11 Apr '11, 4am

Are Singaporean men getting 'soft'?

THE Singapore NSman responsible for the maid-carrying field pack controversy has expressed remorse over his actions, but the ripples caused by that now infamous photograph can still be felt around the island. This has led Singaporeans to question whether our army has gotten soft. Some felt that parental complaints about the way sons are treated during Basic Military Training (BMT) contribute to a softer approach by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). Others felt that with modern warfare and technology, the way the SAF trains its soldiers has also changed from pure brute force to a more accommodating one. 'Technology will advance with air-con rovers but it doesn't change the fundamentals of physical training. But with better technology like sealed food rations, it's stupid if I have the lighter combat rations and you force me to take canned food because you want me to be toug...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/...

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