03 Mar '11, 2am

The SAF won't draft women for NS as there's 'no operational need to justify doing so', Dr Ng Eng Hen said

The SAF won't draft women for NS as there's 'no operational need to justify doing so', Dr Ng Eng Hen said

Second Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen said there were no operational needs to justify drafting women for National Service. -- ST PHOTO: LIM WUI LIANG THE Singapore Armed Forces will not draft women for national service because there are no operational needs to justify doing so, said Second Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen yesterday. Dr Ng also said national service is based on the three fundamental principles: National security and survival, universality and equity. And to impose conscription unnecessarily on a large segment of the population would dilute its purpose. 'From time to time, there have been calls to extend NS beyond this remit, to fulfil social objectives or otherwise. While these objectives are laudable, we must not dilute the restriction of NS only to critical needs of national security and survival, and base it on the three fundamental principles. 'At prese...

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