Tag Archives: national service

12 classic people you meet in BMT

If you thought you’ve seen it all in your eventful 18-year life, wait till you join the army. The three months in BMT will expose you to all sorts of people you never thought existed.

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LIEUTENANT-GENERAL (Ret) WINSTON CHOO: Hard-won relations, So Easily Forgotten

When the Indian Ocean tsunami struck in 2004, the SAF was the first to reach and lend a hand, deploying an unprecedented amount of manpower and assets in its history of disaster assistance. When Singapore was in need in December 1997, when SilkAir Flight MI185 crashed into the Musi River near Palembang, killing all 104 passengers and crew, the Indonesians came swiftly to our aid.

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Former presidential candidate Tan Kin Lian calls for NS to be shortened to a year

Tan Kin Lian, a candidate at the 2011 Presidential Election, has called for national service (NS) to be shortened from the current two years to a year.In an online petition posted three days ago, the former CEO of NTUC Income also called on the government to reduce the call-up for reservist and remedial training. The petition has gathered close to 900 signatures as of Sunday morning. His goal is to hit 10,000 signatures. While Tan acknowledged that national defence is important for Singapore, he said the government should review the approach to “make sure that the budget and resources are effectively used to produce the desired outcome”.

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MAJOR REVIEW OF NATIONAL SERVICE IS NEEDED

National Service (NS) came into being after the National Service (Amendment) act was passed in Parliament on 14 March 1967. NS has often been touted as a “rites of passage” when boys become real men. However, many feel that amongst national “sacred cows”, this is one that deserves a serious look.

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National Service in Singapore: Army Daze Separating the Boys From the Men

One of my favourite activities is to listen (read: eavesdrop) when other Singaporean men talk about National Service. Like it or not, the fact is every male Singaporean has to go through it, barring the few who do their best to get the lowest possible Physical Employment Status (PES) so they can concentrate on the own commitments, then boast about it on social media. How each individual responds to the various challenges that NS serves up is what separates the boys from the men.

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NS FOR GIRLS: ARE YOU SERIOUS?

Fellow Singaporeans, I urge you not to fall into the government's trap. I will make this short. The government mouthpiece recently suggested women serving National Service. let me tell you now that that is the MOST STUPID SUGGESTION ever. It is even more stupid than the Eugenics scheme LKY came up with.

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SOUTH KOREA JAILS HUNDREDS FOR REFUSING TO SERVE NS

The young dentist was uncuffed and led to his seat in the courtroom. A few rows back, his mother watched motionlessly, her hands gently clasped together as if in prayer. Jeon Seong Jin is being punished for a crime that is not a crime at all in most of the world. A Jehovah’s Witness, he has refused to become a soldier in South Korea, where all able-bodied male citizens are required to serve about 21 months in the army.

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YOUR VIEW: ‘Is Singapore my home, daddy?’

For every Singaporean worker that leaves, three foreigners come in to take his place. PMET positions, mind you. Not low-level positions.The whole mix in my company is around 30% local and 70% foreigner. Many Singaporeans I see are becoming desperate now. The only job they can do is to drive taxis, be hawkers, small-time push cart business owners. What about the jobs that are related to our education we spent almost17-20 years to get? They're all being snapped up by the so-called foreign "talents". "Talents" because they are not talents at all! They have totally unrelated educational background or working experience -- they do not know the terms and lingo in related fields. Some of them even have fake certificates.

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