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Old 03-01-2018, 01:13 AM   #31
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I don’t really have a clue on the selection process. I used to work with the senior officer in charge of all the clerk; Normally posting comes from HQ. But for these guys, it’s direct from MHA. So it seems it is out of our authority.

Your best bet is if you are Chinese and assigned as a Clerk, and your family background is clean. Anything else is go popi popi already.
Posting for these guys comes directly from MHA?

Of those you knew, were they high-fliers? I.e. elite schools, awards/scholarships (you get the drill) ><

*sigh* ..I'm anything but a high-flier.. guess I can only pray?
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Posting for these guys comes directly from MHA?

Of those you knew, were they high-fliers? I.e. elite schools, awards/scholarships (you get the drill) ><
They posted to SCDF
Then MHA select then to be seconded over.
I suspect is because MHA will do family background beforehand.

They are a mixed bag. Got one is white horse. But other 2 I knew were ITE kids; one is national bowler the other is average joe.

But all Chinese and vocation is Clerks.
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They posted to SCDF
Then MHA select then to be seconded over.
I suspect is because MHA will do family background beforehand.

They are a mixed bag. Got one is white horse. But other 2 I knew were ITE kids; one is national bowler the other is average joe.

But all Chinese and vocation is Clerks.
Well, I'm Chinese. JC. PES E9L9 so unless I majorly screw-up I'll likely be a clerk. My dad's born and bred Singaporean. Mum was Malaysian though (now Singaporean). Guess that may not bode well for me? :/

In any case, thanks a lot for your help Franzz. You've been very kind. Have a good one.

I'm enlisting 9th Jan. I guess I can only hope.
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Your mom being Malaysian is probably the reason you are in SCDF ba. I am mixed race with ancestors from many countries.

And in SCDF you can meet guys with foreign parents from the usual places like Malaysia, Myanmar, China to faraway places like US, UK and then you have kids from exotic places like Afghan, Russia, etc.

I sure I met a Laotian and Mongolian kid during my time also.
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Old 03-01-2018, 01:37 AM   #35
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By the way, good luck have fun. Confirm will have culture shock but you get over it soon.

My advice to you is, network widely and create connections. Knowing more people will make your life easier. Next time for you, these socialising and politicking will be a survival skill in the workplace.

You can survive SCDF, you can survive anywhere cos anywhere is better than SCDF.
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Old 03-01-2018, 02:06 AM   #36
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Your mom being Malaysian is probably the reason you are in SCDF ba. I am mixed race with ancestors from many countries.
Had thought about this but was still (pleasantly) surprised when I got my letter (though I was hoping for SPF xD). I mean, lots of kids have relatives in Malaysia what (or at least it seems fairly common to me). They can all fit into Home Team?

In any case though, I guess I got "lucky" (or unlucky depending on viewpoint). Definitely not complaining.

And in SCDF you can meet guys with foreign parents from the usual places like Malaysia, Myanmar, China to faraway places like US, UK and then you have kids from exotic places like Afghan, Russia, etc.

I sure I met a Laotian and Mongolian kid during my time also.
By the way, good luck have fun. Confirm will have culture shock but you get over it soon.

My advice to you is, network widely and create connections. Knowing more people will make your life easier. Next time for you, these socialising and politicking will be a survival skill in the workplace.

You can survive SCDF, you can survive anywhere cos anywhere is better than SCDF.
I'm probably one of the few who're looking forward to life in NS (..partially because of my PES :X ). Have longed for a change in environment for some time now.

Thanks Franzz! All the best in whatever you're doing too.
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More specifically, at MHA. And how I could get in there/make a case for myself.

Most clerks get posted to SCDF HQ - at least that's what I've read.
Posting for these guys comes directly from MHA?

Of those you knew, were they high-fliers? I.e. elite schools, awards/scholarships (you get the drill) ><

*sigh* ..I'm anything but a high-flier.. guess I can only pray?
Well, I'm Chinese. JC. PES E9L9 so unless I majorly screw-up I'll likely be a clerk. My dad's born and bred Singaporean. Mum was Malaysian though (now Singaporean). Guess that may not bode well for me? :/

In any case, thanks a lot for your help Franzz. You've been very kind. Have a good one.

I'm enlisting 9th Jan. I guess I can only hope.
Heard of the more you hope for something, the more you might not get it and the more you will be disappointed?
Had thought about this but was still (pleasantly) surprised when I got my letter (though I was hoping for SPF xD). I mean, lots of kids have relatives in Malaysia what (or at least it seems fairly common to me). They can all fit into Home Team?

In any case though, I guess I got "lucky" (or unlucky depending on viewpoint). Definitely not complaining.





I'm probably one of the few who're looking forward to life in NS (..partially because of my PES :X ). Have longed for a change in environment for some time now.

Thanks Franzz! All the best in whatever you're doing too.
you can speculate whatever you want, doesn't really matter tbh
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Old 04-01-2018, 08:54 AM   #38
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Hi guys I'm thinking of signing on scdf but I'm not sure of whether to sign as a Section commander or as a rota commander. (I have a degree).
I wanna live that station life for as long as possible. I heard that as an SO, you an RC for about 2 years before he/she might become a commander of a station. I was wondering where else he/she might be posted to after then...?
Should I sign as SO or as a section commander, I just wanna be part of the action for as long as possible... don't judge...
SOs and Section commanders pls guide, thanks

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Have you also talked to SCDF recruitment?
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1) You needs to have skill to make judgement as a Commander. There will not be enough stations if every RC are promoted for the appointment of station commander every 2 years of services. There are other positions like Investigating Officer & etc after your RC tour.

2) If ground work is what you want, sign on Section commander cause SO are groom to take up Management position (Eg: admin work). But with a degree & you sign on as Section commander is a bit wasted.


Hi guys I'm thinking of signing on scdf but I'm not sure of whether to sign as a Section commander or as a rota commander. (I have a degree).
I wanna live that station life for as long as possible. I heard that as an SO, you an RC for about 2 years before he/she might become a commander of a station. I was wondering where else he/she might be posted to after then...?
Should I sign as SO or as a section commander, I just wanna be part of the action for as long as possible... don't judge...
SOs and Section commanders pls guide, thanks
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Old 04-01-2018, 02:37 PM   #41
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1) You needs to have skill to make judgement as a Commander. There will not be enough stations if every RC are promoted for the appointment of station commander every 2 years of services. There are other positions like Investigating Officer & etc after your RC tour.

2) If ground work is what you want, sign on Section commander cause SO are groom to take up Management position (Eg: admin work). But with a degree & you sign on as Section commander is a bit wasted.
Ikr...that's why I feel quite conflicted. A degree but signing as a section commander cause I wanna do more groundwork rather than administrative work...
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Hi guys I'm thinking of signing on scdf but I'm not sure of whether to sign as a Section commander or as a rota commander. (I have a degree).
I wanna live that station life for as long as possible. I heard that as an SO, you an RC for about 2 years before he/she might become a commander of a station. I was wondering where else he/she might be posted to after then...?
Should I sign as SO or as a section commander, I just wanna be part of the action for as long as possible... don't judge...
SOs and Section commanders pls guide, thanks
You know that the salary of a SC and a RC is different by 1k++?
If you sign as a RC, you need to go through a officer tour. You will be probaly staying in fire station as a rc for 1 year only then post out to somewhere eles(HQ,marine fire station, CDA, NSTI) depend on their manpower. Maybe after a few years you might come back to fire station to serve as a commander of fire station.

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You know that the salary of a SC and a SC is different by 1k++?
If you sign as a RC, you need to go through a officer tour. You will be probaly staying in fire station as a rc for 1 year only then post out to somewhere eles(HQ,marine fire station, CDA, NSTI) depend on their manpower. Maybe after a few years you might come back to fire station to serve as a commander of fire station.
Yeah I know, 1k a month is q a sum. But let's say I sign as Section com, throughout my tour and rank promotions, will i always be in a fire station?
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Yeah I know, 1k a month is q a sum. But let's say I sign as Section com, throughout my tour and rank promotions, will i always be in a fire station?
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Not really. You can always be posted to CDA/NSTI as instructor or HQ as support staff. I have seen early 30s guys doing those stuff, even when they are kinda fit.
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Your degree is local uni? Just try for SO first. At least officer cadets are more civilised and sane. The men I had back in my days all had a screw loose in their head. Imagine having to work with them on a daily basis sia.
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