SINGAPORE: Eligible past and present national servicemen (NSmen) will receive S$100 of digital credits starting from Friday (Jul 1), with the credits to be disbursed progressively in batches.
First announced in March, the digital credits are to thank past and present NSmen for their contributions to Singapore's defence and security, as the country marks 55 years of National Service.
The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) previously said that NSmen will be eligible for the package based on their national service status as of May this year. Full-time NSFs who enlist by Dec 31, 2022, will also qualify for the benefits after enlistment.
The credits, which will be valid for a year, will be disbursed digitally for convenience from Jul 1 to 31. However, hardcopy vouchers can be provided to those who have “exhausted all means of assistance” but are still unable to access or redeem their credits via the LifeSG mobile app, said MINDEF in a media release on Thursday (Jun 30).
These NSmen can contact the NS55 Call Centre (1800-723-6755 or contactus [at] ns55.com.sg) to request hardcopy vouchers.
Once the credits have been disbursed to them, NSmen will be notified via SMS at their registered mobile number.
After that, they can access their LifeSG mobile app to redeem the credits at any online or physical merchant accepting payment by Scan and Pay via PayNow UEN QR or NETS QR.
These include heartland shops, hawkers and e-commerce platforms. NSmen may also choose to make payments to government agencies and educational institutions or donate their credits to charities online.
Nearly 90 merchants will also offer additional discounts and promotions when national servicemen redeem their NS recognition credits and show the LifeSG mobile app at their shops. It includes a wide variety of merchants from different sectors such as F&B, sports and fitness, hotels and retail, MINDEF said.
The NS55 Recognition package also includes one-year complimentary SAFRA or HomeTeamNS principal membership.
Those who are eligible will receive a notification letter from MINDEF or the Ministry of Home Affairs at their registered address from mid-June.
They can register for e-membership using the QR code or link provided in the letter from Jul 1 to Dec 31 this year. Applications will be processed by SAFRA or HomeTeamNS within six to eight weeks.