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    • Post-secondary students can request for a Letter of Certification (LOC) at their respective Students' Affairs Service Centre or One-Stop Centre (OSC) as a supporting document when applying for deferment from NS.

      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).

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    • Source: www.NS.sg

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


      Local Studies in Government Schools
          
      GCE 'A' Level Studies and International Baccalaureate (IB) Studies

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

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


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


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

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

      Polytechnic Diploma Studies

      NS-liable persons will be granted deferment for Polytechnic Diploma studies (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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    • The days of NSmen reservist soldiers spending countless hours installing and dismantling communications equipment for training exercises look set to be over. They are also not likely to be saddled with washing armoured vehicles.

      According to tender documents obtained by The Straits Times, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) is looking for civilian companies to take over these time-consuming tasks, to further enhance national service (NS) training efficiency.

      These tasks are currently carried out by armoured troops or tank crew before and after an outfield training exercise.

      The outsourcing to civilian contractors will free up operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen) to focus on honing their combat skills.

      According to the documents, the civilian contractors will be expected to handle an average of 510 tracked vehicles a year, and will be responsible for mounting and dismantling equipment from the vehicles and washing them.

      For a start, staff from private commercial companies will take over these tasks for selected major exercises for NSmen.

      "These efforts allow for a faster turnover of vehicles required to support NS training," said Colonel Lam Sheau Kai, commander of the Combat Service Support Command.

      It typically takes nine men up to four hours to dismantle communications equipment from the Bionix armoured infantry fighting vehicle and hose it down.

      The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is also increasingly handing over the management and warehousing of combat equipment or stores in training institutes to civilian contractors.

      The latest contract up for bidding requires civilian contractors to take over the management and warehousing of combat equipment or stores in the Motorised Infantry Training Institute.

      Col Lam said store management has already been outsourced in units such as the Army Logistics Base, Safti Military Institute and 2nd People's Defence Force.

      Outsourcing non-core jobs is something the SAF began doing in the 1970s, to allow its servicemen to focus on combat training.

      Tasks such as fitness instruction, cookhouse operations and aircraft maintenance are now carried out by civilian contractors.

      Government agencies, such as the police, civil defence force and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, also do some outsourcing. However, the issuance and management of ammunition is done solely by the military.

      The SAF said civilian contractors are put through stringent security checks before they are appointed, to ensure operational security is not compromised.

      While outsourcing helps soldiers to perfect their combat skills, Ms Ellen Lee, a member of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Defence and Foreign Affairs, said doing some of these manual chores can help toughen up soldiers.

      "It is through such manual work that you can build that sense of discipline and pride. You also get to know your vehicle better. Such knowledge will come in very useful in battle, too," she said.

      OPERATIONS OUTSOURCED

      » Cookhouse operations
      » Aircraft maintenance
      » Fitness instruction:
      » Civilian fitness instructors at SAF training institutes and fitness conditioning centres
      » Firing-range operations
      » Logistics management and warehousing

      WHAT COULD BE OUTSOURCED SOON

      » Mounting and dismantling of equipment from armoured vehicles during NSmen's in-camp training
      » Washing of armoured tracked vehicles

       

      Reporter: Jermyn Chow

      This article was first published on Dec 22, 2014.
      Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.

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    • It's for me to know, and you to find out...

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

      Edited by eac 21 Dec `14, 10:46AM
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    • The SAF.eMart is a revolutionary kit replacement system that allows servicemen to purchase their personal equipment and expendable items with their allocated credits via e-ordering with delivery services or walk-in purchase at any SAF.eMart outlet.

      Please log in
      SAF.eMart on-line @ ns.sg/nsp/web/esvcs/mindef/emart/main

       

      Open to Public:

      Chevron eMart (Jurong East) (Tel: 6862 5600) - ST Logistics
      Address: 48, Boon Lay Way Singapore 609961
      Daily: 1030 to 2030 Hrs

      Mount Faber SAFRA (Telok Blangah) (Tel: 6272 1269)_ - ST Logistics
      Address: 2, Telok Blangah Way Singapore 098803
      Daily - 1030 hrs to 2030 hrs

      Edited by eac 19 Dec `14, 1:51PM
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    • Please call the 24/7 NS hotline at 1800-3676767 to speak to a customer service officer.

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    •  

      Source: www.mindef.gov.sg/nsmen


      Q1 What are the IPPT standards that I have to achieve to pass?

      The standards vary according to your age, vocation and ORD date.

      Please log on to www.ns.sg > NSmen > IPPT > General Information > About IPPT Standards to check out the details.

      Please also take note that you are only entitled to ONE GOLD award per IPPT qualifying window, based on the birthday to birthday system.

      Q2 Will I qualify for monetary award if I attempted more than 3 self-initiated IPPTs conducted at FCC?
      Yes. The same incentive scheme applies for all your IPPT attempts. Should you improve on your result to the next award level, you will be eligible for the incremental difference between the awards you have achieved. For example, if you have failed the IPPT on the third attempt but have achieved an incentive pass ($100) at the fourth attempt, a silver standard ($200) at the fifth attempt, you will be awarded $100 on your fourth attempt; and another $100 on your fifth attempt ($200 minus the $100 received previously). However, please take note that you are only entitled to one GOLD award per qualifying window.

      Edited by eac 15 Dec `14, 8:35PM
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      Source: www.mindef.gov.sg/nsmen

       

      What are my IPPT incentives?
      The quantum for the IPPT monetary incentives has been enhanced. The revised quantum is applicable to NSmen with birthday windows starting from 1 Sep 2014. For example, if your birthday window starts on 1 Sep 2014, you will be eligible for $500 if you attain Gold award. However, if your birthday window starts on 31 Aug, you will still be subjected to the old system, and you will receive $400 if you attain Gold, even if you take the IPPT after 1 Sep.

      If you are a Category X to Z and Z1 to Z2/V NSman and you attempt the full IPPT of 5 test stations and the 3-station IPPT respectively in one sitting, and attain the required standards, you are eligible for the IPPT incentive.

       

      The quantum for the IPPT monetary incentives has been enhanced. The revised quantum is applicable to NSmen with birthday windows starting from 1 Sep 2014. For example, if your birthday window starts on 1 Sep 2014, you will be eligible for $500 if you attain Gold award. However, if your birthday window starts on 31 Aug, you will still be subjected to the old system, and you will receive $400 if you attain Gold, even if you take the IPPT after 1 Sep.

       

      You are allowed unlimited attempts to qualify for the award within the same IPPT window. NSmen will be paid the incremental difference when they improve on their current standard. To illustrate, an NSman who was paid $200 after achieving the Incentive award, will be paid the difference of $100 if he is able to achieve a Silver Award in his next test.

       

      Since all IPPT, RT and IPT are regarded as SAF training activities, you will also be entitled to Service and Make-Up Pay.  Payments include:

      1.   First 3 sessions of non-ICT IPPT taken during the IPPT year, if applicable.
      2.   Each RT session attended,where half-day service pay only.
      3.   IPPT taken on the 1st and 10th session of IPT.
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    • Refer:

      mindef.gov.sg/imindef/resourcelibrary/cyberpioneer/topics/articles/news/2014/oct/21oct14_news.html

      Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen visited the Imagery Support Group (ISG) this afternoon. During the visit, Dr Ng toured the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Mapping Unit and was briefed on the mapping process and imagery reports. Dr Ng also observed SAF Mapping Unit's capabilities in producing realistic three-dimensional virtual maps.

      The ISG plays a key role in supporting the SAF in Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations and Peace Support Operations (PSO). ISG does this through the provision of relevant imagery reports and maps, as well as imagery and geospatial analysis support. Commander ISG, Colonel Ng Boon Heong said, "The bedrock of ISG's capabilities is premised not only on technologies and innovations but also on competent and committed people. ISG utilises images and open source information in a timely and effective manner to support the SAF in mounting HADR operations and PSO. ISG has played an important role in supporting the SAF in HADR operations and PSO thereby enabling Singapore to contribute as a responsible member of the international community."

      The ISG was established in 2000 and operates the SAF's imagery and geospatial capabilities. Today, ISG has grown into a professional and operationally ready formation.

      Edited by eac 12 Dec `14, 11:10PM
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    • The new Zoot and Adidas running shoes are now available at some selected eMart outlets. 

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    • The haircut

      You will be given a crew cut (‘botak’) within the first 2 days of your enlistment.

      The haircut is the rite of passage for all recruits. All your buddies will look the same and share the same sense of camaraderie. It is also for hygiene purpose.

      Take lots of pictures of yourself (outside camp of course) — you’re not likely to have this hairstyle again!

      BMT haircut

      Enlistment is the process you go through when you report for full-time National Service.

      Enlistment Notice

      You will be notified of your enlistment date and assigned unit through an Enlistment Notice about 2 months prior to your enlistment.

      The Enlistment Notice will provide you with information about your unit, as well as the date and time for your parents to visit you. Accompanying the Enlistment Notice, will be a letter from your assigned unit, informing you of the enlistment procedures. A route map will be attached to the notice to help you locate the unit.

      Enlistment Day

      On the day of your enlistment, there will be an oath-taking ceremony. As this is a solemn formality, you are required to be properly dressed with proper shoes. Please do not attend the ceremony in singlets, shorts/bermudas and slippers.

      The enlistment process will be as follows:

      • Your SAF Card and Identity Discs will be issued to you in exchange for your National Service Registration Identity Card.
      • You will be issued with a gift bag.
      • You will be ushered to the oath taking area whereby your parents will be able to witness the mass oath taking ceremony. Thereafter, You will be given some time to bid farewell to your parents and loved ones before heading to your assigned unit.
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      Please double confirm at the cashier counter at the polyclinics/ public hospitals.

      Edited by eac 09 Dec `14, 1:48PM
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      For reservists, you can request your hiring artiste/ model management company to issue official letters to prove your civilian career to RSM/ any other disciplinary masters, but this is no guarantee for to be excused. Should RSM treat the NSmen fairly and strictly order you to cut your hair, you must cut hair by the barbers hired by the RSM in camp.

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    • FYI, PES is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PULHHEEMS.


      1) Go to Public Hospital / Private Specialist.

      Note: You will be classified as a subsidised patient if your first visit is via:

      • Referral letter from a Government Restructured Hospital under subsidised status, A&E, Polyclinic or SAF, without specifying a specialist by name.
      • Discharge from inpatient class B2 or C without specifying a specialist by name.


      2)
      Consult specialist, and do whatever medical check ups required. E.g. physical exam, blood test, x-ray, CT scan, MRI scan.

       

      3) Specialist gave a finalised clinical diagnosis.

       

      4) Get the specialist to write you a memo which is to be given to SAF MO. Those who can and are willing to spend some more money can get him/her to write you a specialist report, which is more precise and detailed.

      Note: For not to waste time and money, please be more direct yet humble. Request the specialist to write about reviewing of PES and medical board / anything specific such as any excuses to your conditions.

       

      5) Book an medical review appointment using the eHealth module @ www.ns.sg (for NSman Reservists).

      Just go down to your camp medical centre (for NSFs).

      Call CMPB @ 6373 1340 to request another PES review (for Pre-Enlistees after CMPB Checkup).

       

      6) Make a trip down to the respective unit camp medical centre. Give the MO whatever supporting documents you have in hand. E.g. Specialist memo/report (most usually the case and highly recommended), x-ray films, CT/MRI scan report, blood investigation lab report... etc.

       

      7) MO will decide whether you are deemed eligible for KIV downgrade, according to the criterias set in the "PES Bible" directive. E.g. Diagnosis, Extent of Diagnosis, Degree of Diagnosis/Injury/Illness/Disease...etc.

       

      8) If deemed so, you will sign an acknowledgement notice of Medical Board, whereby your case statement is prepared for review discussion at the monthly medical board meet (usually at the Formation/Division HQ) with another NSF CPT MO and the Chairman (SAF Regular Medical Doctor of MAJOR rank or above). Your Medical Board result will be post mailed to you by your respective NSHRC (Formation NS Hub).

       

      Time and time again, the questions for Medical Review (Downgrade) is repetitive. Therefore, this serves as a general SOP for Medical Board.

       

      Extract from www.mindef.gov.sg/nsmen:
      It is crucial that you update your NS HRCs if you develop a new medical condition or if an existing medical condition has worsened, which may affect your ICT performance. This is so that arrangements will be made for you to attend a medical review at the SAF medical centre to assess your fitness condition for NS.

      You MUST bring along all your investigation results and memorandums from your external physician or specialist during your medical review. You may be given a medical certificate for ICT deferment, be scheduled for a medical board to downgrade you if your medical condition is significant, or be referred to a restructured hospital for further examination depending on the outcome of your medical review.

      If your medical condition is deemed suited for ICT participation by the medical officer, you will then be allowed to attend ICT.

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