28 Jul '11, 1am

Record 357 NSFs voluntarily extended their 2-year mandatory stints last year, up from about 200 a year in previous years

Record 357 NSFs voluntarily extended their 2-year mandatory stints last year, up from about 200 a year in previous years

Major-General Ravinder Singh trying out the Leopard Turret Crew Trainer as a tank commander during his visit to Sungei Gedong Camp on Tuesday. The former deputy secretary (technology) at the Defence Ministry, who became army chief in March, says his previous civilian role has helped him see how IT is evolving and how it can be applied to a new generation of soldiers. -- ST PHOTO: SAMUEL HE A RECORD 357 full-time national servicemen (NSFs) voluntarily extended their two-year mandatory stints last year, up from about 200 a year in previous years. Some stretched their service for as long as the maximum nine months past their Operationally Ready Date (ORD) to see their units through overseas training exercises; others did so to pitch in for the National Day Parade (NDP), which the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) organises every year. Army chief Ravinder Singh, 46, sees this as a ...

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