National servicemen deployed based on operational needs

SINGAPORE - We thank Mr Rayner Teo for his feedback ("Tap NSFs to plug manpower shortage in social services"; last Saturday).

The peace that we enjoy today cannot be taken for granted. Given our small size, national service serves a critical need for defending our peace and security and in safeguarding our way of life.

Just as older generations have been committed to NS, we need to continue to strengthen this national institution to ensure that each new generation finds its own commitment to NS.

National servicemen are currently assessed for their suitability, and deployed to their vocations based on operational requirements.

We thank Mr Teo for his suggestion on offering more choices for vocational deployment.

Within the context of defence, the Committee to Strengthen National Service will consider his feedback during its discussions.

Teo Eng Dih

Director Manpower

Ministry of Defence

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