Offer a simple smile to NSmen say students at focus group discussion on strengthening NS

Be careful about criticism, and offer a simple smile. These were just some of the suggestions from teenagers as they urged more respect and recognition for Singapore's citizen soldiers at Saturday morning's focus group discussion on how to strengthen national service.

The 70 students, aged between 17 and 20, were from junior colleges, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).

Most said they were satisfied with the Government's efforts in rewarding and recognising full-time national servicemen (NSFs) who serve the mandatory two-year stints, as well as operationally- ready NSmen.