All 200,000 HomeTeamNS ordinary members will receive free personal accident insurance coverage of $30,000 from August.
This was among a slew of new perks for members announced yesterday.
Under the first such benefit to be offered by a national service association, current and former national servicemen in the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) who are HomeTeamNS members will be covered by insurance provider AXA.
Coverage can be raised to between $100,000 and $150,000 with a top-up fee of less than $1 a month.
HomeTeamNS president Josephine Teo, who is Manpower Minister, announced the new benefits at Universal Studios Singapore, where some 5,000 HomeTeamNS members, volunteers and their families celebrated the association's inaugural family day event.
Besides the new insurance coverage, members will get discounts on weekend movie tickets, exclusive movie previews and food promotions at Cathay Cineplexes.
Insurance coverage for NSmen is limited, so it is a privilege for Home Team NSmen to have something additional. NSmen have very strong bonds, and to be able to bring our families together at events like this and at the clubhouses is really meaningful for us.
'' SCDF NSMAN SIM MENG SAN
Ordinary members aged 51 and above will get a free two-year extension under a new GenNext membership scheme aimed at keeping older members active. This includes a $100 discount on a one-year Fitness Works gym membership.
Speaking to The Sunday Times on the sidelines of the event, Mrs Teo, who is also Second Minister for Home Affairs, said the upcoming Khatib-Yishun HomeTeamNS clubhouse, which will have its groundbreaking ceremony next month, will host new facilities.
These will include "something not yet seen in Singapore", she said, but declined to give details.
Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam announced last year that three new HomeTeamNS clubhouses will be built over the next 10 to 15 years, with the first to open in Khatib-Yishun by 2020. This will replace the existing Sembawang clubhouse.
It will serve more than 85,000 HomeTeam NSmen and their families living in the northern part of Singapore.
Another, in Tengah Forest Town, will replace the Bukit Batok clubhouse, while a new Bedok clubhouse will bring the total number of clubhouses to six. The Bedok clubhouse is expected to be completed within two years of the Khatib-Yishun clubhouse, said Mrs Teo.
With some 80 per cent of all eligible servicemen subscribed to HomeTeamNS membership, clubhouses and benefits are a way to show that their contributions are valued, she said.
"Frankly speaking, would our NSmen not be able to get on without our clubhouses? The answer is 'no' - there are community clubs and public pools that they can go to. The significance of having a clubhouse is that it's a place they can come and connect with fellow NSmen," said Mrs Teo, who took over the HomeTeamNS presidency last November, becoming the first woman to lead the non-profit group set up to recognise the contributions of SPF and SCDF NSmen.
SCDF NSman Sim Meng San, who was at Universal Studios with his family and friends for the event, said he was thrilled with the new membership benefits.
"Insurance coverage for NSmen is limited, so it is a privilege for HomeTeam NSmen to have something additional," said the 41-year-old IT manager.
"NSmen have very strong bonds, and to be able to bring our families together at events like this and at the clubhouses is really meaningful for us," he said.