Must Permanent Residents (PRs) do National Service?

All second-generation male SPRs must enlist for National Service, together with their male Singaporean counterparts,once they reach the age of 18...


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All second-generation male SPRs must enlist for National Service, together with their male Singaporean counterparts, once they reach the age of 18. This is stated in the Enlistment Act. If a male SPR does not enlist, he will be considered a NS defaulter.   

All NS defaulters may be subject to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or both. Apart from answering to the Court, NS defaulters below the age of 40 will still have to serve NS. 

Second-generation PRs who renounce their PR status without serving NS will face adverse consequences. Their failure to serve NS will be taken into account should they attempt to apply to return to Singapore to study or work.

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This article is accurate as of Mar 2013.


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