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Published: 04 Sep 2017 03:39PM (Singapore)
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NS50: Frontliners – Real Stories from Home Team NSmen
“Frontliners” is a eight-part web series that tells the stories of our Home Team National Servicemen as they serve on the frontlines to keep Singapore safe and secure. Home Team News caught up with some of the featured officers from the series as they reflect on their National Service (NS) experience.
By Chia Jia Li

Featured in the third episode of “Frontliners”, Ground Response Force (GRF) officer Special Constabulary Sergeant (SC2/Sgt) Marc Wee’s duties included responding to emergency calls and patrolling the neighbourhood to ensure the safety and security of the community.

Like many others, Marc was initially full of doubt when he first started on his vocation as a GRF but is now thankful for the opportunity - describing his National Service (NS) experience as an “important phase in life”.

“NS taught me new life values and prepared me for my working life in the future. It was a good two-year break from the real world and gave me time to think my life through,” he said.

Having completed his NS, Marc plans to further his education with a degree in the near future. PHOTO: Charmaine Tan

After serving for over a year as a Police officer, Marc completed his NS on 9 March this year.

With plans to further his education, Marc shared how his NS experience shaped him into a more independent and mature person.

“As an NPC officer, I encountered many cases involving life and death situations. It puts into perspective how precious life can be and made me appreciate those around me better. The greatest lesson for me is knowing what to do when I’m faced with similar cases to save the lives of others,” he said.

For SCDF Sergeant (Sgt) Visveshwaran (Vish), who has lived in Birmingham, England since he was six-years-old, adjusting to his new life in the SCDF was no easy feat. He returned to Singapore from Birmingham just one day before his NS to serve his nation.

“It was very hard for me because I had to leave all my friends and family back in Birmingham,” he said.

Nonetheless, he never regretted the time he spent in NS, describing it as a rite of passage that made him more responsible and resilient in the face of adversity.

Vish (Second from the left) posing with the rest of his squad mates. PHOTO: Aizil A.Rahim

“NS gave me the opportunity to overcome my limits and realise my true potential. Since I’m staying alone in Singapore, I learnt to be more self-sufficient and independent,” he said.

Vish is currently serving in his dream vocation as a Section Commander at Ang Mo Kio Fire Station. With over a year left in his term, he aims to improve himself to the best of his abilities and complete his NS as a better man.

Having graduated from trainee life, Special Operations Command Special Constable Corporal (SC/CPL) Salehan, featured in the first episode, was posted back to the School of Tactical Training where he helps trainees during their shooting module.

Salehan back in his Police Tactical Course trainee days. PHOTO: Frontliners

For Salehan, who only managed to do only four pull-ups during his training at the Home Team Academy’s Police Basic Course, entering the Special Operations Command felt like a dream.

“My NS life was filled with both opportunities and challenges. I never expected to be in the Special Operations Command based on my interview results,” he said.

Drawing insight from his own NS experience, he has one main message to share with future enlistees.

“Make the best out of whatever situation you are in and improve yourself both mentally and physically. Seize the opportunity, because you will be learning life-long skills you will not be able to learn from the outside world,” he said.

“Frontliners” is a eight-part web series produced by MHA in collaboration with SPF and SCDF to commemorate 50 years of National Service (NS50). The web-series tells the stories of Home Team National Servicemen as they serve on the frontlines to keep Singapore safe and secure.

Don’t miss new episodes of the “Frontliners” every Friday till 8 September 2017 on Home Team News Youtube.

This story is contributed by Home Team News.

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