Singapore Government

Total Defence Awards

A strong and credible defence force is the cornerstone of Singapore’s continued independence and economic growth. National Servicemen (NSmen) form the bulk of our defence and security forces to guarantee our sovereignty and to preserve our way of life. While they perform these sacred duties, they also have to balance the demands of work and the responsibilities at home. Having strong support from their employer, family and community provides the peace of mind for NSmen to give their best when they serve their NS commitments.  

Since 1986, the Total Defence Awards (TDA) has been a platform for MINDEF/SAF to recognise employers’ support towards Total Defence. We welcome supportive employers like you to partner us in supporting our NSmen in fulfilling their annual duties and training. Last year, the Committee to Strengthen National Service (CSNS) chaired by the Minister for Defence further examined how the NS system can be strengthened, to better serve Singapore and Singaporeans. In June this year, the committee proposed a list of 30 recommendations to engender greater public support for NS. The list has since been accepted by the government.

As part of the CSNS’s recommendation, the Advisory Council for Community Relations in Defence (ACCORD) has been restructured to comprise 3 sub-councils to engender greater support from key stakeholders like employers, educational institutions, family and the community. For more information on ACCORD, please click here.

One of the ACCORD initiatives was to revamp the TDA to recognise NS advocates from our key stakeholder groups. The revamped TDA comprise the following categories:

  • Advocate of NS (Individual)
  • Advocate of NS (Corporate)
  • Advocate of NS (Organisation)

These awards will be presented at the Total Defence Awards Gala Dinner annually.


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    Friend of NS

    This award recognises individuals (e.g. immediate supervisors, co-workers, friends and family members) who have:

    • Shown support to our NSmen and/or others in fulfilling their National Service responsibilities; and/or
    • Helped promote understanding and support for National Service

    Advocate of NS

    This award recognises outstanding individuals who have displayed tremendous support for NS and/or NSmen through their actions.

    The individual award is progressive in nature, with the Advocate of NS Award building upon the Friends of NS Award. For example, the nominee must have been awarded with the Friends of NS award to be eligible for consideration for the Advocate of NS Award.

    Nominations

    The nomination form for Friend of NS can be downloaded here.

    NSmen may submit the completed Friend of NS nomination form to their Brigade S8/NS Relations Officers/equivalent when they attend their In-Camp Training.


  • Advocate of NS (Corporate)

    This Award honours Employers and Businesses (including Civil Resource Owners) who demonstrate strong support for National Service. Applicants who go the extra mile will be accorded the Advocate of NS Award in recognition of their unwavering support and pro-active policies.

    The award is assessed by the Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence (ACCORD). The awards will be presented to winners during the Total Defence Awards Gala Dinner.

    Application Form

    The application form for Advocate of NS (Corporate) can be downloaded here.

    The application forms can be submitted either:

    (1) Via Post to:    Total Defence Awards Secretariat
                               c/o AFPN 1737
                               303 Gombak Drive, #04-03, Singapore 669645

    (2) Via Email to:   TDA@defence.gov.sg

     

    Evaluation Criteria - Employers / Businesses

    If you are an employer/ business owner, your organisation will be assessed on the following areas:

    (1) Policy

    Adoption of policies and practices by employers and businesses to support NS and your NSmen employees.

    (2) Support

    Implementation of policies and practices by employer and businesses to support your NSmen employee.

    (3) Advocacy

    Advocacy efforts by employers and businesses to promote understanding and support for NS.

     

    Evaluation Criteria - Civil Resource Owner

    If you are a Civil Resource Owner, your organisation will be assessed on the following areas:

    (1) Policy

    Affirmation of your support for National Service through the provision of civil assets and services.

    (2) Support

    Demonstration of support for exercises/ actual operations.

    (3) Advocacy

    Engage in advocacy efforts to promote understanding and support for Requisition of Civil Resources and Total Defence.


  • Advocate of NS (Organisation)

    This award recognises educational institutions and family and community organisations that demonstrate strong support for National Service. Organisations that go the extra mile will be accorded the Advocate of NS Award in recognition of their strong support and pro-active policies and roles.

    The award is assessed by the Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence (ACCORD). The awards will be presented to winners during the Total Defence Awards Gala Dinner.

    Application Form

    The application form for Advocate of NS (Organisation) can be downloaded here.

    The application forms can be submitted either:

    (1) Via Post to:    Total Defence Awards Secretariat
                               c/o AFPN 1737
                               303 Gombak Drive, #04-03, Singapore 669645

    (2) Via Email to:   TDA@defence.gov.sg

     

    Evaluation Criteria - Educational Institution/ Community & Family Organisation

    Your organisation will be assessed on the following areas:

    (1) Policy

    Adoption of policies and practices by your organisation to support NS and your NSmen employees.

    (2) Support

    Implementation of policies and practices by your organisation to support your NSmen employee.

    (3) Advocacy

    Advocacy efforts by your organisation to promote understanding and support for NS.

  • For all information and enquiries, please email us at TDA@defence.gov.sg

    or call us at:

     

    For Employers and Business:

    • Ms Teoh Gim Yang, Tel: 6307 5695
    • MAJ Yiew Pei Ling, Tel: 6307 5698

     

    For Educational Institutions:

    • Ms May Ang, Tel: 6373 1491
    • CPT Janice Chua, Tel: 6373 6126

     

    For Family & Community Organisations:

    • Ms Angelynev Koh, Tel: 6768 3380
Last updated on 28 Jan 2015