09 September 2010

National Service Recognition Award

The recently announced National Service Recognition Award (“NSRA”) gives the unfortunate impression that past contributions don't matter.

Most currently serving NSMen will not be receiving the full quantum of the NSRA because they have already served past one or two of the milestones.

Former NSMen are excluded.

It is ironic that at a time when we remember Dr Goh Keng Swee for his contributions to Singapore's defence, the generations of former NSMen whose combined efforts and sacrifices transformed his concept into reality and helped protect our fledgling nation when it was most vulnerable are excluded from the NSRA.

As the prime minister said, whilst much of the earlier hardware has been superseded by newer and more sophisticated equipment, we would not be flying F15s if we had not started off with flying Hunter aircraft.

The SAF would not be what it is today if not for the NSF and NSMen of yesteryear.  They deserve no less recognition.

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Note:

NSF are full-time national servicemen and NSMen are operationally ready national servicemen who have completed their full-time national service (also known as reservists in many other countries).

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