Reply to Media Queries on the NS50 Day Off initiative
For 50 years, National Service (NS) has been the bedrock of the peace and stability upon which we have built Singapore. It is an important milestone in Singapore’s nation-building journey, and a time for us to recognise the contributions of past and present national servicemen.
In commemoration of 50 years of NS (NS50) this year, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has accorded a day off to all our non-uniformed employees who are past and present Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSmen) to recognise them for their contributions to NS. The day off must be taken by 31 December 2017, and will be granted subject to work exigencies. MINDEF also presented a letter of appreciation to our NSmen employees to thank them for their service.
MINDEF is heartened that other organisations have also implemented initiatives to recognise the contributions of their NSmen employees, in support of NS50. Public and private sector agencies are encouraged to commemorate NS50 and recognise the contributions of their NSmen.
Source: MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (MINDEF)