The SAF core values of Loyalty to Country, Leadership, Discipline, Professionalism, Fighting Spirit, Ethics and Care for Soldier are at the center of every decision and activity in the college. Additionally, we at GKS CSC espouses the Culture of Excellence and Open Mindedness as two additional values that it deems as cardinal.
The GKS CSC values are explained as follows:
Loyalty to Country is what commits us as Singaporeans to protect and defend our nation. The nation represents our cherished home; our family and our way of life. We have a sacred duty to protect our nation. Loyalty is imperative for officers in GKS CSC since the very nature of officership summons us to defend the nation and, if need be for us to sacrifice our lives for Singapore.
Leadership is being able to influence and motivate those that we lead; to imbue them with trust and confidence so that they will carry out missions confidently and to their best ability. Officers achieve this through the application of sound knowledge as well as abilities such as being able to communicate with their followers. Outstanding leaders lead by example, personal presence and involvement. GKS CSC supports the development of leaders who are committed, confident and competent to ensure the defence of the nation are assured by commanders who are competent to lead. The SAF expects graduates of GKS CSC to possess the highest standards of leadership so as to lead, excel and inspire others to give of their best for Singapore.
Discipline in GKS CSC is compliance to orders and the execution of assigned tasks. In GKS CSC, discipline connotes inner strength, self-control, mental stamina, physical toughness and perseverance. A high standard of discipline must be maintained to train officers to withstand fear and tension.
In GKS CSC , Professionalism is manifested as proficiency and reliability in all we do. Professionalism represents an unceasing strive for excellence, which rejects complacency. In GKS CSC, it also incorporates and emphasises a sense of duty and service, which compels everyone to give their best. It is the sense of professionalism which binds the SAF together. As a team, we strive to excel in all we do; to serve with pride, honour and integrity.
Fighting Spirit is the tenacity to succeed in whatever we do. In GKS CSC, it is characterized by determination, aggressiveness and perseverance in the spirit of officership. Fighting spirit strengthens our resolve and courage. In GKS CSC , fighting spirit is manifested in the dedication, stamina and endurance, which enables us to overcome obstacles and achieve our mission, no matter the odds.
Ethics is about doing what one ought to do even when no one is watching. It concerns the moral will to do what is right despite the threats to values-based actions both in peacetime and in war. It involves choosing and deciding from among competing values and principles, what to act upon. In the context of the military, ethical conduct is displayed through one's exemplary behaviour, respect for others, and sense of loyalty and responsibility. In GKS CSC, this translates to integrity in daily work and never abusing one's position or power against others for selfish gains.
Care for Soldiers is the genuine concern that we have for the well-being of our colleagues and those whom we are accountable for. The well-being and development of officers in GKS CSC is a priority. This care and concern also extends to the families of those on course.
Culture of Excellence is constant strive for greater mastery. It is also about lifelong learning and continual development and upgrading for officers, administrators and faculty. Those who pass through the College should clearly be inspired and emerge a “Better person, a better expert in the spectrum of operations, and a better leader”.
Open Mindedness is exemplified by a willingness to accept shortcomings, mistakes and set learning as a key goal besides performing. Implicit in this is the acceptance that there could be differing views that could also merit acceptance. In GKS CSC, officers are encouraged to suspend judgment and to always keep an open mind by active listening.