31 May '12, 12am

2 years NS not long for those who love S'pore; naturalised male citizens should serve NS: Voices

Mr Stuart Frost, who wrote "Review NS to suit society, youth today" (May 29), should be informed that we used to serve 30 months. It was shortened to two years with changes in training methods and technology. It is often agreed that National Service is a good way to turn boys into men, naturally so for the combat-fit ones. For those serving in other capacities, there are also means to develop skills useful in life. What would our national defence be if it were to attract only sign-on personnel? Would our young men appreciate the intent of protecting our nation? National security is of utmost importance to any country, especially a small nation like ours. We tend to take for granted the peace we enjoy. But any compromise on NS requirements would be disastrous. Lastly, I disagree on NS for females, as equality of the sexes does not exist in this world. Perhaps the heavy resp...

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