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Enlistment Act (CHAPTER 93)

(Original Enactment: Act 25 of 1970)

REVISED EDITION 2001 (31st December 2001)

An Act to provide for enlistment of persons in the armed forces of Singapore. [1st August 1970]

PART III

NATIONAL SERVICE

Duty to report for enlistment

10.

—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the proper authority may by notice require a person subject to this Act not below the age of 18 years to report for enlistment for national service.

(2) A person required to report for enlistment for national service shall report to the proper authority on such date and at such time and place as may be specified in the notice and shall attend from day to day until duly enlisted.

(3) Enlistment for national service shall be in the manner approved by the proper authority.

(4) No duty of any kind shall be imposed on a person required to report for enlistment or service unless he is found fit for service.

Liability to be transferred from one service to another

11. A person required under section 10 to report for enlistment for national service shall be liable to render any form of national service and may at any time, at the discretion of the proper authority, be transferred from one form of service to another, from one force to another or from one unit to another. Liability to render full-time service

12.

—(1) Every person subject to this Act who is fit for national service and enlisted on or after 1st January 1971 shall be liable to render full-time service for a period not exceeding 2 years except that where a person —

(a) is, during the period of service, promoted to a rank above the rank of Lance-Corporal in the Singapore Armed Forces or, where such service is in any of the other armed forces or in a force, body or organisation which is designated by the Minister for the purposes of national service, to such rank as may be regarded by the proper authority as equal to a rank above the rank of Lance-Corporal in the Singapore Armed Forces;

(b) holds, during the period of service in a force, body or organisation which is designated by the Minister for the purposes of national service and in which there is no classification of the members of the force, body or organisation into ranks similar to those in any of the armed forces, such position or has, during the period of service in such force, body or organisation, such status as may be regarded by the proper authority as equal to the position or status, as the case may be, of a national serviceman in the Singapore Armed Forces who holds a rank above the rank of Lance-Corporal in the Singapore Armed Forces;

(c) is, during the period of service, selected by the proper authority for officer training in the Singapore Armed Forces or, where such service is in any of the other armed forces or in a force, body or organisation which is designated by the Minister for the purposes of national service, is selected for training or a course intended to qualify him for such rank, position or status as may be regarded by the proper authority as equal to the rank, position or status, as the case may be, of an officer in the Singapore Armed Forces; or

(d) having been so selected as referred to in paragraph (c), is currently undergoing such officer training or other training or attending the course, such person shall be liable to serve for a period not exceeding 2 years and 6 months. [18/78]

(2) A reduction or reversion in rank or the loss of a position or status referred to in subsection (1) shall not affect the liability of a person incurred under that subsection. [18/78]

Duty to render operationally ready national service

13. Every person subject to this Act, who is fit for national service, shall be liable, while not in any full-time service under this Act, to render operationally ready national service. [19/94]

Operationally ready national service liability 14. —(1) Every person who is liable for operationally ready national service shall —

(a) report for service, in accordance with this Act, whenever he is required to do so by the proper authority on the date and at the time appointed by the proper authority for him to report for operationally ready national service; and

(b) serve, while fit for national service, for one but not both, of the following sets of periods:

(i) for a period of 14 days and 8 hours per week during the first 6 months of service, and for a period of 7 days annually and 3 hours per week or 6 hours per fortnight or 12 hours per month after the first 6 months of service; or

(ii) for periods not exceeding in the aggregate 40 days annually. [25/89; 19/94]

(2) Nothing in subsection (1) shall preclude any person who is liable for operationally ready national service from serving for a period or periods longer than the period or periods specified in subsection (1)(b)(i) or (ii) if authorised by the proper authority. [25/89; 19/94]

Computation of operationally ready national service

15.

—(1) In computing the periods of operationally ready national service required under section 14(1)(b)(ii) or (2), the following provisions shall apply:

(a) where a period of continuous operationally ready national service falls within 2 years, the whole period shall be deemed to fall within the first year;

(b) a period of operationally ready national service not exceeding 4 hours shall be deemed to be half a day of service;

(c) a period of operationally ready national service between 4 and 24 hours shall be deemed to be one day of service; and

(d) where a person serves for a period exceeding 24 hours, every calendar day on which he serves, including the first and the last day, shall be deemed to be one day of service though the latter periods might be of less than 24 hours duration.

[25/89; 19/94]

(2) For the purposes of subsections (1)(c), where a period of operationally ready national service between 18 and 24 hours falls within 2 calendar days it shall be deemed to be 2 days of service.

[19/94]

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