Singapore is a relatively small country. Its natural resources are limited, and its population is less than 7 million. Even so, it remains one of the most progressive countries not just in Asia, but also in the whole world. However, it does not mean that it is free from external and internal threats.
The country’s Ministry of Defense (MinDef), particularly its arm, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), ensures peace and security in the nation. It relies heavily on volunteers in the airforce, army and navy personnel.
Then again, it is not as large as the armed forces of other countries. This is part of the reason for the revival of the SAF Volunteer Corps. Joining the volunteer corps is not mandatory. However, if you are eligible, you might want to join for the following reasons.
Taste of military life
Every Singaporean and permanent resident is obligated to serve the country. However, the form of service differs from one to another. Some get to experience military life while others do not.
Joining the volunteer corps gives you the chance to know what military life is all about.
You will undergo rigid physical training, and get a sense of pride once you finish the training.
Contributing to the national welfare
Paying taxes and following the laws of the land are two of the best things you can do for your country. If you want to contribute more, becoming a SAF Volunteer Corps member is one of your options.
Every once in a while, national soldiers need to take a break. Volunteers may be called upon to fill the post of state soldiers, albeit temporarily.
Bonding for the greater good
In training, enlistees are not supposed to talk about their jobs before joining. This is to ensure that everyone treats each other the same way regardless of employment and social status and, in turn, gives everyone a chance to bond better as well.
Becoming a volunteer airforce or navy personnel is not as easy as it seems. However, you will feel a great sense of self-fulfillment upon completing the training. When it is time to defend the country, you will get the chance to show patriotism and bravery.