Air Force Engineer (Maintenance) : ME2 Crystal Soh

A pilot may be responsible for flying and landing the aircraft. But there's also a whole team of dedicated professionals working behind the scenes, making sure that it is in top condition to fly. ME2 Crystal Soh is one of them.

What's the most rewarding part of your job?

Personally, I get great satisfaction when I see the aircraft that I’ve spend hours maintaining take flight. Knowing this equipment helps our pilots fulfill their duties efficiently and safely fills me with pride to be part of their success. But the most rewarding part would be the overseas humanitarian and peacekeeping missions. These missions widen my perspective about life, and are truly worthwhile, as I get to use my knowledge and skills to help people who are in need.

Do you think women get the same opportunities in the air force?

Yes. I undergo the same training and I'm equipped with the same knowledge and skills as everyone else. There's nothing in this job that a woman cannot do. And when it comes to opportunities, we all get ample room to grow and develop professionally. I would say that, if you are willing to learn and work hard, you will succeed.

What's the work-life balance like in the RSAF?

The RSAF has always been supportive of endeavours outside of work. The 5-day work week allows me to pursue my interests and hobbies. Parent care leave lets me take care of my parents when they need help. And the FLEXible Benefits Scheme (FLEX) has given me the financial aid to further my studies. To be honest, I've also never had problems with taking leave – even urgent leave – as long as the reasons are fair.


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