In Pics: President Halimah reviews commissioning parade of SAF officers

President Halimah Yacob reviewed a commissioning parade at the SAFTI Military Institute on the evening of December 15.

A total of 418 cadets were commissioned as officers of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). The newly commissioned officers will go on to assume command, instructional or staff appointment in the SAF. 

The parade marked the completion of 38 weeks of rigorous training at the Officer Cadet School. Also present at the parade were Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen, senior Ministry of Defence officials and SAF officers, as well as families and friends of the newly commissioned officers.

Speaking at the parade, President Halimah highlighted the critical role National Service (NS) plays in Singapore’s defence. She said, “A key tenet in a strong SAF is our NS system. As a small nation, it is not a choice, but an existential need to rely on our national servicemen to form the backbone of our defence.”

In a Facebook post, President Halimah also wrote, "I am confident that each and every officers will lead with humility, serve with conviction and propel the SAF to greater heights."

Here are some snippets of what happened at the commissioning parade. 

President Halimah Yacob reviewing the contingents at the 115/19 Officer Cadet Commissioning Parade (OCCP) held at SAFTI Military Institute (MI) on December 15. Photo courtesy: Mindef
President Halimah Yacob reviewing the contingents at the 115/19 Officer Cadet Commissioning Parade (OCCP) held at SAFTI Military Institute (MI) on December 15. Photo courtesy: Mindef
President Halimah Yacob presenting the Sword of Honour to Midshipman (MID) Allison Tan from the Republic of Singapore Navy. Photo courtesy: Mindef
President Halimah Yacob presenting the Sword of Honour to Midshipman (MID) Allison Tan from the Republic of Singapore Navy. Photo courtesy: Mindef
Newly-commissioned 2nd Lieutenant (2LT) Daniel Choo’s grandfather LG (RET) Winston Choo and his father Warren Choo affixing the 2LT rank on to his uniform at the parade. Photo courtesy: Mindef
Newly-commissioned 2nd Lieutenant (2LT) Daniel Choo’s grandfather LG (RET) Winston Choo and his father Warren Choo affixing the 2LT rank on to his uniform at the parade. Photo courtesy: Mindef
The newly-commissioned officers tossing their peak caps to mark the completion of their 38-week course in Officer Cadet School. Photo courtesy: Mindef
The newly-commissioned officers tossing their peak caps to mark the completion of their 38-week course in Officer Cadet School. Photo courtesy: Mindef
Proud parents of 2LT Muhamad Fudhail bin Abdul Latiff affixing his rank insignias on his shoulder. Photo courtesy: MCI Clement
Proud parents of 2LT Muhamad Fudhail bin Abdul Latiff affixing his rank insignias on his shoulder. Photo courtesy: MCI, Clement
President Halimah Yacob as the Reviewing Officer of the commissioning parade. Photo courtesy: MCI, Clement
President Halimah Yacob as the Reviewing Officer of the commissioning parade. Photo courtesy: MCI, Clement
President Halimah with General Winston Choo (first from left), Singapore's first Chief of Defence Force and his grandson, 2LT Daniel Choo (third from right) who was commissioned as SAF officer this evening. Photo courtesy: MCI, Clement
President Halimah with General Winston Choo (first from left), Singapore's first Chief of Defence Force and his grandson, 2LT Daniel Choo (third from right) who was commissioned as SAF officer this evening. Photo courtesy: MCI, Clement
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