In 2013, the Committee to Strengthen National Service recommended introducing an “NS Mark” as part of ongoing efforts by MINDEF to strengthen community recognition and support for National Service.
The Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence (ACCORD) was instrumental in developing the accreditation scheme through extensive consultations between MINDEF, the Singapore Armed Forces and the various stakeholder groups.
National Service and Total Defence form the cornerstone of Singapore's continued stability and prosperity. The support from businesses, employers and the wider community towards National Service and Total Defence is recognised through NS Mark.
It is a national-level accreditation scheme that recognises businesses and organisations with policies and human resource practices that support National Service and Total Defence.
With the NS Mark recipients leading the way in the community, their commitment and conviction will inspire fellow businesses and organisations within the community to step forward as well and pledge their support for National Service.
Recipients of the NS Mark (Gold), who have implemented policies and practices that support National Service and Total Defence, are our flag bearers within the community in supporting our National Servicemen to better balance their family, work and National Service commitments.
There are two tiers of accreditation, the NS Mark and the NS Mark (Gold).
Businesses and organisations that pledge their commitment and sign the Declaration of Support for National Service and Total Defence may attain the NS Mark. Those with a higher level of support that have implemented policies and human resource practices that support National Service and Total Defence may progress to attain the NS Mark (Gold).
Recipients of the NS Mark (Gold) who have demonstrated exemplary support for National Service and Total Defence will be considered for the prestigious NS Advocate Award.