Originally posted by ngsl86:
Oh really? I think that our neighbours's army are much larger than us.
It is not the size of the army that counts.
It is the quality of the training first, the commitment behind the training, and the quality of the maintenance of the equipment that counts.
You can have the most advance and highest technology equipment that money can buy, but if the soldier is not committed to his training, and goofed around without keeping the equipment in a high state of readiness, the entire military set up is just a show piece good only for parades.
Israel had to contend with the might of all the Arab countries around her, and the total population of all the countries around Israel overwhelm Israel by 10 to 1.
The military opposition that Israel had to face is of similar ratio.
During the Yom Kippur war, Israel was caught by surprise, and suffered a severe INITIAL military set back, losing territory that it occupied, and losing large numbers of life and equipment in the first three days of the Yom Kippur War.
It was the basic training of the individual Israeli soldiers that allowed the brilliant plans of their Military Leaders to be put into effect, which resulted in the rolling back of the advances that the armies of Egypt and Syria had made in the opening gambit of the war that they initiated.
Although, the Singapore Armed Forces have not experienced combat in any real life war scenarios, the high tempo of training that the SAF conduct throughout the NSF men's military life (from 18 years to 40-50 years) will give the NSF Men "the experience" to CONDUCT War - when called upon to do so.
If you want to test how hot the flame of a candle is, place your hand as close to the flame, and for as long, as you dare.