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      Yes, the Military Police (MP) will look for you at your home and workplace, and you will be charged for Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL).

       

      Source: www.ns.sg

      Military Justice System in the SAF

      1. Overview
      The military justice system in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is expected to treat every service personnel fairly and equally, regardless of race, rank or vocation.

       
      2. Multi-levelled Approach

      The military justice system is based on the SAF Act, which was implemented in 1972. All servicemen are subjected to the SAF Act, SAF Regulations, and orders of whatever form issued pursuant to them.

      While discipline is paramount in the military, not all offences committed by SAF servicemen are dealt with by formal investigations and charges. Essentially, offenders can be dealt with either by way of informal or formal punishment systems.

       
      3. Informal Punishment System
      Commanders are empowered to mete out informal punishments like push-ups and weekend confinement to servicemen who have committed disciplinary breaches, like being late, sluggish, or improperly dressed.

       

      4. Formal Punishment System
      If the offence that a serviceman committed is of a more serious nature, he may be formally dealt with by his disciplinary officer by way of a summary trial, or brought before a subordinate military court (more commonly known as the General Court Martial or GCM).

      (a) Summary Trial

      The offences that can be dealt with by summary trial are essentially military offences, such as absence without leave (AWOL), non-compliance with lawful orders or insubordination.

      Depending on the rank of the serviceman in question, and the type of the disciplinary body hearing the case, the possible sentences that may be imposed can vary, and these can include fines or detention.

      The summary trial is carried out in accordance with relevant SAF regulations, and the records of the summary trial are sent to the office of the Director, Legal Services of the SAF.

      (b) General Court Martial

      The General Court Martial exists as a separate forum from that of the summary trial. Unlike the summary trial, the GCM can deal with a wider range of offences, and can impose a wider range of punishments including imprisonment and discharge, on top of sentences like detention and fines. The GCM is also a more public and open forum, and its proceedings are conducted using similar legal rules and procedures as those used in a civil criminal court.

      Generally, only serious offences investigated by the Military Police Command, and which are referred to the office of the Director of Legal Services, will result in the accused serviceman being charged in a GCM. In such a case, a military prosecutor will draw up a formal charge sheet and present it before the GCM.

      General Courts Martial can be further sub-divided into two categories, namely the Panel Courts Martial - consisting of a President and usually two other members, and Judge Courts Martial - consisting of a single President only.

      Currently, the practice is for military offences to be heard by Panel Courts Martial, while civil offences like misuse of drugs and penal code offences may be dealt with by a Judge Court Martial.


      The current policy is also for an NSman, who is or was a District Judge in the Subordinate Courts, to preside in a GCM. There are currently 10 NSmen who have been appointed by the Armed Forces Council to perform duty as President of a court martial. They are rostered by the Registrar of the Subordinate Military Court to hear cases during their in-camp training. In the case of a Panel Court Martial, the other two members are rostered from among some 155 military officers appointed by the Chief of Defence Force.

       
      5. Ways to Seek Redress

      There are numerous safeguards and avenues set out in the military justice system for an SAF serviceman to seek redress if he is unhappy about the punishment imposed on him.

      Generally, a serviceman who is dissatisfied with an informal punishment meted out to him may request a higher level commander to review the punishment, or request for formal disciplinary dealing.

      In the case of a summary trial, a serviceman brought before the disciplinary officer may elect instead to be tried by a court martial. Alternatively, an aggrieved serviceman may request that his conviction or punishment imposed at the summary trial be reviewed by MINDEF's Director Manpower (a delegated authority of the Armed Forces Council).

      In the case of a GCM, a serviceman may choose to be represented by a lawyer or an SAF defending officer if his case will be heard by a court martial. The SAF has about 200 trained defending officers. While an SAF defending officer comes free to the serviceman, he has to bear the cost of engaging a lawyer. At the end of the trial, a serviceman who is dissatisfied with the decision of the court martial may petition the Reviewing Authority (the AFC or a committee of its members) for a review of his case. The serviceman can also appeal to the Military Court of Appeal (MCA) for a reconsideration of his conviction, or his sentence, or both.

      The MCA, when convened to hear an appeal, sits as a panel of five members. Heading the MCA is a President, who is appointed by the Chief Justice. By law, he must be a person qualified to be a Judge of the Supreme Court. The current President of the MCA is Justice Choo Han Teck. Four other members - two civilian members who are qualified legal practitioners with at least five years experience each, and two senior military officers - make up the rest of the MCA. The MCA is the highest court in the military justice system.

       
      6. Impartial Hearings
      It is important to recognise that the GCM and the MCA are tribunals headed by presidents who are outside the SAF chain of command.

      Being an "outsider", the president of these forums will hear the case impartially like any other civil criminal case. The proceedings in the GCM and the MCA are also heard in a public forum, and these military courts adopt many of the same legal procedures and safeguards as that used in the civil criminal courts. All servicemen formally charged with an offence can bring their case to these forums.

       

       

      Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command
      (SAFMPC/ 新加坡武装部队宪兵司令部)

      The formation is headed by the Command Headquarters which oversees its daily operations, and supported by four units specialising in the various specific operational responsibilities of the SAF MPC.

      The four units are:

      Military Police Enforcement Unit (MPEU): The unit consists of the Law Enforcement and Ceremonial Company (LECC), the Security Operation Unit (SOU) and the Special Security and Protection (SSP) Branch. It is the active wing of the SAF MPC and executes most of the operational and ceremonial duties and roles carried out by the SAF MPC.

      The LECC was formed by combining the former Active Provost Company (APC) and the former Zone Provost Company (ZPC). Its duties include most of the important ceremonial duties required within the SAF as previously handled by the APC, and a traffic platoon which ensures the compliance of traffic regulations by military personnel on the road as well as performing escort duties. It also performs regular raids for contraband and/or miscreants on various camps of the SAF as was conducted by the ZPC. Enforcement Platoon (also known as Platoon 2) performs regular operations in residential areas, workplaces, and many public places such as shopping centres, clubs and eating outlets to apprehend desertersAWOL offenders, drug addicts and other military criminals. They work closely with the Singapore Police Force and are often in very dangerous situations and are extremely well trained for handling the varied scenarios that they find themselves in. This is also the platoon that enforces the public image of the SAF by booking offenders who smoke in uniform and commit other offences in uniform while in the eye of the public. It is worth noting that they perform undercover security operations for high-key events like the National Day Parade and the Youth Olympic Games. The security of Mowbray Station is overseen by a platoon who is also in charge of registering and detaining suspects and offenders of military crimes in holding cells. The station is similar to a civilian police station and it is usually the first stop for detainees before their transfer to the detention barracks after conviction in military courts, or a temporary holding cell for servicemen placed under Closed Arrest. The investigative branch for the SAF, the Special Investigation Branch (SIB) investigates higher-order military crimes that requires specialised handling. Since 31 December 8, MPEU has heralded the inclusion of a new branch within its ranks. The Security Support and Protection (SSP) Branch is involved in sensitive operations so no further information is available.

      SAF Detention Barracks (SAFDB): Headed by a commandant, DB consists of MPs in charge of supervision of detainees of the SAF who have been convicted in military courts.

      Military Police Training School (MPTS): Formerly known as the School of Provost, MPTS is in charge of equipping trainees with necessary and fundamental military policing skills as well as instilling in them a high standard of discipline through the vocational courses and specialised courses such as the Silent Precision Drill Courses. MPTS also legislation courses for senior commanders all over the SAF. In addition, the SAF Military Working Dog Unit is a wing under MPTS and it is in charge of all dog training and doctrine matters of the SAF.

      SAF MP Command Head Quarters (HQ): The Head Quarters of the Command comprises various branches, namely the Human Resource (HR), Intelligences and Security Branch (ISB), General Staff Branch (GS), the Special Investigation Branch (SIB) and Logistic Branch. Each branch is headed by a branch head who serves concurrently as the Command's Manpower, Intelligence, Ops and Training and Logistics Officer.

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      FAQs

      SAF Detention Barracks

      1. Are the detainees being medically taken care of?

      Primary health care of detainees is of utmost importance to us. All detainees will be given adequate medical care during their incarceration. Our medical services are also supported by the Tengah Airbase Medical Centre, NUH and also Changi General Hospital if the need arises.

      2. Can I write a letter to a detainee?
      Yes.

      3. I have just received a Visit Notification Letter, but the schedule visit date stated therein has already lapsed. How can I visit the detainee?
      You can contact the Records Office at 6424 6666 to arrange for another appointment date.

      4. Can anyone besides the parent unit of the detainees pick up the detainee on the day of their release?
      At no time shall the detainee/military prisoner be released from the detention barracks/military prison as the case may be, to his family or any other party.

      5.. Can the detainee write letters while serving detention in Detention Barracks?
      Every detainee and military prisoner shall be allowed to write one letter per week.

      6. What are the visiting days and what is the duration of the visit?
      Visiting days are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and the first appointment starts from 1.30pm and ends at 3.00pm. Visitors are allowed to visit the detainee for 30 minutes.

      7. How many visits is the serviceman entitled to?
      Each serviceman is entitled to one visit per week.

      8. What happens if the family members can't turn up on the date specified for their first visit?
      The family members can call Records Office of SAF Detention Barracks at 6424 6666 and arrange for another date and time.

      9. What is the dress code of the family members when they come for parent visit?
      The family must wear appropriately when they come for parent visit. SAF Detention Barracks will send a slip indicating the dress code together with the parent-visiting letter.
      Edited by eac 17 Aug `17, 8:16PM
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    4,047 posts since Dec '03
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      Yes, the Military Police (MP) will look for you at your home and workplace, and you will be charged for Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL).

       

      Source: www.ns.sg

      Military Justice System in the SAF

      1. Overview
      The military justice system in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is expected to treat every service personnel fairly and equally, regardless of race, rank or vocation.

       
      2. Multi-levelled Approach

      The military justice system is based on the SAF Act, which was implemented in 1972. All servicemen are subjected to the SAF Act, SAF Regulations, and orders of whatever form issued pursuant to them.

      While discipline is paramount in the military, not all offences committed by SAF servicemen are dealt with by formal investigations and charges. Essentially, offenders can be dealt with either by way of informal or formal punishment systems.

       
      3. Informal Punishment System
      Commanders are empowered to mete out informal punishments like push-ups and weekend confinement to servicemen who have committed disciplinary breaches, like being late, sluggish, or improperly dressed.

       

      4. Formal Punishment System
      If the offence that a serviceman committed is of a more serious nature, he may be formally dealt with by his disciplinary officer by way of a summary trial, or brought before a subordinate military court (more commonly known as the General Court Martial or GCM).

      (a) Summary Trial

      The offences that can be dealt with by summary trial are essentially military offences, such as absence without leave (AWOL), non-compliance with lawful orders or insubordination.

      Depending on the rank of the serviceman in question, and the type of the disciplinary body hearing the case, the possible sentences that may be imposed can vary, and these can include fines or detention.

      The summary trial is carried out in accordance with relevant SAF regulations, and the records of the summary trial are sent to the office of the Director, Legal Services of the SAF.

      (b) General Court Martial

      The General Court Martial exists as a separate forum from that of the summary trial. Unlike the summary trial, the GCM can deal with a wider range of offences, and can impose a wider range of punishments including imprisonment and discharge, on top of sentences like detention and fines. The GCM is also a more public and open forum, and its proceedings are conducted using similar legal rules and procedures as those used in a civil criminal court.

      Generally, only serious offences investigated by the Military Police Command, and which are referred to the office of the Director of Legal Services, will result in the accused serviceman being charged in a GCM. In such a case, a military prosecutor will draw up a formal charge sheet and present it before the GCM.

      General Courts Martial can be further sub-divided into two categories, namely the Panel Courts Martial - consisting of a President and usually two other members, and Judge Courts Martial - consisting of a single President only.

      Currently, the practice is for military offences to be heard by Panel Courts Martial, while civil offences like misuse of drugs and penal code offences may be dealt with by a Judge Court Martial.


      The current policy is also for an NSman, who is or was a District Judge in the Subordinate Courts, to preside in a GCM. There are currently 10 NSmen who have been appointed by the Armed Forces Council to perform duty as President of a court martial. They are rostered by the Registrar of the Subordinate Military Court to hear cases during their in-camp training. In the case of a Panel Court Martial, the other two members are rostered from among some 155 military officers appointed by the Chief of Defence Force.

       
      5. Ways to Seek Redress

      There are numerous safeguards and avenues set out in the military justice system for an SAF serviceman to seek redress if he is unhappy about the punishment imposed on him.

      Generally, a serviceman who is dissatisfied with an informal punishment meted out to him may request a higher level commander to review the punishment, or request for formal disciplinary dealing.

      In the case of a summary trial, a serviceman brought before the disciplinary officer may elect instead to be tried by a court martial. Alternatively, an aggrieved serviceman may request that his conviction or punishment imposed at the summary trial be reviewed by MINDEF's Director Manpower (a delegated authority of the Armed Forces Council).

      In the case of a GCM, a serviceman may choose to be represented by a lawyer or an SAF defending officer if his case will be heard by a court martial. The SAF has about 200 trained defending officers. While an SAF defending officer comes free to the serviceman, he has to bear the cost of engaging a lawyer. At the end of the trial, a serviceman who is dissatisfied with the decision of the court martial may petition the Reviewing Authority (the AFC or a committee of its members) for a review of his case. The serviceman can also appeal to the Military Court of Appeal (MCA) for a reconsideration of his conviction, or his sentence, or both.

      The MCA, when convened to hear an appeal, sits as a panel of five members. Heading the MCA is a President, who is appointed by the Chief Justice. By law, he must be a person qualified to be a Judge of the Supreme Court. The current President of the MCA is Justice Choo Han Teck. Four other members - two civilian members who are qualified legal practitioners with at least five years experience each, and two senior military officers - make up the rest of the MCA. The MCA is the highest court in the military justice system.

       
      6. Impartial Hearings
      It is important to recognise that the GCM and the MCA are tribunals headed by presidents who are outside the SAF chain of command.

      Being an "outsider", the president of these forums will hear the case impartially like any other civil criminal case. The proceedings in the GCM and the MCA are also heard in a public forum, and these military courts adopt many of the same legal procedures and safeguards as that used in the civil criminal courts. All servicemen formally charged with an offence can bring their case to these forums.

       

       

      Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command
      (SAFMPC/ 新加坡武装部队宪兵司令部)

      The formation is headed by the Command Headquarters which oversees its daily operations, and supported by four units specialising in the various specific operational responsibilities of the SAF MPC.

      The four units are:

      Military Police Enforcement Unit (MPEU): The unit consists of the Law Enforcement and Ceremonial Company (LECC), the Security Operation Unit (SOU) and the Special Security and Protection (SSP) Branch. It is the active wing of the SAF MPC and executes most of the operational and ceremonial duties and roles carried out by the SAF MPC.

      The LECC was formed by combining the former Active Provost Company (APC) and the former Zone Provost Company (ZPC). Its duties include most of the important ceremonial duties required within the SAF as previously handled by the APC, and a traffic platoon which ensures the compliance of traffic regulations by military personnel on the road as well as performing escort duties. It also performs regular raids for contraband and/or miscreants on various camps of the SAF as was conducted by the ZPC. Enforcement Platoon (also known as Platoon 2) performs regular operations in residential areas, workplaces, and many public places such as shopping centres, clubs and eating outlets to apprehend desertersAWOL offenders, drug addicts and other military criminals. They work closely with the Singapore Police Force and are often in very dangerous situations and are extremely well trained for handling the varied scenarios that they find themselves in. This is also the platoon that enforces the public image of the SAF by booking offenders who smoke in uniform and commit other offences in uniform while in the eye of the public. It is worth noting that they perform undercover security operations for high-key events like the National Day Parade and the Youth Olympic Games. The security of Mowbray Station is overseen by a platoon who is also in charge of registering and detaining suspects and offenders of military crimes in holding cells. The station is similar to a civilian police station and it is usually the first stop for detainees before their transfer to the detention barracks after conviction in military courts, or a temporary holding cell for servicemen placed under Closed Arrest. The investigative branch for the SAF, the Special Investigation Branch (SIB) investigates higher-order military crimes that requires specialised handling. Since 31 December 8, MPEU has heralded the inclusion of a new branch within its ranks. The Security Support and Protection (SSP) Branch is involved in sensitive operations so no further information is available.

      SAF Detention Barracks (SAFDB): Headed by a commandant, DB consists of MPs in charge of supervision of detainees of the SAF who have been convicted in military courts.

      Military Police Training School (MPTS): Formerly known as the School of Provost, MPTS is in charge of equipping trainees with necessary and fundamental military policing skills as well as instilling in them a high standard of discipline through the vocational courses and specialised courses such as the Silent Precision Drill Courses. MPTS also legislation courses for senior commanders all over the SAF. In addition, the SAF Military Working Dog Unit is a wing under MPTS and it is in charge of all dog training and doctrine matters of the SAF.

      SAF MP Command Head Quarters (HQ): The Head Quarters of the Command comprises various branches, namely the Human Resource (HR), Intelligences and Security Branch (ISB), General Staff Branch (GS), the Special Investigation Branch (SIB) and Logistic Branch. Each branch is headed by a branch head who serves concurrently as the Command's Manpower, Intelligence, Ops and Training and Logistics Officer.

      -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      FAQs

      SAF Detention Barracks

      1. Are the detainees being medically taken care of?

      Primary health care of detainees is of utmost importance to us. All detainees will be given adequate medical care during their incarceration. Our medical services are also supported by the Tengah Airbase Medical Centre, NUH and also Changi General Hospital if the need arises.

      2. Can I write a letter to a detainee?
      Yes.

      3. I have just received a Visit Notification Letter, but the schedule visit date stated therein has already lapsed. How can I visit the detainee?
      You can contact the Records Office at 6424 6666 to arrange for another appointment date.

      4. Can anyone besides the parent unit of the detainees pick up the detainee on the day of their release?
      At no time shall the detainee/military prisoner be released from the detention barracks/military prison as the case may be, to his family or any other party.

      5.. Can the detainee write letters while serving detention in Detention Barracks?
      Every detainee and military prisoner shall be allowed to write one letter per week.

      6. What are the visiting days and what is the duration of the visit?
      Visiting days are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and the first appointment starts from 1.30pm and ends at 3.00pm. Visitors are allowed to visit the detainee for 30 minutes.

      7. How many visits is the serviceman entitled to?
      Each serviceman is entitled to one visit per week.

      8. What happens if the family members can't turn up on the date specified for their first visit?
      The family members can call Records Office of SAF Detention Barracks at 6424 6666 and arrange for another date and time.

      9. What is the dress code of the family members when they come for parent visit?
      The family must wear appropriately when they come for parent visit. SAF Detention Barracks will send a slip indicating the dress code together with the parent-visiting letter.
      Edited by eac 17 Aug `17, 8:27PM
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    4,047 posts since Dec '03
    • Introduction to ORNS

      What is Operationally Ready National Service (ORNS)?

      After reaching your Operationally Ready Date (ORD), you will transition from full-time National Serviceman (NSF) to Operationally Ready National Serviceman (NSman). ORNS refers to the NS training phase that NSmen undergo with their NS unit. It is typically a 10 year training cycle which comprises 3 main phases:

      To complete an ORNS year, you need to participate in an ORNS activity within your work-year, which starts on 1 April and ends on 31 March of the following year. For this period, you may be called up for not more than 40 days of ORNS activities annually. It is your responsibility to inform your employer in advance of any ORNS activities you need to attend.

      Throughout your ORNS, you must update MINDEF on your contact details via Update My Profile on the NS Portal.

      Note: Any changes to your contact details will take up to 3 working days to be reflected in the system.

       

      What are the ORNS activities I may be called up for?

      As part of your ORNS, you could be called up to fulfil the training requirements for the following ORNS activities:

      Participate in In-Camp Training (ICT)
      In a work-year, you may be called for:

      • High Key (HK) ICT, which lasts at least 7 days
      • Low Key (LK) ICT, which lasts 6 days or less

      You will be notified of your ICT via MINDEF notification channels which you are required to acknowledge. Furthermore, you will receive a softcopy of the official notice, i.e. SAF100, via Manage Call-Ups & Manning on the NS Portal. Your SAF100 will have your ICT details, like the reporting date, time, venue, attire and instructions for your call-up. If you are unable to attend, you must apply for deferment via Manage Call-Ups & Manning on the NS Portal.

      Note: Being absent from your ICT without approved deferment may subject you to disciplinary action.

      To prepare for your ICT, you can replace and replenish your personal equipment at the SAF eMarts or via Shop At eMart on the NS Portal. Credits will be allocated to you once every 2 years.

      Be Ready for Manning
      You could be placed on Manning, and must be ready at any time to report to your Mobilisation Centre upon mobilisation. Notification can occur through 2 ways:

      • Open Mobilisation: You will be notified through broadcast of codewords representing your unit in mass media like TV and radio, and through your personal contact numbers home, office or mobile phone
      • Silent Mobilisation: You will be notified through your personal contact numbers  home, office or mobile phone

       

      Pass Your Annual Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) 
      You need to attempt and pass your annual IPPT, with a score of at least 51 points out of 100, with a minimum of 1 point in every IPPT station. This has to be done within your IPPT Window  a 12-month period. The first window starts on your birthday after your ORD and ends a day before your next birthday.

      As IPPT requirements are gazetted under the Enlistment Act, you will not receive notification via SAF100 to attend any IPPT activities. It is your responsibility as an NSman to track and fulfil your IPPT requirements within your annual IPPT Window. To assist you, an SMS notification could be sent upon the commencement of your IPPT Window.

      You can also fulfil your IPPT requirements by completing 10 sessions of IPPT Preparatory Training (IPT) with at least 1 IPPT attempt within your IPPT Window.

      You will be required to take up to 20 sessions of Remedial Training (RT) in your next IPPT Window if you have any of the following statuses by the end of your IPPT Window:

      • Did not attempt your IPPT
      • Failed IPPT (for those who did not opt for IPT)
      • Did not complete your IPT

       

      What if I travel overseas during my ORNS?

      For overseas travel that is more than 14 days and less than 6 months, you need to inform the MINDEF Notification Centre (MNC) prior to your trip. But if you are travelling for 6 months or longer, you will need to apply for an Exit Permit (EP). All these can be done via the eService Manage Overseas Trips on the NS Portal.

      Note: Informing MNC of your intention to travel within your Manning period does not excuse you from mobilisation. You will still need to seek approval from your unit's Commanding Officer on the travelling details. If you do not, you may be called back for investigation and be subjected to disciplinary action.

       

      Will I be paid for the ORNS activities I attend?

      You will receive NS Pay for the duration of any ORNS activities you attend. This is to ensure that you will not suffer a loss of income as a result of attending these activities while employed. Your NS Pay is typically made up of your Service Pay and Make-Up Pay.

       

      What awards and recognition will I receive during my ORNS?

      Different schemes have been designed to recognise your contributions throughout your ORNS. You will receive this in the form of annual tax relief of $1,500, MINDEF/SAF Group Insurance coverage during your ORNS training, and Celebratory Gifts to commemorate your special occasions.

      You can also receive awards when you reach the different milestones in your ORNS, like the National Service HOusing, Medical and Education (NS HOME) Awards and Service Medals. NSmen with exemplary performances may also be eligible for other forms of awards and recognition, like the NS Excellence Award (NSEA).

       

      When do I complete my ORNS?

      You will be deemed to have completed your ORNS training cycle and be phased into the MINDEF Reserve (MR) when you have fulfilled 10 ORNS years of which 7 are HK ICTs.

      Note: For Key Appointment holders, you have to fulfil 13 ORNS years of which 8 are HK ICTs.

       

      What happens after I phase into MR?

      Upon phasing into MR, you will not have to:

      • Take your IPPT
      • Be called up for ORNS activities
      • Notify MNC for overseas travel

      However, you will still need to apply for an EP if you are travelling overseas for 6 months or longer. You should also maintain your personal equipment as you may still be activated for operational service up to your statutory age – 50 and 40 years old for Officers and WOSEs respectively.

       

      What happens when I reach my statutory age?

      Upon reaching your statutory age, you will be considered an Ex-NSman. You have fulfilled your NS duty. You are no longer required to participate in any ORNS activities and notify MINDEF on your overseas travel.

      You may dispose your personal equipment by returning it to any SAF eMart outlet or the Army Logistics Base. You may also dispose of it on your own, as long as it does not result in the unauthorised usage of your equipment by other persons.

      For example, you should cut your SAF uniforms and SAF helmet liner suspension assemblies and retention straps into small pieces, and remove all tags with the label "Property of SAF"€ before discarding them into the waste bin.

      Note: Non-compliance with these instructions may amount to a criminal offence, and result in criminal charges against you.

       

      Can I serve beyond my ORNS or statutory age?

      The Reservist on Voluntary Extended Reserve Service (ROVERS) and NS Volunteer schemesoffer opportunities for you to do so. However, these are subject to approval. If you have civilian expertise in operationally relevant niche areas, like law, medicine, engineering, and psychology, you may also be recommended to join the Expertise Conversion Scheme (ECS).

  • eac's Avatar
    4,047 posts since Dec '03
    • Introduction to ORNS

      What is Operationally Ready National Service (ORNS)?

      After reaching your Operationally Ready Date (ORD), you will transition from full-time National Serviceman (NSF) to Operationally Ready National Serviceman (NSman). ORNS refers to the NS training phase that NSmen undergo with their NS unit. It is typically a 10 year training cycle which comprises 3 main phases:

      To complete an ORNS year, you need to participate in an ORNS activity within your work-year, which starts on 1 April and ends on 31 March of the following year. For this period, you may be called up for not more than 40 days of ORNS activities annually. It is your responsibility to inform your employer in advance of any ORNS activities you need to attend.

      Throughout your ORNS, you must update MINDEF on your contact details via Update My Profile on the NS Portal.

      Note: Any changes to your contact details will take up to 3 working days to be reflected in the system.

       

      What are the ORNS activities I may be called up for?

      As part of your ORNS, you could be called up to fulfil the training requirements for the following ORNS activities:

      Participate in In-Camp Training (ICT)
      In a work-year, you may be called for:

      • High Key (HK) ICT, which lasts at least 7 days
      • Low Key (LK) ICT, which lasts 6 days or less

      You will be notified of your ICT via MINDEF notification channels which you are required to acknowledge. Furthermore, you will receive a softcopy of the official notice, i.e. SAF100, via Manage Call-Ups & Manning on the NS Portal. Your SAF100 will have your ICT details, like the reporting date, time, venue, attire and instructions for your call-up. If you are unable to attend, you must apply for deferment via Manage Call-Ups & Manning on the NS Portal.

      Note: Being absent from your ICT without approved deferment may subject you to disciplinary action.

      To prepare for your ICT, you can replace and replenish your personal equipment at the SAF eMarts or via Shop At eMart on the NS Portal. Credits will be allocated to you once every 2 years.

      Be Ready for Manning
      You could be placed on Manning, and must be ready at any time to report to your Mobilisation Centre upon mobilisation. Notification can occur through 2 ways:

      • Open Mobilisation: You will be notified through broadcast of codewords representing your unit in mass media like TV and radio, and through your personal contact numbers home, office or mobile phone
      • Silent Mobilisation: You will be notified through your personal contact numbers  home, office or mobile phone

       

      Pass Your Annual Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) 
      You need to attempt and pass your annual IPPT, with a score of at least 51 points out of 100, with a minimum of 1 point in every IPPT station. This has to be done within your IPPT Window  a 12-month period. The first window starts on your birthday after your ORD and ends a day before your next birthday.

      As IPPT requirements are gazetted under the Enlistment Act, you will not receive notification via SAF100 to attend any IPPT activities. It is your responsibility as an NSman to track and fulfil your IPPT requirements within your annual IPPT Window. To assist you, an SMS notification could be sent upon the commencement of your IPPT Window.

      You can also fulfil your IPPT requirements by completing 10 sessions of IPPT Preparatory Training (IPT) with at least 1 IPPT attempt within your IPPT Window.

      You will be required to take up to 20 sessions of Remedial Training (RT) in your next IPPT Window if you have any of the following statuses by the end of your IPPT Window:

      • Did not attempt your IPPT
      • Failed IPPT (for those who did not opt for IPT)
      • Did not complete your IPT

       

      What if I travel overseas during my ORNS?

      For overseas travel that is more than 14 days and less than 6 months, you need to inform the MINDEF Notification Centre (MNC) prior to your trip. But if you are travelling for 6 months or longer, you will need to apply for an Exit Permit (EP). All these can be done via the eService Manage Overseas Trips on the NS Portal.

      Note: Informing MNC of your intention to travel within your Manning period does not excuse you from mobilisation. You will still need to seek approval from your unit's Commanding Officer on the travelling details. If you do not, you may be called back for investigation and be subjected to disciplinary action.

       

      Will I be paid for the ORNS activities I attend?

      You will receive NS Pay for the duration of any ORNS activities you attend. This is to ensure that you will not suffer a loss of income as a result of attending these activities while employed. Your NS Pay is typically made up of your Service Pay and Make-Up Pay.

       

      What awards and recognition will I receive during my ORNS?

      Different schemes have been designed to recognise your contributions throughout your ORNS. You will receive this in the form of annual tax relief of $1,500, MINDEF/SAF Group Insurance coverage during your ORNS training, and Celebratory Gifts to commemorate your special occasions.

      You can also receive awards when you reach the different milestones in your ORNS, like the National Service HOusing, Medical and Education (NS HOME) Awards and Service Medals. NSmen with exemplary performances may also be eligible for other forms of awards and recognition, like the NS Excellence Award (NSEA).

       

      When do I complete my ORNS?

      You will be deemed to have completed your ORNS training cycle and be phased into the MINDEF Reserve (MR) when you have fulfilled 10 ORNS years of which 7 are HK ICTs.

      Note: For Key Appointment holders, you have to fulfil 13 ORNS years of which 8 are HK ICTs.

       

      What happens after I phase into MR?

      Upon phasing into MR, you will not have to:

      • Take your IPPT
      • Be called up for ORNS activities
      • Notify MNC for overseas travel

      However, you will still need to apply for an EP if you are travelling overseas for 6 months or longer. You should also maintain your personal equipment as you may still be activated for operational service up to your statutory age – 50 and 40 years old for Officers and WOSEs respectively.

       

      What happens when I reach my statutory age?

      Upon reaching your statutory age, you will be considered an Ex-NSman. You have fulfilled your NS duty. You are no longer required to participate in any ORNS activities and notify MINDEF on your overseas travel.

      You may dispose your personal equipment by returning it to any SAF eMart outlet or the Army Logistics Base. You may also dispose of it on your own, as long as it does not result in the unauthorised usage of your equipment by other persons.

      For example, you should cut your SAF uniforms and SAF helmet liner suspension assemblies and retention straps into small pieces, and remove all tags with the label "Property of SAF"€ before discarding them into the waste bin.

      Note: Non-compliance with these instructions may amount to a criminal offence, and result in criminal charges against you.

       

      Can I serve beyond my ORNS or statutory age?

      The Reservist on Voluntary Extended Reserve Service (ROVERS) and NS Volunteer schemesoffer opportunities for you to do so. However, these are subject to approval. If you have civilian expertise in operationally relevant niche areas, like law, medicine, engineering, and psychology, you may also be recommended to join the Expertise Conversion Scheme (ECS).

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    • Singapore commemorates 50 years of National Service (NS50) this year.

       

      PAssion Card is delighted to celebrate this milestone with all NSmen who have made immense contributions in keeping the peace and stability in our country. To express our appreciation to all NSmen for their contributions, we would be offering to those eligible a complimentary commemorative NS50 PAssion EZ-Link Card that comes with a free 5-year membership!

       

      Here are some of the exclusive privileges and benefits* that our members enjoy/earn:

      • Discounts on courses and activities at all Community Clubs (CCs) and other PA outlets, and at over 1,000 PAssion Merchants outlets
      • TapForMore points at Cold Storage, Giant and Guardian Health & Beauty Stores
      • 50% more STAR$® when they shop at participating CapitaLand Malls
      • National Library Board Partner Membership for 5 years
      • Convenience of e-payment at over 10,000 transaction points
      • Ease of EZ-Link card top up at all CCs

       

      All eligible NSmen will receive an invitation letter to sign up for the commemorative card. For those who wish to register for the card, all you need to do is to follow the instructions stated in the invitation letter.

       

      We look forward to welcoming you as our PAssion Card Member and seeing you and your family at our community activities.

       

      *Terms and conditions apply

       

      Complimentary PAssion Card Membership in Commemoration of NS50 
      for Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) National Servicemen / Home Team National Servicemen 


      Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

      1. What is the Commemorative NS50 PAssion Card? 

        As Singapore commemorates 50 years of National Service, the People’s Association would like to take this opportunity to express appreciation for the National Servicemen who have made immense contributions in keeping the peace and stability in our country. 

        The Commemorative NS50 PAssion Card is free for past and present National Servicemen. They include full-time National Servicemen (NSFs), Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSmen) including past National Servicemen who have phased into MINDEF/MHA Reserve (previously known as ‘R.O.D’). 

        An invitation card for the Free Commemorative NS50 PAssion Card will be enclosed in the NS50 Recognition Package with application instructions.


      2. What are the benefits of the Commemorative NS50 PAssion Card? 

        With the NS50 PAssion Card, members will enjoy privileges and benefits at all Community Clubs and PA Water-Venture Outlets. Members can also enjoy exclusive privileges and discounts at more than 1,000 PAssion Merchant outlets.

        In summary, members: 
        • Enjoy Members’ Rates and privileges at all CCs;
        • Enjoy further 2% off Members’ Rates if payment is via the ez-link function of the PAssion Card for CC courses/ activities;
        • Enjoy discounts at other PA outlets like PA Water-Venture Outlets, The WEARHouse (PA’s costumes rental service), PA concerts, Chingay Parade Singapore as well as other activities and facilities under PA;
        • Enjoy discounts and privileges at over 1,000 PAssion Merchant outlets recruited by PA;
        • Earn TapForMore points at participating retail banners under Dairy Farm Singapore such as Cold Storage, Giant and Guardian Health & Beauty stores
        • Enjoy complimentary 5-year National Library Board (NLB) Partner Membership (Applicable to Singaporeans and PRs only); and
        • Earn 50% more STAR$® exclusively at participating CapitaLand Malls


      3. How do I apply for the Commemorative NS50 PAssion Card? 

        Instructions to apply for the Commemorative NS50 PAssion Card will be included in the NS50 Recognition Package that will be sent to you. Once you have received your NS50 Recognition Package, kindly follow the instructions to apply for your card. 


      4. Is there a stored value in the Commemorative NS50 PAssion Card?

        The Commemorative NS50 PAssion Card does not contain any stored value.


      5. I am an existing PAssion Card holder. What will happen to my PAssion Card and the status of my TapForMore points when I receive my Commemorative NS50 PAssion Card? 

        You can continue to use your existing PAssion Card(s) as it can co-exist with your Commemorative NS50 PAssion Card. You can also continue to earn and redeem TapForMore (TFM) points on the respective PAssion Cards. 

        However, you will not be able to transfer TFM points from your existing PAssion Card(s) to the Commemorative NS50 PAssion Card nor combine the TFM points earned from the various PAssion Cards. The TFM points earned are kept separately in each card that you have. 


      6. Who can I contact should I have further queries? 

        For more details on the NS50 Recognition Package; 

        If you are a SAF National Serviceman, please call the SAFRA NS50 Contact Centre at 1800-250-5050 during operating hours or email to [email protected].

        If you are a Home Team National Serviceman, please call 1800-350-5050 during operating hours or email to [email protected].    
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    • Thank you for registering your interest with us. For eligible SAF national servicemen, please wait for your notification letters to register for the NS50 Recognition Package. If you are a SPF or SCDF NSman, please register for your NS50 Recognition Package through HomeTeamNS instead.

      https://ns50.safra.sg/web/opt-in/opt-in

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    • NS50 PROMOTIONS

      (Retailers' appreciation for our national servicemen)

      As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of National Service (NS), we thank you for being part of the one million who have served or are serving NS today. You have contributed to a strong national defence force, ensuring over 50 years of peace and security for Singapore. Your continued support for NS will secure our home for the future.

      In recognition of your service and contributions, we have prepared a range of special benefits and privileges for you and your family members. This is in partnership with a group of supportive merchants starting from 30 Jun 2017 to 10 Aug 2017.  Simply show your 11B at outlets bearing the “Thank you for your service” decal to enjoy the offers.

      Do visit https://spotns50.spotnwin.asia/Promotion for the latest offers and privileges.

      For organisations or merchants who would like to partner us on this, please do.

      Edited by eac 13 Jul `17, 8:28PM
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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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    • Please call the 24/7 NS hotline at 1800-3676767 to speak to a customer service officer.

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