National servicemen to get $80 more in monthly allowances from Dec 1

National servicemen will get $80 more in monthly allowances from Dec 1, 2015.
National servicemen will get $80 more in monthly allowances from Dec 1, 2015.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - National servicemen will get $80 more in monthly allowances from Tuesday (Dec 1).

Recruits entering full-time national service will get $560 - up from $480. Those who rise through the ranks, becoming, for instance, lieutenants, will pocket $1,260 a month - up from $1,180.

Besides the 40,000 full-time national servicemen (NSFs), the 300,000 operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen) who are called up for annual in-camp training will also benefit.

The increases for all citizen soldiers in the Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force will kick in on December 1.

The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement on Monday that the "NS rank allowance, which supports our national servicemen in their basic personal upkeep, is reviewed periodically".


PHOTO: MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

The last time NS allowances were boosted was in 2012, when there was a $60 raise.

The move comes more than a year after a high-level committee unveiled plans to improve the NS experience to shore up support for the rite of passage, which was introduced in 1967.