303 cadets commissioned as SAF officers

303 officers entered the ranks of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) today at the SAFTI Military Institute.

Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Lui Tuck Yew reviewed a commissioning parade where 269 Army and 34 Air Force officer cadets were commissioned as officers of the SAF.

The parade marked the completion of 38 weeks of rigorous training, during which the officer cadets had to undergo challenging and realistic training scenarios that tested and honed their combat, planning and leadership skills.

These newly commissioned SAF officers will go on to assume operational, instructional or staff appointments in the SAF.

Speaking at the parade, Mr Lui reminded the graduands about what it means to be an officer.

He said: "With this high honour of being an officer of the SAF comes the important responsibility of training the men and women under your charge and leading them into battle when you are called upon to defend Singapore."

Mr Lui also encouraged graduands to maintain high training standards and to lead by example.

"Your men will watch what you do closely, more so during the times when you are undergoing rigorous, strenuous and stressful training together. You need to uphold high personal standards and discipline, to match your words with actions, and to show care and conviction. Only then will you win the hearts and minds of your men," he said.

Members of Parliament, senior Ministry of Defence officials and SAF officers, as well as families and friends of the newly commissioned officers were also present at the parade.

paullim@sph.com.sg