Updated: 03/06/2014 23:39

Proposed SAF Volunteer Corps could be open to specialists



Proposed SAF Volunteer Corps could be open to specialists

Second Defence Minister Chan Chun Sing, says volunteers with expertise in areas such as healthcare, psychology and communications could be given opportunities to serve in their specialist areas in the proposed Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Volunteer Corps. 

Revealing to Parliament more details of the proposed Corps, Mr Chan added that volunteers who wish to serve in other military functions, such as protecting and controlling access to installations in Singapore, could be trained for these roles too. 

The Defence Ministry will also look into developing basic modules to teach relevant basic military skills and values to volunteers. 

"Specific training will then be conducted according to needs. In order for meaningful contributions to be made, volunteers could commit to performing various operational duties for a certain period of time." 

Mr Chan was speaking during the Committee of Supply debate. 

His comments followed months of public engagement by the Committee to Strengthen National Service or CSNS. 

At several focus group discussions, women, new citizens and Permanent Residents have expressed their desire to contribute more to national defence as volunteers.

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