Chief of Army to be promoted on Jan 1

Chief of Army, Brigadier-General Goh Si Hou, will be promoted to major-general. He was an artillery officer by vocation.
Chief of Army, Brigadier-General Goh Si Hou, will be promoted to major-general. He was an artillery officer by vocation.PHOTO: MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

Chief of Army Goh Si Hou will be promoted to major-general next Tuesday, said a Ministry of Defence (Mindef) statement yesterday.

Brigadier-General Goh, 40, received his promotion certificate from Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in a ceremony at Mindef yesterday.

He was appointed in March and was due for promotion, said Mindef.

BG Goh enlisted into the Singapore Army in January 1997 and is a recipient of the President's Scholarship and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Overseas Scholarship.

An artillery officer by vocation, he was previously the commanding officer of the 20th Battalion Singapore Artillery, and commander of the 3rd Division Artillery.

His key staff appointments included one as assistant chief of the general staff for plans, where he was responsible for the long-term plans, capability development and resource management for the army.

The SAF's service chiefs have received major-general ranks soon after their appointments, in recognition of the responsibilities of the office, said the Mindef statement.

Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant-General Melvyn Ong, 43, who was also appointed in March, was promoted on July 1.

Chief of Navy, Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong, 42, was appointed in June last year and promoted on July 1 last year.

Chief of Air Force, Major-General Mervyn Tan, 46, was appointed in March 2016 and was promoted on July 1, 2016.


Correction note: This article has been updated to reflect the correct age of Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 27, 2018, with the headline 'Chief of Army to be promoted on Jan 1'. Print Edition | Subscribe