Do We Need An Army?
I had dinner with a friend from Swaziland. He heard that our boy was in the military and he asked, Does Singapore need an army?
My first reaction was Yes! But later on, it became a nagging question that lingered in my head all night.
Do we really need an army? In Swaziland, the army is practically non-existent. A country that small has no real fight against any of the big African boys surrounding it.
Isn’t it even more so in Singapore? How many bombs would it take to blast us out? One? Two?
If an army isn’t formed to fight, then why are all our sons forced to go through two years of their lives in rigorous physical training, or worse, spend two years doing menial tasks?
It’s undeniable that our boy grew up very quickly as soon as he was enlisted. That uniform is like magic. Once worn, it draws out the good side of our boy. Suddenly he seems older and more responsible. Like he can do anything for himself now.
Our boy showing his father how he folds his uniform.
It’s a good thing.. but isn’t two years too long a period of service? Sure we like the transition the military is providing for our sons to become men. But if we are not building an army to fight, do we really need to train our boys that hard and take so much of their time to make them soldiers that may never get to fight?
I’ve always been pro-National Service. I know our country needs a national defence system. But lately, with the injuries and vocational changes our boy has had to go through, I can’t help but have a different feeling about it now.
National Service is a compulsory military service by all Singaporean males. Enrolment begins from age 18. It is compulsory and all have to serve as full time National Service Men for a duration of approximately 2 years. To know more about it, go to Wikipedia’s Conscription In Singapore.