Ok, I'll b serious now and try to answer your question based on my own personal views.... Your question is why does the SAF not test its seemingly well-equipped and well-trained soldiers in combat ops and gain real fighting experience?
IMO, I think the policy of S'pore govt is always to be everyone's friend and nobody's enemy. We want to be the friends of US and China at the same time, friends with M'sia and Indonesia, friends with Israel and Arab nations. So, how can we be a friend of one without offending the other? Well, by showing support yet not fully involved, and not straying too far from the fence...
The Govt. is also unwilling to face the domestic political repercussions if casualties are sustained during overseas combat. Putting our soldiers lives at risk just to gain combat experience? This may be an reasonable end in itself for professional soldiers, but it'll not go down well with majority of the electorate in a nation with little military culture.
Unlike some Western armies, SAF is not full of professional soldiers dying to go to combat and will leave the military if they do not get a chance to do so. If there are, such soldiers are just a small minority in the SOF. As I've mentioned, the SAF is led and filled by career soldiers who are officers and senior enlisted men earning a living, very few of them sign up to put their lives on the line in the battlefield.
So how does the SAF plan to address the issue? I'm not sure it is even an issue with the Govt. I think as what bdique says, SAF may send small number of career soldiers to be embedded with allied forces in combat ops, but other than that I think things will remain the same as now.
Hope this answers your question.
Last edited by Cpl Ho; 11-24-2009 at 03:22 AM.
LOL Bdique... I remember when I was young, the talk of Commandos was that they were active in the Philippines agst Abu Sayyaf... black ops style... ah... how I remmeber my youth...
PS: Just a very bland rumour of course. I know not of its origins, but am very sure it never happened.
remember this one?
Caption: U.S. Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the Army's chief of staff, greets Singaporean soldiers in Singapore, Aug. 26, 2009. The soldiers recently returned from Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
dun need mosaic, just skillful photography
[IMG]http://i47.*******.com/350v04wdotjpg[/IMG]Infantry soldiers from Singapore and Indonesia training alongside each other at the Murai Urban Training Facility during Exercise Safkar Indopura.
The Singapore and Indonesian armies successfully concluded their annual bilateral exercise this morning with a closing ceremony officiated by Chief of Army Major-General (MG) Neo Kian Hong and the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Indonesian National Army (TNI-AD), Lieutenant-General (LG) Johanes Suryo Prabowo, at the Murai Urban Training Facility (MUTF). This year's Exercise Safkar Indopura, the 21st in its series, was hosted by Singapore.Chief of Army Major-General Neo Kian Hong briefing the Indonesian National Army's Deputy Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Johanes Suryo Prabowo on the Advanced Combat Man System (ACMS).
About 400 personnel from Headquarters 3rd Singapore Infantry Brigade and 5th Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment took part in the exercise with 210 personnel from the 13th Infantry Brigade, KOSTRAD (Strategic Reserve Command) and 100 RAIDER Battalion, KODAM I (Military Area Command I), TNI-AD. Conventional and urban operations training were executed during the exercise held from 15 to 24 Nov 09.
The successful conduct of Exercise Safkar Indopura 2009 underscores the excellent defence relations between Singapore and Indonesia. Besides bilateral exercises, the Singapore Armed Forces and the Indonesian National Armed Forces also engage in professional exchanges and informal interaction sessions which have enhanced the close cooperation and mutual understanding between the two armed forces.