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Women in NS: Don't call for it without an operational need

Sans conscription, those who are keen to serve can sign on as professional soldiers or take on a variety of roles with the SAF Volunteer Corps

Even though the Enlistment Act is gender neutral, the Government has not extended the mandate of NS to include women. PHOTO: MINDEF
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SINGAPORE - What is the core purpose underpinning national service (NS) here?

That was a key issue that arose from Monday's Parliament sitting, when the debate over whether women should be conscripted was reignited.

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