When Senior Lieutenant-Colonel (Dr) Shalini Arulanandam applied for a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) scholarship in 1998, the local study award for medicine was only for men.
In her interview for the SAF Merit Scholarship, she told the panel that she was interested in doing medicine, but was told it was not open to women.
But two days later, she received a call with an offer for the medicine scholarship, if she passed her officer cadet training and got into a medicine course, among other requirements. She became the first woman to receive the scholarship.
SLTC (Dr) Arulanandam, 42, continues to be a trailblazer as she becomes the first woman to be appointed the commander of the SAF Medical Corps’ Military Medicine Institute (MMI).