The Commitment to Defence (C2D) Ambassadors Programme aims to strengthen National Education (NE) efforts through tapping on suitable members of the Singapore Armed Forces Veterans' League (SAFVL) and Operationally Ready National Servicemen
as volunteers to engage and inspire the younger generation of Singaporeans, and strengthen community support for defence and security. This was one of the recommendations made by the Committee to Strengthen National Service (CSNS) which was set up
in 2013 to examine how the NS system can be strengthened for the future, to better serve Singapore and Singaporeans.
These volunteers – known as Commitment to Defence Ambassadors – comprise primarily Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) veterans and NSmen who have served with distinction in their military careers, lived through significant historical events, and/or participated in key military operations.
The programme was established with the appointment of 49 C2D Ambassadors in 2014. At engagement sessions with target audiences such as SAF personnel, Nsmen, students from Primary to Tertiary schools and the community, the C2D Ambassadors share their personal stories and experiences, including first-hand insights into key episodes of Singapore's history and military operations. They also hold lively discussions to inspire the students and servicemen to play their part in keeping Singapore strong.
As at Sep 2019, 72 C2D Ambassadors have engaged more than 80,000 students, servicemen and women from the SAF at about 1,100 engagements, since the start of the C2D Ambassadors Programme in early 2015.