Are you a male Singapore citizen/ permanent resident born between 2 January and 31 March 2001? Because if you are…
It sucks to be you, bro.
According to Channel News Asia, males belonging to the aforementioned categories will have to register for National Service between 16 May and 5 June this year.
Yeah, pretty sad news if you ask me, but we all have to go through it anyway. So stop weeping already, and let’s get started on the registration process.
Unless you live in the area, we highly suggest that you use the online route.
During registration, soon-to-be recruits will have to choose a date between 29 August and 29 September this year for a medical examination.
The medical examination will be held at CMPB on whichever date you opt for, between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Tip? Try to avoid the weekends.
Even Artbox will have more roaming space. #justsaying
If you wish to chao keng- I mean defer for any particular reason, you may do so online or in person.
Should the application be successful, you will be given further notice on the reporting date and time for enlistment.
Tips & Tricks
Look, National Service is tough. It’s meant to be tough. But if there’s any consolation, you’re not gonna suffer alone. You’ll have a buddy, comrades and even that guy you don’t like, but you’ll all be suffering together.
So if you ever feel like the world’s against you, just look at your buddy and crack a wide grin. Or that guy you don’t like as he struggles to hump the ground (push ups).
And do not be tempted to AWOL. In 2017, the high court and MINDEF decided to adopt a harsher stand against evasion of NS obligations.
They will be drawing up a new sentencing framework to guide punishments for defaulters, in order to send a harsher message against evasion of NS.
Case in point? Ang Lee Thye, who evaded NS for a total of 23.5 years, had his sentence increased from 2 years to 2 years and 9 months. And he’s not alone.
Another pair of brothers, Sakthikanesh Chidambaram and Vanana Kumar Chidambaram, also evaded NS for durations between 3 to 5 years.
Sakthikanesh was originally jailed for 3 weeks, but his sentence was increased to 10 weeks. His brother, who was originally supposed to be fined $6,000, ended up having to spend 7 weeks behind bars.
So the lesson here? Don’t try to siam NS. As your future platoon sergeants and officers will prob tell you:
You can try to test the system, but you can never cheat it.
Now you know what Singaporeans are talking about today; do check back tomorrow for another piece of news of the day!