Plan to enlist poly students for NS earlier
Change among NS recommendations set to cost $4.5 billion over a decade
Published on May 30, 2014 7:05 AM
Polytechnic students are likely to start their national service in May or August next year, a month earlier than usual, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in Parliament yesterday.
The proposed change, which will affect an annual intake of some 11,000 polytechnic students, is one of 30 recommendations by the Committee to Strengthen National Service (CSNS), which released its report last week.
Their implementation, including enhanced benefits for NSmen, is expected to cost about $4.5 billion over the next decade, Dr Ng said. It is a move that will have a "huge administrative impact" and require "significant investment" from the Defence Ministry, he said. About 24,500 servicemen are enlisted annually.
"My SAF commanders are sweating over this... Each batch is about five, six, seven thousand, and they're wondering how do we do this."
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