SINGAPORE: Full-time nationwide servicemen (NSFs) and regulars will no longer need to surrender their National Registration Identity Cards (NRICs) when enlisting from May 15, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) stated on Monday (May 9).
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) may also stop the requirement for Home Team NSFs to surrender their bodily NRICs for safekeeping, ranging from the batch of NSFs enlisting in May 2022.
Currently, all full-time NSFs and regulars are required to trade their NRICs for Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) navy identification playing cards.
From May 15, navy identification playing cards will nonetheless be issued to all SAF NSFs and regulars because it continues to “serve as the primary document to identify themselves as SAF service personnel”, stated MINDEF.
NRICs shall be returned to all serving NSFs and regulars in phases via their unit’s Manpower Officers. The return of the NRICs shall be accomplished by November this yr, stated MINDEF.
The Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) will proceed to concern the NS identification card to their NSFs, and the NRICs of serving Home Team NSFs may also be returned in phases.
Source : channelnewsasia.com