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JOBS IN SECURITY

When First Warrant Officer A retired from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) after decades serving the military, he decided to stay with the organisation he had grown to love by signing a fresh contract as a civilian Unit Safety Officer. For all his years of experience and dedication serving the SAF, he saw his pay slashed by some 30 per cent after his pay was realigned with his new job scope. Warrant Officer A should count himself lucky. From what we are told, this Warrant Officer's experience isn't unique. Some SAF officers who moved from a combat vocation to a civilian desk job in the SAF saw their pay plummet by 50 per cent.

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Time to overhaul Singapore’s national security policies

I didn't cherry-pick the best ones, I just did a couple of full screen grabs. They majority of readers (as voted by other readers) do understand the importance of defence and the need for national service. "Fortunately, the majority of our people understand that although this swan is beautiful and swimming gracefully on the water surface, its pair of legs are paddling and kicking very, very hard, non stop, so that it is able to maintain it balance, composure and gracefulness. " Everyone likes to feel appreciated, even your soldiers in uniform and even the NSF and NSmen. It is great to know that the public does understand the importance of what we do, and that NSmen are coming forward to speak up for it. It gives me that extra motivation to go to work in the morning :)

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Image, Identity and Talking Cock in the SAF

I overheard some young officers expressing their frustration at how older officers mangle the English language by their insistence on misusing words, or making up their own words. "Why do they keep using words like delayering or invidious or spiral", the youngsters lamented. I experienced such a strong sense of deja vu, to my early years in the SAF, and I thought, I've been there. My own personal list of pet peeves includes words like revert, agnostic, irregardless and operationalise. I felt so strongly about it that I actually wrote an essay on this, almost a decade ago. (Well, we were all forced to write essays anyway, so I figured I might as well write something I felt passionate about. This also explains the formal language used.) And I figured this is the best way to share it with them, and others.

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SINGAPORE IS THE WORLD’S FIFTH LARGEST ARMS IMPORTER – CNBC

Singapore, one of Asia's smallest countries thinks big when it comes to defense. Between 2008 and 2012 the city-state, with a population of just 5.3 million, was the world's fifth-largest arms importer, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The wealthy Southeast Asian country consistently allocates about 20 percent of national spending to defense, analysts say. Ever since an acrimonious split with larger neighbor Malaysia in 1965, Singapore has placed a strong emphasis on the military. That's likely to remain the case for some time given regional tensions, increased military spending by neighbors and the threats posed by piracy and terrorism, experts add.

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MAJOR REVIEW OF NATIONAL SERVICE IS NEEDED

National Service (NS) came into being after the National Service (Amendment) act was passed in Parliament on 14 March 1967. NS has often been touted as a “rites of passage” when boys become real men. However, many feel that amongst national “sacred cows”, this is one that deserves a serious look.

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A GIRLFRIEND’S EXPERIENCE WITH NS AND RESERVISTS

The second year of his NS stint, I was back and I’d started working. We had dates on the weekend and some times on the week days. It was nice, except for the part where he complains about the NS stuff. I didn’t understand why he was so pissed off at doing NS but since I wasn’t the one in his shoes, I just kept my mouth shut. Because the then-boyfriend hate NS, I thought that all men had the same thought. Until I met Dude. Dude enjoyed his NS. He had fun and didn’t regret any part of it. It was refreshing to hear someone who said that it was his duty to serve the country, instead of how much he hated NS and wished that the government would abolish it.

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