Constantly review national service training, safety procedures

I read about the death of 21-year-old national serviceman Gavin Chan Hiang Cheng at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia, with a heavy heart (NSF's death in Australia: Vehicle landed on its side; Sept 17).

As mothers, we devote our lives to raising our sons.

When we send them off to fulfil their national duty, we entrust them to the Ministry of Defence and expect the ministry to look after and protect them.

What is Mindef doing to ensure the safety of our sons?

With this death, the organisation is down by one man, his duties quickly and efficiently replaced by another.

But his family has lost a child, irreplaceable and missed every moment of every day.

I implore Mindef to constantly review its training and safety procedures for our young men who are devoting the prime of their youth to serving the country.

To the authorities, these young men are soldiers who march in battalions, but to parents, they are sons who walk with us in our greying years.

Mimi Yeo (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2017, with the headline 'Constantly review national service training, safety procedures'. Subscribe