307 SAF officers commissioned after rigorous training in Officer Cadet School
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Be a guide, friend and mentor -- that is what 307 new SAF Officers were told to do for the men they will lead, after nearly 10 months of rigorous training at the Officer Cadet School.
SINGAPORE: Be a guide, friend and mentor -- that is what 307 new SAF Officers were told to do for the men they will lead.
National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said this at their commissioning on Saturday, which took place after they underwent nearly 10 months of rigorous training at the Officer Cadet School.
Among them is Second Lieutenant Muhammad Idris Sadli, who lost his mother to cancer just two months after being enlisted to the cadet school.
Shortly after, his younger brother died from leukaemia.
Second Lieutenant Muhammad Idris, an infantry officer, said: "My dad will always tell me that my mum will be very proud of me if I just carry on with where I'm going."
Second Lieutenant Silas Neo had trained to be a pilot, but did not make the cut.
The 23-year-old then opted to become a weapons systems officer, but was again unsuccessful.
But with the support of his family, he is now Overall Best Trainee, and will join the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF)'s radar systems team.
Second Lieutenant Neo, C3 Radar, RSAF, said: "I had to put in more effort in whatever I did, so I guess all my effort paid off.
"I guess the Best Trainee was just a bonus for me because I gained a lot more through this journey, you know like my personal values, and I could be a better leader."
Second Lieutenant Loh Ying, meanwhile, stood out from the crowd as one of three women officers in the cohort.
The Mass Communications graduate was awarded Best in Physical Training in her vocation.
Second Lieutenant Loh Ying, an artillery officer, said: "In the army, a lot of different people come together, from different backgrounds, so everybody brings a fresh, new perspective.
“It doesn't mean that just because you're a woman, you bring a certain kind of perspective."
National Development Minister Khaw urged the officers to be good role models for National Service recruits.
Mr Khaw said: "Many of them have grown up in a period of relative peace and stability and may not understand why we need a strong defence and NS.
“As their commander, help them find their commitment to NS. Instil in them the belief that they can play a part in defending our home and our way of life."
Mr Khaw also told the officers that the strength of the SAF lies in its people.