There are three key considerations that guide the design of training for the SAFVC. Firstly, training that the SVs undertake will be safe, progressive and effective. Secondly, training will be tough and engaging. Finally, the SAFVC will endeavour to be good stewards of the volunteers’ time.
Basic Training is a common module for all SVs and it aims to provide them a basic understanding and appreciation of the military ethos and values of the SAF. They will be equipped with basic soldiering skills and knowledge. The SVs will be trained to fire the Singapore Assault Rifle 21 (SAR21) and learn individual fieldcraft to adapt to a field environment. Basic Training will culminate in a field camp.
Basic Training (Continuous) is a two-week stay-in programme.Continuous for 2020:
Basic Training (Modular - across 4 weeks)
SVs who are unable to join Basic Training (Continuous) may choose to participate in Basic Training (Modular), conducted over four weeks. The training syllabus will be consistent with Basic Training (Continuous).Modular for 2020:
Common Module for all SVs
Develops basic appreciation of the military
Develops basic understanding of defence
Upon graduating from Basic Training, all SVs will undergo Qualification Training. It aims to provide SVs with the necessary skills and knowledge to perform in their roles. Qualification Training of roles is conducted by the respective SAF formations. For example, those who choose to contribute as a Medical Trainer (Nurse) will undergo Qualification Training at the SAF Medical Training Institute. SVs will be promoted from SV(Trainee) to SV1 upon the completion of Qualification Training, signifying that they are ready to serve in a uniformed capacity.
Qualification Training is a stay-in programme that will take up to two weeks.
Common Module for all SVs
Develops greater military knowledge required for the different roles
Develops specific skills required for the different roles
Some roles* require more training and SVs will undergo Advanced Training to gain the required proficiencies. For example, those who are deployed as Auxiliary Security Troopers will need additional training in weapon handling and marksmanship. They are also required to undertake specialised training such as Rules of Engagement and Military Police Close Combat Training in order to serve alongside our SAF soldiers. Find out more in the Roles section.
Advanced Training is a stay-in programme that will take up to two week.* The roles that require Advanced Training are: Auxiliary Security Trooper, Bridge Watchkeeper and Auxiliary Counsellor.
Module specific only to some vocations
Develops greater awareness in the specific roles
Develops more specific skills and techniques required for the specific roles
Continuous two-week course
SVs can only be deployed in a role once they have completed Qualification Training (and where applicable, Advanced Training). They can apply to complete Basic Training first, and take on Qualification Training at a later date.
SAFVC Volunteers will be called up for training and deployment through the SAF100V to typically serve up to 14 days in a year. The SAF100V grants them statutory protection from dismissal arising from their call-ups. It will also be the responsibility of the volunteers to inform their employers of scheduled SAFVC activities early to allow for arrangements to be made for someone to cover their duties during the call-up.
SAF Volunteers can only be deployed in a role once they have completed Qualification Training (and where applicable, Advanced Training). The SAF Volunteer can apply to complete Basic Training first, and take on Qualification Training at a later date.
SAF Volunteers will be called up for training & deployment through the SAF100V to SAFVC Volunteers will be called up for training and deployment through the SAF100V to typically serve for 14 days in a year. The SAF100V grants the SAF Volunteers statutory protection from dismissal arising from their call-ups. It will also be the responsibility of the SAF Volunteers to inform their employers of scheduled SAFVC activities early to allow for arrangements to be made for someone to cover their duties during the call-up.
Join our volunteers in their Basic Training, where they acquire soldiering skills and military values. From the National Education Programme, the Weapon Presentation Parade, to the Battle Inoculation Course at Pulau Tekong, this kick-starts their preparation for advanced and more specific roles in the SAF Volunteer Corps.
Follow our SVs as they start Basic Training, with key components in progressive aerobic and strength training, learning basic foot drills and buddy aid skills, as well as a trip to Kranji War Memorial, as part of their National Education Programme.
Join the SVs as they receive their rifles and prepare for their live firing exercise, followed by a familiarisation of the Standard Obstacle Course. These will allow them to increase their confidence and appreciation of combat fitness.
Watch our SVs as they sail to Pulau Tekong, where they experience the toughest part of their training. From digging of shellscrapes to the Battle Inoculation Course, the volunteers are mentally and physically challenged to reinforce their commitment to national defence.
Four of our SVs share why they stepped forward to join the SAFVC. What were the reactions from employer and families? Find out about their thoughts before they joined and what they have gained from the experience.