Today newspaper had a tiny portion reporting MG Chan Chun Sing, 41 handed over command to BG Ravinder Singh, 46 on 25 Mar 2011. BG Ravinder was formerly a NS man being activated to take over the Army command and he is the first NSman being re-activated to enter regular service again.
Does any one question a short tour of exactly 1 year for a Chief of Army (26 Mar 2010 to 25 Mar 2011) will be detrimental to the leadership of the Singapore Army? As mentioned previously, was BG Ranvinder bypassed by a President Scholar? What is the morale of the upper leadership of Singapore Army? Is the Army with its scared mission to protect Singapore becoming or had became a playground of President Scholars?
In his farewell speech, he said "one can never have enough time to complete the work of our army’.
Come on! He served only 1 year as COA and official retirement for officers had been raised to 50 years old, what type of excuses Ah Chan gave? Normally a army chief's career is about 2-3 years then if he is capable enough, to the CDF post. He had another 9 years to go right? 9 years to retirement not enough time? If he has no time, how about his time for his constituents (if he is ever elected?
(Taking of Army Command Symbol from MG Neo, 26 Mar 2010)
(Oath Taking by then BG Chan, 26 Mar 2010)