More career soldiers will need to be hired if the Singapore Army wants to make training more effective for national servicemen.
Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing said 15 per cent more army regulars will have to be recruited to take up instructional roles in the military.
This can then free up full-time national servicemen (NSFs), who now serve as instructors, to be deployed in more combat-related roles in operational ground units, said Mr Chan. The proposed move can make national service (NS) training more "meaningful" for the NSFs, he said.
Mr Chan said the new hires for the training institutes may include retired officers and more civilian contractors.
He was speaking to reporters after meeting with members of the Committee to Strengthen National Service on Monday to finalise proposals on how to improve and streamline the NS training system.
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