Warrant officers among graduates of top military course in Singapore

Dr Ng presenting the top Army graduate award to Major Koh Poh Hui during the presentation ceremony. -- PHOTO: MINDEF
Dr Ng presenting the top Army graduate award to Major Koh Poh Hui during the presentation ceremony. -- PHOTO: MINDEF
Minister of Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen interacting with graduands and their spouses at the Command and Staff Course 2014 Graduation Ceremony.  -- PHOTO: MINDEF
Minister of Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen interacting with graduands and their spouses at the Command and Staff Course 2014 Graduation Ceremony.  -- PHOTO: MINDEF

SINGAPORE - In a first for the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), three warrant officers are among the 207 who graduated from the annual Command and Staff Course (CSC).

Senior Warrant Officer (SWO) Tamizh Kannan and SWO Tan Chun Kiat from the army and SWO Ong Siang Thai from the navy received their certificates from Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at the Istana on Thursday.

The CSC caters for officers for senior command and staff appointments in the SAF, and are the highest level of formal military education offered in Singapore.

In his speech, Dr Ng said: "We recognise their abilities and are going to put them into places with larger responsibilities that they will have to shoulder, and we put them through this course to prepare them for it.

Addressing a diverse group of graduands, Dr Ng said that military leaders today "must have knowledge not only to be able to exercise wisdom and discernment but to be alert to shifts in the security landscape".

The 207 graduands of this year's CSC comprised of 139 regular officers, three warrant officers, 49 National Service (NS) officers from the Singapore Armed Forces, one officer from the Singapore Police Force, and 15 international officers from 11 countries.