National Civil Defence Cadet Corps
|Headquarters||Home Team Academy, Singapore|
|Agency executive||Lieutenant Colonel Betty Ting, Commandant|
|Parent agency||Ministry of Education|
The National Civil Defence Cadet Corps (NCDCC) of Singapore was formed in 2005 and is currently the newest recognized member of the National Uniformed Group. The creation of this Uniformed Group was initiated by the Ministry of Home Affairs in response to the need for the young leaders of tomorrow to have a firm pillar and grounding in Singapore's firm belief of Total Defence.
NCDCC was introduced in 12 secondary schools starting from January 2005. For the pilot phase, 38 cadets completed the very first NCO Course while 22 teachers were commissioned as the pioneer batch of NCDCC officers after their completion of the first Officer Basic Course. On the 23rd of December 2005, 22 cadets attended the conversion course and became the pioneer batch of Cadet Lieutenants or CLTs for short.
Civil Defence is one of the five pillars of Total Defence; it refers to the protection of the Singapore people by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). NCDCC is a component of the Home Team Cadet Corps Initiative.
Mission and Vision
The mission of NCDCC is to nurture and develop our youths into resilient and responsible citizens through innovative and challenging CD activities.
The vision of NCDCC is to be a choice Uniformed Group (UG) that equips our youths with life-savings skills for challenging times ahead.
"We, members of the National Civil Defence Cadet Corps, pledge to serve our community
We take pride in our training and uniform.
We are responsible for our actions.
We are loyal to our Nation."
Rank structures are implemented in all Uniform Groups with the common ambition of motivating the cadets and encouraging them to be on a constant roll and quest for trying out new things.
All cadets will start off holding the rank of private, after which will be promoted subsequently, however promotion is based on badges count and completion of courses. The ranks are as follows:
- Private (PTE)
- Lance Corporal (LCP)
- Corporal (CPL)
- Sergeant (SGT)
- Staff Sergeant (SSG)
- Warrant Officer (WO)
Cadet officers are cadets who have graduated from their secondary school and are currently studying in an post-secondary institution, and have pass out from the Cadet Lieutenant Course. The ranks are as follows:
Officers in NCDCC are teachers assigned from their respective schools to aid in the unit. They can also be Honorary Instructors or Honorary Officers directly assigned by HQ NCDCC. The ranks are as follows:
As part of the rank, the letters NCDCC are embroidered which forms part of the Corps Insignia.
All cadets will receive the No.4 uniform. The No.4 consist of a dark blue long-sleeve top and a dark blue trouser. A black beret with the NCDCC crest is worn with the uniform. Boots are also issued together with the uniform. Cadets who are chosen to attend the Unit Drill Instructor(UDI) course in which they will become an UDI after the course graduation will receive a red and white striped lanyard. The lanyard is worn onto the left shoulder with the end of the lanyard attached to the left pocket. The lanyard can be worn on both the No.4 and the No.1.
There are also other uniforms which includes the No.1 ceremonial uniform which is issued to cadets participating in parades. The No.1 consists of a long-sleeve white top and black pants, gold coloured buttons are to be attached to the top. Collar lapels bearing the NCDCC crest are also worn. Peak caps are to be worn alongside the No.1.
Officers have another set of uniform, which is the No.3 office uniform which consist of a top and a pants(for male) or skirt(for ladies) that are coloured in a very dark shade of blue. Gold colour buttons similar to those in the No.1 are attached to the uniform. Male officers wear the black beret while female officers have the roundhat. Black shoes are worn.
Newly enrolled Secondary One students from schools with an NCDCC unit set up, regardless of their race, religion, gender and academic ability, can choose to become members of the corps. While units are allowed to enroll students using methods to their discretion, this must be done so in consultation with their respective schools and if the need arises with the corps' headquarters. Units would also need to submit a nominal roll to the corps' headquarters for monitoring purposes. While there are no restrictions regarding membership for Singapore Citizens and permanent residents, foreign students membership will have to be approved by the relevant ministry. Members are expected to be part of the corps throughout their four or five years of their secondary school education. However, members may be discharged from the corps based on valid reasons.
Below is the list of secondary schools that have NCDCC programs, as of 2013.
- Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
- Balestier Hill Secondary Sch
- Beatty Secondary Sch
- Henderson Secondary Sch
- Hwa Chong International
- Kent Ridge Secondary Sch
- Kuo Chan Presbyterian Secondary Sch
North East Sector:
- Bowen Secondary Sch
- Monfort Secondary Sch
- Yio Chu Kang Secondary Sch
- Orchid Park Secondary Sch
- Pei Hwa Secondary Sch
- Presbyterian High Sch
- North View Secondary Sch
- Chong Boon Secondary Sch
East 1 Sector:
- Bedok South secondary Sch
- CHIJ Katong Convent
- Manjusri Secondary Sch
- Northlight Sch
- Ping Yi Seondary Sch
- St. Patrick’s Sch
- Temasek Secondary Sch
East 2 Sector:
- Changkat Changi Secondary Sch
- Coral Secondary Sch
- East Spring Secondary Sch
- East View Secondary Sch
- St. Hilda’s Secondary Sch
- Tampines Secondary Sch
West 1 Sector:
- Christ Church Secondary Sch
- Evergreen Secondary Sch
- West Spring Secondary Sch
- Yusof Ishak Secondary Sch
- Hillgrove Secondary Sch
West 2 Sector:
- Boon Lay Secondary Sch
- Hong Kah Secondary Sch
- Jurong West Secondary Sch
- Juying Secondary Sch
- Pioneer Secondary Sch
- Yu Hua Secondary Sch
- Ministry of Education (Singapore)
- Ministry of Home Affairs (Singapore)
- Minister for Home Affairs (Singapore)
- Singapore Civil Defence Force
- Education in Singapore
- Co-curricular activity (Singapore)