National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC)
*Note: NPCC is an external CCA in VJC
Overview of NPCC
NPCC mainly focuses on imparting knowledge about the various prevalent crimes in Singapore through courses and how everyone can contribute to the safety and security of our nation. Additionally, NPCC also promotes the idea of ‘all for one, one for all’. Our duty is to help nurture leadership and instill responsibility in cadets through drill sessions, campcraft, and various camps they have to conduct.
Is there something about your CCA you and your fellow members think most people are unaware of that you feel needs to be shared to them?
Unbeknownst to most people, in order to become a Cadet Inspector, one needs to have taken up NPCC as their CCA in secondary school.
However, new volunteers who are without prior NPCC background but are interested, can also join the corps via the open units in NTU and NUS as Honorary Officers.
How often do you have your trainings?
Most of the time, we have trainings once per week. However, during the competition season, trainings can increase to 2-3 times per week for cadets to be sufficiently prepared.
Would you like to give us a glimpse of what trainings are usually like?
A regular training consists of drills, campcraft, physical training and finally team building games to end off the day. However, as a Cadet Inspector, we are not the ones at the forefront conducting trainings for our juniors, but rather, monitor and keep track of the squad’s progress. Hence, since we allow Cadet Leaders the freedom to craft out their own training plans and outline, Rui Han (a fellow Cadet Inspector) and I do not really interfere with the Cadet Leaders’ activities when they conduct their training unless there is a problem that is not within their control.
Any additional information to take note of?
To address any misconceptions, we assure you that the impression that life in NPCC would be full of ‘tekan’ is not representative of what the CCA entails.
In NPCC, every single thing that we do serves as a useful learning asset for us to grow as a leader. Being in the CCA has provided us with abundant opportunities to step out of our comfort zone and excel in our duties.
More about NPCC
Why did you choose to join this CCA?
I chose this CCA because I wanted to give back to the school that has groomed me to become who I am today. Unlike most CCAs in VJ which are transient, the brotherhood and sense of camaraderie I have experienced with my friends in NPCC is one that I hold dearly to and will last me a long time. I believe that I have the responsibility to inspire my juniors and make a difference in their lives, just like how my seniors inspired me to continue serving the corps.
What would you consider to be the highlight of your CCA journey thus far?
I would say that the highlight of my CCA is being given the valuable opportunity to lead the Cadet Leaders in charge of running the unit. Although managing these Cadet Leaders’ performance and grooming their character is no easy task, it brings me immense satisfaction whenever I’ve realised that I’ve accomplished the goal of grooming someone successfully.
On top of that, being able to witness the outgoing batch of seniors tossing their berets in the air and reflecting on their NPCC milestones during their graduation ceremony, which marks the finale of their NPCC journey, is a moment I would gladly store in my mind for an eternity.
What about the CCA culture? What’s it like?
Without doubt, being in NPCC, regimentation is necessary. However, for me, being a Cadet Inspector is more than just instilling discipline in my juniors. Inculcating the right values, and being a friend and brother to them through thick and thin is equally important.
In a Nutshell
To the incoming batch of juniors who will be busy pondering over the issue of CCA selection, what words would you give to those who may be keen on entering your CCA family?
Serving as a Cadet Inspector in NPCC ultimately offers you a different opportunity and experience compared to other JC CCAs by challenging you to push beyond your boundaries and develop yourself both physically and mentally. Do join as a volunteer if you enjoy being the one that is able to guide and mentor your juniors and at the same time, grow as a person and a leader.
Justin Ho, 17S48