25 Jul '11, 5am

Case of recruit who tried to escape #Tekong: Our reader says every soldier is responsible for his or her own conduct.

NEITHER parents nor the Singapore Armed Forces should be held responsible for the conduct of 18-year-olds who are well past the age of consent, who have had years of comprehensive education and who are training to handle live weapons and ammunition ('Coping with NS: Wrong to place onus on parents' by Mr Pang Thiam Chuah; last Wednesday). The onus rests solely on the individual himself. While we may sympathise with the recruit mentioned in the report ('Recruit tried to swim out of Tekong camp'; July 13), we must not seek scapegoats for his bizarre behaviour. I fear that, as a society, we are increasingly leery of demanding that failing individuals pull up their socks, learn from their mistakes and toughen up. Instead, we mollycoddle them and cast blame on everything other than the person. Though we would be hard-pressed to admit it, those of us who have served our national ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_694330...

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