If Singapore abolish National Service, what impact does it have for the economy? - Seedly
 

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Asked on 09 Oct 2018

If Singapore abolish National Service, what impact does it have for the economy?

I think NS has served its purpose for providing stability for our infrastructures for the rapid progress of the Nation. I feel that we take it for granted. Without us serving the nation and being vigilant, Singapore would be financially impractical to invest in. Opposers say NS useless and the money could be put to other sectors but that’s just another ‘poor dad’ mentality. You just can’t have a rich and beautiful house without a door/gate, fire extinguisher and a camera in your living room.

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Casey Choo
Casey Choo
Level 4. Prodigy
Updated on 07 Jun 2019

Couldn't agree more. There's always that concensus that National Service wastes our youth - which given certain circumstances, maybe true to a degree.

That said, national economical metrics are dependent on national security 100%. Can't just let any rogue nation steamroll in can we?

Of course, certain aspects of NS can still be improved greatly la ah. I think we can all be honest on that front! To those serving, think of the life lessons learn not the life forgone. To those who served, ORD loh!

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Question Poster

10 Oct 2018

I’m serving my NS and I’m learning a lot. I’m a stay-out ASA and I’m learning valuable lessons such as budgeting and time management which will play an important role when I get my job after ORD. Other than these, I’m also adapting to office soft skills and professionalism. NS is a waste of time if we only see the beauty from others but not within our circumstances. Most valuable lesson I’m beginning to understand is definitely “Don’t work for money”. $580 taught me to be more financially literate.
Casey Choo
Casey Choo

10 Oct 2018

Kudos buddy!! That's the way to go! The fact that you're an ASA is very fortunate in itself. The best piece of advice I can give you is to make a conscious effort to pick up excel skills like vlookup or pivot tables. Either learn it on your own or ask the lao jiaos. Someone out there WILL know how to work these systems!
Leong Wen Fong
Leong Wen Fong, Economics and Management at University of London
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 10 Oct 2018

Not an expert on how things affect the economy, but I can imagine that if we treat Army like a normal job industry, there will probably be only perhaps 5% of the population taking up that spot. In any case, we still do have our full-time army here. While it sounds practical, it is much less impressive than having all the males in the country be combat trained, and able to fight a war. If our defence is not strong enough, we have to consider ourselves being able to be very easily pressured or strong-armed into unfavourable deals. This in turn will affect the economy in Singapore, as we will never be able to gain the upper hand in any trade situations.

Toput the numbers into perspective,I actually heard from a friend (who is a Navy Regular) that even if the whole Navy came together , there still wouldn't be enough people to manage ONE aircraft carrier LOL.

That being said, I'm was still sian when I was in NS, and I'm glad I can say that I ORD LOH!​​​

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Gabriel Lee
Gabriel Lee
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 12 Oct 2018

Many people feel that National Service is a waste of time as they have to put on hold their dreams and further studies to dedicate 2 years of their life to serve the army. While I do agree with the statement, I feel that it is essential given that Singapore has a small population as compared to other countries. Thus, all Singaporean males are required to serve NS to protect our country and sovereignty. On a side note, we also get to learn some life skills such as discipline and time management skiills.

As for the impact on our economy, a strong defence force/army serves as a deterrent and imporves national security. This will in turn, attract foreign investors to invest in Singapore and set up businesses here, helping to boost the economy.

Therefore, if Singapore were to abolish NS, I'm sure that there will be a negative impact on our economy since a majority of people in our army are made up of NSFs.

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CK Tan
CK Tan
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 12 Oct 2018

It is not an economic decision if NS is abolished.

IMO, keep it going. No other way

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Png Cheng Xi Damien
Png Cheng Xi Damien, Happy Life Seeker at Home
Level 6. Master
Answered on 11 Oct 2018

Guys will be able to start work and gain meaningful experiences at an earlier stage. No more pointless injuries and death. Less money spent on pointless projects and general pay (paid 25k a month to sign papers they don't even read).

Our defense budget is 13b, but education is only 12b. Imagine being able to direct half of those resources to educate our citizens. It may be ok if the budget is used to meaningful purposes. But the fact is that the bulk of it goes to generals' pay, overpaying contractors (basically their friends in dsta, St), food wastage, etc.

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