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SMU and SAF Deepen Ties with Partnership on Continuing Education

In January this year, the Singapore Management University (SMU) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) officiated a partnership whereby SMU will sponsor up to 20 postgraduate scholarships per year for retiring SAF personnel, for a period of three years, through the SMU Warriors Scholarship programme. The scholarships, which are multi-disciplinary and cover up to 18 postgraduate programmes at the University, are bond-free. 14 scholarships have been awarded to date.

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THE INTERNET THINKS MINDEF’S BALLOON RADAR IS A CONSPIRACY AGAINST SINGAPOREANS

MINDEF has just announced that it is launching the Aerostat System – a tethered balloon radar capable of detecting threats up to 200km from Singapore – next year. The helium-based Aerostat System will potentially cut surveillance costs by up to $29 million annually. That makes sense given that the balloon radar can be up in the air 24/7 a year at the cost of helium refills. The alternative which is flying Gulfstream planes 24/7 would result in massive fuel and manpower costs.

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LIFT-OFF FOR BALLOON RADAR TO WATCH OVER SINGAPORE

A giant helium-filled balloon will float above Singapore from early next year to watch over the Republic's skies and shores day and night. Known as an aerostat, the balloon will be tethered to the ground and house a surveillance radar that can spot hostile aerial and sea threats from as far as 200km away. These include straying civilian light aircraft, small boats and even mobile missile launchers.

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FORMER PES E SOLDIER IS NOW A COMBAT FIT COMMISSIONED OFFICER

Enlisted with a PES status of E9L9 due to medical conditions, he was posted to HQ 6 DIV as a Supply Assistant. “It was not what I really expected from the Army”, he mentioned about his initial posting. “I always thought that the Army was about physical training.” However, during his appointment as the 2nd In Command for stock taking, he understood that everybody in the army has an important role to play.

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I VOLUNTEERED FOR SAF VOLUNTEER CORPS

Okay first, calm down. Set your hard feelings aside. I know it’s hard to, and you might say I’ve never been through NS so I don’t know shit and should keep my mouth shut. Singapore is a small country, and we need an army to defend ourselves should we ever be at war, but with such a small population it would be hard to make up the numbers needed to form an army big enough that we wouldn’t be pushed over by the enemy. I know all guys give up 2 years of their life just to serve and defend us, and still have to be subject to reservist call-ups even after they ORD, and I truly respect all your determination and willpower that is needed to go through and serve NS.

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OVER 200 APPLY FOR SAF VOLUNTEER CORPS

Volunteers can choose to serve in wide-ranging fields, from operational deployments such as Auxiliary Security Trooper and Bridge Watchkeeper, to professional roles such as legal specialist staff and doctors — alongside regular soldiers in active units. They can switch roles during their stint and there is no minimum period of service. They are expected to be called up seven days a year.

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