During my Combat Diver Course, I heard many interesting stories from my instructors, who had been involved in many tasks and operations, and I wanted to be part of it. As time went by, I developed a love for diving and learnt how this purposeful career contributes to the defence of our nation. That was when I decided to be part of the Navy family.
I was previously a diver in the Clearance Diving Unit. As a Clearance Diver, my team was responsible for maritime explosive ordnance disposal operations, so that Singapore’s vital sea lanes are kept clear of underwater threats.
I am currently the Wing Sergeant Major of the Frogman School and my duty is to ensure the discipline and the development of the diver trainees, taking care of their mental and physical well-being while they undergo the intensive trainings.
As we progress in rank and appointment, we are assigned with greater responsibilities which challenge us to constantly improve ourselves. The RSN always prepares us for our next appointment by sending us for professional courses and training. In addition, we can always count on our Navy family for support. Our seniors are always there to guide us through any difficulty and mentor us to become better soldiers.
Definitely! We work very closely with one another in the Navy family. Regardless if you are a naval officer, engineer, military expert or naval diver, we treat each other like family members. We are always willing to help and be there for one another when we face difficulties in our work or personal life.
The RSN also has a strong innovation culture which encourages us to be creative and innovative in improving the current systems and processes as well as keep up with the latest technological trends. I truly appreciate how the organisation allows us to share our creative ideas freely and supports us in making them a reality.
The RSN has offered me many professional development opportunities. For instance, I was given the chance to attend the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Course in Florida, United States, in 2016. The course not only allowed me to learn more about EOD, but also to experience many different cultures through interactions with my classmates from various countries.
Apart from professional development, the RSN develops its people in areas such as leadership and interpersonal skills. The RSN regularly sends us for personal development courses, grooming us into all-rounded individuals.
From being a naval diver to taking charge of the entire dive team, I have been groomed to become a stronger person and a better leader. The journey was not smooth sailing, but the experience and "grinding" over the years were definitely worth it.
I hope to be a mentor who can inspire and impart knowledge to the younger divers. I also hope to educate them on the importance of keeping our seas safe and secure, and how they can play a role in contributing to the maritime defence of our nation.