SINGAPORE - I find myself in a similar situation as Mr Leslie Teo Chin Hin ("Not called for in-camp training, so no NS award"; last Wednesday).
I completed my operationally ready national service (NS) training cycle in 2004 but volunteered to continue, as recommended by my superior officer and because there was a need in my unit.
After that, I was not called up for in-camp training but, up till 2010, continued to go for the Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT). I also volunteered to continue receiving notices to stand by for mobilisations.
After the National Service Recognition Award was announced in 2010, I received a call from my unit offering an immediate discharge from NS if I were to forego the award, which I refused.
In any case, I was discharged in 2011 without the award.
I appealed to the relevant authorities, only to be told that there was a lapse in administration, and that I had not been called up since 2009.
If I should have been discharged in 2009, why was I asked to go for IPPT sessions and mobilisation standbys up till 2010? Why did my unit call me to offer an immediate discharge only after the award was announced?
Does it mean that if there were no NS award, my situation of being "inactive" would have remained undiscovered and I would have continued with IPPTs and mobilisation standbys?