Pre-enlistees will be required to complete pre-enlistment procedures and medical screening before they are scheduled for enlistment.
They will be scheduled for enlistment into the respective enlistment intakes based on numerous considerations such as the medical & physical fitness and educational qualifications of the individual, as well as the manpower and operational requirements of the various intakes.
In general, pre-enlistees from the same 'A' level/International Baccalaureate (IB) or polytechnic cohort are enlisted over two intakes due to capacity constraints at the NS training schools. For example, 'A' level/ IB holders who graduate in Nov/Dec are typically enlisted in the Dec and Mar quarterly intakes. Polytechnic diploma holders who graduate in Mar/Apr are typically enlisted in the Jun and Sep quarterly intakes. ITE certificate holders and pre-enlistees with other qualifications are enlisted throughout the year.
Pre-enlistees can only be assigned to an enlistment intake after being certified medically fit for enlistment at the pre-enlistment medical screening. Pre-enlistees will receive Enlistment Notices to notify them of their enlistment date about 2 months before their scheduled enlistment.
If you have queries regarding your enlistment date or the enlistment schedule, please call 1800-eNSNSNS (1800-367 6767) for assistance.
After completing their BMT, servicemen who have performed well and are assessed to possess leadership qualitites will be sent to either Officer Cadet School (OCS) or Specialist Cadet School (SCS) to be trained as commanders.
Find out more:
Officer Cadet School (OCS)
Specialist Cadet School (SCS)Edited by eac 03 Apr `15, 10:55AM
Booking non-ICT IPPT/RT/IPT is simple, easy, fast and convenient. Do it:-
- Online at: www.ns.sg
- By phone: 1800-eNSNSNS (or 1800 - 3676767)
- Download the iOS apps "MyIPPT" at Apple Apps Store
You can also cancel or amend your bookings using the above three easy/ simple ways.
Refer to with further details and examples:
a. What are the 3 options for a self-employed NSman to claim Make-Up Pay?
The NSman should choose the option that suits him best for the particular training. An option once made for a particular training is irrevocable.
Option 1: Income Tax Option
- NSman's monthly income would be based on the Trade Income shown in the Income Tax Notice of Assessment (NA) for the year of NS training.
- Since the trade income for the year of training would not be available at the time of submission of the claim, a provisional payment would be made based on the latest available trade/self-employment income. An adjustment would be made when the trade income for the year of NS training is available.
- The adjustment may result in either an arrears or an overpayment which will be recovered from you. If there is any outstanding claim, the overpayment will be offset before paying the second claim.
- The trade income for the provisional payment and subsequent adjustment will be obtained directly from IRAS for claimants using this option.
Note: NSmen opting for their make-up pay to be computed based on the Income Tax Option should take note that the option does not automatically apply to their subsequent NS trainings. A new claim has to be submitted for every training.
Option 2: Average Income Option
- NSman's monthly income would be based on the average net self-employment income earned in the 6 months immediately before the NS training.
Option 3: Replacement Option
- For NSmen who are doctors or drivers, they can claim the replacement fees incurred as a result of engaging a locum doctor or relief driver to cover their duties during their absence.
Note: Replacement fee is claimable only if clinic / business is in operation during NS training and the claim is submitted at least 2 weeks before the commencement of NS training.
The Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corps (SAFVC) has enlisted its first batch of volunteers – comprising 68 Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PRs) – on Tuesday (Mar 24), with an aim to deploy them alongside active servicemen from September onwards.
The volunteers were among those selected from about 900 applicants who signed up for the volunteer corps, set up last October to allow more citizens and PRs the opportunity to contribute to national defence.
Since then, the SAFVC has interviewed applicants and conducted checks to assess their suitability.
Speaking to the press at Maju Camp, SAFVC commander Colonel Mike Tan said the response to the volunteer corps “has been heartening”. There were even some over-aged applicants who turned up in person for interviews and the SAFVC had to turn them away, he said.
The age criteria for SAFVC is between 18 and 45 years old.
“Among the more than 900 applications received, 85 per cent were eligible and we have since identified some 150 volunteers for the 2015 cohort,” said COL Tan.
This cohort will begin their training in three intakes on Mar 24, Apr 11 and Jun 15, he said. For the remaining eligible applicants, the SAFVC will continue with various other checks, he added.
Across all three intakes this year, slightly more than half (51 per cent) are Singapore citizens, while PRs make up the rest. Four in 10 are women and those aged between 30 to 40 make up a slight majority.
One in three are aged below 30, and one in 10 volunteers are above 40.
Volunteers want to serve for various reasons, said the SAFVC. It includes a desire to repay society and country, set an example for their children who will need to serve National Service, and interest in military life, said SAFVC officers who interviewed them.
The applicants also believed that joining the SAFVC will help them feel more rooted to their new home, and better identify and integrate with Singaporean males, they added.
On Tuesday, the newly enlisted SAF volunteers (SV) pledged their commitment and loyalty to the SAF by taking an oath of allegiance at Maju Camp, where the volunteer corps is based. Among them is Dr Janil Puthucheary, Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, who became a Singapore citizen at the age of 35.
The SVs will undergo two weeks of basic training – a continuous one where trainees stay and live inside the camp for the duration. The third intake will also undergo continuous training.
The second intake, however, will undergo training from Apr 11 to Jun 14 in a “modular” fashion, where lessons are provided on weekends instead of weekdays. Trainees who opt for this usually do so because of work and family commitments.
During the first two weeks of basic training, SVs will be taught how to fire the SAR 21 rifle, overcome the standard obstacle course, and undergo a two-day field camp, among various military skills. If required, SVs will also undergo one week of Qualification Training and one week of Advanced Training to prepare them for their specific roles.
Addressing newly enlisted volunteers on Tuesday, COL Tan commended them for stepping forward to play their part in national defence and highlighted that this was an important commitment.
“By stepping forward to volunteer, you are making a commitment to serve alongside our servicemen and servicewomen to ensure the continued peace and security of Singapore,” he said “You have made the all important decision to give your time and commitment, out of your own volition, to serve the nation and the people who live here.”
Most, specifically 67 per cent, of the volunteers in the first intake will be trained as security troopers, guarding key installations across Singapore alongside active servicemen and reservists.
The rest will serve in specialised roles. Volunteers serving as information and media staff make up the second-largest group (13 per cent), while a handful of volunteers will become medical trainers, maritime trainers, defence psychologists, bridge watchkeepers and deck operators.
A small group, or 2 per cent, will serve as experts of command, control, communications and computers (C4).
BMT Graduation Parade: mindef.gov.sg/army/bmtgraduation
Basic Military Training (BMT) marks the beginning of military life for all Singaporean males at the age of 18. It is the transition from fresh-faced teenager to combat soldier.
They learn basic soldiering skills, which include weapon handling, individual field craft, etc to enhance their survivability in the battlefield.
Besides the training in basic military skills, Physical Training (PT) lessons are also conducted to build up the soldiers' physique and stamina, to instill a firm sense of discipline and teamwork amongst the soldiers.Edited by eac 26 Mar `15, 12:28PM
Find out more:
Officer Cadet School (OCS)
Specialist Cadet School (SCS)
Prepare for PTP/BMT: http://iprep.ns.sg/
Secrets to Pass IPPT: http://lifestyle.www.ns.sg/features/fitnessxchange
Types of Basic Military Training
PES A/B1 BMT
This 9-week programme trains combat-fit recruits in the basic military skills to prepare them for advanced vocational training. The programme includes weapon training with the SAR 21 rifle which will teach recruits technical handling and marksmanship skills; a Battle Inoculation Course that simulates a real battlefield; a Field Camp which develops basic survival skills; progressive training to complete a 24-km route march which builds combat fitness and endurance; and hand grenade training.
For those who fail to achieve the NAPFA test silver award, they are required to undergo an 8-week Physical Training Phase (PTP) prior to the PES A/B1 BMT.
PES BP BMT
As evidence has shown that obese recruits are able to achieve optimum fitness levels and weight loss in about 19 weeks, the new BMT programme for recruits with Body Mass Index (BMI) scores exceeding 27.0 will be 19 weeks. This BMT programme is designed to help obese recruits improve their physical fitness progressively while equipping them with basic soldiering skills and knowledge.
PES B2 BMT
Enlistees who were PES C1 previously underwent a 7-week BMT programme. The new 9-week PES B2 BMT programme will be conducted for recruits who are medically fit for deployment in selected combat and combat support vocations, such as signal operators, combat medics and naval system operators. These recruits will be given a new medical classification of PES B2, in place of the existing PES C1 classification. This is to ensure that the medical classification of our soldiers is consistent with their deployment. The new 9-week programme will include customised physical training, as well as basic combat training to prepare them for their combat and combat support roles.
PES C BMT
The 9-week BMT programme will be conducted for PES C recruits. This programme will include light physical training and vocational training to prepare them for combat service support vocations, such as service medic, and those related to logistics and administration.
PES E BMT
The 4-week BMT programme will be conducted for PES E recruits. This programme will focus on, vocational training as well as National Education, SAF core values, regimentation and discipline to prepare recruits for combat service support vocations.
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 (including Polytechnic Diploma through the Polytechnic Foundation Programme) 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.
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 21 Mar `15, 11:30PM
Just express interest to the commanders.Edited by eac 19 Mar `15, 8:53PM
Enlistment scheduleEdited by eac 11 Mar `15, 11:17PM
MINDEF has accepted recommendations made by the ACCORD councils to strengthen support for national servicemen (NSmen), said Second Defence Minister Chan Chun Sing in Parliament on Thursday (Mar 5).
One of the proposals is for the Total Defence Awards to be revamped to recognise more people and organisations who have contributed to the defence of Singapore. Instead of just recognising employers, the awards will now also recognise colleagues and immediate superiors who are supportive of NSmen when they answer the call of duty.
MINDEF will also continue to strengthen its partnership with employers and businesses to provide strong support for NSmen.
Some NSmen undergo leadership courses during their In-Camp Training (ICT) and it would be useful for employers to know of their employees' performance during these courses, so they can maximise their skills at work. Hence, MINDEF will consider implementing a pilot trial for this initiative for NSmen attending the NS Command and Staff Course.
"The performance of the NSmen in SAF (Singapore Armed Forces) provides valuable signals to the companies on the potential, energies, capabilities and commitment of their employees. Hence, MINDEF and the employers can work together to let employers know (about) the talent and attributes of the NSmen, their employees, to allow employers to appreciate and make best use of the talent of our NSmen," said Mr Chan.
Unless you want to upgrade your PES by one's own free will, you must get a hospital specialist memo to verify and certify that you are fit enough to voluntarily upgrade PES.
The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) on Friday (Feb 27, 2015) announced that there will be new performance standards for Gold and Silver awards, and an improved scoring table, for the new three-station IPPT format.
For performance standards, those in Commando, Guards and Diver units will see a 5-point jump to achieve gold, while for everyone else, there will be a 4-point jump to achieve gold.
There will also be a four-point jump for those looking to achieve the silver standard from 71 to 75. No changes were made to the standards for the passing mark.
"These changes will make it a lot more challenging for fitter NSmen, but also to motivate others to continue to do well," said Assistant Chief of General Staff (Training) Colonel Ng Ying Thong during a media briefing, stressing the desire not to "demotivate" others.
ONE-YEAR TRANSITION PERIOD FOR NSmen
The new three-station IPPT format will be implemented from Apr 1, 2015. However, there will be a one-year transition period for NSmen to choose between the five-station or three-station format, said Col Ng. Active servicemen will adopt the new format.
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) conducted a pilot implementation of the new IPPT from September to December 2014, which included about 5,000 servicemen and servicewomen of different vocations and age groups.
Through the pilot, Col Ng said there is potential to "challenge fitter servicemen to do even better in their IPPT".
Results from the pilot showed that for push ups, 74 per cent achieved average and above average performance when referenced against international standards. MINDEF also clarified that females will perform a modified "bend-knee push ups", which is performed with knees bent and one count involves lowering the upper arm to at least parallel to the ground before the arm is fully extended.
For sit ups, 88 per cent in the pilot improved or maintained their performance from their past recorded result, he said. Similarly, 73 per cent improved or maintained their 2.4km timing, Col Ng added. "For the 27 per cent who did not run as fast, the bulk had already achieved either Gold or Silver," he said.
In addition, there will be new Physical Training Phase (PTP) exemption criteria for National Service for combat-fit pre-enlistees from Mar 1. Pre-enlistees will have to achieve 61 points and above - the equivalent of the current silver standard for NAPFA - to be exempted from PTP.
NSmen are doing better and are more motivated to ace their annual physical fitness test.
Results from the three-month pilot implementation of the new three-station Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) format showed improvements across the board: 88 percent of participants improved or maintained their standards for sit-ups, and 73 percent, for the 2.4km run.
For the new push-up station, 74 percent of participants achieved average and above average performance, compared to current international standards.
The pilot, which ended in December last year, saw some 5,000 servicemen and women taking the new IPPT format.
"The results validated our belief that the new IPPT generates greater ownership and motivates our people to do well," said Colonel (COL) Ng Ying Thong, Assistant Chief of the General Staff (Training) at a media brief on 27 Feb.
For the 27 percent who did not do better in the 2.4km run, the majority were servicemen or women who had already achieved Gold or Silver, according to COL Ng.
COL Ng also updated on other changes to the IPPT system, including tweaks to the performance standards. Soldiers will have new standards to meet when the three-station IPPT officially rolls out on 1 Apr.
Soldiers must now score 85 points for Gold and 75 points for Silver. This is a four-point increase from the standards announced for the three-month IPPT trial.
The Gold mark for elite soldiers - Commandos, Guardsmen and Divers - has also moved up by five points to 90.
The scoring tables have also been improved to encourage soldiers to do better by making the allocation of points more consistent with the number of repetitions performed for the sit-up and push-up stations, and the 2.4km run times.
This move is to enable fitter servicemen to continue to find challenge in meeting the higher IPPT award standards, said COL Ng.
"We were very careful when refining these standards; to make sure that we not only encourage our fitter servicemen and elite forces to do well, but also not de-motivate the bulk (of our soldiers) from trying to do well," added COL Ng.
For example, an average 35-year-old NSman will have to do 39 sit-ups, 39 push-ups and run 2.4km in 10 minutes 40 seconds to attain the Gold award.
Operationally Ready National Servicemen will have a year to transit to the three-station IPPT format. This means that they can choose to do either the older five-station IPPT or the new format up to 31 Mar 2016. Active service personnel will move to the new format on 1 Apr 2015.
For 29-year-old NSman, Lieutenant (LTA) (NS) Christopher Ng, the new IPPT standards will push him to train and do better. "The new IPPT system is better and the new standards are more challenging, but I think they are do-able," said LTA (NS) Ng.
"I can now train for the IPPT even at home, without equipment like pull-up bars," added LTA (NS) Ng, who serves in an Infantry unit. He took part in the IPPT pilot, scoring a Silver award.
For full-time National Servicemen such as Corporal (CPL) Napolean s/o Parthiban, the scoring system motivated him to do well for the IPPT.
"The more reps (repetitions) you do and faster you run, the more points you get. That makes me work to try to max out in all three stations," said the 23-year-old NSF from 5th Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment.
A new Preparatory Training Phase (PTP) exemption criteria for NS will also come into effect from 1 Mar. Combat-fit pre-enlistees will have to attain 61 points or more when they take the National Physical Fitness Award or NAPFA test with push-ups, to be exempted from the PTP.
Monthly NS allowances
As an NSF, you will be given a starting monthly NS allowance of $480.
It will be credited to your bank account as stated in the pre-enlistment documentation.
Your monthly NS allowance will progress with your rank as follows:
Source: http://iprep.ns.sg/Edited by eac 26 Feb `15, 12:26AM
NS Financial Assistance (Temporary) Scheme
Should you and your family face financial hardship, you can apply for financial assistance. The quantum of financial assistance is the difference between your family’s minimum subsistence level and monthly income. It’s best to talk to your officer on how to apply for this scheme upon enlistment.
To alleviate your family's household expenses, you can apply these.
Financial Assistance Term Grants
For needy NSF whose families encounter financial hardship as a result of their enlistment into the SAF
Welfare Financial Assistance Grant/Loan
Assistance provided to active servicemen who are in a financial predicament beyond their control eg. theft, fine, medical bills, spouse retrenchment. Assistance takes the following form:
Grant: (a) CO Contingency Grant (b) Welfare Grant
Loan: Welfare Loan
For full detail, please refer to welfare circular 3-39.
For Term Financial Assistance enquiries please call 6373 1150; 6363 1161
For other Welfare Financial Assistance enquiries please call 6373 3338; 6373 3336
The SAF Finance Clinic
The Finance Clinic is set up with the aim to assist servicemen who are financially distressed. Servicemen in financial distress must come forward and they must go through the formal channel of declaration before assistance can be rendered. The SFC aims to provide debt management to distressed servicemen, so as to mitigate their situation from deterioriating into an indebtedness cycle. Credit Counselling Singapore (CCS) had been engaged to assess and structure the debt management plan. Servicemen who does not meet the CCS criteria will be referred back to SFC for other forms of help e.g. through welfare grant or loan.
SAF Financial Assistance Schemes to NSFs
Should you and your family face financial hardship, you can apply for financial assistance. The quantum of financial assistance is the difference between your family’s minimum subsistence level and monthly income. It’s best to talk to your officer on how to apply for this scheme upon enlistment.
Before his National Service (NS) enlistment, Private (PTE) Max Al-Fyan Yew bin Abdul Hafiz Yew drew a stable income of about $700 a month working in sales and was the breadwinner in his family. Hence, he was understandably worried when he learnt that his monthly NS allowance would be half of what he used to earn.
Fortunately, with the intercession of his superiors in the SAF, the SAF Personnel Services Centre (SAFPSC) was able to help him through SAF Financial Assistance Schemes. Said the supply assistant of Supply Hub East: "I’m thankful for the extra $600 that I receive every month on top of my regular NS allowance as it has greatly contributed to the payment of my family’s bills."
1st Warrant Officer (1WO) Kng Ter Sern, Officer-in-Charge Asset Management Team, Pasir Ris Camp, went one step further by following up on PTE Yew’s case when his initial Term Financial Assistance Scheme expired. Said 1WO Kng: "Caring for our soldiers is one of the SAF core values...when Max’s initial financial assistance scheme ended in December last year, I conducted a house visit and recommended that he receive further financial help from the SAF."
PTE Yew is just one of many examples of how the welfare schemes administered by the SAFPSC have benefitted around 65,000 in-service personnel of the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the SAF, as well as Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSmen).
"The SAFPSC’s primary role is to strategise and design welfare structures in order to support the SAF’s philosophy on welfare... We believe in the virtues of commitment and engagement, and to achieve that, we are concerned with the well-being of personnel and their families," said Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) (NS) Koa Boon Teck, Head of SAFPSC.
As secretariat to the SAF Welfare Council, the SAFPSC introduces, implements and reviews the proposed welfare schemes and services. Its welfare efforts cover five broad areas: health care, work-life balance, finance, vacations and insurance.
On the SAFPSC's latest efforts in improving welfare support, LTC (NS) Koa said: "We want to move away from the mental model of welfare as a reactive element, where people subscribe to welfare only when they are in need..we felt that there was an impetus to changing the image of welfare."
Here are some of the latest welfare initiatives spearheaded by the SAF Welfare Council and the SAFPSC:
SAF Central Welfare Fund Bursary Awards
2nd Warrant Officer (2WO) Tanusha Tan of Headquarters 9th Division, whose 19-year-old daughter, Natasha, received the Bursary Award at the polytechnic level worth $1,200 last year, remembers her daughter being ecstatic at receiving the notification of her successful application.
"It was a very good morale booster for Natasha, and it will surely further encourage her to do well," added 2WO Tan.
Starting from February this year, the award, which is given to the children of MINDEF/SAF personnel to recognise their academic excellence up to the local degree level, now has a qualifying family income cap of $4,000 levied on each level of study, compared to the previous staggered qualifying income caps across all levels of study. In addition, the quantum awarded for all levels of study, less the junior colleges, polytechnics and local universities, has been increased.
SAF holidays/ vacation spots
The SAF Seaview Resort, Bintan Lagoon Resort & Golf Club, as well as the Joondalup Bungalows in Perth, Australia, are examples of resorts which recently underwent their first major revamp to ensure the highest levels of modernity and aesthetic appeal for holiday-makers.
More exciting locations have also been added to the stable of SAF vacation spots, including the Amara Sanctuary Sentosa, Ascott Kuala Lumpur and Club Bali. This means that active servicemen and NSmen can enjoy relaxing stays at a wider array of resorts, at exclusive prices of up to 60 percent below published rates.
In addition, a new travel portal will soon be introduced to allow MINDEF/SAF personnel and NSmen greater flexibility, choice and cost savings when booking rooms, airfares, car rental and even travel insurance when they go on vacations. Named Free Independent Travel, the interactive and user-friendly one-stop portal will be launched tentatively on 1 Apr.
SAF Group Term Life (GTL) Insurance Scheme
From 1 Jan 09 onwards, the scheme automatically covers newly-recruited MINDEF/SAF personnel for $100,000, and now has a maximum coverage of up to $600,000, unless they choose to opt out. Spouses and dependants are included in the coverage, which extends beyond the serviceman’s stay in MINDEF/SAF. NSmen are also eligible for the competitively-priced scheme.
More information can be obtained via the Aviva-SAF Insurance Infoline at 68278000.
SAF Financial Assistance Schemes
Last September, monetary lifelines such as the Term Financial Assistance Scheme, which aims to alleviate the financial stresses of servicemen, were improved. This scheme, which helps needy NSFs, had its period of assistance extended from six months till the serviceman's Operationally Ready Date but subjected to review after 12 months. A term financial loan scheme was also launched for needy servicemen.
100% subsidy for Defensive Riding Course (DRC)
As of 1 Oct 09, the DRC, which is designed specifically for MINDEF/SAF personnel, became fully subsidised. Held at the Singapore Safety Driving Centre (SSDC) located in Woodlands, the half-day course aims to encourage road safety among those who regularly commute to work or perform despatch duties by motorcycle.
*Applications for most of the welfare schemes can be found on the Integrated Welfare Applications and Disbursement System (iWADS) on the MINDEF/SAF intranet. All queries should be directed to the SAFPSC. Their numbers can be found via the iWADS.
The Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence (ACCORD) on Wednesday (Feb 25) announced it has submitted 18 proposals to the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) aimed at boosting support and recognition for National Service (NS).
The 18 proposals include initiatives to help ease the transition for servicemen returning to school after full-time NS, encourage community organisations and small businesses to show appreciation for those in uniform and strengthen MINDEF's engagement with women's organisations, according to the ministry's press release.
ACCORD also proposed that MINDEF enhance the way it recognises and commends employers, businesses and organisations that go the extra mile to support NS.
The full list of recommendations:
Proposals for Employers and Businesses
1. Encourage more employers and businesses to receive early notification of their employees’ In-Camp Training call-ups through the NS portal
2. Encourage recognition of employees’ skill sets by providing performance feedback of employees who undergo Leadership Training Courses during NS
3. Introduce the “NS mark” to recognise supportive employers, businesses and organisations supportive of NS, and engender broad based support for NS
4. Implement the revamped Total Defence Awards to recognise supportive individuals and organisations, and strengthen advocacy for NS
5. Enhance new companies’ and Human Resource practitioners’ understanding of NS policies through NS Awareness Seminars
6. Collaborate with the business community to organise enhanced career fairs to assist NSFs’ transition to the workforce
Proposals for Families and the Community
7. Partner women organisations to engage women (mothers, wives, young women) and raise their awareness, understanding and support for Total Defence and NS through information sharing and small group engagement sessions
8. Partner community organisations and small businesses to recognise the contribution of NSFs and NSmen by offering benefits and discounts
9. Collaborate with Families for Life to create support for NS among families of NSFs and NSmen by raising their awareness of NS and national defence matters
10. Partner Integration and Naturalisation Champions from People’s Association, and work with associations and clans to reach out to New Citizens and Permanent Residents so as to raise their awareness, understanding and support for national defence and NS
11. Work with Ministry of Social and Family Development to support NSFs who require financial assistance beyond their full-time NS
Proposals for Educational Institutions
12. Review programmes currently available for Returning NSmen to better support their transition back to Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) after NS
13. Partner IHLs to help NSmen manage their NS ICT call-ups and academic commitments
14. Encourage the broader community to contribute to national defence by joining the SAF Volunteer Corps (SAFVC), and groom SAFVC Volunteers to become ambassadors for the SAFVC
15. Partner MOE and Singapore Discovery Centre to create a Total Defence cohort experience for Primary Six students
16. Strengthen engagement of secondary school students on National Education issues through alumni and staff who are better able to identify and connect with students from their school
17. Implement in Post-Secondary Education Institutions a pilot programme to build up the fitness of their pre-enlistee students prior to full-time NS
18. Work with Foreign Systems Schools and Privately Funded Institutions to organise engagement sessions for pre-enlistees and parents to raise their awareness, understanding and support for NS and national defence
Chairman of ACCORD and Minister of Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said he was encouraged by the council's efforts to engage key stakeholders as well as families to explore ways to boost support for NS.
“I am heartened by the strong societal support for national defence and NS, and look forward to more of ACCORD’s good work in strengthening collaboration between the community, MINDEF and the SAF," Mr Chan said.
A Strong NS Training System
- Strengthen the NS training system by employing an additional 1,100 Regulars in the SAF, and 230 Regulars in the SPF and SCDF, to improve training and inculcate values more effectively. These Regulars will be well-versed in the latest training methods and technology. They can also better emphasise and enforce training safety. As role models, regular trainers will provide our servicemen with a better appreciation of why they train and what they are defending.
More Opportunities for National Servicemen to Contribute
- Increase leadership opportunities for our servicemen by raising the proportion of officers and specialists from 30% to 40%, to meet new operational needs.
- Increase deployment flexibility for NSFs by taking into account skills and preferences when deploying servicemen. This would maximise the contributions of NSFs, provide them with a better NS experience and meet our operational requirements.
- Provide more leadership opportunities and deployment options for servicemen in service vocations (i.e. non-combat vocations) to enable them to contribute more.
- Enhance the value proposition of NS by accrediting skills that NSFs gain during NS, and enhancing the Certificate of Service to highlight the competencies and skills gained during full-time NS.
- Provide opportunities for NSFs to contribute as SAF, SPF and SCDF Regulars on short contracts after they have completed their full-time NS. This will enable NSFs to continue to contribute to the defence and security of Singapore while honing important life skills.
- Provide scholarships to develop talents in engineering and science who will be able to contribute to the 3rd Generation SAF.
- Expand opportunities for NSmen with relevant civilian expertise to contribute to national defence and security in their areas of expertise.
- [Details on the Expertise Conversion Scheme have been released. Find out more here.]
The SAF Volunteer Corps
- Establish an SAF Volunteer Corps to enable the broader community, especially women, first generation PRs and new citizens, to contribute to defence and strengthen support for NS. [Applications for SAFVC are now open! Find out more here.]
Recognition and Benefits for National Servicemen
- Revamp the NS Recognition Award into the NS HOME (HOusing, Medical and Education) Awards to support servicemen in housing, healthcare and education with an additional Medisave component.
- [Details on the NS HOME Awards have been released. Find out more here.]
- Provide life and personal accident insurance coverage for our servicemen, to cover incidents during their full-time NS and the period of their ORNS call-ups.
Expand Community Support for National Servicemen
- Increase recognition for the families of servicemen, such as through an extension of the Family Recognition Voucher (FRV) scheme. The number of NSmen who are awarded FRVs could be increased from the top 10% to the top 30% of ICT performers. The quantum for the top 10% can also be increased.
- Introduce small gifts to servicemen at significant milestones of their lives, such as marriage or the birth of their child. Just as NS has become a part of NSmen’s lives, we care for them and celebrate joyous moments in their lives too.
- Restructure the Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence to comprise (i) an Employer and Business Council; (ii) an Educational Institutions Council; and (iii) a Family and Community Council, to deepen stakeholder engagement. [Restructured ACCORD has been convened. Find out more at ACCORD Website]
- Enhance awards for employers and individuals supportive of NS. These awards include the “NS Mark” which recognises companies with pro-NS policies and human resource practices, and could be a factor for consideration when companies bid for MINDEF/SAF and Home Team contracts.
- Strengthen National Education efforts through the SAF Veterans’ League and Home Team Veterans, to impart core national values to the younger generation and boost community support for defence and security.
- Expand SAFRA and HomeTeamNS recreational facilities for our servicemen and their families.
- Improve community recognition by supporting community-led initiatives that recognise servicemen and raise public awareness of NS.
- Facilitate NSFs’ transition to employment and further studies after they complete full-time NS by expanding the range of companies and institutes of higher learning at career fairs.
A Positive NS Experience: Easing Administrative Restrictions
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- Partner NSmen to improve their fitness by giving them more time and flexibility to meet their Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT), IPPT Preparatory Training and Remedial Training requirements.
- Increase incentive awards for the attainment of Gold, Silver and Pass with Incentive for IPPT, to recognise servicemen who put in the extra effort to keep fit.
- Engage schools and educational institutions to help pre-enlistees build up their fitness prior to full-time NS.
- Reduce enlistment wait-time for pre-enlistees to between four and six months after the completion of post-secondary education.
- Work with tertiary institutions to explore ways to reduce transition time after full-time NS.
- Change the MINDEF Notification Centre and Home Team Overseas Notification Centre requirements, such that notification will only need to be given for overseas trips of more than 14 days. This will increase convenience for NSmen.
- [Details on the Overseas Notification Requirements have been released. Find out more here.]
- Implement Make-up Training for high-key ICTs, which will allow NSmen to keep pace with their ORNS training cycle.
- Allow NSmen to use electronic devices such as tablets and laptops during their ICT, in non-sensitive areas within their camps like accommodation blocks and cookhouses. This will help NSmen remain connected to their family and work during ICT.
- Deepen engagement and communication between commanders and servicemen, to achieve better unit cohesion.
- Establish NS Relations Offices in the SAF, SPF and SCDF to assist NSmen with complex administrative issues.
- Harness technology to improve NS-related touch points, such as the NS Portal, to make NS administration more efficient and user-friendly.
If I've not served my National Service, can I apply?
Yes, you can. If you have not served your Full-Time National Service, you can be directly enlisted into the SPF as a regular Police Officer. You will need to serve a Minimum Term of Engagement (MTE) of 5 years, which includes your 2-year NS liability.
If I'm a full-time National Serviceman, who is presently serving my 3 months Basic Military Training (BMT), am I eligible to apply?
Yes, you may. However, you have to submit your application early (preferably at least 2 months prior to your completion of BMT). This is to facilitate the arrangement for your interview before your BMT completion and vocational unit posting.
What is Minimum Term of Engagement (MTE)?
Minimum Term of Engagement (MTE) refers to the period of regular service a serviceman must complete in order to be deemed as having discharged his Full-Time National Service (NS) liability.
The MTE for all servicemen enlisted directly into regular service in the Singapore Police Force is 5 years.
If you don't declare honestly and truthfully, MINDEF/ SAF will NOT take any responsibility to you and your family should anything happens to you. So the moral of the story here is "You die, your problem... unless you declare first beforehand..." Understand, Recruit?!
Please submit the hospital specialist memo to the camp doctor to assess and process.
As usual, please refer to this guideline: