Processing time halved for NSmen during mobilisation exercises

Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing (second from left) observing NSmen from 76th Singapore Infantry Brigade undergoing refresher training at one of the Soldier Fundamental stations during the mobilisation exercise.

These used to involve spending 10 to 12 hours in camps waiting for weapons and combat kit to be issued and filling in forms. Now operationally-ready national servicemen (NSmen) take only four to five hours to get ready, said Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing.

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Quicker, more efficient mobilisations with one-stop centre

Some 3,000 Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSmen) from the 76th Singapore Infantry Brigade (76 SIB) got to experience the Singapore Armed Forces' latest mobilisation processes when they were called up for a routine mobilisation exercise.

The first stream of NSmen reported about 30 minutes after the call was broadcast on 14 Sep. After a quick registration, each soldier received a customised card which told him the equipment he had to draw out, and the stations to report to.

The Mobilisation and Equipping Centre (MEC) at Nee Soon Camp is a one-stop facility that gets NS units ready for operations in a shorter time.

In the past, NSmen had to report at a mobilisation location before they formed collection teams to draw out their equipment from the various supporting units around the island. Today, virtually everything which an NS unit needs is stored within the MEC, including the SAR 21 and other items such as rifle slings and cleaning kits.

Speaking to the media during his visit to the mobilisation exercise, Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing said: "Over the years the SAF has continued to improve on its mobilisation and equipping (processes)."

In the past, NSmen could take 10 to 12 hours to get equipped and properly briefed. "The new system is much faster and we can use the time saved to conduct refresher training,"said Mr Chan.

"I am very happy to see all of the NSmen coming back for their mobilisation exercise so quickly and so positively," said Mr Chan.

The improved system also makes mobilisation exercises a better experience for NSmen. For example, an IT system tracks equipment being drawn out by the NSmen, and commanders can see the unit's progress almost in real time.

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