National Service (NS) has been a huge part of Singapore’s success. Without NS, we could not have built up the SAF and the Home Team to protect ourselves from potential aggressors and security threats.
NS begun in August 1967 and has over the years become a rite of passage for male Singaporeans regardless of race, language or religion. To date, more than 900,000 Singaporeans have served NS.
While there were many changes to help Singaporeans cope with National Service e.g. increase in pay, support from employees, medical benefits, the Minister for Defence has promised that even more will be done to recognise National Servicemen’s efforts.
For a start, Gifts will be given to active national servicemen who are newly married or have babies, he said, while more national servicemen who perform well during their NS training will receive gift vouchers to enjoy with their families.
Basic life and personal accident insurance coverage will also be provided to NSmen,
Employers and Businesses that supports NS will also be given the ‘NS mark’ as a form of acknowledgement of their supportive HR pratices.
Other changes also include reducing the enlistment wait-time to allow more full-time national servicemen (NSFs) to enter the workforce or further their studies earlier.
It is a privilege to be able to serve the country through National Service and it is heartening to see that the government is doing more than just lip service.
We did not need these incentives to call every Singaporean Son to serve and I do not think that incentives are the reasons why people serve anyway.
It does however, reinforce the commitment and the value that the government place on its national servicemen.
“Training to be soldiers…why must we serve…because we love our land….and we want it to be free to be free”
Details of the latest benefits here