The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) takes training safety very seriously. It is anchored by three key components:
- Leadership: This refers to the command emphasis, strategic direction and policies provided by the SAF leadership. Together, they underscore the SAF leadership’s commitment to safety and set a clear direction for the organisation.
- Processes: Sound management processes are needed to ensure that the SAF’s command emphasis on safety is translated into safe outcomes. These safety processes are driven by safety agencies such as the respective Service Inspectorates and Formation/Unit Safety Offices.
- Culture: The SAF seeks to build a strong safety culture where each person feels a strong sense of ownership for his own safety and the safety of those around him.
We have strict and extensive safety measures in place to safeguard our soldiers against training accidents and injuries. We also plan our curriculum in a progressive manner to ensure that our soldiers gradually reach the required fitness level.
Although we do our best to ensure a safe training environment, you are also responsible for your own safety. If you or your buddy are not feeling well, you should inform your commanders immediately. You know your own body best. Do not over-exert yourself as this can lead to accidents once oversight and carelessness set in due to excessive fatigue.
Your safety checklist
Safety consciousness begins during Basic Military Training. You will be required to take note of the following to ensure your safety during training:
- Report sick if you are unwell.
- Drink sufficient water the night before and especially during strenuous activities.
- Inform your commander if you are not feeling well during training.
- Have enough rest during the night especially if you are taking part in a physically strenuous activity the next day.
- Inform your commander before the start of a strenuous activity if you have been medically excused.
- Do not wear additional clothing under your uniform during strenuous activities (e.g. route marches).
Operating in a hot environment increases the likelihood of heat injury. Any recruit suspected to have suffered from heat injury will receive expedient and appropriate medical treatment. If you experience any of the following symptoms during training, inform your instructor immediately:
- Inability to continue physical activity due to extreme fatigue
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Change in mental status, for e.g. confusion, delirium, disorientation, seizures
- Headache and/or giddiness