Colonel Gan Siow Huang promoted to become first female general in Singapore Armed Forces
- On July 1, Huang, 40, will assume the rank of Brigadier-General after 22 years in the army.
- She was one of four women to receive the first SAF merit scholarship in 1993 when the military first began actively recruiting women.
- A graduate of the London School of Economics and mother of three, she credits the SAF’s family-friendly policies with allowing for some of the flexibility needed for her to balance her demanding work with starting a family.
“I think women entered this game late. It was only in 1993 that the SAF seriously started to look at and bring in talent, and to develop woman leaders. Back then, the SAF also did not know how far women could go. In the 1990s, we didn’t have many woman COs in the Army, Navy and Air Force. Over time, when women in different jobs and vocations did well, confidence was gradually built.”
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