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SAF runs inaugural Harvard crisis leadership course
SAF runs inaugural Harvard crisis leadership course

A bomb has just exploded in a train station, leaving many wounded and dead. The perpetrators are nowhere to be seen. What should the Government's immediate response be?

Hunt down the suspects? Attend to the wounded? Conduct a bomb sweep? Lock down the vicinity? Issue a news release to prevent widespread panic?

This is a hypothetical scenario, but these are real decisions that Government agencies have to make in a crisis.

To help senior officers from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and various Government agencies come up with swift and effective inter-agency responses to large-scale crises, the SAF Centre for Leadership Development (CLD), supported by the National Security Coordinating Secretariat and Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre, organised the inaugural Crisis Leadership Programme.

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Uprooted idyllic life in UK to serve National Service in Singapore
Uprooted idyllic life in UK to serve National Service in Singapore

A S'pore-born teen's refusal to return from New Zealand to serve national service has been a talking point lately. But not all S'poreans who grow up overseas are as resistant. We speak to three who returned to serve.

Source: The New Paper

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27/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - Field Camp
27/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - Field Camp

This week, the specialist cadets from the 27/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term went through the one week field camp in Tekong, which is a culmination of all the section training they have received in the past weeks.

The field camp comprises different activities such as Offensive & Defensive Training, Section Battle Drill and a summary exercise.

The rigorous 5-day training will lay a strong foundation for their upcoming professional term.

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27/2015 Specialist Cadet Foundation Term - Kranji War Memorial Visit
27/2015 Specialist Cadet Foundation Term - Kranji War Memorial Visit

This Friday morning, the specialist cadets from the 27/2015 Specialist Cadet Foundation Term visited the Kranji War Memorial.

Kranji War Memorial is dedicated to the men and women from United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Sri Lanka, India, Malaya, the Netherlands and New Zealand who died defending Singapore and Malaya against the invading Japanese forces during World War II.

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75th MIDS/12th MDEC 1 X48
75th MIDS/12th MDEC 1 X48

Junior Midshipmen from the 75th MIDS / 12th 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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DSP Chief of Navy
DSP Chief of Navy

GKS CSC was honoured and privileged to invite Chief of Navy, RADM Lai Chung Han, to be our speaker for the first Distinguished Speakers’ Programme of 2016 on 19th January 2016.

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47th CSC Welcoming Ceremony
47th CSC Welcoming Ceremony

The Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College (GKS CSC) held its 47th Command and Staff Course (CSC) Welcome Ceremony on Monday, 18th January 2016. COL Ng Wai Kit, Dy Commandant, SAFTI MI and Commandant, GKS CSC, officiated the ceremony. The CSC comprises 116 officers from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and 16 International Officers (IO) from Australia, Brunei, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.

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Double Triplets
Double Triplets

Yesterday was one of those odd days for me. Met two sets of triplets on the same day! In the morning, I met 8-year-olds Zachariah Chiew, Jeremiah Chiew and Nehemiah Chiew at the Edusave Awards Ceremony. And at night, the now renowned triplet SAF officers – Phuah Wei Ke, Phuah Wei Deng and Phuah Wei Yuan. What’s happening?

- Ng Eng Hen

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2LT Eileen Lim
2LT Eileen Lim

The idea of a 'Navy family' greatly attracted me to the Navy. My family initially didn't really want me to sign on as they felt it would be too tough and rugged for a lady, even more so for someone of my petite size. But I told them I wanted to give it a shot nevertheless and that it would be a regret if I didn't pursue my interest in a military career..

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2LT Rohan Mathew Thomas
2LT Rohan Mathew Thomas

I had 9 months before my university studies, and I had a chance to go to the Officer Cadets School. I decided to take the opportunity and learn something new and interesting. And so, I extended my NS. At that point I didn't know what I'd be getting myself into, but I thought the risk would pay off long term..

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Ready to lead with conviction
Ready to lead with conviction

The commissioning parade marked the completion of 38 weeks of rigorous training at OCS.

President Dr Tony Tan, who reviewed the parade, noted in his address that just three days ago, Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, was rocked by terrorist attacks which left eight people dead and at least 20 wounded.

In the light of the threats that confront Singapore and the region, Dr Tan urged the new officers to lead their men well, just as Singapore's pioneers have done.

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Strength of a mother's love
Strength of a mother's love

Every parent attending their son or daughter’s commissioning parade as an officer would be very proud. So you can just imagine how super, super proud Mdm Ng Siew Kim must have felt today. Not one, but three of her triplets children – Wei Yuan, Wei Deng and Wei Ke – commissioned as officers together! I met and congratulated Mdm Ng and her three newly-minted officers in the family. But it was also a bittersweet day – as their father passed away six years ago. It must have been difficult for this family these past few years, but I am so glad that their joy was complete today. Especially for Mdm Ng – all her sacrifices and extra burdens to shoulder the parental roles alone have carried this family so far.

I wish Mdm Ng and her three officer children many more bright days ahead.

- Ng Eng Hen

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Officer Cadet Tee Chze Hao
Officer Cadet Tee Chze Hao

He was a sergeant who served with distinction.

During his full-time national service, he won the Silver Bayonet at his specialist cadet course. And in 2011, he was the NSF of the Year in his unit.

Today, Officer Cadet Tee Chze Hao, who became a Regular only last year, will add the Sword of Honour (Infantry) to his list of accolades.

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Officer Cadet Tracy Ong
Officer Cadet Tracy Ong

Officer Cadet Tracy Ong grew up in a single-parent family. While her peers continued their studies, she had to start working after secondary school.

It took four years for her to save enough money for a polytechnic education. Even so, while she was pursuing her diploma, she had to continue to work to support her family. 

But tough times don’t last, only tough people do. 

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99/15 OCC Commissioning Parade
99/15 OCC Commissioning Parade

In the presence of the President of the Republic of Singapore, His Excellency Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, 582 Officer Cadets were commissioned this evening as Officers of the Singapore Armed Forces. The long and arduous 38-week journey to Officership ended with a spectacular Commissioning Parade, held on the SAFTI MI Parade Square. Speaking at the parade, President Tony Tan reminded the graduands of their responsibilities as Officers of the SAF:

“SAF Officers today must carry on in the same indomitable spirit of our pioneers to overcome the new challenges on the horizon and lead us into the next chapter of the Singapore story. They must embrace the same convictions and lead the men and women under their charge in the firm belief that we can only depend on ourselves to defend our country and way of life.”

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Specialist Cadet School - Juliet Company Strength Training
Specialist Cadet School - Juliet Company Strength Training

This week, the specialist cadets from Juliet company had their strength training, which included push-ups, sit-ups, crunches, overhead claps and flutter kicks to name a few.

These exercises were meant to build their strength and endurance in preparation for the demanding training ahead.

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99/15 OCC ACPC & 11/15 MDEC (Phase 1) Graduation Ceremony
99/15 OCC ACPC & 11/15 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 the Military Domain Experts Course (Phase 1).

During the ceremony, each graduating Officer Cadet and Military Expert (Trainee) was presented with their ceremonial sword and appointment / graduating certificate respectively from the Guest-of-Honour, Commander TRADOC, BG Chan Wing Kai.

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102/15 Officer Cadet Course Initiation Ceremony and Family Day
102/15 Officer Cadet Course Initiation Ceremony and Family Day

In the early hours of 9 January 2016, Officer Cadets of the 102/15 Officer Cadet Course were put through the traditional OCS Initiation. Senior Officer Cadets simulated a turn-out that tested the Junior Officer Cadets' mettle and operational readiness.

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102/15 OCC CS Smoke Confidence Exercise
102/15 OCC CS Smoke Confidence Exercise

Officer Cadets of the 102/15 OCC recently put their chemical defence training to the test as they were subjected to the exposure of CS Smoke. Within 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.

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101/15 Senior Bar Presentation - Army Service Term
101/15 Senior Bar Presentation - Army Service Term

In the morning of 6th January 2016, Army Officer Cadets from Alpha, Bravo, Tango and Sierra Wings completed their 24km Route March, an important milestone for all Army Officer Cadets. When the Officer Cadets reached the SAFTI MI Parade Square, they were presented their 3-bar epaulettes, symbolising their rite of passage from Service Term (Junior) to Professional Term (Senior).

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Specialist Cadet Sports Day Jan 2016
Specialist Cadet Sports Day Jan 2016

Today, specialist cadets from the 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 Tug-of-War.

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SCT Chong Kin Yong
SCT Chong Kin Yong

Though SCT CHONG KIN YONG from Bravo Company has only recently been posted here, he learned many moral values from his company commanders.

"I see many positive changes in him, he has became more matured, more independent instead of relying on us. He's all grown up now and i'm proud of him, we'll always be behind his back encouraging him all the way through his NS journey"

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102/15 OCC Confidence Jump & SAFTI Tower Run
102/15 OCC Confidence Jump & SAFTI Tower Run

Officer Cadets from the 102/15 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 an important event in every Officer Cadet’s journey. 

The activity involved confidently jumping off a 5 metre platform into the SAFTI MI swimming pool, after which the Officer Cadets climbed up 265 steps to the top of the SAFTI Tower signifying each day that they will spend in OCS.

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26/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Professional Term - EX GRANDSLAM
26/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Professional Term - EX GRANDSLAM

Today specialist cadets from the 26/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Professional Term carried out attack exercises on buildings at the Murai Urban Training Facility (MUTF) as part of their EX GRANDSLAM.

This is meant to prepare them for future conflicts in urban environment so that they will be more capable and effective leaders, and provide better command and control in missions.

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27/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - Pace Course
27/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - Pace Course

On the 4th of January 2016, the specialist cadets from the 27/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term underwent the pace course in preparation for their upcoming navigation exercise.

This exercise required them to pace and count how many steps it would take to walk a certain distance so that they could use this as gauge of distance in the future.

Navigation is an important skill set for a leader as these future commanders will need to navigate and bring their men to the objective.

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99/15 OCC Inter-Arms Relay
99/15 OCC Inter-Arms Relay

Officer Cadet School recently held the Inter-Arms Relay, a tradition for every Officer Cadet Course (OCC). Representatives from every Arm of the Joint Term cohort competed in a 10 x 400m relay competition to vie for the Commander’s Challenge Trophy.

Infantry emerged as champions for the 99/15 OCC Inter-Arms Relay. Congratulations!

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26/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Professional Term - Combat Skills Badge
26/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Professional Term - Combat Skills Badge

On the 29th of December 2015, Specialist Cadets from the 26/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Professional Term embarked on their journey towards achieving the Combat Skills Badge.

As an iconic badge in the Infantry vocation, the Combat Skills Badge is not an easy feat. These Specialist Cadets began their 32km route march as dusk fell and did river crossing in the wee hours of the morning in order to attain this symbolic badge. The activity then concluded with a live firing.

Let us give our heartiest congratulations to these Specialist Cadets who have made it through the arduous and grueling challenge of attaining the Combat Skills Badge!

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102/15 Officer Cadet Course Intake
102/15 Officer Cadet Course Intake

New Officer Cadets of the 102/15 OCC started their journey towards Officership. 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.

As they forge new bonds to overcome their own personal limits, the Officer Cadets will be provided with endless opportunities to develop “Confidence, Competence and Commitment”.

We wish the 102/15 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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99/15 OCC Platoon Assault Course
99/15 OCC Platoon Assault Course

A tradition dating back to the very first batch of Officer Cadets, the Platoon Assault Course (PAC) is a inter-platoon race that marks the end of the Infantry Professional Term. The adrenaline-filled affair is the final exercise that the Infantry Officer Cadets will face as a platoon, a true test of team work and mettle that they have built over the preceding months.

Each platoon is awarded points based on their performance at each stage and their overall speed. Every platoon put forth their best efforts to win with Foxtrot Wing Platoon 1 emerging victorious. Congratulations!

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27/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - Specialist Cadet Rank Presentation
27/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - Specialist Cadet Rank Presentation

On the 21st of December 2015, Specialist Cadets from the 27/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term were presented the specialist cadet rank at the Leaders' Hall.

This marks a significant milestone of their journey to being future commanders.

Let us all wish the specialist cadets all the best in their journey to becoming future commanders!

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27/2015 Specialist Cadet Course
27/2015 Specialist Cadet Course

On 21 December 15, hundreds of specialist cadets reported to Pasir Laba Camp as they embarked on a new journey in their Army life. The 27/2015 Specialist Cadet Course will undergo 22 weeks of training in the Foundation Term, the Professional Term, and the Combined Arms Term before passing out as 3rd Sergeants. Until then, we wish all cadets the very best for their training ahead!

With Pride We Lead!

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99/15 OCC Ex Panther Strike
99/15 OCC Ex Panther Strike

99/15 Infantry Officer Cadets executed Exercise Panther Strike, the climactic and final tactical field exercise of the Officer Cadet Course. This exercise is a key milestone in their training as it tests their competency in both conventional and urban operations.

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1,126 ready to lead as SAF specialists
1,126 ready to lead as SAF specialists

"I look up to him as my role model," beamed Specialist Cadet (SCT) Muhammad Ashaari Bin Ramli as he spoke about his brother, 2nd Sergeant (2SG) Muhammad Aliff bin Ramli, who is a serving as a Regular in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Guards formation. "Whenever I needed help, he would always give me advice."

Following in his brother's footsteps, SCT Ashaari also signed on as a Regular with the Infantry and excelled in his Specialist Cadet Course, in which he received the Silver Bayonet.

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25/2015 Specialist Cadet Graduation Parade
25/2015 Specialist Cadet Graduation Parade

As dusk fell upon the Leaders Square, specialist cadets of the 25/2015 Specialist Cadet Course performed their final parade as specialist cadets, and finished the parade as fully fledged specialists. For the newly graduated specialists, this day represented the culmination of 22 weeks of hard work and determination, that resulted in a joyful experience shared with friends and family. Check out the pictures to see highlights of this proud moment.

Congratulations to all the newly minted 3SGs! Specialist Cadet School wishes all of you the best in your future endeavors.

WITH PRIDE WE LEAD!

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[Upcoming Event] 22nd Annual General Meeting
[Upcoming Event] 22nd Annual General Meeting

Dear Alumni Members,

The SAFTI Alumni Association is proud to invite you to the 22nd AGM cum Gala Night on 21 January 2016 at OCS Auditorium, SAFTI MI.

The theme for this year's AGM is "Remembering the Past, Capturing the Present". We have an exciting line-up of activities specially planned in conjunction with SAF 50. Join your friends and batchmates for a meaningful and engaging evening as we also commemorate SAF's 50th Anniversary!

To register, please call Mr Cheong Chong You at 6799-7917 or email to: saftialumni@gmail.com with your NRIC and Name. Please also inform us if there are any changes in your email address or contact details.

For more information about this event, please click the link attached in this article.

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Specialist Pride Presentation - 25/2015 Specialist Cadet Course
Specialist Pride Presentation - 25/2015 Specialist Cadet Course

Last friday, the Infantry specialist cadets from the 25/2015 Specialist Cadet Course received their Specialist Pride. The artifact not only serves to remind the specialist cadets of their dedication to Singapore's defence, but also marks the completion of the Specialist Cadet Course. With this, they are expected to carry out their duties in their future posting diligently and professionally to the best of their abilities.

We look forward to the Specialist Cadet Graduation Parade on 17th December 2015.

With pride, we lead!

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[UPCOMING EVENT] 25/2015 Specialist Cadet Graduation Parade
[UPCOMING EVENT] 25/2015 Specialist Cadet Graduation Parade

On 17th December 2015, over 1000 Specialist Cadets from the 25/2015 Specialist Cadets Course will march onto the Leaders' Square in the ceremonial No.1 uniform to mark the end of their 22 weeks of arduous training.

The event will be witnessed and celebrated by family and friends of the cohort.

Stay tuned to this page for event updates and photos of the graduating batch.

Share your words of encouragement with the graduating cadets as they move forward to become leaders of men!

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101/15 OCC Exercise Centipede
101/15 OCC Exercise Centipede

After several weeks of training in OCS, Army Officer Cadets from 101/15 OCC embarked on their first major field exercise, an 8-day field camp at Pulau Tekong. During Ex. Centipede, Officer Cadets drew on the knowledge they had gained over the previous weeks to execute a series of Section-level operations, including navigation, ambush and patrol missions in a challenging terrain.

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26/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Professional Term - Beret Presentation Parade
26/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Professional Term - Beret Presentation Parade

On 27th Nov 2015, the specialist cadets of 26/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Infantry Professional Term moved on to a significant milestone in their journey towards a specialist. They were presented their olive green infantry berets as a symbolism of being a senior specialist cadet and part of the infantry tribe.

In the next 12 weeks, they will have a deeper understanding of the responsibilities and makings of an Infantry specialist.

Let's wish them all the best in their journey towards becoming Specialists!

With Pride, We Lead!

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26/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - 24km Route March
26/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - 24km Route March

On the 17th November 2015, specialist cadets from the 26/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term gathered for their last high key activity before their graduation from foundation term - the 24km route march.

During the 24km route march, these specialist cadets displayed fighting spirit and professionalism as they encouraged one another to persevere through the night to complete the route march.

The Specialist Cadet School congratulates all specialist cadets from school 1 and school 2 for completing the route march.

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66th Battalion Tactics Course
66th Battalion Tactics Course

The 66th Battalion Tactics Course was conducted from 14th September to 26th October 2015 at the Army Officers' Advanced School, SAS SAFTI MI. A total of 64 Officers comprising 46 Regular Officers, 18 NS Officers graduated from the course. BG MELVYN ONG SU KIAT, COA, COAOFF graced the graduation ceremony as the Guest of Honour.

In this BTC, MAJ LEO MENG KWANG, BENEDICT emerged as the Distinguished Honour Graduate and was also awarded the Best in Knowledge award. MAJ TEO WEI CHE received the Distinguished Graduate. MAJ PWI YAOSHENG, FABIAN was the Honour Graduate. MAJ(NS) GOH JIA YONG was awarded the NSmen Achiever Award.

AOAS congratulates all course participants for successfully completed the 66th Battalion Tactics Course.

26/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - Urban Operations Training
26/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - Urban Operations Training

On 11 Nov 15, the specialist cadets from Golf company headed to the Murai Urban Training Facility for their urban operations training.

Working closely in small teams, the specialist cadets learnt to secure rooms and buildings with swift and organised movements, thus enhancing their operational efficiency in an urban setting.

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SAF shares learning practices with international audience
SAF shares learning practices with international audience

With the rapid advancements in defence hardware, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has always embraced innovation and the use of technology in educating and passing on valuable knowledge to each new generation of soldiers. Initiatives launched in recent years, such as the LEARNet system introduced in 2012 and the Learning Masterclass 2015/16, reflect the SAF's commitment to improving learning among its servicemen and women. On 4 Nov, the SAF had the opportunity to share its curriculum development programme with experts in the learning and development industry.

Lieutenant-Colonel (LTC) Ho Mee Yin, Head of the Curriculum Branch in the Centre for Learning Systems (CLS), SAFTI Military Institute, was invited to speak at the LEARNTech Asia 2015 Conference.

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26/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - MATADOR and M203 Live Firing
26/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - MATADOR and M203 Live Firing

On 5th Nov 2015, the specialist cadets from Foxtrot and Hotel companies had the opportunity to fire the MATADOR HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) and the 40mm High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP) grenade for the first time. The live firing serves to boost the cadets' confidence in firing the anti-tank weapon and the M203 grenade launcher. Through the live firing, the specialist cadets have better understood the capabilities of the weapons and that the weapon is a vital asset of the Infantry / Guards section

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100/15 Senior Bar Presentation - Army Service Term.
100/15 Senior Bar Presentation - Army Service Term.

In the morning of 20th October 2015, Officer Cadets from Echo, Golf and Sierra Wings completed their 24km Route March, an important milestone for all Army Officer Cadets. When the Officer Cadets reached the SAFTI MI Parade Square, they were presented their 3-bar epaulettes, symbolising their rite of passage from Service Term (Junior) to Professional Term (Senior). As they continue to surpass their own personal limits, we congratulate the now Senior Officer Cadets of the 100/15 Officer Cadet Course as they continue their journey to become Officers of the SAF.

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25/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Professional Term - Combat Skills Badge Test
25/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Professional Term - Combat Skills Badge Test

On 3rd Nov 2015, the cadets of the 25/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Professional Term braced themselves to march through the night to earn their Combat Skills Badge (CSB). This gruelling exercise is both physically and mentally demanding. To earn this badge, the cadets are required to complete a 32km route march in FBO (Full Battle Order), and undergo a series of technical skills tests, a river crossing and a 100m shoot at the end of the march.

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101/15 Officer Cadet Course Initiation Ceremony and Family Day
101/15 Officer Cadet Course Initiation Ceremony and Family Day

In the early hours of 17 October 2015, Officer Cadets of the 101/15 Officer Cadet Course were put through the traditional OCS Initiation. Senior Officer 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 101/15 Officer Cadet Course on completing their first step in becoming Officers of the SAF.

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21 January 2016

22nd Annual General Meeting - SAFTI Alumni Association

17 December 2015

25/2015 Specialist Cadet Graduation Parade

27 November 2015

10/15 SMEAC

25 November 2015

CDF's Visit to SAFTI MI

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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