Singapore Armed Forces Commando Formation

Singapore Armed Forces Commando Formation

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The Singapore Armed Forces Commando Formation (CDO FN) is an elite branch of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). An offensive unit, it specialises in pre-emptive operation involving small groups of specially-trained soldiers in enemy territory. Designed to be executed quickly in anticipation of a reaction by the enemy, these commando operations are normally short-term and intensive due to their lack of service support in hostile environments.

The commandos are usually entrusted with two main roles. Strike missions may involve firefights with the enemy and the destruction of specific enemy targets. Reconnaissance missions are conducted by smaller groups of commandos who may need to camp for longer periods surveying the target in enemy territory.

In recognition of the consistently high training and operational standards in which the formation has achieved over the years, its one and only active battalion, 1st Commando Battalion (1CDO), has won the Singapore Armed Forces Best Unit Competition's "Best Combat Unit Award" for a record 25 times since the competition was introduced in 1969.


The effort to create an elite unit comprising regular servicemen began in earnest in 1967, when two officers, MAJ Tan Kim Peng Clarence and MAJ James Chia, were given the task to begin recruiting eligible candidates from any unit in the SAF, thus forming the SAF Regular Battalion on 1 December 1969 under the direct command of the Ministry of Defence. CPT Tham Chee Onn was selected...
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