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About 580 National Servicemen disrupted annually for university studies from 2018 to 2022

In response to a parliamentary question by WP MP Gerald Giam, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen disclosed that about 580 full-time NSFs were allowed university disruptions each year, between 2018 and 2022.

Notably, about 520 opted for local institutions, while the other 60 pursued studies abroad.

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SINGAPORE: Annually, from 2018 to 2022, approximately 580 full-time national servicemen (NSFs) were granted disruptions to pursue university studies, as revealed by Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen.

Among these disruptions, 520 NSFs chose to attend local universities, while 60 embarked on overseas academic pursuits, marking a distinctive trend within the sphere of National Service (NS) commitments.

Dr Ng was responding to a Parliamentary Question presented by Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song, a Member of Parliament from the Workers’ Party, on Tuesday (19 Sep).

Mr Giam sought clarification on the number of full-time NSFs who were granted disruptions for overseas studies, the proportion of Government scholarship holders among them, and the rationale behind allowing these disruptions.

In his written response, Dr Ng elaborated that the majority of disruptions, approximately 70%, pertained to NSFs who had enlisted later than their peers.

This aligns with the policy of ensuring that each cohort commences their university studies in the same academic year, necessitating disruptions for these later enlistees.

Around 27% of the disruptions were allotted to NSFs pursuing medical studies, preparing them to serve as SAF Medical Officers during their NS.

Public Service Commission (PSC) scholars make up the remaining 3% or an average of 19 NSFs. This follows a long-standing practice since 1967 to attract top talent into the public sector.

Dr Ng emphasized that all NSFs are required to complete the remainder of their full-time NS after the disruption period.

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These service men had better…DISRUPT PERMANENTLY COS THERE WILL NOT BE ANY GOOD JOBS FOR THEM ANYWAY…THESE JOBS GOES TO FTs!😆😆😆🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Serve your country they say but more like defend our foreigners that no need to serve. Shi+ policy from a shi+ gahmen.

Such disruptions is NOTHING compared to new citizens been COMPLETELY exempted from doing NS. Why Ah Hen doesn’t give the average yearly number of NCs which don’t do? Definitely much more than 580, hor.

The PSC scholarship should be tweaked to only benefit poorer families. This will remove Ministers’ children and those from wealthy families. It will also remove the possibilities of Conflict of Interests situations as was seen between TS and his son AS .

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