27 Jul '11, 11am

More field training, less classroom time for soldiers

Major-General Ravinder said the tech-savvy soldiers who are reporting to duty these days are better educated, more adpative and can learn faster and operate independently. -- ST PHOTO: SAMUEL HE EVEN as Singapore's soldiers are now being equipped with laptops and iPads, they are also being put through their paces out in the field more than ever. With the use of such modern gadgets since 2009, classroom training has been cut by 15 to 20 per cent, allowing the Singapore Army to send its troops into the field for a longer period, said army chief Ravinder Singh. 'We're now reinvesting that time into field training, because at the end of the day, to have capable, credible soldiers, we need to get them out in the field doing tough realistic training.' Major-General Ravinder said the tech-savvy soldiers who are reporting to duty these days are better educated, more adpative and c...

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