Voices Of Youth

Penalty for NSF deaths must be fair

I agree with tightening discipline and safety rules after the deaths of the two full-time national servicemen (NSFs) (Tighter discipline and safety rules following NSF deaths; May 18).

The only time national servicemen should have to give up their lives are on the battlefield, not on the training ground.

Although meting out punishment is essential to keeping discipline, there must be a limit to the severity of the sentence. The penalty has to be fair and reasonable.

Commanders should allow NSFs to opt out of drills if their bodies are unable to cope with the taxing nature of the exercises due to medical conditions or their limited abilities. Doing so can help prevent unnecessary injuries that may lead to more severe consequences and even in the loss of lives.

Justin Chua Jun Jie, Secondary 2 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2018, with the headline 'Penalty for NSF deaths must be fair'. Print Edition | Subscribe