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    • Medical screening is a series of medical tests done at the Medical Classification Centre (MCC) at CMPB (location map).

      The objective of these tests is to ascertain your medical condition and accord you a suitable Physical Employment Status (PES). Based on your PES, you will be assigned to a suitable vocation.

      Here are the various PES gradings:

      • PES A: Fit for all combat vocations
      • PES B1: Fit for most combat vocations
      • PES B2: Fit for some combat vocations
      • PES BP: Fit for obese BMT training
      • PES C: Fit for combat support vocations
      • PES D: Temporary unfit for grading and pending further review
      • PES E: Fit for administrative duties only
      • PES F: Medically unfit for any form of service

      Note that if you are given a PES D grading, it means that more time/tests are required to confirm your medical condition. This normally takes about 2-3 months. However, this duration may be longer depending on your medical condition.

      More information on Medical Classification Centre (NS Portal).

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      Want to find out more about the SAF medical system? Follow a recruit from his pre-enlistment medical examination to his encounters with the medical service during his BMT.

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    • Refer: http://sgforums.com/forums/1390/topics/395004

       

      Physical Employment Status (PES)

      Arrow PES A (L1) = Fit for all combat vocations. (Full BMT)

      Arrow PES B (L1) = Fit for most combat vocations. (Full BMT)

      All PES A and B1 will be followed by the L-Code (Land Deployability Code) as follows:

      L1 – Fit for all field duties including frontline duty.
      Can be deployed in Manoeuvre vocations and be involved in direct combat.

      Arrow PES Bp = Fit for obese Full BMT (applicable to obese recruits).

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      Arrow PES B2 (formerly called C1) - Fit for some combat vocations. Required to take IPPT but can be excused up to 2 static stations in IPPT.

      PES B2 grading will be followed by the L-Code (Land Depolyability Code) as follows:

      L1 – Fit for all field duties including frontline duty.  Can be deployed in Manoeuvre vocations and be involved in direct combat.

      L2 – Fit for most field duties.  Can be deployed in Manoeuvre vocations of Brigade HQ level units and above, and/or Combat Support vocations in frontline units of Battalion and above, and/or Combat Service Support vocations at all echelons.

      L3 – Able to bear firearms and operate in a field environment.  Can be deployed in Combat Support vocations of Brigade HQ and above, and/or Combat Service Support Vocations at all echelons.

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      Arrow PES C = Fit for combat service support vocations. (Modified BMT)

      Further subdivided into:

      PES C2 - Do not have to take IPPT for NSF/ NSman, except regulars who are required to take Alternative Aerobic Fitness Test (AAFT).

      PES C9 - All servicemen not required to take IPPT.

      PES C grading will be followed by L-Code (Land Deployability Code) as follows:

      L2 – Fit for most field duties.  Can be deployed in Manoeuvre vocations of Brigade HQ level units and above, and/or Combat Support vocations in frontline units of Battalion and above, and/or Combat Service Support vocations at all echelons.

      L3 – Able to bear firearms and operate in a field environment.  Can be deployed in Combat Support vocations of Brigade HQ and above, and/or Combat Service Support vocations at all echelons.

      L9 – Able to bear firearms and protect themselves, others and property. Can be deployed in Combat Support vocations in Main Support Area, and/or Combat Service Support vocations of Brigade HQ and above.

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      Arrow PES D = Temporary unfit for grading and pending further review.

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      Arrow PES E = Fit for administrative duties only.

      PES E1 - Able to participate in simple observance parades and LIFE activites.

      PES E9 - Unfit for any forms of physical activities; field duties/exercises.

      PES E grading will be followed by the L-Code (Land Deployment Code) as follows:
      L9 – Able to bear firearms and protect themselves, others and property.  Can be deployed in Combat Support vocations in Main Support Area, and/or Combat Service Support vocations of Brigade HQ and above.

      Arrow PES F = Medically unfit for any form of service.

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    • FYI, PES is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PULHHEEMS.


      1) Go to Public Hospital / Private Specialist.

      Note: You will be classified as a subsidised patient if your first visit is via:

      • Referral letter from a Government Restructured Hospital under subsidised status, A&E, Polyclinic or SAF, without specifying a specialist by name.
      • Discharge from inpatient class B2 or C without specifying a specialist by name.


      2)
      Consult specialist, and do whatever medical check ups required. E.g. physical exam, blood test, x-ray, CT scan, MRI scan.

       

      3) Specialist gave a finalised clinical diagnosis.

       

      4) Get the specialist to write you a memo which is to be given to SAF MO. Those who can and are willing to spend some more money can get him/her to write you a specialist report, which is more precise and detailed.

      Note: For not to waste time and money, please be more direct yet humble. Request the specialist to write about reviewing of PES and medical board / anything specific such as any excuses to your conditions.

       

      5) Book an medical review appointment using the eHealth module @ www.ns.sg (for NSman Reservists).

      Just go down to your camp medical centre (for NSFs).

      Call CMPB @ 6373 1340 to request another PES review (for Pre-Enlistees after CMPB Checkup).

       

      6) Make a trip down to the respective unit camp medical centre. Give the MO whatever supporting documents you have in hand. E.g. Specialist memo/report (most usually the case and highly recommended), x-ray films, CT/MRI scan report, blood investigation lab report... etc.

       

      7) MO will decide whether you are deemed eligible for KIV downgrade, according to the criterias set in the "PES Bible" directive. E.g. Diagnosis, Extent of Diagnosis, Degree of Diagnosis/Injury/Illness/Disease...etc.

       

      8) If deemed so, you will sign an acknowledgement notice of Medical Board, whereby your case statement is prepared for review discussion at the monthly medical board meet (usually at the Formation/Division HQ) with another NSF CPT MO and the Chairman (SAF Regular Medical Doctor of MAJOR rank or above). Your Medical Board result will be post mailed to you by your respective NSHRC (Formation NS Hub).

       

      Time and time again, the questions for Medical Review (Downgrade) is repetitive. Therefore, this serves as a general SOP for Medical Board.

       

      Extract from www.mindef.gov.sg/nsmen:
      NSmen must update their NS HRCs if they should develop any new medical condition or if their existing medical condition has worsened which might affect their ability to perform their duties during ICT. Arrangements will then be made for them to attend a medical review at the SAF medical centre to assess their fitness for NS.

      The NSmen MUST bring along all investigation results and memorandums from his external physician/specialist during the medical review. Depending on the outcome of the medical review, the NSman may be given a medical certificate to defer him from ICT, be scheduled for a medical board to downgrade him if his medical condition is significant, or referred to a restructured hospital for further investigation. In the event that the medical officer determines that the NSman’s medical condition will not affect his ability to participate in the ICT, he will allow the NSman to attend the ICT.

      Edited by eac 23 Apr `15, 10:19PM
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    • Prepare for PTP/BMT: http://iprep.ns.sg/

      Secrets to Pass IPPT: http://lifestyle.www.ns.sg/features/fitnessxchange

      Source: www.ns.sg , www.army.gov.sg , www.mindef.gov.sg

       

      Source: http://iprep.ns.sg/

      Are you physically fit? If you have been found to be fit for full Basic Military Training (BMT) i.e. PES A or B1, you may want to take the NAPFA test.

      Should you attain a NAPFA Gold or Silver award at least 2 weeks prior to your Physical Training Phase (PTP) enlistment date, you will attend a 9-week Basic Military Training (BMT) and enjoy a 2-month reduction in your full-time National Service. Those who fail to attain the required fitness level will have to undergo a 8-week Physical Training Phase (PTP) before attending the 9-week BMT.

      The NAPFA test is conducted at the Toa Payoh Stadium (map to Toa Payoh Stadium) every Wednesday (except public holidays). You are required to book an appointment for the test via the NAPFA test booking system prior to the test date and you are only allowed to make one valid booking at any one time.

      Please note that the NAPFA result is valid for 1 year from the date of test. You are advised to report for the test in acceptable attire and punctually. All the six test items must be completed in one single sessions. A maximum of 2 to 5 minutes rest period is permitted between any two tests (for the first test items); a 15 to 30 minutes rest period is permitted before the sixth test item.

      NAPFA tests at Toa Payoh Stadium are conducted strictly on appointment only. Therefore, advance booking via NS Portal must be made latest by Tuesday before 12 noon in order to take the NAPFA test at Toa Payoh Stadium the following day.

      Do note that pre-enlistees who do not book their NAPFA date via the system would not be allowed to take their test at the Toa Payoh Stadium.

      If you wish to know more about the NAPFA test, you may want to read through the FAQ before you make your booking.

       

       

      1. Can I take the test after I failed the NAPFA test the last time?

      Yes. You are allowed to retake it until you pass. There is no limit to the number of times you can take the test.


      2. When is the last date I should take the NAPFA test?

      You should attempt the test as soon as you are ready and you are advised to take it at least 2 weeks before the date of enlistment.


      3. Can I retake only the test items I have failed in my last attempt?

      No. All 6 items must be completed in one single session.


      4. Can I amend my booking after I have booked?

      Yes, you are allowed to amend your booking before 12 pm on the day before the test date.


      5. Can I make a few booking together?

      No, you are only allowed to make 1 booking at any one time. You can make your next booking after the test date you have booked. 

       

       

      FitnessXchange has all the information you need to excel in your daily exercise regimes and IPPT/NAPFA. Get tips from the training guides to boost any aspect that you may be weak in and keep your BMI in check. You can also look up the timetables of FCC and SAFRA gyms if you plan to start an exercise routine. Step up on that healthy lifestyle with FitnessXchange!

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    • Please use the information to get in touch and find out how to reach us.

          Army Recruitment Centre

          3 Depot Road #01-66
          Singapore 109680

          HOTLINE

          1800 - OUR ARMY (687 2769)

          MRT / buses

          Queenstown MRT Station
          Redhill MRT Station
          57, 145, 175, 195, 272, 273, 408

          Edited by eac 14 Apr `15, 8:05PM
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        • NATIONAL SERVICEMAN'S DEATH

          Dead soldier's family sues Singapore Armed Forces, two officers

          Suit accuses SAF of failing to provide safe and conducive training environment

           
          By K C Vijayan Senior Law Correspondent
           

          The family of a national serviceman who died in 2012 after an allergic reaction to smoke grenades is suing the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) for allegedly failing to provide a safe training environment.

          Private Dominique Sarron Lee's platoon commander and the exercise's chief safety officer are also being sued for negligence.

          The suit has been filed in the High Court, where claims exceed $250,000. The damages being sought include $34,300 for Pte Lee's tombstone.

          The 21-year-old suffered breathing difficulties and passed out during the exercise in Lim Chu Kang in April 2012, which involved the use of six smoke grenades.

          The former track athlete from the Singapore Sports School was evacuated to Sungei Gedong Medical Centre before being warded at National University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at about 2pm the same day.

          A coroner's inquiry in August 2013 found that he had died from an acute allergic reaction to zinc chloride, a key compound used in smoke grenades.

          The coroner also agreed with the findings of an independent Committee of Inquiry in 2012 which said that the number of smoke grenades used in the exercise exceeded the limit of two specified in safety regulations.

          State Coroner Imran Abdul Hamid also pointed out that Pte Lee had "underplayed and underdeclared" his asthma history during a pre-enlistment medical check-up, in which he failed to mention his latest attack.

          The plaintiff in the suit, filed by lawyer Irving Choh, has been listed as the estate of Pte Lee.

          His parents are divorced.

          According to the court papers, Captain Najib Hanuk Muhamad Jalal, then the platoon commander in the 3rd Battalion Singapore Infantry Regiment to which Pte Lee was attached, and chief safety officer Captain Chia Thye Siong allegedly contributed to the death of Pte Lee.

          It is claimed that the officers were duty-bound to ensure that only the maximum number of smoke grenades allowed under safety regulations were detonated.

          It is also alleged that Capt Najib failed to bear in mind Pte Lee's asthmatic condition, which made him more predisposed to suffering an adverse reaction from the smoke.

          Pte Lee, who was diagnosed with asthma prior to enlisting in November 2011, had to wear a blue band around his wrist to indicate his condition.

          Capt Najib's lawyer R.S. Bajwa has filed a notice of appearance in court to address the case.

          Lawyer Laurence Goh Eng Yau is defending Capt Chia.

          The Attorney-General is named as a party in the suit, to defend the SAF.

          According to the suit, the SAF had a duty to provide a safe and conducive environment for Pte Lee to train in.

          This includes providing adequate protective gear for national servicemen during exercises that involve the detonation of smoke grenades.

          Among other things, it is claimed that the SAF failed to provide a sufficient system of checks to ensure compliance with regulations, such as the number of grenades which can be used.

          In the wake of the incident, SAF tightened its safety checks, including having more safety officers on the ground, and set up an Army Safety Review Board to examine the army's overall safety structure, processes and culture.

          An Attorney-General's Chambers spokesman told The Sunday Times that it has "filed an appearance in the action and is presently assessing the matter". A pre-trial conference is due next month.

          [email protected]

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        • Within combat-fit PES A or B range.

           

          For Commando Vocational Assessment (VA) Selection Test, to be on the waiting list/  shortlist, please voluntary self express interest at CMPB customer service counters on the CMPB medical checkup day itself.

          Please self express interest at the CMPB customer service reception counter for CDO/ NDU vocational assessment selection test. 


          Vocational Assessment

          Upon completion of your pre-enlistment medical screening, you will be required to go through Vocational Assessment at the Vocational Assessment Centre (VAC). This is done using a battery of tests called the Manpower Aptitude Assessment System (MAPAS) to assess your mental abilities. This is so that we can maximize our limited manpower by putting people where their abilities can be best used.

          Your Vocational Assessment scores will affect important decisions, which include assignment to a vocation and selection to be a commander (Officer, Specialist).

          Therefore, you should put in as much effort as possible to do the tests well and accurately, as this will not only help the nation maximize it's limited manpower, but also help us place you into vocations that will make good use of your abilities.

          Click here for more information on the MAPAS tests and how to be prepared.

          Edited by eac 11 Apr `15, 11:39PM
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        • Source: www.sgdi.gov.sg

           

          Unhappy with NS services, please feel free to email your valuable feedback/ complaint to: 

          Dr NG Eng Hen
          Minister for Defence
          [email protected]

          OR

          SLTC KOH Chia Chee
          Commander of Central Manpower Base (CMPB)
          [email protected]

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        • Source: www.sgdi.gov.sg

           

          Unhappy with NS services, please feel free to email your valuable feedback/ complaint to: 

          Dr NG Eng Hen
          Minister for Defence
          [email protected]

          OR

          SLTC KOH Chia Chee
          Commander of Central Manpower Base (CMPB)
          [email protected]

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        • Source: mindef.gov.sg/content/imindef/mindef_websites/atozlistings/safband/home.html

          Contact Info

          General Enquiries
          Singapore Armed Forces Bands Headquarters
          565 Transit Road, Singapore 778911
          Tel : 6477 2795 / 2517
          Fax : 6477 2797
             
          Officer-In-Charge
          ME5 TNG Liat Peng Philip
          Senior Director of Music
          Email : [email protected]
          Tel : 6477 2517

          ME4 TAN Aik Kee Ken Steven
          Manpower Officer (Recruitment)
          Email : [email protected]
          Tel : 6477 2823

          ME2 LIM Yik Chin Jonathan
          Public Relations
          Email : [email protected]
          Tel : 6477 2829

          ME1 CHNG Tze Loon Shannon
          Webmaster
          Email : [email protected]
          Tel : 6477 2576

          Edited by eac 05 Apr `15, 11:07PM
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        • Source: www.sgdi.gov.sg

           

          To be in the 1st priority lane (包吃), if you got big balls, you are jolly well welcome to email to the big boss with your name and NRIC for value-added, double-confirm express chop + guarantee + warranty:

          Dr NG Eng Hen
          Minister for Defence
          [email protected]

          OR

          SLTC KOH Chia Chee
          Commander of Central Manpower Base (CMPB)
          [email protected]

          Edited by eac 03 Apr `15, 11:02AM
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        • Please call the 24/7 NS hotline at 1800-3676767 to speak to a customer service officer.

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          Source: http://iprep.ns.sg/faqs.html

           

          How are full-time National Servicemen assigned to the Uniformed Services (SAF/SPF/SCDF)?

          The assignment of NSFs to the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) is based on numerous considerations such as the operational and manpower requirements of the Uniformed Services, as well as, factors such as the educational qualifications and medical fitness.

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        • Notes: The information provided in this website are general guidelines. For further details, you may wish to contact the NS Call Centre at [email protected] or Tel: 1800-3676767 (eNSNSNS).

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          Source:
          www.mindef.gov.sg/imindef/mindef_websites/atozlistings/army/About_BMT.html

           



          Types of Basic Military Training


          PES A/B1 BMT
          This 9-week programme trains combat-fit recruits in the basic military skills to prepare them for advanced vocational training. The programme includes weapon training with the SAR 21 rifle which will teach recruits technical handling and marksmanship skills; a Battle Inoculation Course that simulates a real battlefield; a Field Camp which develops basic survival skills; progressive training to complete a 24-km route march which builds combat fitness and endurance; and hand grenade training.
          For those who fail to achieve the NAPFA test silver award, they are required to undergo an 8-week Physical Training Phase (PTP) prior to the PES A/B1 BMT.
           
          PES BP BMT
          As evidence has shown that obese recruits are able to achieve optimum fitness levels and weight loss in about 19 weeks, the new BMT programme for recruits with Body Mass Index (BMI) scores exceeding 27.0 will be 19 weeks. This BMT programme is designed to help obese recruits improve their physical fitness progressively while equipping them with basic soldiering skills and knowledge.


          PES B2 BMT
          Enlistees who were PES C1 previously underwent a 7-week BMT programme. The new 9-week PES B2 BMT programme will be conducted for recruits who are medically fit for deployment in selected combat and combat support vocations, such as signal operators, combat medics and naval system operators. These recruits will be given a new medical classification of PES B2, in place of the existing PES C1 classification. This is to ensure that the medical classification of our soldiers is consistent with their deployment. The new 9-week programme will include customised physical training, as well as basic combat training to prepare them for their combat and combat support roles.
           
          PES C BMT
          The 9-week BMT programme will be conducted for PES C recruits. This programme will include light physical training and vocational training to prepare them for combat service support vocations, such as service medic, and those related to logistics and administration.
           
          PES E BMT
          The 4-week BMT programme will be conducted for PES E recruits. This programme will focus on, vocational training as well as National Education, SAF core values, regimentation and discipline to prepare recruits for combat service support vocations.

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        • Source: http://iprep.ns.sg/

           

          Enlistment schedule

          Pre-enlistees will be required to complete pre-enlistment procedures and medical screening before they are scheduled for enlistment.

          They will be scheduled for enlistment into the respective enlistment intakes based on numerous considerations such as the medical & physical fitness and educational qualifications of the individual, as well as the manpower and operational requirements of the various intakes.

          In general, pre-enlistees from the same 'A' level/International Baccalaureate (IB) or polytechnic cohort are enlisted over two intakes due to capacity constraints at the NS training schools. For example, 'A' level/ IB holders who graduate in Nov/Dec are typically enlisted in the Dec and Mar quarterly intakes. Polytechnic diploma holders who graduate in Mar/Apr are typically enlisted in the Jun and Sep quarterly intakes. ITE certificate holders and pre-enlistees with other qualifications are enlisted throughout the year.

          Pre-enlistees can only be assigned to an enlistment intake after being certified medically fit for enlistment at the pre-enlistment medical screening. Pre-enlistees will receive Enlistment Notices to notify them of their enlistment date about 2 months before their scheduled enlistment.

          If you have queries regarding your enlistment date or the enlistment schedule, please call 1800-eNSNSNS (1800-367 6767) for assistance.

           

          Post-BMT Training

          After completing their BMT, servicemen who have performed well and are assessed to possess leadership qualitites will be sent to either Officer Cadet School (OCS) or Specialist Cadet School (SCS) to be trained as commanders.

          Find out more:
          Officer Cadet School (OCS)
          Specialist Cadet School (SCS)

          Edited by eac 03 Apr `15, 10:55AM
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        • Booking non-ICT IPPT/RT/IPT is simple, easy, fast and convenient. Do it:-

          • Online at: www.ns.sg
          • By phone: 1800-eNSNSNS (or 1800 - 3676767)
          • Download the iOS apps "MyIPPT" at Apple Apps Store

          You can also cancel or amend your bookings using the above three easy/ simple ways.

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        • Refer to with further details and examples:

          ns.sg/cs/content/eServices/mindef/NSmen%20Payments%20(nspay)/FAQs/c-mf_nspay_faq_policies-self-employed.html

           

           

           

           

          a. What are the 3 options for a self-employed NSman to claim Make-Up Pay?

          The NSman should choose the option that suits him best for the particular training. An option once made for a particular training is irrevocable.

          Option 1: Income Tax Option

          • NSman's monthly income would be based on the Trade Income shown in the Income Tax Notice of Assessment (NA) for the year of NS training.
          • Since the trade income for the year of training would not be available at the time of submission of the claim, a provisional payment would be made based on the latest available trade/self-employment income. An adjustment would be made when the trade income for the year of NS training is available.
          • The adjustment may result in either an arrears or an overpayment which will be recovered from you. If there is any outstanding claim, the overpayment will be offset before paying the second claim.
          • The trade income for the provisional payment and subsequent adjustment will be obtained directly from IRAS for claimants using this option.

          Note: NSmen opting for their make-up pay to be computed based on the Income Tax Option should take note that the option does not automatically apply to their subsequent NS trainings. A new claim has to be submitted for every training.

          Option 2: Average Income Option

          • NSman's monthly income would be based on the average net self-employment income earned in the 6 months immediately before the NS training.


          Option 3: Replacement Option

          • For NSmen who are doctors or drivers, they can claim the replacement fees incurred as a result of engaging a locum doctor or relief driver to cover their duties during their absence.


          Note: Replacement fee is claimable only if clinic / business is in operation during NS training and the claim is submitted at least 2 weeks before the commencement of NS training.

           

           

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        • The Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corps (SAFVC) has enlisted its first batch of volunteers – comprising 68 Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PRs) – on Tuesday (Mar 24), with an aim to deploy them alongside active servicemen from September onwards.

          The volunteers were among those selected from about 900 applicants who signed up for the volunteer corps, set up last October to allow more citizens and PRs the opportunity to contribute to national defence.

          Since then, the SAFVC has interviewed applicants and conducted checks to assess their suitability.

          Speaking to the press at Maju Camp, SAFVC commander Colonel Mike Tan said the response to the volunteer corps “has been heartening”. There were even some over-aged applicants who turned up in person for interviews and the SAFVC had to turn them away, he said.

          The age criteria for SAFVC is between 18 and 45 years old.

          “Among the more than 900 applications received, 85 per cent were eligible and we have since identified some 150 volunteers for the 2015 cohort,” said COL Tan.

          This cohort will begin their training in three intakes on Mar 24, Apr 11 and Jun 15, he said. For the remaining eligible applicants, the SAFVC will continue with various other checks, he added.

          Across all three intakes this year, slightly more than half (51 per cent) are Singapore citizens, while PRs make up the rest. Four in 10 are women and those aged between 30 to 40 make up a slight majority.

          One in three are aged below 30, and one in 10 volunteers are above 40.

          Volunteers want to serve for various reasons, said the SAFVC. It includes a desire to repay society and country, set an example for their children who will need to serve National Service, and interest in military life, said SAFVC officers who interviewed them.

          The applicants also believed that joining the SAFVC will help them feel more rooted to their new home, and better identify and integrate with Singaporean males, they added.

          On Tuesday, the newly enlisted SAF volunteers (SV) pledged their commitment and loyalty to the SAF by taking an oath of allegiance at Maju Camp, where the volunteer corps is based. Among them is Dr Janil Puthucheary, Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, who became a Singapore citizen at the age of 35.

          The SVs will undergo two weeks of basic training – a continuous one where trainees stay and live inside the camp for the duration. The third intake will also undergo continuous training.

          The second intake, however, will undergo training from Apr 11 to Jun 14 in a “modular” fashion, where lessons are provided on weekends instead of weekdays. Trainees who opt for this usually do so because of work and family commitments.

          During the first two weeks of basic training, SVs will be taught how to fire the SAR 21 rifle, overcome the standard obstacle course, and undergo a two-day field camp, among various military skills. If required, SVs will also undergo one week of Qualification Training and one week of Advanced Training to prepare them for their specific roles.

          Addressing newly enlisted volunteers on Tuesday, COL Tan commended them for stepping forward to play their part in national defence and highlighted that this was an important commitment.

          “By stepping forward to volunteer, you are making a commitment to serve alongside our servicemen and servicewomen to ensure the continued peace and security of Singapore,” he said “You have made the all important decision to give your time and commitment, out of your own volition, to serve the nation and the people who live here.”

          Most, specifically 67 per cent, of the volunteers in the first intake will be trained as security troopers, guarding key installations across Singapore alongside active servicemen and reservists.

          The rest will serve in specialised roles. Volunteers serving as information and media staff make up the second-largest group (13 per cent), while a handful of volunteers will become medical trainers, maritime trainers, defence psychologists, bridge watchkeepers and deck operators.

          A small group, or 2 per cent, will serve as experts of command, control, communications and computers (C4).

          -TODAY/kk