Fatalities at national service training exercises are rare without a doubt, but one death is still one too many (NSF dies after being warded for heatstroke; May 1).
Is enough attention being paid to the safety aspects of training?
The death of the full-time national serviceman should be investigated fully and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) should determine if negligence was a contributing cause.
From the little information that is available, it appears there was a lack of understanding about the risks of exertional heat illness at all levels.
The commander has a responsibility to care for the personnel under him.
NSFs must be provided with feedback channels and encouraged to report trainers who are abusers.
In the face of the training-related death, I hope SAF has a plan to achieve zero fatality.
It should also institute and enforce stricter safety measures in all areas of training.
Above all, it should establish a culture of professionalism.
Loong Chik Tong