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The SAFTI Military Institute provides an ideal environment for moulding cadets into officers. Army, Navy and Air Force officers spend time together at the Institute, absorbing core values, developing a common spirit, and acquiring a common purpose. Here, National Service and Regular officers from the Services earn their commissions. At key points in their careers, whether as National Service or Regular officers, they will return to further their military education and professional development at the SAF Advanced Schools and Singapore Command and Staff College. SAF Advanced Schools - Army Officers' Advanced School, Air Force Officers' Advanced School and the Navy Officers' Advanced School, through the intermediate level courses it offers, equips SAF Officers with skills and knowledge to assume Company level and equivalent command appointments, and Battalion level and equivalent staff appointments in their respective services. The Singapore Command and Staff College conducts Command and Staff Course which is a tri-service course, and the National Service Command and Staff Course designed for National Service Army Officers, undertakes the responsibility of developing the professional knowledge and skills of senior Army, Navy and Air Force officers, to prepare them to assume LTC grade appointments in the SAF. Each time, they will renew their ties with SAFTI Military Institute and reinforce the values they had acquired as officer cadets. Each time, they will revitalise themselves with the spirit of their forebears - the pioneers who created history and tradition when they blazed the SAFTI trail in 1966.
A Brief History

SAFTI Military Institute derives its name from the former Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute whose acronym -SAFTI -became a household word amongst Singaporeans in the years following its establishment on 14 February 1966 at Pasir Laba Camp.

The retention of the term 'SAFTI' -no longer as an acronym but as a name in itself -for the Military Institute, reflects our close links with the old SAFTI. Our traditions of excellence, discipline and tough training started there, and they remain today, as part of our heritage.

The old SAFTI had many commendable and distinct goals, all conceived and designed to build and forge a modern, strong and capable SAF. However, by the 1980s, as the SAF expanded rapidly, SAFTI's training facilities were no longer sufficient to cope with the increasing demands of officer training. At the same time, as the SAF came of age, there was a growing recognition of the need for greater integration in the training of officers from the three Services. Hence, the construction of the SAFTI Military Institute, and its official opening on 25 August 1995.

Different times, but same values of tenacity, determination and fighting spirit.



14 Feb 1966

Establishment of Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute (SAFTI) and the commencement of the first Instructor’s Preparatory Course, where a total of 60 hand-picked Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers (NC)s) attended the course to become instructors of SAFTI.

18 Jun 1966

Official opening of SAFTI at Pasir Laba Camp (PLC) by Dr Goh Keng Swee, who also presented SAFTI’s formation sign, the “Sword and Torch”.

18 Nov 1966

First batch of 150 regular Section Commanders graduated in SAFTI.

16 Jul 1967

First ever commissioning parade for the first batch of Officer Cadets with 117 graduates.

16 Jun 1968

Presentation of SAFTI Colours by then-Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew to recognize SAFTI’s progress and significant role in training SAF Military leaders.

17 Dec 1968

School of Advanced Training for Officers (SATO) was established.

Early 1982

Then-Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew first mooted the idea of a Tri-Service Military Institute Acquisition of land by MINDEF from Hokkien Huay Kuan took place to pursue Mr Lee’s idea.

14 Nov 1987

Construction of SAFTI Military Institute was publicly announced by BG (NS) Lee Hsien Loong (then-Minister for Trade and Industry, and Second Minister for Defence) at the Tri-Service Commissioning Parade at OCS (PLC).

9 Jun 1990

Ground Breaking Ceremony for new SAFTI Military Institute (SAFTI MI) at Upper Jurong Road (present location) was officiated by then-Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew. (Speech)

27 Oct 1992

Foundation Stone Ceremony officiated by then-Minister for Defence Dr Yeo Ning Hong.

25 Mar 1994

Topping-Out Ceremony officiated by then-DPM BG (NS) Lee Hsien Loong. (Speech)


Relocation of SAFTI MI from PLC to present location.

Jun 1995

Singapore Command and Staff College (SCSC) moved to SAFTI MI from Seletar Camp.

25 Aug 1995

SAFTI MI’s Opening Ceremony was officiated by then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, who also presented the new Colours to SAFTI MI. (Speech)

2004 / 2005

SAFTI Military Institute Transformation

25 Aug 2005

SAFTI Military Institute’s 10th Anniversary

1 Feb 2011

SCSC was renamed as the Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College (GKSCSC), in honour of the late-Dr Goh Keng Swee, who set the foundations for a strong SAF.

25 Feb 2014

Transfer of Command of SWI from HQ 9th Division / Infantry to SAFTI MI


Today, SAFTI Military Institute conducts courses for the education and training of officers from the Army, Navy and Air Force. It occupies a 88 hectare site along Upper jurong Road, in-between Pasir Laba Camp and jurong Camp, and just south of the Nanyang Technological University. It has a built-up area of about 120,000 square metres and comprises an 'intelligent' complex of buildings equipped with state-of-the-art facilities incorporating the latest in office and building automation.

The education and training of officers is done at three main levels as represented by the Officer Cadet School, the SAF Advanced Schools, and the Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College. These schools, and their Army, Navy and Air Force components, had different beginnings at different locations, but they now function as part of a cohesive and unified whole within SAFTI Military Institute. SAFTI therefore mirrors the SAF's progress in getting our officers to think and to operate jointly. Closely supporting the schools in their education and training missions are the SAF Centre for Learning and Military Education (previously known as Instructional Technology Centre), the Military History Branch and the SAFTI Library.

Last updated on 22 Apr 2015
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