Is it possible to sign on to SAF after receiving the enlistment letter and do it before the enlistment date?
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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.
NS has been the cornerstone of our nation’s defence and security since independence. Our national servicemen form the backbone of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) that keep Singapore safe and secure.
To date, more than 900,000 male Singaporeans have served NS and journeyed through this rite of passage. For many, this defining experience bonds servicemen from different backgrounds and across generations.
The need for NS became clear when Singapore gained independence in 1965. It would not have been possible to raise a regular force of a sufficient size to protect this island state given our small population. On 21 February 1967, then Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew announced the introduction of full-time NS. Conscription began with 900 of 9,000 eligible conscripts enlisting for full-time NS, while the rest served part-time in the People’s Defence Force, the Vigilante Corps and the Special Constabulary. Full-time NS was extended to the SPF and SCDF in 1975 and 1981 respectively.
For over 47 years, NS has evolved into a national institution that is well accepted and a part of our way of life.
When NS was introduced, officers served three years and other ranks served two years, followed by ten years of reserve service. In 1971, the length of service was changed to two-and-a-half years for servicemen holding the rank of corporal and above. In 1983, the reservist training cycle was extended from 10 to 13 years, to meet operational needs.
In 2005, arising from improvements in training and technology, the duration of full-time NS was reduced from two-and-a-half years to two years. The Operationally Ready National Service (ORNS) duration was shortened to ten years in 2006. (ORNS replaced the term “reservist” in 1994 to better signify the operational roles and readiness of our main fighting force.)
The roles of national servicemen have changed over time. Our first few batches of enlistees were trained in infantry battalions. Enlistees also started joining the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) in 1969 and 1970 respectively. In 1975, the first intake of full-time Police National Servicemen was enlisted and deployed for peacetime and emergency functions, such as crime prevention patrols and protection of key installations, and preparation and training for national emergencies and disasters. The SCDF enlisted its first intake of NSFs in 1981 to provide emergency services to the nation during peacetime and crises.
Since then, our servicemen’s roles have expanded. They are now trained for a wide spectrum of operations. In the SAF, our servicemen are trained to fight within units that have to operate in a decentralised manner and in urban terrain. They are also technologically savvy, and able to operate sophisticated equipment. This will enable the SAF to achieve mission success decisively and efficiently.
Beyond protecting Singapore from armed conflicts, our servicemen are now involved in countering terrorism, dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters and tackling health epidemics. For instance, our NSFs and NSmen from the SAF and the Home Team aided relief efforts in Indonesia and Thailand in the wake of the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, working shoulder to shoulder with our regular forces. Our SCDF NSmen have participated in a total of nine relief missions in the Asia-Pacific region, as part of Operation Lionheart. Back home, our SAF NSFs contributed to detection, contact tracing and quarantine management efforts during the SARS crisis in 2003. SAF medics were also deployed at Changi Airport to augment efforts to screen air travellers.
The changing roles of our servicemen reflect the need for NS to evolve and keep pace with the changes in our society as well as our threat environment. This is necessary if NS is to remain relevant.
NS, as the bedrock of our fighting force and national security, remains critical for Singapore’s continued survival and success. A strong defence underpins the peace and prosperity we enjoy, by safeguarding Singapore’s independence and sovereignty, as well as providing us with the political space and freedom to act in Singaporeans’ best interests.
The turbulence and instability in our regional security environment in recent years underscore the continued importance of defence for this generation. Countries have become increasingly assertive over the maritime and territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas. Tensions in Northeast Asia in particular have risen, as overlapping claims intersect with historical animosities, domestic nationalism and changing power dynamics. We also have to contend with non-traditional threats such as terrorism, piracy, natural disasters and health epidemics. These unpredictable threats are complex, with no easy solutions.
A Strong NS Training System
More Opportunities for National Servicemen to Contribute
The Vocational Assessment Centre (VAC) conducts 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.
What are the tests like
We use different sub-tests to measure different types of mental ability. Some of the mental abilities that we measure include memory, speed of responding, abstract reasoning, following complex instructions, solving mathematical problems, mental spatial ability, and psycho-motor skills. Please click on the following links to try out some of these tests.
a) Word analogies
b) Number reasoning
c) Picture reasoning
All the sub-tests are computer administered. Most of the sub-tests will present a problem or question on the screen and you will need to respond accordingly. Some sub-tests however, measure speed or hand-eye co-ordination and may look like simple computer games.
How long is the test at VAC
Since we have to be as accurate as possible, we need to measure as wide a range of your abilities as is possible. Thus, the testing will require about 2 to 2 1/2 hours of your time.
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