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S'pore army "looking into" netizen's claim of faking mental illness to get away from NS

Published on Jun 16, 2014 9:34 AM
Soldiers marching at the Singapore Armed Forces’ first integrated military parade held at the Marina Bay Floating Platform on April 12, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - The army is "looking into" a netizen's claim online that he successfully feigned mental instability to be exempt from National Service.

The netizen, who identified himself as "a PES F-ed recruit", wrote on the SAF Confessions Facebook page that he "started going to IMH (Institute of Mental Health) a year before enlistment to build up a case". PES F is the medical status given to soldiers who are exempt from NS.

He acted up on enlistment day to avoid getting his head shaved - an NS rite. He also kept taking medical leave, before he was eventually discharged on psychiatric grounds.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the Singapore Army said that it was "regrettable" that the blogger had boasted about how he "dishonestly and blatantly got himself discharged from National Service".

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