Singaporean Returned For NS 17 Years After Leaving For Australia

National service was made more difficult for 33-year-old Mark Adam Collins, who served it when he was 26.

He moved to Australia when he was nine and grew up thinking he was Australian.

That changed when he came here at 25 to work as a part-time English language trainer.

His then employer applied a work permit for Mr Collins – only to discover that he did not need one because he was still considered a Singaporean.

A week later, Mr Collins received a letter informing him that he had to report for a medical check-up and enlist for NS.

The stark change in his lifestyle hit him hard at first. He says: “While people my age were building their careers or getting married, I had to wear a uniform for the next two years.”



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