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Year 2015: Girlfriends & Newly-Minted Residents to Defend Key Singapore Installations

First generation Permanent Residents, New Citizens and women will soon get a shot at serving in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).


From the middle of next year, they can join the SAF Volunteer Corps, which will see them taking up supporting roles in the armed forces.


This was announced by the Community to Strengthen National Service (CSNS), which is headed by senior Singapore officials Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, and Chan Chun Sing, the Second Defence Minister & Minister for Social and Family Development.


The volunteers will be put through either the Operations or Specialist tracks.


Under the Operations track, they are trained and deployed in island defence tasks like the protection of installations like Jurong Island and Changi Airport.


Under the Specialist track, they will handle tasks within the legal, psychology, information, medical and engineering fields.


Volunteers with the SAF volunteer corps will go through a four-week basic volunteer course, where they will learn basic military skills and values.


Thereafter, they will serve for between one and two weeks each year, for a minimum of three years


Minister Chan Chun Sing said, “They don’t have to do it but because if they come forward, it is a testimony to their commitment to this nation, because they want to.”


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