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SAF officers are leading, serving and defending the nation amid the tumult of living in pandemic times

SAF officers are leading, serving and defending the nation amid the tumult of living in pandemic times

Published 19 Feb 2021

Caption: LTA Vijeykannen Ng is currently serving in 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment (2 SIR) as the Battalion Signal Officer. PHOTO: MINDEF

Creating meaningful experiences  

Lieutenant (LTA) Vijeykannen Ng, 24, strongly believes in the important role that national service (NS) plays in the defence of our nation. 

This motivated him to pursue a career in the Army to play a part in creating a positive and meaningful NS experience for future enlistees. 

He was awarded the SAF Merit Scholarship in 2016 and pursued his Masters of Engineering in Computer Science at University College London. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, he had to return to Singapore to complete his final year project. 

“There were some challenges due to the time zone differences, but with my university supervisor’s support, I managed to get the results I wanted,” he says.

The abrupt disruption to his studies, and coming of age in pandemic times, has helped to shape his world view as a young leader – particularly about the power of information and misinformation. 

“We see people underestimate the threat of the virus due to the information they see online. The biggest challenge will be finding the right balance of safeguarding our freedom of expression and not infringing on people’s rights.”

 

Adapt and thrive

Despite being a fresh graduate, he is confident of his ability to thrive as the Army trains its officers for unforeseen circumstances such as this pandemic. 

“We are taught to make plans in a very short time frame and also how to adapt our plans to changing situations.

These skills will always be useful, even outside of the Army,” he adds.

Currently, LTA Vijeykannen is serving in the 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment (2 SIR) as the Battalion Signal Officer. He is responsible for all the communications equipment in the battalion, and the training of his platoon. He hopes to continue leading his men well and to give them a positive NS experience. 

His advice to those thinking of joining the SAF? “It is important to prepare yourself physically and mentally for a life in the Army, but I think what’s most important is to be very clear why you want to join the force. This will underpin your values and character as a commander in the Army.”

Visit https://www.mindef.gov.sg/oms/scholarship/apply-now.html for more information.

 

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