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Government accepts CSNS proposals

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says the proposals will strengthen National Service for future generations.

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Government on Tuesday (June 10) accepted the recommendations put forward by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on behalf of the Committee to Strengthen National Service (CSNS).

In a statement, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the proposals will “strengthen NS for future generations and ensure the defence, safety and security of Singapore”.

The proposals from the Committee include increasing the amount of monetary rewards for National Servicemen, improving the incentive for Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) and boosting the number of regulars in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Police Force (SPF), and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

When fully implemented, the recommendations will cost Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Home Affairs S$4.5 billion over 10 years, the CSNS stated.

Below is the full statement from Mr Lee to CSNS Chairman Dr Ng:

Thank you for the report of the Committee to Strengthen National Service (CSNS).

NS is essential for Singapore's progress and prosperity. It protects us from external threats, keeps our homes and families safe, and builds lifelong memories and friendships. Our National Servicemen serve with pride and honour, and have performed valuable service to Singapore. I express our deep appreciation to all our national servicemen.

The Government accepts the recommendations of the CSNS. These proposals will strengthen NS for future generations and ensure the defence, safety and security of Singapore.

I also thank the members of the CSNS and the two Working Groups. Their work has contributed to keeping NS strong and relevant in the future.

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