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National Service - The Beginning

02:03 Min
In 1967, 900 men were called up for national service with the Army. They were to be Singapore's first line of defence, and they needed to learn warfare tactics fast. From physical training to live firing exercises, the pioneers share what it was like to transition from civilian to soldier.
National Service - The Beginning

National Service - The Beginning - S1E10: NS According to the Pioneers: Training

18 Dec 2017 02:15am
In 1967, 900 men were called up for national service with the Army. They were to be Singapore's first line of defence, and they needed to learn warfare tactics fast. From physical training to live firing exercises, the pioneers share what it was like to transition from civilian to soldier.

National Service - The Beginning

About the show:

2017 marks the 50th year of national service in Singapore. To commemorate this journey of service, Channel NewsAsia presents a two-part special to tell the story of how a fledgling nation built a citizen’s army from scratch, and its evolution into a modern-day institution powered by cutting-edge technology. Through personal stories of the pioneers and dramatic reconstructions, NATIONAL SERVICE: THE BEGINNING shows the first batch from the day they received their enlistment letters, to the notorious training methods and food, and the historic National Day parade in 1968 - where they stood before a grateful nation. In NATIONAL SERVICE: THE TRANSFORMATION, we fast-forward to 2017 Singapore. We delve into the evolution of national service and understand how we are making the switch from jungle to urban warfare.   Through it all, we come to see national service as a shared experience that has bound hundreds of thousands of Singaporean men over five decades. 

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