Use of NSmen resources (COS/MINDEF)

For most NSmen, annual in-camp training (ICT) involves long hours away from work and family. There is often a lot of waiting time in between the action, hence the adage, “hurry up and wait!”

Speech in Parliament during the Committee of Supply debate for the Ministry of Defence on 5 March 2014.

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For most NSmen, annual in-camp training (ICT) involves long hours away from work and family. There is often a lot of waiting time in between the action, hence the adage, “hurry up and wait!”

Commanders, however, are much busier throughout the ICT because they are often engaged in planning while the men wait. Yet for the sake of equity, units usually issue call-ups to all involved NSmen for the full duration of the exercise. This incurs a huge cost in terms of the NSmen’s time and Make-up Pay – which is based on the NSmen’s civilian salary.

To better utilise NSmen resources, could non-commanders be recalled for a shorter ICT duration or fewer ICTs? To address the inequality, key appointment holders and commanders could be rewarded with extra pay or benefits to compensate them for the additional sacrifices they make for our nation.

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

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  1. Dear Gerald,

    Has Parliamented voted to adopt the budget as presented by Tharman? DID THE WORKERS PARTY TOGETHER WITH THE RULING PARTY VOTE TO APPROVE THE BUDGET??

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