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28/2016 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term Graduation Parade
28/2016 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term Graduation Parade

On the 13th of May, specialist cadets from SCS II and SCS III proudly graduated from the Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term. They have proved their mettle by overcoming all challenges and endured arduous training in the first phase of leadership training.

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28/2016 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - 24km Route March
28/2016 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - 24km Route March

On the 11th of May 2016, specialist cadets from the SCS II and SCS III participated in the last high key activity before their graduation from Foundation Term - the 24km route march.

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28/2016 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - M203 and MATADOR Live Firing Exercise
28/2016 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - M203 and MATADOR Live Firing Exercise

ONE ROUND AWAY! This week, the specialist cadets from Foxtrot and Golf companies took part in the MATADOR and M203 Live Firing exercise. They were notably excited about firing the weapons for the first time. See them in action as they performed refresher training on weapon handling and fire the weapons!

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28/2016 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - Section Live Firing Exercise
28/2016 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - Section Live Firing Exercise

This week, specialist cadets from Echo Company underwent the Section Live Firing exercise. The live firing exercise provides the opportunity for them to apply drills on individual fieldcraft, weapon handling of the various weapons, and section fire and movement all in one. Safety is an absolute priority and the specialist cadets only get to fire live rounds after they have practised with blanks first, and are assessed to be conversant with their drills.

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28/2016 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - Offensive and Defensive Package
28/2016 Specialist Cadet Course Foundation Term - Offensive and Defensive Package

The specialist cadets of SCS II have just undergone a 5-day field training package in Pulau Tekong this week. Battling against physical and mental fatigue, they practised navigation, field routines, and various section drill such as immediate action drills and fire and movement. The specialist cadets took turns to practise leading their peers in the field. They have certainly crossed a big hurdle after completing this training, and have made one big step closer to becoming specialists of the Singapore Armed Forces.

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[Viewpoint] - Cities Under Siege
[Viewpoint] - Cities Under Siege

Cities constitute the foundation of settled human civilization. They first arose historically as protective or defensive structures for a community, because they had the advantages of large concentrations of people and walls to hold off attack, thus making cities safer than the quiet hinterland where marauders and invaders loot, ravage, and pillage unprotected communities. They have the highest population density and are the centres of gravity for cultural and socio-economic activities and of politics. By 2030, 60% of the global population will live in cities and towns.

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Deputy Prime Minister's Facebook: SAFTI Leadership Development Seminar 2016
Deputy Prime Minister's Facebook: SAFTI Leadership Development Seminar 2016

SAFTI turns 50 this year - it has produced generations of leaders for the SAF, many of whom have gone on to leadership positions in other fields.

Spoke at SAFTI Leadership Seminar today about the Hand, Head and Heart of a good SAF leader: to be proficient professionally and lead by example; to think ahead and understand the why; to care for people and have the steel within.

The SAF will continue to need good leaders to succeed in its wide range of missions - most importantly, in the SAF’s fundamental mission to defend ourselves.

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DSP Prof Tommy Koh
DSP Prof Tommy Koh

GKS CSC welcomed Ambassador-at-Large, Professor Tommy Koh, Ministry of Foreign Affairs who was our Speaker at the 4th Distinguished Speakers' Programme on 19th April, 2016. Professor Tommy Koh who has served as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United Nations and the United States, is currently a Special Advisor at the Institute of Policy Studies and Chairman of the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore. 

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Cyberpioneer Videos: What doesn't break you makes you stronger - OCT Jonathan Lian
Cyberpioneer Videos: What doesn't break you makes you stronger - OCT Jonathan Lian

You are going through the Jungle Confidence Course. Each day, your mental and physical limits are put to the test. For Officer Cadet Jonathan Lian, the Officer Cadet Course experience was invaluable.

Find out more about this plucky 24-year old who received the coveted Sword of Honour from Minister for the Environnment and Water Resources, Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad at a ceremony at the SAFTI MI.

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Cyberpioneer Videos: Setbacks spur Officer Cadet - OCT Muhammad Afiq Bin Mohamad Fairuz
Cyberpioneer Videos: Setbacks spur Officer Cadet - OCT Muhammad Afiq Bin Mohamad Fairuz

Four months into the tough Officer Cadet Course, 23-year-old Officer Cadet Muhammad (OCT) Afiq sustained an injury that forced him out of the gruelling 38-week course. Motivated by his family and his grandfather who had passed on as he was going through the course, OCT Afiq persevered and gave it another shot, determined to finish what he had started.
Last night, OCT Afiq was commissioned along with 335 other cadets from the Army and Air Force, and this is his story.

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100/15 OCC Commissioning Parade
100/15 OCC Commissioning Parade

For the 335 graduating Officer Cadets of the 100/15 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, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, spoke of staying vigilant and standing ready to defend Singapore. He also reminded the graduands of their responsibilities as Officers of the SAF: 

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27/2015 Specialist Cadet Course - March of the Infantry Pride
27/2015 Specialist Cadet Course - March of the Infantry Pride

As dusk fell on 5th of April 2016, the specialist cadets from the 27/2015 Specialist Cadet Course Professional Term were getting ready for the finale event to earn their Combat Skills Badge. Before this, they passed several tests including terrain navigation, first aid, and the operation of signal sets, claymore mines and infantry weapons.

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100/15 OCC ACPC Graduation Ceremony and Dining-In
100/15 OCC ACPC Graduation Ceremony and Dining-In

The Army Appointment Certificate Presentation Ceremony (ACPC) is an Officer Cadet School tradition and a major milestone for Officer Cadets from the Army. During the ceremony, each graduating Officer Cadet was presented with their ceremonial sword and appointment certificate from the Guest of Honour, COMD CSSCOM, Brigadier General Lam Sheau Kai. 

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28/2016 Specialist Cadet Course - Family Engagement Day
28/2016 Specialist Cadet Course - Family Engagement Day

Training has been manageable so far for SCT Janson Chew from Foxtrot Company, but compared to BMT, the standards of SCS are far higher. "As there is more freedom over here and things are left up to us to plan and decide, it teaches us to be a lot more responsible for our actions."
Agreeing, his parents Mr Albert Chew and Ms Juliee Tay said," He has been a much more responsible person since coming to SCS."

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28/2016 Specialist Cadet Course - Family Engagement Day
28/2016 Specialist Cadet Course - Family Engagement Day

"I feel good and optimistic towards my future as a specialist cadet, as I've heard a lot of stories from my BMT sergeants about their lives here," said SCT Karan from Kilo Company. Joining him at the family engagement day were his parents, Mr Ashok and Ms Priyia.

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28/2016 Specialist Cadet Course - Family Engagement Day
28/2016 Specialist Cadet Course - Family Engagement Day

For Mr Zaimi, father to SCT Fikhry from Echo company, one of the biggest changes he has seen in his son after coming into Specialist Cadet School would be the attitude he puts into his work. "He is definitely more serious now, as the Army is about emphasising discipline and following rules."

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103/16 Officer Cadet Course Initiation Ceremony and Family Day
103/16 Officer Cadet Course Initiation Ceremony and Family Day

In the early hours of 2 April 2016, Officer Cadets of the 103/16 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. 

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Specialist Cadet Schools Sports Day 2 Apr 2016
Specialist Cadet Schools Sports Day 2 Apr 2016

On the 2nd of April 2016 specialist cadets from all 3 Specialist Cadet Schools gathered at Pasir Laba Camp to compete among each other in some thrilling sports. The day began with cadets engaging in competitive matches of Basketball, Football and Frisbee.

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102/15 Senior Bar Presentation - Army Service Term
102/15 Senior Bar Presentation - Army Service Term

In the morning of 30th March 2016, Army Officer Cadets from Charlie, Hotel, and Tango 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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SAFTI MI Library - We want to hear from you
SAFTI MI Library - We want to hear from you

Participate in this online poll to let us know what matter to you most for us to improve our services to you.

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75th MIDS / 12th MDEC 1 MSTD Homecoming
75th MIDS / 12th MDEC 1 MSTD Homecoming

26 March 2016 was a date circled by many of the Midshipmen on their calendars as it marked the end of the Midshipman Sea Training Deployment (MSTD). As the RSS Endurance pulled in to Changi Naval Base, friends and family members of the Midshipmen eagerly awaited to see their loved ones who had spent 6 long weeks at sea.

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100/15 OCC PT Excellence Challenge + Inter-Arms Relay
100/15 OCC PT Excellence Challenge + Inter-Arms Relay

The PT Excellence Challenge comprises of both individual and team events. In the individual event, the Officer Cadet who obtains the highest overall score across the various IPPT stations is declared the Overall Best in PT and awarded the Ho Si Qiu Challenge Trophy. It also serves to enhance cohesion and esprit de corps, while striving for excellence.

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15 April 2016

SAFTI MI Safety Day

08 April 2016

Sports Hub Visit to SAFTI MI

06 April 2016

3DIV Arty Anniversary

04 April 2016

Visit by Royal Thai Armed Forces

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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