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50 years on, S'pore's National Service is now a shared legacy

It provides a security umbrella under which economic and commercial ambitions & aspirations can be purposefully pursued.

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Beyond its primary role as a defence force, NS has immense potential to shape society by nurturing national and civic consciousness, critical for Singapore's multiracial society.

EXACTLY 50 years ago, on Aug 17, 1967, Singapore's pioneer batch of 900 full-time National Servicemen (NSmen) enlisted in the Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF) 3rd and 4th Battalions of the Singapore Infantry Regiment. Barely six months earlier, in March 1967, Parliament had passed the National

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