Origin: Abbreviation for Ministry of Defence

MINDEF is the short form for the Ministry of Defence. This is a ministry of the Singapore Government that is in charge of national defence. It is the headquarters of the SAF – Singapore Armed Forces.

Total Defence is its policy and consists of five pillars namely Military Defence, Civil Defence, Economic Defence, Social Defence and Psychological Defence.


Ah Beng to Ah Seng: “Months before my enlistment into the army, I went down to CMPB to do a MINDEF checkup to determine my PES status……and I got an “A”……basket….I hope they don’t send me to Commando School…”

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