Anew one-stop NS Hub in Bukit Gombak will have many modern facilities that pre-enlistees and national servicemen will appreciate. But for many of these often time-challenged young men, the most welcome will no doubt be that of convenience, and the ease of access they will have to a range of services. Scheduled to be ready in 2023, the hub will mean that pre-enlistees can do their registration and undergo their psychometric tests and medical checks there, while full-time national servicemen can work on their physical fitness, and visit the Military Medicine Institute (MMI) for specialist medical and dental care, among other things. National servicemen currently go to the Central Manpower Base for NS registration, fitness conditioning centres for physical training tests, and the MMI in Kent Ridge for specialist medical and dental care.
National service remains a significant rite of passage for young men here. Recognising their contributions continues to be reflected in the slew of measures, awards, initiatives and facilities made available to them over the years, with the NS Hub being the latest. But as much as it is for the men, the hub will also be a place for their families and the public. It will have food and beverage outlets, a childcare centre, outdoor community areas with fitness equipment, a running track and a football field. In opening up and sharing facilities, there can be deeper links established with residents and the surrounding community who can, in turn, learn more about national service, and even consider careers in the defence industry.