National Service (NS)
Asked 3w ago
From numbers point of view, is it worth it to sign on? Would it affect career, further studies, etc?
There are pros and cons to taking up a career as a civil servant:
Strict top-down hierarchy
Emphasis on paper qualifications (may be hard for promotion)
Hard to transit to other careers
Monetary-wise, the officer scheme is definitely tempting with potential for large remuneration. https://blog.seedly.sg/sign-on-bonus-starting-salary-singapore-armed-forces-saf-army-navy-air-force-rsaf/
Personally, I prefer a civilian role therefore despite the attractive and stable pay, I'll not sign-on.