30 Jun '12, 11am

NS enlistment expected to dip to 19,500 in 2025

NS enlistment expected to dip to 19,500 in 2025

SINGAPORE: Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said one of the biggest challenges facing the future of the SAF concerns the demography of the country. He said National Service enlistment is expected to dip to about 19,500 in 2025. Last year, there were about 26,000 Singaporeans and PRs serving NS. Dr Ng said even with the reduction in enlistment, the Singapore Armed Forces will still be credible. In an interview ahead of SAF Day on Sunday, Dr Ng notes that after 45 years of National Service, the public has consistently affirmed that NS is necessary. Hari Krishnan migrated to Singapore from India 15 years ago. The 23-year-old is now a Singapore citizen and is currently doing National Service. "Having entered NS, I've met different people, I've learnt to work as a team to help each other. I now treat this as the place I want to be, the place where I want to have my kids and get marr...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews...

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