Chief of Defence Force Vice Admiral (VADM) Aaron Beng inspected the 57th Specialist Cadet Graduation Parade at Pasir Laba Camp this evening. A total of 860 graduands comprising 746 from the Singapore Army, 45 from the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), 22 from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), and 47 from the Digital and Intelligence Service (DIS), graduated as Specialists and Military Experts of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).
Addressing the graduands at the parade, VADM Beng reminded the Specialists and Military Experts of the important role that they play as leaders in the SAF. He said, "As Specialists and Military Experts, you hold the power to inspire and lead the people under you, who will look up to you. Your leadership context – at the frontlines of our units, leading small teams of men and women to achieve their mission, is critical in the larger structure of the SAF… So, the responsibility is on each one of you to lead by example, anchor your decisions in our SAF Core Values, and maintain high standards of operational readiness through tough and realistic training. You bear the solemn responsibility of training everyone under your charge well and safely. And I have unwavering confidence that you will lead with excellence, and inspire future generations of leaders."
The graduation parade marked the completion of the 22-week Specialist Cadet Course for graduands from the Singapore Army, the RSN, the RSAF and the DIS, where they trained under rigorous and realistic conditions to sharpen their respective vocation expertise. The newly graduated Specialists and Military Experts will go on to assume command, training and staff appointments in the SAF. Present at the parade were senior SAF commanders, as well as families and friends of the graduands.