Q1. Who is the Cyber NSF Scheme open to?
A1. All National Service pre-enlistees are eligible to apply. Applicants are expected to have an interest in cybersecurity, possess strong logical- thinking skills, and have good knowledge of maths, science and/or Infocomm Technology/Security. NSmen and in-service NSF are not eligible for the scheme and can consider other Regular cybersecurity vocations (MDES or DXO schemes) if they are interested to serve in this area.
Q2. What is the selection process to join the scheme?
A2. Applicants will be put through two rounds of rigorous selection and will be tested for their aptitude and logical thinking skills. Familiarity with programming and network security will be useful. Applicants will also be put through psychometric tests and practical problem-solving scenarios.
Q3. Will my polytechnic results affect my chances of being selected for the scheme? Can I still apply for the Cyber Specialist Award if I have poor academic results?
A3. All applicants are expected to minimally possess basic knowledge and skills in cybersecurity. Applicants will be put through two rounds of rigorous selection and will be tested for skills and aptitude in relevant areas such as cryptography, security architecture and application security, as well as put through psychometric tests and practical problem-solving scenarios. Your eligibility for the Cyber NSF Scheme and Cyber Specialist Award will be based on your selection test results.
Q4. Does it matter what my PES status is?
A4. All servicemen, regardless of PES status, will be eligible for selection to be 3-year or 4-year Cyber Specialists. PES A/B servicemen will not be eligible to be 2-year Cyber Operators.
Q5. When will the selection process start and when will the first batch enlist into service?
A5. The selection process will commence in Mar 2018. The first batch of Cyber NSFs will enlist in the second-half of 2018.
Q6. If I apply now, can I still change my mind?
A6. The application form on the Cyber NSF website is only an indication of interest to be considered for the scheme. You will be scheduled to undergo selection tests to determine your eligibility. If found suitable for the Cyber Specialist Award, you will be offered a contract before your enlistment. You can choose whether or not to accept the contract. However, once the contract has been signed, you will be subjected to the terms and conditions of the contract.
Q7. If I am interested to take up a scholarship with MINDEF/SAF, should I sign up for this scheme?
A7. As this application is only an indication of interest, all pre-enlistees who are interested in the Cyber vocation should sign up for this scheme. Your NS performance will be taken into consideration when applying for MINDEF/SAF scholarships.
Q8. If I am not successful in my application for the scheme, what will happen to me?
A8. You will continue to be enlisted according to standard enlistment procedures. Deployment is based on manpower and operational requirements, and the pre-enlistee’s medical fitness, cognitive attitudes, skills and interest.
Q9. If I have an existing scholarship/award that comes with a bond, can I still apply for this scheme?
A9. Yes, you may apply for this scheme as this application is only an indication of interest. If found suitable for the Cyber Specialists Award, you will be offered a contract before your enlistment. On your end, you should engage your scholarship/award agency to clarify the terms and conditions of your bond.
Q10. How can I prepare myself for the selection tests?
A10. The selection tests will assess your aptitude in areas such as inductive reasoning and logical thinking. Prior experience and knowledge of cyber domain areas such as network security, cryptography and malware analysis will also be useful.
Q11. If I had not applied for the scheme earlier but have changed my mind during BMT, can I still apply?
A11. No, you need to submit your application prior to enlistment in order to be considered for the scheme. This is necessary because all applicants will need to undergo selection and screening before they can be considered for the Cyber Specialist Award.
Q12. I have been selected for Commando/NDU vocational assessment. Can I still be selected as a Cyber Specialist?
A12. Yes, you can still apply and it is necessary because all applicants will need to undergo selection and screening before they can be considered for the Cyber Specialist Award.