportunity to interact with the Commanders and Instructors of the School. We would like to congratulate the 100/15 Officer Cadet Course on completing their first step in becoming Officers of the SAF.
25/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - MATADOR Live Firing
On 27 Aug 15, specialist cadets from Echo Company (25/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term) had the opportunity to fire the MATADOR HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) for the first time. The live firing serves to boost the cadets' confidence in firing the anti-tank weapon. Through the live firing, the cadets have better understood the capabilities of the anti tank weapon and that the weapon is a vital asset of the Infantry / Guards section.
OCS 49th Anniversary
OCS held its 49th Anniversary Celebrations on 14 Jul 15. Organised by Delta Wing, over 1400 participants took part in a mass 4km School Run that brought them around SAFTI MI followed by PT at the SAFTI MI Parade Square. Also, in line with the SAF50's theme of 'Giving Strength to Our Nation', a blood donation drive was also organised to encourage members of SAFTI MI to come forward and donate blood. We were heartened that many came forward for a chance to give life to those who need it. To Lead, To Excel, To Overcome!
New Chief of Defence Force for the SAF
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) welcomed Major-General (MG) Perry Lim as its Chief of Defence Force (CDF) this afternoon at a Change of Command Parade held at the SAFTI Military Institute. Witnessed by Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen, MG Perry Lim, the former Chief of Army (COA), received the command symbol from the outgoing CDF Lieutenant-General (LG) Ng Chee Meng. During the parade, LG Ng reviewed a Guard of Honour and the 13 marching contingents formed by servicemen from the Army, Navy and Air Force.
New Chief of Army Takes Command
The Singapore Army welcomed its new Chief of Army today as Major-General (MG) Perry Lim Cheng Yeow handed over the Symbol of Command to Brigadier-General (BG) Melvyn Ong Su Kiat, at a Change of Command Parade held this evening at Pasir Laba Camp.
100/15 OCC CS Smoke Confidence Course
Officer Cadets of the 100/15 OCC completed their chemical defence training at the Smoke Training Facility. Instructors supervised the Officer Cadets as they executed 5 basic exercises and a change canister drill in their Individual Protective Equipment (IPE) Suits.
99/15 Senior Bar Presentation - Army Service Term
In the early hours of the morning, Officer Cadets from Delta, Foxtrot, Sierra and Tango Wings completed their 24 kilometre route march; an important milestone for all Army Officer Cadets. When the Officer Cadets reached the SAFTI MI Parade Square, they received their three bar epaulettes, signifying their rite of passage from Service Term (Junior) to Professional Term (Senior). We congratulate Senior Officer Cadets of the 99/15 Officer Cadet course as they continue their journey to become Officers of the SAF.
SCS Sports Day
Last Saturday, the cadets from all 3 Specialist Cadet Schools gathered at Pasir Laba Camp to compete amongst each other in some thrilling sports. The day began with cadets engaging in competitive matches of Basketball, Football and Frisbee.
Once again, Kilo Company has emerged the champion for last week's sports day. Our heartiest congratulations to Kilo Company for being the defending champion!
100/15 OCC Confidence Jump & SAFTI Tower Run
Officer Cadets from the 100/15 Officer Cadet Course successfully completed their Confidence Jump and SAFTI Tower Run. Designed to test their confidence and courage in overcoming their fears, the Confidence Jump is a momentous event in every Officer Cadet’s journey. The activity involves confidently jumping off a 5 metre platform into the SAFTI MI swimming pool, after which the Officer Cadets climb up 265 steps to the top of the SAFTI Tower signifying each day that they will spend in OCS. Welcome to OCS!
125 Appointed as SAF Senior Military Experts
Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman officiated at the 9th Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Senior Military Experts Appointment Ceremony at SAFTI Military Institute this evening, where 125 servicemen and servicewomen were appointed as senior military experts. The graduating cohort comprised 15 from the Singapore Army, 24 from the Republic of Singapore Navy, 72 from the Republic of Singapore Air Force and 14 from Joint. This is the largest graduating cohort since the first appointment ceremony in 2011, and is due to increased requirement for military experts in specialised domains as the SAF becomes more technologically advanced.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
17 October 2015
98/15 Commissioning Parade
21 August 2015
SAFTI MI ANNIVERSARY DAY
18 August 2015
CDF Change Of Command Parade
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[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
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
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
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
Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) by Wu Wenjie
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