Keen to join new SAF volunteer corps?

Keen to join new SAF volunteer corps?

Those keen to join the new Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corps may have to perform duties such as patrolling critical installations, treating wounded soldiers or managing crowds at major events like the National Day Parade.

The SAF has identified these and other likely areas where members of the Volunteers Corps can help out.

Those with specialist skills in medicine, law and IT may also contribute in their areas of expertise.

Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing told reporters of the possible roles for volunteers after hosting a townhall session on Saturday attended by about 90 people, who also offered their views on how the Volunteer Corps should be set up. The discussion held at The Chevrons clubhouse was facilitated by the Committee to Strengthen National Service, which hopes to finalise its proposals which are due early next year.

While Mr Chan, who sits on the committee, said there is room for volunteers to play their part, he stressed that those who step forward must share the military's common set of values and ethos.

"I think they would mentally be prepared that this will be a much more organised form of activity where there is a very clear purpose and mission, whereby through the process, they will also feel engaged and have a certain sense of mission," added the former chief of army.

The latest news comes after Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced last month that a new military volunteer arm will be set up for those who are exempt from national service but want to do their bit for the country's defence.

Women and first-generation permanent residents in their 30s and 40s are among those targeted to play "meaningful military roles" in the Volunteer Corps, said Dr Ng.

Just like national servicemen, volunteers will have to don uniforms, undergo combat training and be available for regular call-up.

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