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New SAF scheme for NSmen to lend their professional expertise to the military

Published on Jun 30, 2014 6:00 PM
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has launched a new scheme to recruit more Military Experts into its ranks. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has launched a new scheme to tap on the professional know-how of operationally-ready servicemen (NSmen) in areas such as law, medicine, engineering and psychology.

Called the Expertise Conversion Scheme, it will allow them to undergo further training, and convert to Military Experts - a military track taken by experts in a given field, such as engineering or first aid. They may also have to serve a longer period of NS as a result.

"With the need to conduct a full spectrum of operations, the SAF is seeking to expand operational capabilities especially in niche areas of expertise," the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement.

The scheme - mainly targeted at NSmen who are warrant officers, specialists or enlistees who have completed their NS commitments - will assess and train applicants over several years before they convert to the rank of Military Expert 4.

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