SAFVC volunteers complete basic training

SINGAPORE - A Beret Presentation Parade was held for the inaugural cohort of the Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corps (SAFVC) at Maju Camp on Saturday.

To mark the conclusion of the 2015 Basic Training, service berets were handed to 226 SAFVC volunteers (SV) who reaffirmed their dedication and commitment to the defence of Singapore.

Speaking at the event, Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman said that community support is important in facilitating wider participation in national defence through the SAFVC.

"What we also are very thankful for… you saw the families, and the employers who were here. These are the stakeholders who have been supporting these volunteers. Without the support of community members and the families of the volunteers, I think the volunteers themselves would not be able to perform their function as part of the volunteer corps," he said.

Commander SAFVC Colonel (COL) Mike Tan added that the training has prepared SVs to serve in supporting roles alongside regular and national servicemen.

COL Tan said: "The SAFVC has trained you to be adaptive, respectful of others, more resilient and to better appreciate the sacrifices made by our NSmen, NSFs and regulars of the SAF to protect the sovereignty of our nation, and secure the peace and security that Singaporeans enjoy in our city-state".

The SVs will subsequently undergo one week of Qualification Training and if required, one week of Advanced Training to prepare them for their specific roles.