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  • Dumbmoo's Avatar
    11 posts since Sep '11

    • Source: www.ns.sg

       

      DISRUPTION FOR TERTIARY STUDIES FOR FULL-TIME NATIONAL
      SERVICEMEN (NSFs)


      MINDEF provides sufficient opportunities for NS-liable males to attain up to
      first education bar qualifications before enlistment, subject to the deferment
      cut-off age criteria*. A first education bar is defined as GCE 'A' level, Polytechnic
      diploma and equivalent qualifications. Disruption will hence be restricted only
      for full-time National Servicemen (NSFs) to pursue a higher level educational
      qualification, such as an advanced diploma, associate degree or degree course.
      Only courses conducted by the educational institutions which confer their own
      qualifications are allowed. For example, a NSF will not be allowed disruption
      to pursue a foreign degree course conducted by the Singapore Institute of
      Management (SIM) since the qualification is not conferred by SIM.

      Disruption is only considered on the basis of equity to allow those from the
      same school cohort but enlisted in the later intake, to proceed for further studies
      at the same university at the same time as those enlisted in the earlier intake.
      Disruption will not be granted to NSFs who are enlisted ahead of their age
      cohort with equivalent qualifications as the basis of disruption is to maintain
      cohort equity.

      Disrupted NSFs are required to serve their remaining full-time NS in
      one continuous period immediately upon completion of studies.
      NSFs must submit their applications for disruption, together with documentary
      proof, through their unit Manpower Officer to MINDEF/SAF HRSC for approval
      three months prior to their date of disruption. Late or incomplete application
      may be rejected.

      Minimum Service Period
      The earliest date that NSFs can disrupt is on the 1st of the month that they
      complete the minimum service period stipulated in the table below, or one week
      before the start of the official course term for local studies (two weeks before
      the start of the official course term for overseas studies), whichever is later.
      Approval will not be granted for NSFs to be disrupted for orientation or other
      pre-matriculation activities.

      Disrupted NSFs are required to serve their remaining full-time NS in
      one continuous period immediately upon completion of studies.
      NSFs must submit their applications for disruption, together with documentary
      proof, through their unit Manpower Officer to MINDEF/SAF HRSC for approval
      three months prior to their date of disruption. Late or incomplete application
      may be rejected.

      MONTH OF ENLISTMENT   : MINIMUM SERVICE PERIOD
      December / June         : No Disruption      
      January / July                : 24 months
      February / August        : 23 months
      March / September     : 22 months
      April / October              : 21 months
      May/ November           : 20 months

       

      Source: www.NS.sg

       

      Disruption from full-time National Service (NS) for university studies

      Disruption on Equity Basis
      MINDEF provides sufficient opportunities for NS-liable males to attain up to first education bar qualifications before enlistment, subject to the deferment cut-off age criteria. A first education bar is defined as GCE 'A' level, Polytechnic diploma and equivalent qualifications. Disruption will hence be restricted only for full-time National Servicemen (NSFs) to pursue a higher educational qualification, such as an advanced diploma, associate degree or degree course.

      Only courses conducted by educational institutions which confer their own qualifications are allowed. For example, a NSF will not be allowed disruption to pursue a foreign degree course conducted by the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), since the qualification is not conferred by SIM.

      Disruption is only considered on the basis of cohort equity to allow those from the same school cohort but enlisted in the later intake, to proceed for further studies at the same university at the same time as those enlisted in the earlier intake. For example, Polytechnic graduates enlisted in the Sep-Nov quarterly intake may be granted disruption to pursue local university studies in Jul, at the same time as their Polytechnic peers who were enlisted in the Jun-Aug quarterly intake of the same year. Disruption will not be granted to NSFs who are enlisted ahead of their age cohort with equivalent qualifications as the basis of disruption is to maintain cohort equity.

      Local Medical Disruption Scheme (LMDS)
      Full-time National Servicemen (NSFs) who have successfully gained admission into the NUS Medical School can be considered for disruption in the first year of full-time NS, to complete their medical studies, housemanship and hospital postings.

      Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholarships
      NSFs awarded PSC Overseas Merit Scholarship (OMS) are granted disruption in the first year of full-time NS to pursue their university studies.

      Application of Disruption
      NSFs on disruption from full-time NS are required to serve their remaining full-time NS in one continuous period immediately upon completion of studies. NSFs must submit their applications for disruption, together with documentary proof, through their unit Manpower Officer to MINDEF/SAF Human Resource Services Centre (HRSC) for approval three months prior to their date of disruption. Late or incomplete applications will be rejected.

       


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      Extension of Disruption


      NSFs on disruption from full-time NS may apply for extension of disruption on the following grounds:


      * Repeat of Studies due to course failure
      Generally, extension of disruption for repeat of studies can be granted for up to one year.

      * Continuation of degree studies leading to a Honours/Masters
      If the original disruption period granted is less than 5 years, an extension to pursue Masters may be granted for up to 5 years, inclusive of the initial disruption period granted for the Basic degree. If original disruption period granted for the Basic degree exceeds 5 years, no extension for Masters will be granted. No extension of disruption will be granted for Postgraduate Diploma or PhD courses.

      * Pursuance of Professional Courses
      Extension of disruption to pursue essential professional courses may be granted if NSFs on disruption from full-time NS need to wait for more than 6 months after their ORD for the next intake, in the event that they are not granted the extension of disruption, to commence such courses.

      * Switch of Course/Institution
      Extension of disruption arising from a switch of course or institution may be granted up till the maximum duration of 5 years (inclusive of the original disruption period) if the original disruption period is 5 years or less.

      * Personal Administration (e.g. to attend convocation, to make flight arrangements to return home from overseas)
      Extension of disruption of up to 3 months may also be allowed for personal administration (e.g. to attend convocation and to arrange for flights home if the NSF on disruption was overseas).

      PSC Scholars on disruption are to seek approval from PSC directly for extension of disruption for studies.



      You can apply for an extension of disruption by sending your request to HRSC:

      Personnel Management Centre (PMC) for NSFs on disruption from full-time NS
      MINDEF/SAF Human Resource Services Centre (HRSC)

      3, Depot Road #03-03
      SINGAPORE 109681
      Tel: 63731315/63731525
      Email: [email protected]

      Alternatively, you may also apply for an extension of disruption through eTransaction.

      Operating Hours:
      Mon-Friday: 0800 - 1730 hrs

      Important Note
      - All applications for the above are subject to approval and is only applicable at the point the serviceman submits his application, as policy may be changed from time to time.

       


      Q1. How do I apply for an extension of my disruption period?


      You can send your request through mail or fax to Human Resource Services Centre (HRSC), stating the reason for your request eg; repeat of studies etc and the required end date, together with the relevant supporting documents. Alternatively, you may also apply for extension of disruption online via www.ns.sg and send the supporting document to us by mail, fax or email at [email protected]. Supporting document sent via email must be saved in word document or PDF format. Application for extension of disruption is to reach HRSC at least 3 weeks before the expiry of your disruption period.

      Q2a. Can I apply for an extension to pursue my Honours/Masters degree after I have completed my Basic degree?

      Q2b. My disruption period as well as my exit permit is expiring soon but I intend to do my Honours/Masters. However, the outcome of my application for my Honours/Masters course will only be announced at a later date. What should I do?

      Extension of disruption for Honours/Masters degree may be allowed only if it can be obtained within 5 years (inclusive of the disruption period granted for the Basic degree). No extension for Honours/Masters degree will be granted if the original disruption period exceeds 5 years.

      You may apply to extend your disruption for up to a maximum period of 3 months while waiting for confirmation of acceptance by the University. Your exit permit will also be extended upon extension of your disruption. No re-disruption for Honours/Masters will be allowed after resumption of service.

      Q3. How do I know if my online application for an extension has been successful?

      You can choose how you wish to be notified (ie email or postal service) of the outcome of your application under Preferred Means of correspondence.

      Q4. What will happen if I fail to resume service after my disruption period has expired?


      NSFs on disruption must return immediately to serve out the balance of their Full-time NS as recalled, or upon discontinuation/completion of their studies. Disciplinary action will be taken against those who fail to do so. NSFs disrupted for overseas studies will have their exit permit withdrawn by the Central Manpower Base (CMPB) and be classified as exit permit defaulters.

      Q5. Can I switch to a different course of study?

      You are not allowed to switch courses or institution without the prior approval of the Human Resource Services Centre (HRSC). You are required to inform Human Resource Services Centre (HRSC) on the switch of study with documentary proof of the details of the new course. Approval may be granted if the switch does not lead to an extension of the maximum 5 years duration or the original disruption period. The switch must also be to a course that is at least equivalent to that of the original course.

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      After Completion of Studies


      Resumption NS Service Balance Days

      Q1. What should I do if I am not available for the medical check-up that has been scheduled for me?

      Human Resource Services Centre (HRSC) will contact you regarding your medical check-up at the Medical Classification Centre (MCC) located at the Central Manpower Base (CMPB). If you are not available for the medical check-up that has been scheduled for you, you are to inform HRSC so that another appointment can be arranged for you.

      Q2. Can I go for my medical check-up before I complete my studies?

      You may go for your check-up at MCC/CMPB before you complete your studies. However, as the PES status accorded by MCC is only valid for a year, we advised that you contact HRSC to arrange for a medical appointment during your final year of study. This arrangement will facilitate your resumption of service immediately upon the completion of your studies.

      Q3. Can I request for a medical review before I resume my Full-time NS?

      Yes. HRSC will arrange for you to have a medical check-up at MCC/CMPB to ascertain your medical fitness once your application to resume full-time NS is received. Alternatively, you may also request for a medical review through your unit's manpower officer after you have resumed service.

      Q4. Can I choose to see my own Specialist or family doctor instead of going to the medical check-up at MCC/CMPB?

      No. The medical check-up at the MCC/CMPB is required to facilitate Medical Officers to review your medical conditions and to assign a medical PES status to you based on the current criteria outlined in the Medical Classification System. It is thus not possible for you to see your own Specialist or family doctor for this purpose. Nonetheless, you may ask your Specialist or family doctor for a medical report on your condition and to forward it to the Medical Officers who will then consider it in the assessment of your medical PES status.

      Q5. What are the documents that I have to bring along for the medical check-up at MCC/CMPB?

      You need to bring along your NRIC with any medical reports or supporting documents that will assist the Medical Officers in reviewing your medical condition and medical PES status.

      Q6. When will I complete my full-time NS if I apply to resume my service now?

      It depends on the balance of your full-time NS and your annual leave. You may contact Human Resource Services Centre (HRSC) to find out the balance of your full-time NS.

      Q7. Where would I be posted to upon my resumption of service?

      Usually for servicemen who have been trained in a specific vocation and who have only a short balance of full-time NS remaining, they would most likely be posted to their former units. However, there may be occasions where servicemen are re-deployed to other units due to organisational requirements.

      Q8. Will my tertiary qualifications or individual preferences be taken into consideration for deployment?

      The SAF's primary role is to build a fighting force that can defend Singapore and secure our peace. Therefore, this is the main consideration in deploying national servicemen to various vocations. Where necessary, we do take into consideration the national serviceman's education qualifications. But, the SAF will train every national serviceman to be effective in their respective vocations. Every vocation has a critical role to play in Singapore's security and defence.

      Q9. Can I request for a change in posting unit?

      You can forward your request to HRSC. However, please note that while MINDEF would like to take your posting preferences into account, any request will have to be considered vis-vis the organisational requirements.

      Q10. My uniform cannot fit me. Can I report for service in civilian attire?

      You can report in civilian attire if your uniform no longer fits you. However, please check with your unit's Chief Administrative Supervisor on the day of your reporting to arrange for a new set of uniform. Those reporting for Medical Officer Cadet course (MOCC) are required to put on white shirt and black pants.

      Q11. Can I serve out my balance of full-time NS over more than one vacation period?

      No. It is the policy of MINDEF that servicemen who wish to serve out the balance of their full-time NS during their school vacation must do so in one continuous period. Therefore, your vacation must be long enough for you to serve the balance of your full-time NS. No re-disruption will be allowed.

      Q12. Do I have to inform Human Resource Services Centre (HRSC) of my intention to pursue my Honours or Masters course upon completion of my basic degree?

      Yes. You will have to keep HRSC informed of your intention. Otherwise, you will be recalled to serve out the balance of your full-time NS when your current disruption period expires.

      Q13. When will I know the outcome of my application to resume service?

      Under normal processing, you will received a Notice to Render Full-time National Service (NOR) sent to your local mailing address within 6 weeks from the date of your application to resume service. If you do not receive a reply after 6 weeks, your application may have been forwarded to a higher authority and would therefore require a longer processing time.

      Q14. If I have not completed my combat course prior to disruption, will I be sent for the same course on re-enlistment?

      If you are medically fit for combat vocations, you may be sent for the same combat course upon your resumption.

      Q15. I wish to resume my service during my vacation break. Is this possible?

      Yes. You should apply for the resumption of service at least 6 weeks in advance if you wish to serve the balance of service during your vacation break. However upon resumption, you must serve the balance of your full-time NS in one continuous period. You are not allowed to serve your balance of full-time NS over 2 (or more) vacation periods. Once service is resumed, you will not be granted re-disruption. It is important therefore, that you ensure your vacation period can accommodate your balance of full-time NS.

      Q16. What should I do if I want to serve out the balance of my full-time NS before my disruption expires?

      You will need to notify Human Resource Services Centre (HRSC) of your intention to resume service at least 6 weeks in advance.

      Q17. I was given a few days of medical leave by a private clinic before the effective date for me to report to unit to serve out the balance of my full-time NS. Will the few days of medical leave be counted towards the balance of my full-time NS?

      No. If you are not able to report to your unit because of a medical leave not granted by an SAF doctor, the date of your resumption will be postponed until you are medically fit to report to your unit for service.

      Q18. How can I check my leave balance?


      Your previous unit maintains your leave records. You can check your leave balance with them before your disruption from full-time NS.

      Q19. Can I use my annual leave to request for an early ORD to enable me to start work earlier/return and complete my study?

      No, you are not allowed to use your annual leave or Off to request for an early ORD.

      Edited by eac 14 Dec `12, 8:25PM
  • "newbie"'s Avatar
    215 posts since Jul '10
    • Source: www.ns.sg

      Under the Enlistment Act, NS-liable persons are enlisted at the earliest opportunity upon turning 18 years old. For those who are studying, MINDEF does allow some flexibility for them to complete their full-time studies up to the GCE 'A' Levels or Polytechnic Diploma (or their equivalent), both locally and overseas, before enlisting for NS. Those who have already embarked on their full-time studies but who do not meet the deferment conditions, will have to disrupt their studies and be enlisted for NS at the earliest opportunity scheduled by the Central Manpower Base (CMPB), including those who take up Singapore Permanent Residency in the midst of their studies.


      Local Studies in Government Schools
         
      GCE 'A' Level Studies and International Baccalaureate (IB) Studies
      NS-liable persons will be granted deferment for GCE 'A' Level and IB studies (and their equivalent) at Junior Colleges/ Millennia Institute/ Integrated Programme (IP) schools if they are able to commence the course* before 19 years old (for Secondary 4 students) or 20 years old (for Secondary 5 students), as at 1st January of the course commencement year.

      * For NS-liable persons who are pursuing their GCE 'A' Levels or IB in the IP schools, the deferment cut-off age will apply to the 5th year of study.

      Exceptions may be considered for students who do not meet these deferment cut-off ages, but are able to gain admission into Junior Colleges/ Millennia Institute/ IP schools.

      NS-liable persons who are returning from overseas and who wish to pursue studies in Junior Colleges/ Millennia Institute/ IP schools must seek prior approval from CMPB. They must do so before applying through the Ministry of Education (MOE)'s School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans - Junior Colleges and Millennia Institute (SPERS-JC/MI), or before applying directly to the Junior Colleges/ Millennia Institute/ IP Schools. Persons who are deemed to have already attained a first education bar qualification (defined as GCE 'A' Levels, Polytechnic Diploma or equivalent qualifications), be it locally or overseas, will not be granted deferment to pursue another first education bar qualification or another qualification below first education bar.

      Persons who have failed their General Paper (GP)/ Knowledge & Inquiry (KI) or obtained less than 3 H2 passes (excluding KI) in one sitting of the GCE 'A' Level examination will be considered for further deferment to repeat their GCE 'A' Level studies on a full-time basis, subject to one repeat only. Persons who have failed to attain the IB qualification will also be considered for further deferment to repeat their IB studies on a full-time basis, subject to one repeat only.

      Polytechnic Diploma Studies
      NS-liable persons will be granted deferment for Polytechnic Diploma studies and its equivalent qualifications (e.g. courses at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) or the LaSalle College of the Arts) if they are able to commence the course before 19 years old (for Secondary 4 students) or 20 years old (for Secondary 5 students), as at 1st January of the course commencement year.

      NS-liable persons who graduated with NITEC/Higher NITEC qualification from ITE Colleges will be granted deferment for Polytechnic Diploma studies and its equivalent qualifications if they are able to commence the course before 21 years old as at 1st January of the course commencement year. Applications for deferment from ITE graduates who are above 21 years old as at 1st January of their course commencement year will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

      NS-liable persons who are returning from overseas and who wish to pursue Polytechnic Diploma studies and its equivalent qualifications must seek prior approval from CMPB before applying for their intended course of study. Persons who are deemed to have already attained a first education bar qualification (defined as GCE 'A' Levels, Polytechnic Diploma or equivalent qualifications), be it locally or overseas, will not be granted deferment to pursue another first education bar qualification or another qualification below first education bar.

      Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Diploma Studies

      NS-liable persons who completed NITEC or Higher NITEC studies at ITE Colleges, will be granted deferment to pursue the Technical Engineer Diploma (TED) or Technical Diploma (TD) programmes at ITE Colleges if they are able to commence the course before 21 years old, as at 1st January of the course commencement year. They will be granted deferment to complete the academic phase only, and will be enlisted for full-time NS at the earliest opportunity upon completion of the academic phase. Deferment will not be granted for work attachments and internships. Applications for deferment from ITE graduates who are above 21 years old as at 1st January of their course commencement year will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

      NS-liable persons who are returning from overseas and who wish to pursue ITE Diploma studies must seek prior approval from CMPB before applying for their intended course of study. Persons who are deemed to have already attained a first education bar qualification (defined as GCE 'A' Levels, Polytechnic Diploma or equivalent qualifications), be it locally or overseas, will not be granted deferment to pursue another first education bar qualification or another qualification below first education bar.

      NITEC and Higher NITEC Studies

      NS-liable persons will be granted deferment for NITEC or Higher NITEC courses at ITE Colleges if they are able to commence the course before 19 years old (for Secondary 4 students) or 20 years old (for Secondary 5 students), as at 1st January of the course commencement year.

      NS-liable persons who graduated with NITEC qualification from ITE Colleges will also be granted deferment for Higher NITEC courses if they are able to commence the course at ITE Colleges before 20 years old, as at 1st January of the course commencement year.

      NS-liable persons who are returning from overseas and who wish to pursue NITEC or Higher NITEC studies at ITE Colleges must seek prior approval from CMPB before applying for their intended course of study. Persons who are deemed to have already attained a first education bar qualification (defined as GCE 'A' Levels, Polytechnic Diploma or equivalent qualifications), be it locally or overseas, will not be granted deferment to pursue another first education bar qualification or another qualification below first education bar.

      GCE 'O' and 'N' Level Courses
      NS-liable persons will generally be granted deferment to pursue GCE 'O' and 'N' Level studies at government, government-aided or independent secondary schools.

      An extension of deferment may be granted for those who wish to repeat their GCE 'N' or 'O' Level studies on a full-time basis, subject to one repeat only.

      Local Private Courses
      NS-liable persons who graduated before September 2011 may be granted deferment to pursue full-time studies (up to the GCE 'A' Levels, Polytechnic Diploma or equivalent qualifications) at private institutions registered with the Council for Private Education (CPE), if they are able to commence the course before 18 years old, as at 1st January of the course commencement year. NS-liable persons graduating from September 2011 onwards may be granted deferment to pursue full-time studies (up to the GCE 'A' Levels, Polytechnic Diploma or equivalent qualifications) at private institutions registered with the CPE, if they are able to commence their courses before 19 years old (for Secondary 4 students) or 20 years old (for Secondary 5 & ITE students), as at 1st January of the course commencement year. The higher cut-off age will apply to courses commencing from 1st January 2012 onwards.

      Deferment for private courses will be considered on a stage-by-stage basis (i.e. a Certificate course and a Diploma course, if packaged together, will be treated as separate courses for the purpose of granting deferment). A new application for deferment must be made before the commencement of a new stage of studies. Deferment for the new stage of studies will be subject to the same cut-off age stated in the preceding paragraph.

      Overseas Studies
      NS-liable persons who graduated before September 2011 may be granted deferment to pursue full-time overseas studies (up to the GCE 'A' Levels, Polytechnic Diploma or their equivalent qualifications) if they are able to commence the course before 18 years old, as at 1st January of the course commencement year. NS-liable persons graduating from September 2011 onwards may be granted deferment to pursue full-time overseas studies (up to the GCE 'A' Levels, Polytechnic Diploma or their equivalent qualifications) if they are able to commence their courses before 19 years old (for Secondary 4 students) or 20 years old (for Secondary 5 & ITE students), as at 1st January of the course commencement year. The higher cut-off age will apply to courses commencing from 1st January 2012 onwards.

      NS-liable persons will be required to apply for an exit permit for overseas trips of 3 months and longer and will be required to furnish a bond of $75,000 or an amount equivalent to 50% of the combined annual gross income of both parents for the preceding year, whichever is higher.

      Application for Deferment

      NS-liable persons may apply for deferment online at the NS portal (http://www.ns.sg) during NS registration and pre-enlistment documentation.

      Those applying for deferment to pursue local studies may be required to furnish documentary proof for verification upon CMPB's request. Upon CMPB's request, they will be required to submit to CMPB a letter from their school certifying their enrolment, their course of study, as well as their course commencement and completion dates.

      Those applying for deferment to pursue overseas studies must submit to CMPB a letter from their school certifying their enrolment, their course of study as well as their course commencement and completion dates. In addition, they must submit their parents' Income Tax Notices of Assessment (both local and overseas) for the preceding year.

      Those who subsequently wish to pursue or switch to a new course or institution must seek prior approval from CMPB.

      Notes: The information provided in this website are general guidelines. For further details, you may wish to contact the NS Call Centre at [email protected] or Tel: 1800-3676767 (eNSNSNS).

      Edited by eac 15 Dec `12, 10:49PM
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