The early bird gets the worm. The sooner you start, the sooner you hone life skills that contribute to long-term success in whichever career path you choose to take. It applies to voluntary service in the Singapore Armed Forces, which you may sign up for as early as 18 years old.
The voluntary service is similar to the conscription of 18-year-old male Singaporean citizens and second-generation permanent residents. It offers the opportunity to build your strength of character and develop leadership skills, among others.
Here are the different ways it contributes to your long-term success.
Exposure to People from Diverse Backgrounds
Stepping into the volunteer corps means leaving your comfort zone and confronting the unknown. Apart from training as a soldier and familiarising with the Singapore Assault Rifle 21, the volunteer corps exposes you to people from diverse backgrounds.
You will spend two weeks or 10 days with other volunteers. Reach out to them and get to know each other. By doing so, you will gain different perspectives that help you tackle obstacles better.
Development of Leadership Skills
Military training teaches you many skills, and one of them is initiative. By looking out for your fellow volunteers and actively participating in the field camp, you will develop leadership skills subconsciously. In the long run, it helps you excel in the career path you choose by training you how to handle responsibility and difficulties.
Growth in Maturity
Finally, starting young helps you mature faster. It does not necessarily mean you have to forget about your interests and just focus on your duties. It only means that now you know how to handle any situation with grace and composure. For instance, you would learn how to assess an incident thoroughly before taking action.
You may apply to be a volunteer as early as 18 years old. The volunteer service is also open to all Singaporean women, first-generation permanent residents and new citizens. On top of contributing to your fitness and the country’s defence, it builds your character and prepares you for the challenges ahead.