First-of-its-kind alumni programme to help HomeTeam NS 'buddies' connect

The Home Team has launched a new alumni programme for Home Team NSmen who want to reconnect with fellow officers from their training batch or division.
The Home Team has launched a new alumni programme for Home Team NSmen who want to reconnect with fellow officers from their training batch or division. PHOTO: HOMETEAM
Second Minister for Home Affairs Desmond Lee speaking at Shaw Lido on July 2, 2017.
Second Minister for Home Affairs Desmond Lee speaking at Shaw Lido on July 2, 2017.ST PHOTO: IAN CHENG

SINGAPORE - A new alumni programme for Home Team national servicemen (NSmen) who want to reconnect with fellow officers from their training batch or division was launched on Sunday (July 2).

The HomeTeamNS Alumni Connect Programme is the first of its kind in Singapore. It provides secretariat services to connect NSmen with their fellow NS buddies, said Second Minister for Home Affairs Desmond Lee today.

Mr Lee, who is HomeTeam NS president, was speaking to about 1,000 HomeTeamNS members and their families at an exclusive movie screening of Spider-Man: Homecoming at Shaw Lido.

The event was part of HomeTeamNS NS50 celebrations, which pays tribute to Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defence Force NSmen for their contributions.

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Mr Lee, in his opening address, said: "The term 'homecoming' strikes a chord with HomeTeam NS... The programme serves to build communities, deepen bonds and bring our NSmen closer to the Home Team family."

Those keen to form alumni groups can submit a request through the new HomeTeamNS NS50 mobile app, which provides access to a raft of NS50 activities, promotions and announcements.

The app, which can be downloaded for free on the Apple App Store and Android Google Play Store, was developed pro-bono by SPF NSman Terence Matthew Choo, who is the founder of home-grown mobile apps developer Business Impact Global.

HomeTeamNS aims to form 65 alumni groups in the next two years, Mr Lee said. Members will be able to give their input for the development of NS clubhouses and activities in the future, he added.