SINGAPORE - 50 servicemen and servicewomen were appointed as senior military experts at the 8th Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Senior Military Experts Appointment Ceremony at SAFTI Military Institute on Friday.
The graduating cohort comprised 14 from the Republic of Singapore Air Force, 21 from the Republic of Singapore Navy, four from the Singapore Army and 11 from Joint.
Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman officiated the event.
During his speech, Dr Maliki highlighted the increased importance for the military experts' deep specialisation in niche areas due to expanding threats to the nation's security.
Addressing the graduands, he said: "Your specialised knowledge and deep expertise in the areas such as engineering, intelligence and cyber are more valuable than before in today's security environment, as we see increasingly transnational and complex challenges such as natural disasters, cyber-attacks and terrorism".
In addition, Dr Maliki urged the graduands to continue to learn and innovate. He said: "We will look to you, as Military Experts, for the innovative solutions that will provide the SAF with the leading edge and enable us to pre-empt tomorrow's challenges so the SAF canstay ahead of the curve".
The appointment ceremony marked the completion of the Military Domain Experts Course which trained military experts to take on roles in the SAF where in-depth expertise in areas such as engineering, intelligence and military medicine is required. The training conducted during the course developed and honed the military experts' leadership competency, military domain knowledge and specialised skills.
The newly-appointed senior military experts will move on to assume command or staff appointments in their professional areas.
Also present at the ceremony were Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng, Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lai Chung Han, senior SAF officers as well as families and friends of the graduands.