National Service: A necessity for Singaporean Males graduating from SAS, yet a relatively misunderstood and often misrepresented reality for the rest of us. Senior reporters Bella and Kristi interview SAS’s upcoming NS boys on how they feel about becoming Singapore’s newest National Servicemen.
National Service is required for all Singaporean male citizens and permanent residents. Typically, all National Servicemen are said to serve a minimum of two years in either the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Police Force (SPF), or Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). The majority of those go into NS at the age of 18, however, some defer their service until after they’ve completed their studies. At SAS the trend is to go into NS directly post-graduation, so the college process is very different for these students. In addition, many of the SAS boys going into NS will encounter a new cultural experience.