Thinking Aloud

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

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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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 15, 2022, with the headline Women in NS: Don't call for it without an operational need. Subscribe