IPS study reveals Singaporeans support compulsory NS, but view it as less important for obtaining job skills

According to a study by IPS, majority of Singaporeans support compulsory National Service (NS) but consider it less important for obtaining civilian job skills.

The study suggests focusing on lower-income households and addressing financial challenges faced by national servicemen.

MINDEF highlights that NSFs from financially challenged families can seek support from their unit commanders.

Singapore national servicemen to receive increment ranging from S$125 to S$200, effective from 1 July

The Singapore government has announced an increase in the National Service (NS) allowance for national servicemen, with increments ranging from $125 to $200 depending on rank and vocation.

The adjustment, effective from 1 July 2023, will result in a substantial rise of 10.9% to 21.7% in NS allowances. The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stated that the allowances are periodically reviewed to ensure adequacy.

This increase comes after a proposal to peg NS allowances to inflation was rejected earlier this year.

Taiwan technically at war with China requires citizens to serve 1 year NS while S’poreans need to serve 2

It was reported on Tuesday (27 Dec) that Tsai Ing-wen, the President of ROC Taiwan, announced the decision to extend Taiwanese military conscriptions from the present four months to one year starting from January 2024. “I must admit that this is a hard decision,” President Tsai said, “but as a President and Commander in chief, it … Read more

Taiwan President announces extension of Taiwanese military conscriptions from 4 months to one year, starting from January 2024

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Tsai Ing-wen, President of ROC Taiwan announced the decision to extend Taiwanese military conscriptions from the current four months to one year starting from January 2024, to strengthen Taiwan’s combat readiness against potential Chinese attacks. She made the above announcement in a press conference at 3:30pm today (27 December), amid increasing threats … Read more

Would national service be on top of the consideration by wealthy PRCs scrambling to immigrate to Singapore?

South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Thursday (15 Dec 2022) that a new wave of wealthy mainland Chinese emigrants is eyeing to immigrate to Singapore. Wealthy Chinese see Singapore as a safe haven to park their money while offering them relative freedom, a safe environment as well as a pro-business and low-tax climate such … Read more