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Singapore Army eyes full resumption of activities by end-2022 as Covid-19 controls ease

Singapore Army eyes full resumption of activities by end-2022 as Covid-19 controls ease

Chief of Army David Neo (pictured) would like people to thank operationally ready national servicemen for their service, especially for their contributions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Singapore Army is aiming to resume all its activities that have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, including overseas exercises and in-camp training, by the end of the year, Chief of Army David Neo said on Wednesday (May 25).

“Our army’s focus for this year is to resume our activities, both to continue to strengthen our current operations and to resume our overseas training exercises,” Brigadier-General (BG) Neo said in his first interview with the media since he was appointed chief of army in March this year.

After Covid-19 struck in early 2020, National Service activities were suspended. Plans by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) to resume these activities were derailed more than once when infection controls had to be tightened due to the different coronavirus strains.

With restrictions now largely eased, the army in March this year conducted its first large-scale mobilisation exercise since the start of Covid-19, activating more than 2,000 operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen). 

For most army in-camp trainings held over the past two years, NSmen were placed in “functional groups” of 40 men and were not allowed to interact with those from other groups to reduce the risk of infections.

This grouping system has since been removed. 

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