Posted: 26 Jun 2014, 2030 hours (GMT +8)
1,044 Graduate as SAF Specialists
Minister of State, Ministry of National Development, Mr Desmond Lee reviewed the 19th Specialist Cadet Graduation Parade at Pasir Laba Camp this evening. A total of 1,044 Specialist Cadets (SCTs) from the Singapore Army and the Republic of Singapore Air Force graduated as specialists of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).
Addressing the graduands at the parade, Mr Lee highlighted the expanding threats to the nation’s security. He said, “Security challenges our region faces today are also increasingly transnational and non-traditional, ranging from terrorism, counter-proliferation, natural disasters and biological pandemics. In such an uncertain environment, having a strong and credible defence allows us to steer a steady course.” Mr Lee also spoke about the recommendations the Committee to Strengthen National Service made to increase recognition and expand community support for Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSmen).
The graduation parade marked the completion of the 22-week Specialist Cadet Course, where the SCTs underwent rigorous and realistic training to develop leadership and combat skills, and deepen their understanding of the other vocations in the SAF. Present at the parade were friends and families of the graduands and senior SAF officers.