Senior Minister of State for Defence Mr Zaqy Mohamad Announces Start of NS55 Campaign

Senior Minister of State for Defence Mr Zaqy Mohamad Announces Start of NS55 Campaign

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the Home Team (HT) are commemorating 55 years of National Service (NS) this year. Senior Minister of State for Defence Mr Zaqy Mohamad announced the start of a year-long celebration for NS55 on the sidelines of his visit to a mobilisation exercise today. This is in recognition of the contributions of the more than one million past and present national servicemen from the SAF and the HT.

Mr Zaqy was at Maju Camp to visit a mobilisation exercise involving around 2,000 Operationally Ready National Servicemen from the Singapore Army. Speaking to the media at the visit, Mr Zaqy emphasised the criticality of NS in safeguarding Singapore's sovereignty. He said, "We have stood up NS for 55 years, where more than a million Singaporeans have served, and we want to recognise them for their contributions. There is a critical need to defend Singapore to make sure we are prepared against any potential aggressors. At the same time, we need to build up the confidence of the nation so that we can defend ourselves and defend our sovereignty. This year, with the NS55 campaign, we want to recognise and really thank our NSmen. We are also thankful for the support of their families, employers and the community because the sacrifices made are not just theirs alone."

Mr Zaqy also announced that past and present national servicemen will receive an NS55 Recognition Package as a token of appreciation for their contributions to Singapore's defence and security. The NS55 Recognition Package comprises $100 worth of credits to be digitally disbursed via the LifeSG mobile application, and a complimentary one-year SAFRA or HomeTeamNS membership. Eligible national servicemen will receive a notification letter from the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) or the Ministry of Home Affairs from mid-June 2022 onwards, with further details on the redemption of the NS55 Recognition Package.

The theme of NS55, "Generations of Strength", reflects the collective resolve and dedication of our national servicemen across generations who have contributed to the defence and security of Singapore, and inspires Singaporeans to continue building a stronger Singapore.

Today marks the start of the NS55 commemorative activities to pay tribute to our national servicemen who have contributed to the defence and security of Singapore. Key NS55 engagement events include an NS55 Showcase, held in conjunction with the Army Open House in May 2022 and at various heartland locations in June 2022, an NS55 interactive trail comprising several discovery points that hold significance to NS, and a combined Basic Military Training Graduation Parade and MINDEF Reserve Parade in December. In addition, the theme of NS55 will be incorporated into various events throughout the year, including SAF Day and National Day celebrations. Members of public may visit the NS55 website for more information at

Suggested Articles