SINGAPORE - When Ms Clarie Teo graduated from Singapore Polytechnic in 2013, she already had a job waiting for her.
The 22-year-old had decided to pursue Marine Engineering after her O levels and was determined for a career with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
In a move that many deemed to be a sharp contrast with her convent school girl background, Ms Teo applied for and was awarded a scholarship under the Joint Polytechnic-SAF Diploma Scheme during her freshmen year.
Even before Ms Teo joined the military, she was already impressed when they contacted her the week her final school examinations ended. She said: "I got a letter asking me to report for training the very next Monday! That's how efficient the Navy can be."
Upon graduation, she started training officially with the Navy as a marine systems operator.
The Military Expert (ME) 1 sailor, who now works on board the frigate RSS Formidable has encountered her fair share of challenges.
She told Cyperpionner about an incident when one of the frigate's engines heated up and had to be taken offline. While the ship was being powered up by the remaining three engines, she and her engineering team discovered a clogged fuel filter and rectified it within an hour.
"The rest of the ship's crew was quite amazed we did it so quickly," ME1 Teo said.