Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corps can start applying from this Monday. The new SAF Volunteer Corps has the target to recruit from 100 to 150 people in its first year, with the first batch to be drafted in March of 2015. It is for those not required to do National Service but are willing to contribute to the country’s national defence.
According to Channel News Asia, the scheme is open to female Singaporeans, first generation permanent residents, and new citizens – between 18 and 45 years old. Applicants will undergo a medical screening and interview to assess if they have the right attitude for military service. Colonel Mike Tan, Commander of SAF Volunteer Corps, said: “National Service remains the cornerstone of Singapore’s national defence and everyone has a part to play to support this. The SAFVC is an important commitment for individuals who are willing to take a step forward to be trained in roles that support the SAF and do their part for national defence.”
The Volunteer Corps was one of 30 recommendations made by the Committee to Strengthen National Service (CSNS) earlier this year. Colonel Mike Tan said: “‘Re-roling’ is possible. Somebody wishing to be a security trooper at first may find later that he or she is more suited to be in the business of information. We have facilitated this (role switching) as part of the SAFVC scheme.”
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