542 commissioned as SAF officers

SINGAPORE - 542 officer cadets were commissioned as officers of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) on Sunday evening.

Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Teo Chee Hean, reviewed the officers at the commissioning parade at the SAFTI Military Institute.

This cohort of graduands comprised of 441 Army, 55 Air Force and 46 Navy officer cadets.

Speaking at the parade, Mr Teo emphasised the important role that the SAF officers play as commanders in developing a sense of mission in their men and women.

"Lead by example and demonstrate a strong sense of conviction in whatever you do… Help them to adjust to life in National Service, and to take personal ownership over national defence," he said.

The parade marked the completion of 38 weeks of rigorous training at the Officer Cadet School.

The newly-commissioned officers will move on to assume command, instructional or staff appointments in the SAF.

Also present at the parade were Members of Parliament, senior Ministry of Defence officials and SAF officers, as well as families and friends of the newly-commissioned officers.