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SAF adds 'safety' to its list of core values

Published on Apr 16, 2013 11:54 AM
 
Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Day parade, held on 1 July 2012 at the Safti Military Institute. Soldiers in the Singapore military will have to pledge to uphold "safety" as one of their core values in a move introduced following a spate of deadly training accidents. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SOLDIERS in the Singapore military will have to pledge to uphold "safety" as one of their core values in a move introduced following a spate of deadly training accidents.

The change comes amid other measures designed to deal with the problem, such as an increase in the number of full-time safety officers sent to ground units.

Troops already have to pledge every day to uphold seven attributes - loyalty to country; leadership; discipline; professionalism; ethics; fighting spirit; care for soldiers. "Safety" has now been added to the list. The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) yesterday confirmed the move, which represents the first change to the core values since they were introduced in 1996.

Brigadier-General Mark Tan Ming Yiak, the SAF's Chief of Staff-Joint Staff, said top brass had been discussing whether to include staying safe as a core value over the past few years. "We have recently decided to do so to better reflect our continued emphasis on safety and to further strengthen the SAF's safety culture," he told The Straits Times.

 
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