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S’poreans say they feel safe knowing key installations protected by SAF Volunteer Corp with 2-week military training

Posted on 30 June 2015

This signals NS can be cut to two weeks in the future.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who feel safe and secure knowing that Singapore takes Total Defence seriously, have come out to applaud the first batch of the 226-strong Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corps.

This after the group, comprising of women, first-generation permanent residents and new citizens, all of whom are aged between 18 and 45 and not liable for national service, completed basic training and became newly minted “soldiers” of the SAFVC.

One Singaporean, Kee Zho Peng said: “I am glad they are given duties for one of the 17 vocations that includes roles such as defence psychologists, medical trainers and security troopers who are armed with rifles and patrol key installations like Changi Airport.”

“This shows that anyone can be a soldier in two weeks and this spells the end of two-year National Service stints for Singaporean males.”

After training, the volunteers will be required to serve up to seven days a year.

Among those in uniform was Janil Puthucheary, a 43-year-old Malaysia-born doctor, who became a Singapore citizen in 2008 before entering politics three years later and becoming an MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.

Another Singaporean, Boh See Kan, said: “He sure made up for lost time.”

“Singaporeans took two years and he he takes two weeks to feel Singaporean.”

“Nothing spells ‘confidence’ better than a two-week-old soldier armed with a high-powered assault rifle.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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