It is a question on the nation’s mind: Should teenage footballer and Fulham FC signee Benjamin Davis be allowed to defer his national service (NS) enlistment date?
The 17-year-old’s initial request for deferment was rejected by the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) on the grounds that “he does not meet the criteria for long-term deferment from Full-time NS”.
The issue gained further attention when Davis’ father told the media that his son might contemplate switching nationalities if the deferment is ultimately not granted. In response, Mindef said the youth’s actions were out to “further his own professional career, not national interest”.
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