CGS presenting the
Guards Cap Badge Backing, 1979
way of inserting forces :
Guardsmen on the way to the
Projecting Heliborne forces
into the enemy's depth
Victories can only be achieve
by precise planning and co-ordination.
The Final Assault
OF THE GUARDS FORMATION
1st January 1975
marked the beginning of a new chapter in the
SAF – the emergence of the 7th Singapore
Infantry Brigade (7 SIB). Two months later,
it moved from its original location at Headquarters
Singapore 3rd Infantry Division (HQ
3 DIV) to Seletar West Camp. At that time, there
were only four officers, five specialists and
a few clerks. On 24th December 1975,
the first Brigade Commander of 7 SIB, COL D
R Jambu, PPA, was appointed.
A year after her inception,
7 SIB took command of the Infantry Training
Depot (ITD) on 1st January 1976.
The 7th and 8th Singapore
Infantry Regiments (SIR) came under its command
on 9th February 1976.
On 1st July 1976,
7 SIB was officially declared operational. In
view of its operational role, ITD was removed
and the SAF Guards Unit (SAFGU) was added to
the remaining 2 battalions. On 14th
November 1977, President Benjamin Sheares presented
the Inauguration Plaque to the Brigade Commander,
then COL Kwan Yue Yeong during a ceremony held
at SAFGU, Portsdown Camp. This signified the
official opening of 7 SIB.
SAFGU was renamed 1st
Battalion Singapore Guards (1 Guards) in 1977.
A year later, 8 SIR was renamed 2nd
Battalion Singapore Guards (2 Guards). 7 SIB
was accorded elite status on 1st
April 1978. The sub-units then included 1 Guards,
2 Guards, School of Commando Training, 1st
and 10th Commando Battalions. 7 SIR
was transferred to 3 SIB.
On 6th April
1979, a special parade was held at 1 Guards
with the Chief of General Staff (CGS), then
MAJ-GEN Winston Choo, presenting beret with
the new Cap Badge Backing to 7 SIB. CGS explained
that the backing was designed for the use of
the Guardsmen as a symbol of elitism.
On 1st July 1980,
the Commando sub-units were transferred out.
7 SIR was reverted to 7 SIB and renamed as 3rd
Battalion Singapore Guards (3 Guards). On 31st
July 1980, the men of 7 SIB were presented with
Stable Belts, an elite symbol the men deservedly
earned for their excellence in training, performance,
discipline, conduct and bearing.
President Devan Nair presented
l, 2 and 3 Guards with their unit colours on
11th June 1983 at Jurong Stadium.
The old Colours of SAFGU. 7 SIR and 8 SIR were
The presentation of the
Guards Tab to the Guardsmen on 23rd
June 1989 marked another milestone towards the
recognition of the Guardsmen as elite
soldiers of the SAF. 9th June 1994
saw the Guards vocationalists honoured with
the distinctive Guards Khaki Beret.
On 17th December
1991, the 7th Brigade Training School
(7 BTS) came under the command of 7 SIB. However,
from September 1996, all Basic Military Training
(BMT) was undertaken by Basic Military Training
Centre (BMTC), and 7 BTS was closed down.
1994 marked the formalisation of Guards as a
formation. A parade was held at Nee Soon Camp
to mark the inauguration of HQ Guards as Senior
Specialist Staff Officer (SSSO) HQ with the
Chief Guards Officer (CGO) at the helm. Henceforth
all Guards vocationalists, including 7 SIB,
came under the administration and command of