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Month: July 2016

Answered on Quora: Why can’t we shorten NS (Singapore) to one year?

Answered on Quora: Why can’t we shorten NS (Singapore) to one year?

First, let’s look at the basic training regiment. Officers goes through officer cadet course after basic military training. All in all, it takes 9 months to complete the course. NCOs goes through specialist training after basic military training. That takes 6 months. Others varies, depending on vocation and unit. Great! If the service cuts off at 1 year mark, everyone will be happy! However, after the basic training, there are other activities that reinforces the training. Some get shipped out…

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Answered on Quora: Why can’t foreign ships bypass the Strait of Malacca and Singapore port by traveling another sea route (Strait of Sunda) and stop in Jakarta instead?

Answered on Quora: Why can’t foreign ships bypass the Strait of Malacca and Singapore port by traveling another sea route (Strait of Sunda) and stop in Jakarta instead?

Being a non-seafaring person, I can only guess based on my limited geographical knowledge. Longer route. Bypassing Straits of Malacca means traversing on the outer side of Indonesia. Current route into Straits of Malacca hugs Malaysia’s coastline. Stronger currents. Outer side of the Sumatra island have to face the stronger currents generated by the Indian Ocean. Shallow and irregular waterway at Straits of Sunda. Without sufficient clearance, tankers and cargo ships would not be able to use the straits. Infrastructure….

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