Woman in the Force

Learn more about life in the RSAF through those who have risen above the ordinary – and discover a fulfilling career that is second to none.

  • As an Officer, you provide organisational leadership, as well as formulate operational plans and capability development across a dynamic and complex operational environment. Your skills play a decisive role in the increasing complexity of our security environment.

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    Pilot : CPT Nah Jinping

    The epitome of extraordinary courage, competence, and character, CPT Nah Jinping not only breaks sound barriers – she also shatters your conventional idea of what a woman can, or cannot do.

    Why did you choose to join the RSAF?

    After college, I was in search of a road less travelled – a career that was exciting, different, and purposeful. As I was also extremely fascinated by airplanes, it was a natural choice for me to sign up to be a pilot.

    What's it like being a female fighter pilot?

    When I was a trainee, I started out trying to be one of the boys. But I soon realised that I should just be myself, and do my best in every aspect of training. Because ultimately, being a fighter pilot is not about gender, but what you are able to accomplish. While the mental and physical challenges involved are immense, nothing beats the satisfaction that you get when you overcome them.

    What's the best thing about your job?

    I love many things about my job – but the one thing that trumps it all is, of course, being able to fly the mighty Eagle (F-15SG) almost every day. There's no other feeling in the world that can replace the rush of flying so high and at the speed of sound. Plus, knowing that I'm doing all of this to protect the country and people that I love, it makes my job all the more rewarding.

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    Women of SAF: MAJ Lee Mei Yi
  • As a Specialist and Warrant Officer, you are the backbone of the RSAF – playing key roles as trainers, and repositories of values, skills, and knowledge necessary for maintaining a credible and professional RSAF. You are crucial in upholding the warfighting capabilities in the Air Force.

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    Air Defence Systems Specialist | ADSS :
    SSG Cecilia Li

    Highly trained and professional, SSG Cecilia Li is part of a specialised team that is always ready to eliminate any threat in the sky.

    Why did you choose to join the RSAF?

    I've always been fascinated by the Air Force since I was little. And so I chose to sign on, not merely because I was interested in airplanes, but because the RSAF offered me something that was truly different, exciting and purposeful – a career which made me proud.

    What's special about being an ADSS?

    In most vocations, candidates generally have to focus on a particular skill. But as an ADSS, I would say that I got the best of both worlds. That's because, besides being technically trained to operate some of the world's most advanced ground-based air defence weapons, I get to be in the thick of the action as I deploy them in almost any terrain or condition.

    How do you cope with being out in the field?

    I love the outdoors, so being out in the field is where I have the most fun. I get to deploy the RSAF's sophisticated air defence weapons, take part in combat drills, as well as utilise the various field survival skills that I've picked up over the years.

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  • As a Military Expert, you recruit, groom, and retain talent for deep specialisation in engineering, intelligence and other military domains. You work alongside Officers and Warrant Officers to provide professional expertise, as well as the technological advantage needed in today’s precision warfare.

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    Air Operations & Systems Expert | AOSX :
    ME2 Rajeswary

    ME2 Rajeswary is an expert in all things related to air operations. From state-of-the-art surveillance sensors, networks, communications, to computer systems, she enables the Air Force to see, hear, and recognise every threat – even before they enter Singapore's airspace.

    How would you describe your career so far?

    I've been in the Air Force for 16 years, and the journey has been extremely fulfilling. It has given me the chance to travel all over the world, from Darwin and Rockhampton in Australia; Alaska and Nevada in the USA; to Cold Lake in Canada. These experiences have been truly memorable – and certainly something that you cannot find anywhere else in the corporate world.

    Do you think women can excel in the RSAF?

    Of course. Women are given equal opportunities to shine, and sometimes they do even better than their male counterparts. I've seen women in my squadron take up key roles, such as Squadron Command Chief, Officer Commanding, Flight Warrant Officer and Base Coordinator. They prove that if you are capable enough, you can lead and succeed.

    What type of unique skills do you think women bring to the RSAF?

    Some vocations in the RSAF, such as the AOSX, are not physically strenuous. When strength is not a factor, I think women may have a competitive advantage. Most of us are very detailed and meticulous. So it's natural that when we're given a task, we always demand high standards and give it our very best.

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    1. What are the roles available for me as a woman?

      All vocations in the RSAF are open to women. The selection is based on qualifications, physical fitness, as well as certain vocation-specific prerequisites. To find out more about each role, please visit our Vocations section.

    2. How fit do i have to be to join the air force?

      You will need to pass your NAPFA, and also a medical screening in order to join. Subsequently, you are expected to clear the standard IPPT annually, depending on your age and medical PES status.

    3. Will life in the RSAF be physically strenuous?

      Keeping fit and healthy is a vital requirement for all active personnel. However, depending on the nature of your role in the RSAF, the daily physical demands may vary.

    4. Are there any other requirements that i have to fulfill?

      There may be certain eyesight or height requirements that are specific to each vocation. Please visit our Vocations section to find out more.

    5. How does the air force support families if i'm planning to start one?

      Once you have been in service for at least 3 months, you can be granted a total of 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. Additionally, you may also receive newborn gifts and subsidised rates at SAF Child Development Centres, along with up to 15 days of child care leave, depending on the number of children and their age.

    6. Can I wear make-up?

      Yes. You will be allowed to wear basic face make-up, as well as lipstick and nail polish of a natural colour. However, exaggerated make-up styles and bold colours are not permitted, as they are inappropriate in a military environment.

    7. How can I wear my hair?

      Servicewomen are to style their hair neatly, where it does not interfere with the proper wear of the headdress. The length of the hair should not go beyond the lower collar fold, and personnel with hair longer than that are required to tie it up in a braid, bun, or ponytail.

      Hair tints or accessories should be inconspicuous, and of a natural colour.

    8. How long is the basic military training (BMT) for women?

      For all vocations except for AFE(M) and AOSX, you will go through the full 9 weeks BMT at Pulau Tekong, which usually starts in February or August.

      For AFE(M) and AOSX, you will go through 4 weeks of service BMT at Pulau Tekong. This usually starts in May or November.

      Servicewomen will be bunked separately from servicemen.

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    9. How do I apply for a career with the air force?

      You can apply through our online application form or visit us at the Air Force Recruitment Centre at this address.