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    • NS have counselling hotlines for you to call if need arises.
      The counsellors are experienced professionals.

      You can call them at the following counselling hotlines:

      • SAF : 1800-278 0022 (SAF Counselling Hotline)
      • SPF : 1800-255 1151 (Police Psychology Service Department)
      • SCDF: 1800-286 6666 (SCDF Counselling Hotline)

       

      If you think you have been treated unfairly, you can bring up the case to your Commander. We will listen to your case. Do remember to bring along all facts and supporting documents.

      We will do our best to address your concerns. Servicemen are to seek redress through proper channels. Together, we can address your issue more expeditiously.

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      COUNSELLING

      The SAF seeks to promote the well-being of every serviceman by providing
      counselling support for those whom might be facing difficulties coping with their
      personal or work/training related problems. Servicemen who are experiencing
      difficulties can seek help through the avenues described below.


      Commander interviews of all recruits are conducted within 48 hours of enlistment into full-time NS. Regular interviews are subsequently conducted on a monthly basis during the PTP/BMT phase. Special interviews are also granted upon request. Servicemen can highlight their difficulties during these interviews for assistance.

      Orientation Officers identify, assist and counsel BMT recruits with adjustment
      and/or other personal problems.

      NS SAF Counselling Hotline is a 24-hour confidential telephone
      counselling service provided by the SAF Counselling Centre. Manned by
      trained counselling personnel, the SAF Counselling Hotline offers a crisis
      and telephone counselling service to all servicemen. Callers may
      choose to remain anonymous. Face to face counselling is also available
      at the SAF Counselling Centre upon request/referral.

      SAF Paracounselling Scheme
      complements other existing counselling
      services and provides another avenue of help at the unit level for those who
      need help to deal more effectively with their problems. Paracounsellors are
      specially selected, trained by and work closely under the professional guidance
      and support of counsellors from the SAF Counselling Centre. Paracounsellors
      can be identified through their identification badges as well as through publicity
      posters displayed in their units.

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    • Please call the 24/7 NS hotline at 1800-3676767 to speak to a customer service officer.

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    • Source: https://www.cmpb.gov.sg/

       

      The Central Manpower Base (CMPB) is the first touch point to National Service (NS).

       

      Today, our core activities include managing the pre-enlistment process, medical screening of pre-enlistees and administrative matters for release from full-time National Service (NS) upon servicemen reaching their Operationally Ready Date.

      Our functions include:

      1. Administering NS registration process for NS-liable male citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents upon reaching the age of 16.5 years 
      2. Managing deferment requests 
      3. Assigning pre-enlistees to the Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore Civil Defence Force and Singapore Police Force for NS 
      4. Conducting medical screening examination of pre-enlistees to determine medical fitness for NS 
      5. Managing enforcement matters pertaining to Enlistment Act offences 
      6. Managing Exit Permit controls for NS-liable male citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents
      7. Providing auxiliary services such as the management of NRICs and card services
      8. Other internal functions including business excellence, engagement and communications

       

      Full-time National Service (NS) is an essential part of our nationhood and a rite of passage for every Singaporean and Permanent Resident (PR) male. While some may find it demanding, it is absolutely critical for maintaining our sovereignty. To understand why, it may be worth spending some time to read through the following information and acquaint yourself with the history and facts of NS.

      What NS is

      NS is a mandatory conscription and duty that every male citizen and PR must undertake upon attaining the age of 18. NS can be served in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) or Singapore Police Force.

      NS has been the cornerstone of Singapore’s defence and security since independence. Our national servicemen form the backbone of these three uniformed Services that keep Singapore safe and secure.

      To date, more than 900,000 male Singaporeans have served NS and journeyed through this rite of passage. For many, this defining experience bonds servicemen from different backgrounds and across generations.

      NS duration

      You will be in the active service as a full-time National Serviceman (NSF) for two years.

      After your full-time NS, you will become an Operationally Ready National Serviceman (NSman). Your NSman obligation will end at the age of 50 if you are an Officer or have special skills. Otherwise, you will serve until the age of 40.

      Why you need to serve NS

      The need for NS became clear when Singapore gained independence in 1965. It would not have been possible to raise a regular force of a sufficient size to protect this island state given our small population. For over 50 years, NS has evolved into a national institution that is well accepted and a part of our way of life.

      Our servicemen’s roles have also expanded. Beyond protecting Singapore from armed conflicts, our servicemen are now involved in countering terrorism, dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters and tackling health epidemics. In 1975, the first intake of Police full-time National Servicemen was enlisted and deployed for peacetime and emergency functions. The SCDF enlisted its first intake of NSFs in 1981 to provide emergency services to the nation during peacetime and crises. Today, the changing roles of our servicemen reflect the need for NS to evolve and keep pace with the changes in our society as well as our threat environment.

      NS, as the bedrock of our fighting force and national security, remains critical for Singapore’s continued survival and success. A strong defence underpins the peace and prosperity we enjoy by safeguarding Singapore’s independence and sovereignty.

      Our website has detailed information on the key milestones in the entire pre-enlistment process.

      NS history and stories

      Find out interesting facts about the SAF since its founding post-independence and learn about the history of Singapore's military. Our roots go back to 1854 when the Singapore Volunteer Rifle Corps was formed under colonial rule!

      Read about real-life NS experiences and the camaraderie experienced by those who came before you.

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    • Source: https://www.cmpb.gov.sg/before-ns/voluntary-early-enlistment-scheme/

       

      All male Singaporeans and Permanent Residents will be enlisted for full-time National Service (NS) at the earliest opportunity upon turning 18. If you are at least 16.5 years old and wish to be enlisted before turning 18, you may do so under the Voluntary Early Enlistment Scheme (VEES). However, you will have to obtain your parent(s)' or guardian(s)’ consent and be medically and physically fit. You may have to go through an interview to ascertain whether you will be able to cope with military training.

      The VEES application process is as follows:

      1. Download and print a copy of the VEES application form.
      2. Send the duly completed form to us by post at the following address:

        Central Manpower Base
        3 Depot Road
        #02-09
        Singapore 109680

       

      Each VEES application will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

      If you are no longer studying, or have just completed your GCE ‘O’ or ‘N’ Level but have no intention of furthering your studies, you will receive a Further Reporting Order with details to report for registration and medical screening. If we determine that you are suitable to be enlisted before the age of 18 years, you will be enlisted within four to six months after being given a definitive Physical Employment Status, subject to training capacity.

      If you have graduated from ‘A’ Level or diploma studies overseas or are from a foreign school, you may have completed NS registration and medical screening earlier. You will be enlisted within four to six months after your course completion.

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    • Teenager Brandon Smith, who holds dual citizenship with New Zealand and Singapore, has to fulfil his National Service (NS) obligations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Wednesday (Mar 2).

      "Singapore adheres to the fundamental principles of universality and equity for NS. All Singaporeans are expected to fulfil our NS obligations as citizens. It would not be fair to allow citizens to avoid NS just because they reside overseas," said the MFA in a written reply to MP David Ong's parliamentary question.   

      "Even if he were to subsequently apply for renunciation of his citizenship after he attains the age of majority, he would still remain liable for any breaches of the Enlistment Act. He is advised to return to Singapore as soon as possible to resolve the matter."

      Mr Smith, 19, faces a two-year jail term and a $10,000 fine if he does not comply.

      The MFA said it also informed the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the point of contact from Singapore's Ministry of Defence, after its New Zealand counterpart made a request. 

      A report by Stuff.co.nz said Mr Smith moved to Dunedin with his family when he was eight years old. He reportedly said he does not see the point of returning to fulfil his NS obligations and, as he does not speak Chinese, would be treated as an outsider. He has a New Zealand-born father and Singapore-born mother, the report noted. 

      - CNA / 2 March 2016

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    • Vocational Assessment

      Upon completion of your pre-enlistment medical screening, you will be required to go through Vocational Assessment at the Vocational Assessment Centre (VAC). This is done using a battery of tests called the Manpower Aptitude Assessment System (MAPAS) to assess your mental abilities. This is so that we can maximize our limited manpower by putting people where their abilities can be best used.

      Your Vocational Assessment scores will affect important decisions, which include assignment to a vocation and selection to be a commander (Officer, Specialist).

      Therefore, you should put in as much effort as possible to do the tests well and accurately, as this will not only help the nation maximize it's limited manpower, but also help us place you into vocations that will make good use of your abilities.

      Click here for more information on the MAPAS tests and how to be prepared.

      Edited by eac 29 Feb `16, 10:48PM
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    • The only direct official way to know is to call the 24/7 NS hotline at 1800-3676767 to speak to a customer service officer.

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    • Please request in black and white to liaise with your NS unit's S1 Manpower Branch. 


      Attention your request letter to S1 Manpower Officer, Deputy S1 Officer and Chief Clerk.



      Notes:

      Revocation/ Post Out matters are none of medical centre business. Medical centre can only recommends a revocation/ post out. Please note that all actual manpower matters are all handled by the NS unit's S1 Manpower Branch. Therefore, please go to check with S1 Manpower Officer/ DyS1 Officer/ Chief Clerk.

      As mentioned above, for all revocation/ post out matters, please check directly with the S1 Manpower Branch for all manpower issues.

      Edited by eac 25 Feb `16, 3:09PM
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    • The only direct official way to know is to call the 24/7 NS hotline at 1800-3676767 to speak to a customer service officer.

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    • Fulfilling National Service (NS) duties takes precedence over personal goals, and it is not up to an individual to cherry-pick when to serve the nation, said a High Court judge today (Feb 11), as he increased the sentence of an NS evader to one-and-a-half months’ jail.

      Justice Chan Seng Onn’s comments came as he allowed prosecutors’ appeal against the S$4,500 fine imposed on Brian Joseph Chow, 25, who had evaded serving NS for more than six years.

      Chow moved to Australia in 2005, claiming that the local education system fell short in addressing his attention deficit disorder.

      Two years later, he turned 16 years and six months old, and was required under the Enlistment Act to register for a valid exit permit (VEP) to remain outside Singapore.

      But Chow never did, ignoring four notices from the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) between January and May 2008 to register for NS. He claimed to be unaware of these notices, and requested for deferment twice in 2009 to complete his four-year university education.

      The requests were turned down, but Chow only returned to Singapore in May 2013 after graduating. He then surrendered to the authorities and enlisted in November the same year, going through specialist cadet school and combat intelligence school. He has completed serving NS.

      Today, Justice Chan noted that the defence policy is set by MINDEF, which gets to decide when and how a male Singaporean would serve NS.

      In evading NS in favour of his studies, Chow had gained an unfair advantage over his peers, said the judge. Besides potentially dampening the morale and commitment of other male Singaporeans, individuals who deferred NS could become less suited for a combat role due to their relatively older age, and shorten the window to fully complete their reservist duties, he added

      The judge added that the sentencing of overseas defaulters was based on the argument of fairness. The custodial threshold will generally be crossed when an overseas defaulter who has a “substantial connection” to Singapore remains overseas without a VEP for more than two years, he said.

      In Chow’s case, he left Singapore after years of education, but his family resides here and he intended to do the same.

      “He therefore has and will reap the benefits of Singapore citizenship and has, by delaying his NS obligations, violated the principles of equity and universality and undermined the fair share argument,” said Justice Chan.

      Factors that will influence the sentence for an offender include the number of years he evades NS and whether he surrendered voluntarily, while exceptional performance during NS could be a mitigating factor and warrant a “discount” of penalties, he added.

      Justice Chan said he would have jailed Chow for slightly below three months if not for his stellar performance in NS. His commanders had written testimonials in support of his performance in NS.

      - todayonline.com

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    • A New Zealand teenager born in Singapore has been threatened with jail time and hefty fines unless he returns to the Asian nation to complete two years of national service in the army.

      Brandon Smith,19, moved to Dunedin with his family when he was eight years old and holds dual citizenship with New Zealand and Singapore.

      But Singaporean authorities are demanding he report for a pre-service medical or face two years in jail, or a S$10,000 (NZ$10,780) fine. 

      Brandon with his mother Cindy, who was born in Singapore, and his NZ-born father Shane.

      Brandon with his mother Cindy, who was born in Singapore, and his NZ-born father Shane.

      Brandon said spending two years doing national service would be difficult and pointless. 

      "I don't see the point of it, really. It's sort of a waste of time to go there and just come back anyway," he said. 

      Brandon said he does not speak Chinese, and as a New Zealand citizen he would be treated as an outsider. 

      After an initial three-month training period in which service personnel are housed and fed, they are then expected to find their own accommodation. 

      Although they receive a small monthly payment, it would not be enough to cover rent and food, and he would not want to impose on family, he said. 

      Under Singaporean law, Brandon cannot relinquish his citizenship until he is 21 years old.

      An application to defer his national service until the age of 21 has been declined on numerous occasions, despite the Singaporean authorities granting his younger brother Kristen a deferment. 

      His father, Shane Smith, said after a long battle with bureaucrats in Singapore they have run out of options.

      "Obviously for Brandon, it's not what we want. If he doesn't go back to Singapore to serve his NS, then he can never enter Singapore because he runs the risk of being arrested," said Shane.

      Shane, a New Zealand-born Kiwi, served in the New Zealand Air Force and married Brandon's mother Cindy , who was born in Singapore but is a permanent resident in New Zealand. 

      Shane has been corresponding with Singaporean MPs and bureaucrats for years in a desperate bid to help his son avoid conscription. 

      "Absolutely no one would accommodate us. It was always the same answer; 'we regret to inform you that Brandon has to serve National Service'," he said.

      Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said in September last year she appealed to Minister for Foreign Affairs Murray McCully in a letter to help the family. 

      "We have a 19-year-old who has left school with his life in front of him, he considers himself a New Zealand citizen and has no identification with Singapore and yet he is expected to do a national service," she said.

      "I think it's a really good case for New Zealand to be sticking up for its citizens."

      In a statement released on Saturday, McCully apologised for the late response to Curran's letter and said he had received it shortly before he took time off work to have major surgery to remove a tumour.

      He said that he intended to take the matter up.

      "While the Singapore Government is responsible for determining their own citizenship policies, I have considerable sympathy for the situation this family has found themselves in," he said.

       - stuff.co.nz

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    • MyORD @ www.ns.sg
      An electronic handbook designed to educate NSF on his responsibilities before transiting to Operationally Ready National Serviceman (ORNSman).

      This handbook comprises the following information:

      1. Your roles, responsibilities and benefits of an NSman
      2. Key administrative and transitional guide for an NSman

      As a trial, Army will be embarking on this platform to streamline NSF ORD administrative procedures. NSFs in Army Service are to read and acknowledge the followings:-

      1. ORD Admin Instructions
      2. Note on Management of Service Injury Claims
      3. SAF Act - Section 50
      4. Certificate of Leaving Form

      Click HERE to access MyORD!

      Edited by eac 26 Jan `16, 10:17PM
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    • Please call the 24/7 NS hotline @1800-3676767 to a customer service officer to liaise with your NS unit.


      What is my NS training programme during my ICT?

      To find out more about your upcoming NS training programme, you can visit MyUnit in the NS Portal (www.ns.sg).

       

      Edited by eac 26 Jan `16, 10:10PM
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