Some public servants will be receiving an extra day off this year to mark 50 years of National Service (NS50) in the Republic.
The day off, which has to be taken between Aug 1 and Dec 31 this year, is meant for employees who have served as full-time National Servicemen or uniformed regulars in the Singapore Armed Forces and the Home Team, according to one statutory board.
Rumours of the extra day off for public servants first surfaced on online forum hardwarezone late last week, with users asking if it was true.
Checks by TODAY revealed that employees of some statutory boards have received an internal memo or email from their Human Resources department earlier this month.
But it seems the benefit may not be rolled out to all public officers as employees at some other ministries and statutory boards said they have yet to receive word of the extra day off.
In an internal memo seen by TODAY, the day off was declared by the staff member’s employer “in support of the Ministry of Defence’s NS50 initiatives”.
TODAY has written to the Ministry of Defence and the Public Service Division for more information.
This year, Singapore marks 50 years of National Service, and as part of the celebration, a year-long series of events and initiatives have been rolled out to commemorate the milestone.
Among the perks given to all past and present national servicemen this year are S$100 worth of NS50 vouchers, which they can use at a wide range of retail and food and beverage outlets. Those currently in service, or have completely their operationally ready NS are also given an additional one-year membership at either Safra or HomeTeamNS.