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  1. NTU Assault On Campus Reported, Police & Army Personnel Sighted In Ongoing Investigation On 14 Dec (Sat), police received a report of an assault at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Police cars were seen around the area outside the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM). On 15 Dec (Sun), NTU Student Union posted an Instagram story warning those at campus to stay safe as there were fugitives on the run. The message reminds everyone in NTU at present to remain indoors. Other details unconfirmed, public advised not to speculate on causes There are several rumours floating around social media and WhatsApp group chats. We do not advise members of the public to spread these around and to wait for a verified source instead. It has only been confirmed that an assault has taken place, and that the army has been deployed to the NTU campus. Those entering and leaving campus are being questioned. They are advised to call 999 if they see anything suspicious, according to several verified sources.
  2. In 2013 at the age of 55, Leon Margaret was ready to retire. But then she was asked to extend her service. Today, the 1st Warrant Officer (1WO) is 61-years-old and is the oldest female commander in Singapore’s Basic Military Training Centre (BMTC). Just as fit as other soldiers In an interview with Pioneer magazine, Leon talked about her role as a Platoon Commander in BMTC’s School 1, Charlie Company. Despite her age, she achieves a gold award for her Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) every year. Leon regularly leads route marches with a 20 kilogram field pack strapped to her back. She also shows her soldiers how to dig trenches, and sleeps in the jungle during field camp. Regular workout routine Her secret to keeping fit? On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, she has morning training sessions. She also joins her recruits during their morning runs. On weekends, she exercises with her husband. It’s all about hard work and discipline, which is the example she sets for her recruits. She is strict but caring Leon is known to be strict with her soldiers as she pushes them to pass the various tests during training. If any of her recruits are struggling to complete an exercise, she will simply tell them: “Ancient lady can do, young boys cannot do?” But despite her strict nature, Leon cares a lot for her recruits too. Gives advice to her soldiers Leon makes it a point to write back to her recruits in their weekly reflections. She recalled one particular case where a recruit confided in her about struggling to communicate with his mother. She advised him to bring his mother out for brunch one day to have a talk with her. The recruit wrote back to Leon to thank her as he took her advice and it turned out successful. Her history in the army According to the Pioneer article, Leon joined the military in 1976 as a clerk, but 10 years later, she was given the opportunity to be a combat trainer, before moving on to serve as a combatant. After that, she served as an Officer Cadet School instructor, Signal specialist and Company Sergeant Major in the 8th Singapore Armoured Brigade. She was even deployed for a humanitarian mission in East Timor. Right before she joined BMTC, Leon held the record of the longest-serving woman in the Signal formation.
  3. Macrosszero

    Military talk thread

    Noticed there are scattered current affairs threads for stuff related to military hardware, tactics etc. I'll kick it off with some of the more interesting things I learned about recently: On the US front: The F-117A Nighthawk AKA "Wobby Goblin" has been retired since 2008, after a remarkably short service life. Its shootdown in Yugoslavia in 1999 and subsequent compromise of the technology could have been a factor. F-14 Tomcat flew its last flight in 2006 - the only operator of the F-14 is now the Iranian air force. Moving to the UK, The country that invented and perfected the VSTOL fighter, the Harrier jump jet, no longer operates the type as of 2011. As a consequence of the Harrier retirement, the Royal Navy operates three STOVL aircraft carriers that do not have fixed wing aircraft. The Royal Navy has recently launched their latest aircraft carrier, the angled-deck Queen Elizabeth, but it is solely dependent on the F-35B to enable it to operate as something more than a helicopter carrier. As a cost saving measure, it is conventionally, not nuclear-powered. Japan Incidentally, the JMSDF's Hyuga class of helicopter carriers are only slightly smaller than the Royal Navy's STOVL carriers - which used to operate Harriers. Malaysia In the 2014 version of Cope Taufan, Malaysia gave the Americans a first taste of the SU-30MKM and they brought their newest toy, the F-22 Raptor to play. During the 2013 Lahad Datu standoff, BAe Hawks operated as strike aircraft, with the RMAF's Hornets performing target designation. General The Rheinmetall 120mm gun, pretty much the standard Western tank gun, has a barrel life of between 50-400 rounds, depending on the type of ammunition fired.Feel free to add on, or discuss current affairs topics. Please stay away from sensitive issues such as discussing classified information, or peeing contests in declaring Country X is better than Country Y, or whatever. These are hypothetical scenarios, whereas there is plenty going on just with the turmoil the world is in currently, and over the past decade to talk about.
  4. KOTA KINABALU: Malaysian police said on Thursday (Sep 6) they are investigating the death of a 36-year-old commando officer who was shot in a live-firing demonstration at Lok Kawi Camp in Sabah on Wednesday. Major Mohd Zahir Armaya was then rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, where he later died. Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said a probe will be carried out to identify the cause of the incident. “I am confident there is an SOP (standard operating procedure) and it may not be overlooked," he told reporters. "The demonstration was well organised but the accident still occurred.” He added: “The Sabah Police Commissioner will release a statement soon (on the development of the case).” Abdul Hamid also asked the public to refrain from posting any offensive comments online. TERRORIST ROLE-PLAY The exercise - held in conjunction with the launch of the Fifth Division Infantry and the 13th Infantry Brigade - involved a clash between a group of "terrorists" and the armed forces. All the participants wore bullet-proof vests. Major Mohd Zahir, who played the role of the terrorist leader, had fired a pistol at an army officer, causing him to fall on his knees in pain. The officer then stood up and fired his pistol at Mohd Zahir, who had a red bottle target on the back of his bullet vest. The shot caused Mohd Zahir to fall and two army personnel then pulled him to the side of the parade field. He appeared unconscious and was believed to have sustained serious injuries. An army medical team at the ceremony gave him first aid before sending him to hospital, where he was pronounced dead at about 9.20am. "WE WERE VERY CLOSE" On Wednesday, more than 1,000 people, including friends, family members and officials paid their last respects to Mohd Zahir at the Wardieburn Camp mosque in Kuala Lumpur. The late major's body was then buried at the Tambun Muslim Cemetery in Ipoh. He was survived by a widow and five children, aged between five months and nine years old. Mohd Zahir's father, veteran actor and comedian A R Badul, received the news of the incident from his daughter-in-law. “I received the news this morning and was shocked and sad. But I take it as a test from Allah," he told Bernama. “We were very close and he had contacted and met me before. I was told that the bullet went a little further than the bullet-proof plaque and hit his body.” Mirdat Mohamad, who is Mohd Zahir's uncle, said the family wishes for a thorough investigation to find the exact cause of the incident. "We wish for him to have a fair investigation, a fair trial and a proper closure. If this was negligence, hopefully it would not happen again in the future," said the 54-year-old. “We will leave it to the police and army." King Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and his consort Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah expressed their sympathies and sadness to Mohd Zahir's family. Condolences also poured in from other Malaysian leaders, including the communications minister, the chief of army and Sabah's chief minister.
  5. Playtime

    Military things

    this Hunter made debut liao.. just tot this might interest military fans https://www.snafu-solomon.com/2019/08/singapores-hunter-ifv-frontal-armor.html
  6. The US Army is currently testing a prototype all-purpose vehicle powered by a Subaru turbodiesel-electric hybrid drivetrain. Called the ULV (Ultra Light Vehicle), it is meant to replace the HUMVEE. Commissioned by the Secretary of Defense and developed by the US Army's TARDEC (Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center), the ULV addresses some of the HUMVEE's shortcomings and serve as the next generation of go-anywhere military truck. Unlike the HUMVEE's V8, the ULV's petrol motor is a Subaru turbodiesel boxer making 175 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. However, even the military is changing with the times with a hybrid drivetrain. According to Jalopnik, the hybrid system is comprised of two Remy electric drive motors and a 14.2 kWh Navitas Li-Iron Phosphate Battery, which at peak power can generate 180 kW (241 hp). TARDEC says the ULV has a range of 337 miles at 35 mph on level ground. On pure electric power, it can cruise up to 21 miles with the advantage of doing so in sheer silence. The electric motors mean that a driveshaft is no longer necessary, and when combined with an improved undercarriage it's a significant improvement over the HUMVEE's ability to shield occupants from roadside mines, whose blasts originate beneath the vehicle. Though the Ultra Light Vehicle is so in name only, and at 13 thousand pounds actually weighs about 3,500 pounds more than the HUMVEE, it has a better power-to-weight ratio thanks to its hybrid drivetrain. In accordance with specs put forth by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the vehicle will have a payload capacity of 4,500 pounds and cost of $250,000 per unit over a 5,000 unit production run. Testing is scheduled to finish sometime this year, whereupon a determination for production will be decided.
  7. Zxcvb

    SAF Day Promotions

    https://www.facebook.com/events/714665128574791/ Some promotions worth taking note. No need to wear uniform, just bring along 11B will do.
  8. Little_prince

    New Chief of Army sibei good ah!

    Brigadier-General (BG) Perry Lim Cheng Yeow will take over from Major-General (MG) Ravinder Singh as Chief of Army on 21 March 2014. PHOTOS Brigadier-General Perry Lim Cheng Yeow (left) will take over from Major-General (MG) Ravinder Singh s/o Harchand Singh (right) as Chief of Army on 21 March 2014. (Photo: MINDEF) ENLARGE CAPTION SINGAPORE: Brigadier-General (BG) Perry Lim Cheng Yeow will take over from Major-General (MG) Ravinder Singh as Chief of Army on 21 March 2014. The Ministry of Defence said the change is part of its continuing process of leadership renewal in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). BG Lim, currently Chief of Staff - General Staff, joined the SAF in 1990 and was awarded the SAF (Overseas) and President's Scholarship in 1991. During his military career, he has commanded the 1st Battalion, Singapore Guards, as well as the army's 3rd Division. He was also the chairman of last year's National Day Parade executive committee. The 41-year-old holds a Bachelor of Arts (Starred First) (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. BG Lim was also awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Postgraduate Scholarship in 2008 to pursue a Master of Business Administration in INSEAD, Singapore.
  9. carloverguy2017

    The Singapore Armed Forces SG50 @ Punggol

    The force of Singapore is strong today ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBgr9ebXQa8 Video is best enjoyed with quality earphones. View full screen on Youtube. I work on filming and video editing as my passionate hobby.. :)
  10. Army regular found dead in SAF training area Published on Jul 16, 2013 10:52 PM By Jermyn Chow AN army regular was found dead in the Singapore Armed Forces training area in Lentor on Tuesday, said the Defence Ministry. In a statement released on Tuesday night, Mindef said First Warrant Officer (1WO) Rajendran Pachemuthu,51, was found hanging from a rope in the Lentor training area by two civilian contractors who were maintaining SAF training equipment. There was no SAF training conducted in the area in the last two days, Mindef added. The contractors reported the incident to Master Warrant Officer Ong Chin Sai, a commander from Engineers Training Institute, who headed to the site and made a police report at 12:20 pm.
  11. Picnic06-Biante15

    Army Camp Relax Rules On Camera Phone ....

    No Photography, No Video Recording....... But Camera Phone allowed .... CNA report: 14 military camps to allow servicemen to bring in camera phones Posted: 31 August 2012 1336 hrs SINGAPORE: Fourteen military camps in Singapore will allow servicemen to bring in camera phones, starting from 1 September. Previously, all camera equipped mobile devices were disallowed in camps. The move is part of a six- to nine-month trial to give servicemen added convenience while performing their national service duties. Camps will be divided into "green" and "red" zones. Green zones are where camera phones will be allowed. When a servicemen enters a more sensitive red zone, camera phones have to be temporarily surrendered. Pulau Tekong Camp, Bedok Camp and Khatib Camp are taking part in the trial. - CNA/al Nowadays, which camera handphone do now have video recording facilities...
  12. Former chief of defence force Neo Kian Hong, 49, will be appointed Permanent Secretary (Education Development) from July 1. With his appointment, the Education Ministry will have two permanent secretaries. Ms Chan Lai Fung, who has been Permanent Secretary (Education) since November, will continue in that post. Mr Neo joins the Administrative Service after completing an Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. He had retired from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) this year after an illustrious 30-year career. A SAF Overseas Scholar, Mr Neo was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General. He was chief of defence force from 2010 to March this year, when he led a push to have soldiers train with laptops and handheld gadgets.
  13. Recently, by an incredible stroke of luck, I came across the website of the army boys trade school. https://sites.google.com/site/mybalep/Home My dad's name is inside but I shall keep it secret. By another stroke of luck, I managed to actually email someone from the site and he knew my dad personally. He is not in Singapore but he has emailed me photos which I have never seen before and given me locations of their meet ups. What is the army boys trade school? Basically boys from Singapore and Malaya would join this. This was under the British. It is a school where they learned soldiering and also got an education as well. From what I understand, this education was more of a technical education where they learneda sspecific skill. As part of the British army, they too fought for Singapore during the confrontation years. Yet I have never seen a mention of them in mindef magazines. And I have never met a single person outside of family who has actually heard of this school, not to mention known someone from there. So now I have this opportunity to meet them. I am of two minds. One is not to meet as it might be awkward as they do not know me, just my father and he passed away close to twenty years ago. On the other hand, these people are old and the list of those who died are getting longer. If I don't try, i might never get another chance. If you were me, would you? By the way my dad's picture is inside so if anyone knows anyone from this picture can message me privately.
  14. Kingkong

    First Female BG in Singapore

    Don't play play hor. Males keep complaining not fair. Now all mouths kena stuck already... http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/saf-promotes-first-female/1942582.html?cid=fbsg
  15. Rustyz

    We strip rifle they strip jeep

    While we 1 min strip rifle,while ppl 3 min can strip and assemble a jeep. Zai https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=673576676098247 by https://www.facebook.com/QSXXDDK.
  16. http://www.news.com.au/technology/design/army-recruits-angry-about-having-to-buy-their-own-safety-equipment/story-fnpjxnlk-1227114541698 BTW the get A$44K a year.
  17. @jamesc will miss the buddy system dearly. SINGAPORE ARMED FORCES SCRAPS BUDDY SYSTEM WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT http://www.allsingaporestuff.com/article/singapore-armed-forces-scraps-buddy-system-immediate-effect by Wan Dao Liao, Straight Times SINGAPORE - Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has announced it has removed the "buddy system" from its combat doctrine with effect from today (10 July). In a press statement to the media, SAF spokesperson reiterated they are constantly reviewing its training procedures to ensure the SAF is "keeping up with the times". The "buddy system" is a traditional military doctrine which requires individual soldiers to function in pairs during training and operations to ensure safety and accountability. "The SAF is concerned that the buddy system which requires individual soldiers to be devoted to another soldier interferes with their mental development," spokesperson Brigadier-General Yee Ker Xing replied in a e-mail interview, " We would like our conscript soldiers lead a healthy lifestyle that allows them to transit normally into civilian life after they completed their mandatory service." The latest move by SAF coincides with National Library Board's removal of three children books which were criticised by pro-family groups as "anti-family" and "pro-gay". One of the books, "And Tango Makes Three" is based on a true story that tells the story of a pair of gay penguins which incubated a young bird and regarded it as their offspring. "Finally the army wake up already!" cheered Lance Corporal Hock Kian Peng, "My instructor always tell me must eat, sleep and shower with my buddy you know! Then they forced us to sleep together in a small tent in field camp for 7 days you know! So gay!" However, Brigader-General Yee declined to revealed the upcoming changes to the training doctrine, citing operational concerns. "Maybe army should also stop telling me my rifle is my wife lah!", Lance Corporal Hock added, "I look at my rifle cannot stim, how to marry? how to buy hdb then claim baby bonus, you tell me? PAP give money you don't take meh? Siao." - See more at: http://www.allsingaporestuff.com/article/singapore-armed-forces-scraps-buddy-system-immediate-effect#sthash.00cH0DEW.dpuf
  18. SKH3536D? Is this a one-sided story? http://www.allsingaporestuff.com/article/angry-ang-moh-driver-tails-nsf-home-beats-him-lift/ ANGRY ANG MOH DRIVER TAILS NSF HOME & BEATS HIM UP IN THE LIFT To Editors of A.S.S, This happened at my residence in Sentosa this evening 25 June 2014. My son was driving back from his army camp and just after entering Sentosa, a car cut abruptly into my son's lane so my son horned at him to avoid any accident. As a result, the other driver horned back at my son. My son ignored this and continued driving not realizing that the other car driven by an angmo was following him. Once my son reached our residence car park the other car tried to follow but was stopped by the security. So the angmo left the car outside and ran inside the carpark even though the security guards tried to stop him. He ran towards my son who had parked his car and followed him. When my son entered the lift lobby using his access card, this ang mo barged into the lift and started shouting at my son accusing him of nearly causing an accident. My son denied this and then the ang mo pushed my son against the wall and strangled him while lifting him by the neck. My son was shocked and then the angmo took a picture of my son and threatened him. The attacker then rushed off but was stopped by the security. We called the police who is investigating the matter. We managed to take a picture of the assailant. Regards Mdm RD
  19. lookingforsword

    Looking for SAF ceremonial sword

    I'm looking for an original SAF No.1 ceremonial sword completed with scabbard and sword belt. If anyone has one for sale, please PM me. Please don't spam this thread if you are not a potential seller. Thanks.
  20. Picnic06-Biante15

    US Army Preparing For New War

    Ha..ha..ha.... ang mo believe in zombies ..... Too many mutants movies had scared the sh*t of US army ..... Yahoo news: Zombie Apocalypse: US Army has Plan to Stop Attacks by the Undead The US military has prepared a defence plan in case of a zombie attack. A document obtained by Foreign Policy, called CONOP 8888 and also known as 'Counter-Zombie Dominance' provides a how-to guide for military planners to isolate the walking dead and kill them. "This plan fulfils fictional contingency planning guidance tasking for US," the plan summary reads. "Strategic Command to develop a comprehensive [plan] to undertake military operations to preserve 'non-zombie' humans from the threats posed by a zombie horde. "Because zombies pose a threat to all non-zombie human life, [strategic Command] will be prepared to preserve the sanctity of human life and conduct operations in support of any human population -- including traditional adversaries." CONOP 8888, dated 30 April 2011, highlights the different kinds of zombie adversaries one might find in such attacks. They include "vegetarian zombies" (zombie life forms which pose no direct threat to humans because they only eat plant life); "evil magic zombies" (zombie life forms created via some form of occult experimentation) and the dreaded "chicken zombies and zombies from the outer space." The authors even describe a "worst-case threat scenario" in which the zombies would infect humans at a rapid rate. Fearing that the document could not be taken seriously, the zombie survival guide planners wrote at the end of the paper: "This plan was not actually designed as a joke." link: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/zombie-apocalypse-us-army-plan-stop-attacks-undead-113115550.html SG can help be sending few crates of this over to them for protections.....
  21. Who want to go? Who always drop soap in army one? Mai paiseh. Own up. http://sgrainbow.blogspot.sg/2014/04/about-you-think-i-thought-who-confirm.html About "You think, I thought, Who confirm" series You Think, I Thought, Who Confirm? is a new series of forums and talks to discuss the issues that matter to gay youths today. An open, friendly environment provides participants to ask anything and everything that they have always heard a lot about, but never really knew what the answer actually was. A panel of speakers, mostly fellow youths and some professionals, will be invited to speak and share about their thoughts and experiences to dispel the misconceptions and myths that befuddles our gay youths today. Ultimately, participants will be able to leave each event confirming facts and understanding themselves better. Fall-In is the first forum of the series, focusing on the experiences and myths surrounding being a gay soldier in NS. About Fall-In Most of us would have watched ABTM or Army Daze with that sassy gay bunkmate. Yet, how is it like really to be gay in NS? Fall-In brings together a group of NSFs and NSmen to share their stories and experiences of the gay Singaporean sons. Find out what declaring 302 means to your NS life and future, if you should come out to your buddy and bunkmates and most importantly, whether being gay really matters at all when we are serving our nation. Fall-In features a panel of speakers from different backgrounds who will share what it is like to come out during National Service or to remain in the closet. Either way, we hope the experiences will shed some light and dispel some common myths about being gay in NS. Details Date: 7 June 2014 Time: 1930hrs Venue: TBA to registered participants Register now: http://bit.ly/1ia2amt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iRia7PF7p4
  22. The eat of battle – how the world's armies get fedAn army marches on its stomach but what do different countries feed their troops? Who gets smoked sprats or tinned cheddar – and who wants 'three-year pizza'? The Guardian, Tuesday 18 February 2014 18.26 GMT The Danish ration pack – featuring such delights as beans and bacon, and Rowntree's Tooty Fruities. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian The Taliban might be just a few hundred metres away, but in the mess halls of the US bases in southern Afghanistan, there are more pressing dangers lurking: undercooked eggs. Signs placed above the breakfast fry-up station warn against asking for an egg sunny side up: it's available over-easy only. The reason, as explained by patient cooks to bemused visitors, is that diseases might lurk in a runny yolk. Feeding soldiers in a warzone is one of the biggest challenges for any army. Generals want to keep their soldiers healthy, and food done well, both in the "d-facs" (dining faciliites) and MREs ("meals ready to eat", in US army speak – or "ration packs") can be a morale booster, a reminder of home in a hostile, alien place. So for soldiers on the ground, one of the most important recent breakthroughs in military technology may be the "three-year pizza", described by its scientist creators as the "holy grail" of ration-pack food. Pizza is the most asked-for dish when troops are quizzed on what they would like to see in their supplies, but it has taken years of research to come up with a slice that tastes like the real thing, yet can sit on the shelf without the tomato sauce turning the crust soggy or mould growing on the cheese. The US and other militaries have poured billions into these technologically impressive ration packs. Few commanding officers forget Napoleon Bonaparte's apocryphal remark "an army marches on its stomach", so ration packs have already come a long way from the cans of corned beef that one officer confided were so hated by British soldiers, that on training exercises, they threw them over a cliff, preferring hunger. Scientists and chefs have worked for years to produce tasty food that lasts for months in a sealed pouch or tin. We decided to test how palatable the newer ration packs are, and begged a meal from the many countries with soldiers in Kabul for a charity dinner in aid of schools in Afghanistan. The meals were rated by a collection of diplomats, officials, aid workers and security contractors from around the world, each paying for the privilege. The Estonian ambassador returned to Kabul with an overweight suitcase full of smoked sprats, stuffed peppers and halva. Only the Americans declined to contribute. They were legally forbidden from giving away their ration packs, embassy and military officials said apologetically, and no one was willing to risk bending the rules. Fortunately, supplies trucked in through Pakistan often vanish in transit, and US packs are for sale at $2 each in the "Bush bazaar". On the night, diners chose between food from 11 countries, from Denmark to Spain to Singapore. Most popular was the Italian pack: diners were undoubtedly lured in by the country's culinary reputation, and the surprise addition of a splash of grappa – the only alcohol on offer. Second were the French, who once included a carton of red wine, but now serve only dry rations. One surprise was the German pack – the meal people were most reluctant to try, but a runaway success thanks to the liver sausage spread and rye bread. Still, most of the diners weren't moved to renounce conventional cooking. When asked to rate the meal, one wrote, "1 on a scale of 1 to 1,000". The best bit about the meal, he added, was "that I did not have to eat it". Another added, "now I know how it will feel on Mars". But not everyone went home hungry and disappointed. "Tasteful but impractical in wartime," said one woman after polishing off, of course, a French meal. • The Kabul dinner was a charity event to raise funds for two different types of school. School of Leadership, Afghanistan, aims to train a new generation of leaders for a country that lost most of its educated elite to decades of war. The Afghan Schools Trust has built basic schoolhouses in the poorest and often conservative rural areas; some of their graduates, children of illiterate parents, are now studying in India and Italy. Italy The Italian ration pack contains a breakfast shot of 40% alcohol cordiale, a powdered cappuccino, lots of biscotti, and a disposable camping stove for heating parts of the meal, including a pasta and bean soup, canned turkey and a rice salad. Dessert is a power sport bar, canned fruit salad or a muesli chocolate bar. France A streamlined but sophisticated French ration pack offers soldiers deer pâté, cassoulet with duck confit, creole-style pork and a crème chocolate pudding. There is also a disposable heater, some coffee and flavoured drink powder, muesli for breakfast and a little Dupont d'Isigny caramel. Germany The German ration pack contains several sachets of grapefruit and exotic juice powder to add to water, and Italian biscotti, but also more familiar treats such as liver-sausage spread and rye bread, goulash with potatoes, and for breakfast sour cherry and apricot jams. UK The British pack is dotted with familiar brands from Kenco coffee and Typhoo tea to a mini bottle of Tabasco. The main courses include the British favourite, chicken tikka masala, and a vegetarian pasta. There's also pork and beans for breakfast, and lots of sweets and snacks from trail mix to an apple "fruit pocket" that looks like it might not be out of place in a school lunchbox. Plus packets of Polos and, of course, plenty of teabags. Australia The Australian ration pack has more small treats than any of the others. Most of it is packaged by the military, from a serving of love-it-or-hate-it Vegemite to jam sandwich biscuits and a tube of sweetened condensed milk. The bag includes a can-opener-cum-spoon for getting at the Fonterra processed cheddar cheese, and main meals of meatballs and chilli tuna pasta. There are lots of sweets and soft drinks, and two unappetising-looking bars labelled "chocolate ration". Spain The Spanish lunch pack has cans of green beans with ham, squid in vegetable oil, and pate. There is also a sachet of powdered vegetable soup, peach in syrup for dessert and crackers handed out to go with the meal in place of bread (not shown). There is a disposable heater with matches and fuel tabs, as well as lots of tablets: Vitamin C, glucose, water purification, and rehydration. US Almond poppy seed pound cake, cranberries, spiced apple cider (the hot US non-alcoholic drink) and peanut butter and crackers make up this very American meal package. The main – pasta with vegetable "crumbles" in spicy tomato sauce – is less traditional, but the "flameless heater" shows off American tech skills – just add water to the powder in a plastic bag and it heats up enough to warm the plastic meal pouch. Canada While there are Bear Paws snacks in the Canadian ration pack, there's the shocking omission of maple syrup. You have the choice of salmon fillet with Tuscan sauce or vegetarian couscous for the main meal. There is also the makings of a peanut butter and jelly (raspberry jam) sandwich for breakfast. Denmark Following photographs: David Levene for the Guardian The Danish pack has American technology (the flameless heater) but British tastes. There is Earl Grey tea, beans and bacon in tomato sauce, a golden oatie biscuit and Rowntree's Tooty Frooties. Estonia Stuffed peppers, chicken-meat pâté, smoked sprats, and liver sausage with potatoes make an eclectic menu here. Plus, crispbreads on the side, and halva with vanilla for dessert. Breakfast is muesli, a fruit pocket and honey. Singapore The offerings in the Singapore pack were sparse despite its reputation for high-quality cuisine. There were a paltry three dishes, of Szechuan chicken noodles; a mushroom, basil, rice and chicken dish; and soya milk with red-bean dessert.
  23. slickshifters

    New war vehicle for young soldiers

    Source: The Straits Times ONE of the army's elite weapons, which is able to fire guided missiles and roar up steep hillsides, now comes with touchscreen monitors, text messaging, and an automatic gearbox. The made-in-Singapore Light Strike Vehicle (LSV) Mark II, a more powerful and high-tech version of its ageing predecessor, was specially designed with the teenage full-time national serviceman in mind. The idea was to allow them to master it with ease by "mimicking lifestyle devices" such as smartphones and the WhatsApp messaging app, said Lieutenant-Colonel Chua Chay, head of capability development at HQ Guards yesterday. He was speaking in Queensland, Australia, where the LSV Mk II is being put through its paces in the ongoing Exercise Wallaby, the Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF) largest overseas exercise. Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen officially commissioned the vehicle, which is the size of an sport utility vehicle, during his visit on Tuesday. It can be primed with either the anti-tank Spike guided missile system or an automatic grenade launcher, to take down hostile armour units. It also boasts a general-purpose machine gun. The onboard touchscreen battlefield management system allows crew to pinpoint enemy locations easily on digital maps. They can communicate more stealthily with base using a text messaging system instead of speaking through a radio system. The automatic gearbox also means that young soldiers do not have to grapple with a manual transmission as in the original LSV, which came into service in 1998. Dr Ng observed during Tuesday's live-firing demonstration how the LSV Mk II could be operated by NSFs as young as 19, with one of them firing a Spike missile at a target 4km away, hitting the bulls-eye the first time. Impressed, he noted afterwards that the NSF was only in his first year of training. Another 19-year-old, Lance Corporal Elia Lim Shawn Jae, a guardsman from the 7th Singapore Infantry Brigade who started training on it only five months ago, also participated in the live-firing as a vehicle commander. "It's very obvious that it's specifically designed for us," he said, though pointing out that the ease of use does not remove the need for NSFs to build "more experience" operating it. The SAF has been transforming learning for younger, technology savvy soldiers by employing modern-day gadgetry such as iPads, virtual game-based simulators and apps. The LSV Mk II, designed and built by Singapore Technologies Kinetics, has a top speed of 110kmh and can tackle rough terrain and climb slopes with an incline as steep as 45 degrees. It can carry up a crew of up to six, double that of the original LSV designed in the United States. It also has a more powerful engine and improved suspension, ensuring a less bone-rattling ride even as it tears across bumpy ground. The SAF will be procuring more than 100 of them over the next two years, while gradually phasing out the older version.
  24. Amazing when you consider that many fit, able-bodied young gung ho kids do fail such courses in doves. Guess it is not only the punishing physical part but the more important mental determination that sees this 34-yo vet passing it. Incredible... From Yahoo!News: http://news.yahoo.com/army-amputee-complet...-225232180.html Army amputee completes air assault school By KRISTIN M. HALL | Associated Press
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