301 cadets commissioned as SAF officers

SINGAPORE - A total of 301 cadets, including 240 from Army and 61 from Air Force, have been commissioned as officers of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) on Saturday.

Mr S Iswaran, Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, reviewed a commissioning parade at the SAFTI Military Institute this evening.

For the officers, the parade also marks the completion of 38 weeks of rigorous training at the Officer Cadet School.

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

Speaking at the parade, Mr Iswaran said that Singapore's peace and stability was a result of the foresight and hard work of our pioneers, and he emphasised the need for the current and future generations to continue to strengthen National Service.

He said: "This transformation (of the SAF) was only possible because of the spirit and hard work of our pioneers, who were determined to build a strong and free Singapore that succeeding generations after them can call home."

He reminded the graduands that as leaders, they have the important role of instilling in their soldiers a deep sense of purpose and mission in serving the nation.

"As their leader, you must lead by example, train them well and mould them into a cohesive fighting force. You will be responsible for their training, morale and discipline. You must imbue your soldiers with a sense of mission, a higher purpose of serving, and inspire them to commit to the nation's defence," he added.