National service through the years

National service has been a key component of Singapore’s nation-building journey since its inception. This national duty ensures that Singapore has a strong and ready military force to defend itself should the need arise.

This year marks the 50th year of national service in Singapore. To commemorate it, we look briefly at the history of national service and how individual soldier equipment has evolved.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2017, with the headline 'National service through the years'. Print Edition | Subscribe