SINGAPORE: A total of 106 Presidential Aides de Camp (ADC) received their appointments from President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Thursday.
They include three full—time ADCs and 103 honorary ADCs. Honorary ADCs assist the full—time ADCs in the discharge of their duties to the President.
An Aide de Camp is a French term, meaning ’camp or field assistant’. They serve as a personal assistant to the President, attending to his general administration, security and social needs.
Responsibilities include coordinating events involving the President or serving as liaison officers to VIPs.
The ADC was originally a military assistant in the field to a sovereign, chief of state, or general. They transmitted orders and supervised operations in the name of their commander, and even exercised delegated authority on occasions.
In modern day, the ADC is an officer of the armed forces who serves as a personal assistant to the head of state, general, admiral, or other high—ranking commanders.
In Singapore, only the President has ADCs. They are men and women from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the Police Force and the Civil Defence Force.
This year’s appointments also featured a married couple from the SAF and Police Force. Captain Chee Hong Yi and ASP Foo Jit Choon, both 29, said they are honoured to serve "the highest office in the land".
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