View Full Version : New and improved career schemes at SAF

05-15-2009, 02:53 PM
Yesterday, Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean announced significant changes to career schemes for SAF personnel. These include “enhancements” to the Officers’ and Warrant Officers’ schemes, and the launching of a brand new uniformed scheme for Military Domain Experts (MDEs). The changes will come into effect at the start of next year.

The retirement age for SAF Officers will be raised to 50. This lengthens the window for long-serving personnel to prepare and search for employment in other organisations, thereby mitigating risk and facilitating the transition to a second career.

Warrant Officers
SAF will introduce a new 3rd Warrant Officer rank, which can be attained by high-performing Specialists after their 6th year in service. The Warrant Officers corps will also be given additional responsibilities as combat trainers. This promises faster career progression and a more varied and interesting job scope for SAF’s increasing well-educated Specialists and Warrant Officers.

Military Domain Experts
MDEs will be trained as specialists in fields such as engineering, nursing, and intelligence, to complement the expertise of Officers and Warrant Officers. They will have an 8-rank structure, and a retirement age of 60. It is yet known how MDEs will be recruited, but the new scheme will definitely add diversity to career opportunities in SAF.

All three schemes will allow [and may sponsor] personnel to pursue further education.

Apart from improving the retention of talent and experience to create a more effective fighting force, these changes also make a uniformed career with SAF more lucrative in terms of career progression and job security. Jobseekers should seriously consider these new opportunities.


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