20 Jul '11, 1am

Coping with stress of NS: Our reader asks why it's the parents' responsibility rather than the SAF's. #Tekong

I READ with concern the remarks of former military psychologist Stanley Chua in last Wednesday's report ('Recruit tried to swim out of Tekong camp') that Basic Military Training (BMT) commanders and their buddies know the recruits for only a few weeks. The former major in the Republic of Singapore Air Force went on to add: 'The onus is on parents, who have brought up their sons and should know better how they cope with difficulties or stress.' I hope and believe the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) does not share his sentiments. If it does, parents will worry over their sons' well-being when their boys enlist for national service. Regardless of how well or poorly parents think their sons can cope with the transition from civilian to military life, their boys must go through national service because of the law. Once their sons are in the military camps, their well-being will be...

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