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The Military’s Pride and Joy


Joy Wong

The Ministry of Defence Singapore (MINDEF) possesses a team of supremely capable Defence Executive Officers (DXOs), who are the perfect complement for working in tandem with the superior firepower of our military. The effectiveness of this cooperation can clearly be seen in the continued peace that people of Singapore continue to enjoy.

By Edmund Wang

Cheerful and exuberant 26-year-old Joy Wong is more than just a pretty face. As a Media Relations Officer, Joy plans and ensures the fluent execution of the publicity plans for events both big and small – from the Officer Cadet Course Commissiong Parade to the annual celebration of our nation’s independence, Singapore’s National Day. (Read More Here!)

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Making A Difference

“Your achievements and contributions have a direct influence on the nation – impacting the life of every Singaporean.” This is the prestigious career MINDEF promises each of its employees, who is willing to make a difference.

By Suchitra Nair

Meet 28-year-old Elizabeth Chen, a Branch Head with a Finance department in the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF).

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The First Line of Defence

A myriad of opportunities and a dynamic work environment are some of the standards most fresh graduates look for in an organisation. One scholar shares with us how she found these after receiving the Defence Merit Scholarship.

By Farhan Shah

Watching her male junior college classmates enlist for National Service reminded Shirin Ong of the central role defence plays in Singapore’s growth.

“I’ve always been fairly interested in Singapore’s public policies. Going into the field of defence-related policymaking, which has and continues to be an integral aspect of Singapore’s development, seemed like a good fit,” the 23-year-old says.

Being invited to the Defence Merit Scholarship (DMS) tea session and interacting with various personnel from MINDEF helped affirm her decision to pursue a career in the defence of Singapore.

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Grooming Leaders for National Defence

Drawn by a dynamic environment and unlimited career opportunities within MINDEF, two scholars share how receiving the Defence Merit Scholarship helps fulfil their aspirations and fuel their passion for national defence.

By Ruth Wong

“I have always wanted to get out of my comfort zone and widen my horizon in the bigger, unknown world outside of Singapore! I believe that life’s experiences lie beyond the textbooks, and an overseas education would greatly enrich my personal development in ways that are non-replicable in a local tertiary education,” says Woo Kai Wei.

That dream has come true when Kai Wei was awarded the Defence Merit Scholarship (DMS). The 24-year-old scholar is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Modern Chinese Studies with the University of Oxford in United Kingdom.

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MINDEF: Ahead of the Rest

If you have a heart for national defence, taking up the SAF scholarship will propel you to the forefront of the industry.

By Tricia Chan

Aren’t the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) the same thing?

That’s the question Ng Yu Chian asked herself before she attended a MINDEF tea session that introduced potential applicants to its Defence Merit Scholarship (DMS) a few years ago.

Although many may think that MINDEF and SAF are interchangeable terms, the truth is there are substantial differences between both. Through the tea session, Yu Chian learnt the important role played by MINDEF in setting Singapore’s defence policy, and the SAF’s role in maintaining operational readiness and developing capabilities to tackle future defence challenges.

The tea session not only introduced Yu Chian to the diverse executive roles within MINDEF which direct and support Singapore’s national defence policy, it also set her on her future career.

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MINDEF: Defence’s Civilian Pillar

Imagine delving into what makes our soldiers tick or connecting Singaporeans with Singapore – all in a day’s work for these Defence Executive Officers.

By Azhar Jalil

Serving alongside their military counterparts of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), MINDEF’s Defence Executive Officers (DXOs) – the non-uniformed cornerstone of MINDEF/SAF – are a corp of dedicated professionals steeped in high service that supports Singapore’s sovereignty.

DXOs see possibilities beyond everything familiar to society and self, define new frontiers and shape the organisation of tomorrow. Through various specialised capacities in human resource, finance, office administration, defence policy, logistics, public affairs, counselling and psychology, DXOs play critical roles in preserving Singapore’s sovereignty.

Defence Psychology
As a Psychologist in the Applied Behavioural Sciences Department (ABSD) in MINDEF, 30-year-old Stephanie Phang enhances the psychological readiness and performance of our troops as well as employees of the organisation.

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