Tag: Singapore Armed Forces

Planned state-of-the-art SAF training facility will replicate Singapore’s streets

Singapore—The Ministry of Defence announced a plan to develop a new smart training facility for the armed forces. The training area will feature replicas of Singapore's streets and commercial areas, battle simulators, targets that are simulated to shoot back, as well as capacities for...

Rogue drone sightings at Changi Airport cause 37 flights to be delayed

Singapore – On June 18 and 19, within a ten-hour period, about 37 scheduled flights were delayed due to unauthorised drones flying within the vicinity of Changi Airport. According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), there were “confirmed sightings of unauthorised drone flying”...

First batch of SAF army recruits graduate after lifting of safety time-out

Singapore—After finishing a 12-kilometer march, the Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF) latest recruits graduated on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Some 3,500 soldiers from the Basic Military Training Centre attended the parade at the Marina Bay floating platform. The recruits did not take the longer, customary 24-kilometer...

Man’s lone fight to deal with Asperger’s Syndrome during NS

Private Ganesh failed. Luckily I survived. The Tekong sun fired the world in all-consuming white. Boots dug into unyielding asphalt in imperfect synchrony, becoming demolition crews swinging hammers and hoes in my head. My skin crackled into coarse yellow sandpaper, tearing at muscles and nerves. Men...

Series on schizophrenia 4: What happens in the military

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in Parliament yesterday that NS men with mental health disorders are monitored during their two-year stint. If there are doubts about an NSman’s safety, or his capabilities, he will be reassessed by psychiatrists. He may then be redeployed to...

Another blow for suicide NS man’s family

There will be no insurance payout for Ganesh Pillay, the national serviceman who committed suicide last year after his officers didn’t pay enough attention to the young’s mental illness. This is because the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Group Term Life insurance, which is bought by...

Let my brother’s death be the last, says sister of dead NS man

He used to draw for her, but not anymore. He was her first best friend, but now only his pictures remain in her room. Shalini (she did not want to give her real name) is the sister of Ganesh Pillay, the 22-year-old national serviceman who...