“New recruits to Singapore’s military, air force and navy are to get a new standard-issue item of equipment besides their rifle — the iPad,” AFP reports.
“The defence ministry said Monday it will be issuing ‘about 8,000’ of the sleek, touch-screen tablet computers — already wildly popular with the city-state’s tech-savvy youth — to recruits from November,” AFP reports. “The ministry said it was also planning to issue the devices to other servicemen next year.”
AFP reports, “Troops can use the iPad’s built-in camera to take photos and video clips in the field which can be uploaded to the SAF’s online platform, LEARNet. Soldiers can use these photos and videos to carry out post-mission assessments… Singapore maintains a conscript-based military and its armed forces are among the best-equipped in Asia. Every able-bodied male citizen and permanent resident aged 18 and above must undergo two years of military training.”
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