NS changes: First SAF Volunteer Corps to recruit women and new citizens
Published on May 22, 2014 12:30 PM
SINGAPORE - Women and new citizens could soon be serving alongside National Servicemen in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), if a recommendation to establish a Volunteer Corps by the Committee to Strengthen National Service is accepted. The Straits Times sums up the key mechanics of the scheme:
1. Volunteers will enlist under the SAF Act, and serve four weeks of training to gain basic military skills and values, and be orientated to their roles.
2. Thereafter, they are called back to serve one to two weeks every year, and commit for a minimum of three years.
3. Volunteers can opt for either track: Operations or Specialist.
4. Those in Operations can be trained and deployed in tasks like protecting key installations like Jurong Island and Changi Airport, and access control during events such as the National Day Parade.
5. Specialists can contribute their expertise in the legal, psychology, information, medical, engineering and maritime domains