Focus on safe, realistic military training

I read Dr Yik Keng Yeong's letter with grave reservations (Necessary for military training to be tough; July 5).

He stated that "even controlled 'abuse' cannot be avoided if we are to prepare ourselves for real combat".

It is this attitude that leads to commanders disregarding safety regulations and overstepping boundaries, sometimes with tragic consequences.

This also leads to soldiers putting their health and safety at risk by not speaking up against abusive practices.

I served full-time national service as a Basic Military Training instructor and recently completed my reservist duties as an infantry platoon sergeant. On no occasion have I ever seen "abuse", controlled or otherwise, accepted as a training methodology.

As a parent, I am grateful that the Singapore Armed Forces is committed to safe and realistic training and operational protocols.

Mark Rozells

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 09, 2018, with the headline 'Focus on safe, realistic military training'. Print Edition | Subscribe