SAF Volunteer Corps opens door to applicants tomorrow

SAF Volunteer Corps opens door to applicants tomorrow
The SAFVC will be helmed by Colonel Mike Tan Cheow Khai.

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) has announced that application for the SAF Volunteer Corps (SAFVC) will start tomorrow.

The SAFVC will have its headquarters at Maju Camp, where volunteers will undergo training, Mindef said in a statement today. The SAFVC will be helmed by Colonel Mike Tan Cheow Khai.

The Straits Times reported that those who sign up for the corps will have more leeway to decide how they want to serve, as the scheme has been "made flexible". It said that the SAF has shortened the annual call-up period for volunteers to seven days, instead of 14 days as earlier proposed.

Cyberpioneer, the official news website of Mindef and SAF, reported that volunteers will not be subjected to a minimum term of service, previously suggested to be three years. Volunteers will be allowed to drop out if they no longer want to serve.

Volunteers will get to choose from 17 vocations in the corps, including defence psychologists, airbase civil engineers and security troopers, ST reported. Volunteers will also "get the flexibility of switching among volunteer roles".

The first group of volunteers will start training on Mar 23 next year, said Cyberpioneer. Volunteers will be required to stay in camp for two weeks to complete basic training.

Volunteers will be given the rank of SV (SAF Volunteer) and will progress from SV (Trainee) to SV1, SV2, SV3, and SV4.

ST said that women, first-generation permanent residents and new citizens between the ages of 18 and 45 are being targetted by the corps. About 100 to 150 volunteers are expected to be enlisted in three batches next year, it reported.

sinsh@sph.com.sg

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