SINGAPORE - Both full-time and operationally ready national servicemen will be provided life and personal insurance coverage by the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
This applies to servicemen in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defence Force and it will take effect on July 1. It was one of the recommendations by the Committee to Strengthen National Service to better recognise the contributions of national servicemen.
Mindef and MHA will provide $150,000 group term life and $150,000 group personal accident insurance coverage during the servicemen's full-time national service or reservist duties. The appointed insurance company for this scheme is Aviva Ltd.
The same insurance coverage will also be extended to regulars in Mindef/SAF and the Home Team (Uniformed Officer) during their period of employment. Volunteers from the SAF Volunteer Corps, National Service Volunteers, SPF Voluntary Special Constabulary and Civil Defence Auxiliary Unit will also be granted the same insurance coverage during their official duties.
National servicemen, regulars and NS volunteers who want to further insure themselves outside these periods, or insure their dependants, can purchase additional coverage. This scheme will be available on July 1 for MHA personnel and Oct 1 for Mindef personnel.
"The provision of this group term life and group personal accident insurance, which is on top of our current welfare and compensation frameworks, is our way to thank (our national servicemen) for their contributions to national defence," said Mindef's director for National Service Affairs Colonel (NS) Simon Lim.
MHA director of NS Affairs Directorate Colonel (Ret) Rupert Gwee said: "This group insurance is one of the many ways in which we look after the well-being of our officers, whether they are regulars, national servicemen or volunteers, as they go about their duties to keep Singapore safe and secure."
Correction Note: An earlier version of the story included the SAF Volunteer Corps, SPF Voluntary Special Constabulary and Civil Defence Auxiliary Unit as part of National service volunteers. This has been corrected. We are sorry for the error.