Last updated 30 April 2024

What you need to know

  • From the age of 13 onwards, your son or ward will receive various National Service (NS) notices at his mailing address registered with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). These will inform him of what he needs to do.
  • If your son or ward fails to comply with his NS notices, he will be committing offences under the Enlistment Act. He may be fined up to $10,000, jailed for up to 3 years, or both.

Exit Permit and bond

When your son or ward turns 13 years old, he will receive the Notice on Exit Permit (EP) requirements at his mailing address registered with the ICA. If he is 13 years or older and will be overseas for 3 months or longer, he will need to apply for an EP. He might also be required to furnish a bond. He does not need an EP if he is overseas for less than 3 months. For more details, read the guide on Exit Permit and bond.

NS registration

Upon turning 16.5 years old, your son or ward will need to register for NS on the OneNS web portal. He will receive the NS Registration Notice, with instructions to register. He may apply for deferment for full-time pre-university studies during NS registration. After registering for NS, he will continue to receive NS-related notifications through mail.

Deferment for studies

Your son or ward may be deferred from NS to pursue full-time pre-university studies at a government-funded institution (such as GCE ‘O’, ‘N’ or ‘A’ Level, polytechnic diploma, Higher NITEC, or NITEC) or selected courses at a privately-funded institution, as long as he is advancing his academic qualifications. Deferment will not be granted for university degree courses even if he has already begun the course. For more details, read the guide on education before and after NS.

Medical screening

The pre-enlistment medical screening will determine your son or ward’s medical fitness and his Physical Employment Standard (PES) grade. This will be used to determine his deployment during full-time NS, so that he receives training that is suitable and safe for him. For more details, read the guide on medical screening for pre-enlistees.

Pre-enlistee IPPT

If your son or ward is medically graded PES A or B1, he will enjoy an 8-week reduction in his full-time NS duration if he attains 61 points or more in his pre-enlistee Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT). For more details, read the guide on pre-enlistee IPPT and NS duration.

Enlistment day

This is the start of your son or ward’s journey as a full-time National Serviceman (NSF). To learn more about how to prepare for this important milestone in his life, read the guide on enlistment day.

Visit the Central Manpower Base (CMPB) website for more information such as pre-enlistee IPPT and posting to uniformed services.

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