Mind & Body

30 Nov

Mind & body
From air defence to psychological defence
November 30, 2009

PSYCHOLOGIST. Scuba diver. Triathlete.

CAMERA READY: (Above) Maj Boh after her photo shoot. (Below) Maj Boh at work.

And now, Miss May.

Major Boh Lee Wee, 28, will appear in Pioneer magazine next May.

She is a military psychologist at the applied behavioural sciences department of the Ministry of Defence (Mindef).

She assesses and improves a soldier’s mental readiness and analyses how the SAF performs as a unit. She also looks at the impact of its policies on personnel and the issues to be addressed in the organisation.

The former Hwa Chong Junior College student was a platoon commander at the Air Defence Artillery and her men manned a ground-based air defence missile system.

She was then posted to the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) headquarters for almost 21/2 years.

The SAF merit scholar studied psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in the US.

The self-confessed introvert said she signed on with the SAF when she was only 19.

She said: ‘I wanted something different. I wanted to challenge myself physically and mentally.’

Maj Boh is engaged to a captain in the Guards unit, whom she met in university. They will be getting married next year.

She was interested in psychology as she was curious about how people interacted with each other and how they behaved when they were alone.


She said: ‘I feel understanding people helps me to understand myself, too. It helps me to empathise with people better.’

For someone who said she thought a lot, she didn’t need much to convince MajBoh to agree to the photo shoot for the magazine.

She had previously appeared in Mindef’s scholarship brochures.

But she admitted she still had to step out of her comfort zone.

She said: ‘This is not how I dress out of uniform. I’m usually in T-shirt, jeans, tank tops and bermudas.

‘Sitting in front of a camera is not me.’

Maj Boh went through a two-hour make-up session for the shoot and did not know what the theme would be.

In the end, the magazine went for the wet look as she said she loved the outdoors and would go scuba diving once a year.

The muay thai (Thai martial arts) enthusiast also takes part in triathlons and does yoga.

She said: ‘The human body is capable of a lot more things than most people realise.’


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