SINGAPORE: A total of 425 officer cadets of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) were commissioned as officers on Saturday (Dec 17). It is the culmination of 38 weeks of rigorous training at the Officer Cadet School.
The commissioning parade at the SAFTI Military Institute was reviewed by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.
In his speech, he noted the unconventional security challenges of today, such as extremist ideologies, terrorism, piracy and pandemics. "In particular, terrorism as a menace is clear and present in Singapore. Perpetrators have proven capable of executing attacks anywhere, anytime, and even under heightened security," said Dr Tan.
Against this backdrop, he reminded the officer cadets to remain vigilant and alert to protect loved ones.
"It is a daunting task, but you will have the support of decades of foresight, preparation and wisdom of leaders who have walked before you," said the President.
He encouraged the newly minted officers to be good role models as they take on leadership roles and to be the inspiration for future leaders and soldiers of the SAF. "Defence is a mantle that we must pass down from generation to generation, to ensure that Singapore’s future is secure and prosperous," he said.