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    Dec 01, 2015

    Mindef increases NS allowances by $80

    NATIONAL servicemen will get $80 more in monthly allowances from today.

    Recruits entering full-time national service will be getting $560 - up from $480.

    Those who have attained the highest rank possible during their two years of NS, becoming lieutenants or inspectors, will pocket $1,260 a month - up from $1,180.

    Besides the 40,000 full-time national servicemen (NSFs), the 300,000 operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen) who are called up for annual in-camp training will also benefit.

    The allowance hikes apply to all citizens in the Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force.

    The Ministry of Defence said in a statement yesterday that the "NS rank allowance, which supports our national servicemen in their basic personal upkeep, is reviewed periodically".

    The last time NS allowances were raised was in 2012, when they went up by $60.

    The move comes more than a year after a high-level committee unveiled plans to improve the NS experience to boost the support for the rite of passage, which was introduced in 1967.