SINGAPORE - All national servicemen in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) will receive a $125 to $200 increase in their national service (NS) allowance from 1 July.
This was announced in a press release from the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday (29 May). The allowance increment will range between 10.9 to 21.7 per cent, and will be dependent on individual national servicemen's rank and vocation.
For example, a full-time national serviceman (NSF) holding the rank of recruit or trainee will receive an allowance of $755, an increase from the current amount of $630.
Meanwhile, an NSF naval diver, NSF police tactical trooper or NSF firefighter holding the rank of Corporal will receive a monthly allowance of $1,250, up from the current $1,050.
The revised NS allowance includes a minimum vocation allowance of $75. Additional vocation allowance paid to national servicemen in selected vocations (e.g. combat vocations) are excluded from the above table.
NSFs will receive a 5 per cent increment for every 12 months of service in their respective ranks. NSmen will receive a 5 to 10 per cent increment if they satisfactorily complete an NS activity in the previous work year.
The NS allowance is reviewed and adjusted periodically to ensure that it remains adequate for NSFs in their basic personal upkeep.
Three adjustments have been made over the last 10 years, with the most recent increment in March 2020, when allowances were increased by $70 to $120.
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