For men entering National Service (NS) from end-2017, they may indicate which vocations they are interested in joining and this will be factored in after they have been assigned to the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Police Force (SPF) or Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen has revealed.
The move aims to encourage full-time national servicemen to take ownership of their roles and responsibilities, Dr Ng said in an interview ahead of SAF Day on Jul 1.
Currently, pre-enlistees are assigned to their vocations based on the operational needs of the SAF and Home Team agencies. However, pre-enlistees may begin to indicate which vocations they are interested in from the end of this year, if their enlistment date is from end-2017.
Their interests will be considered after they have been assigned to SAF, SPF or SCDF, and information on more than 30 vocations available will be made available on the Central Manpower Base (CMPB) website from the third quarter this year.
“Obviously, operational requirements will come first. But if their vocations, their aptitudes, match their choices, we’ll try to give as many as possible – with the caveat that the entirety of that unit, missions and capabilities must not be compromised,” said Dr Ng.