To commemorate 50 years of National Service (NS50) and pay salute to the exemplary courage and bravery of National Servicemen, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) has given NS50 recognition vouchers which can be spent at 6,000 outlets in Singapore.
In a press release issued today, Mindef said, “As part of the NS50 commemorative efforts, every former and current national serviceman will be given an NS50 Recognition Package by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The NS50 Recognition Package consists of SGD100 worth of NS50 vouchers, 1 year of complimentary SAFRA or HomeTeamNS membership for national servicemen who are serving or have served Operationally Ready National Service, and a complimentary 5-year Passion Card membership.”
The vouchers can be used in supermarkets like Giant and restaurants like Jack’s Place, McDonald’s and similar locations.
The release added, “The NS50 vouchers can be used at over 6,000 participating merchant outlets islandwide to redeem a wide range of products and services. These range from redemption for everyday needs such as groceries, food and beverage, apparel, healthcare and telecommunications, to a variety of leisure, entertainment and overseas travel facilities and services.”
Besides the vouchers, the package includes one year complimentary SAFRA or HomeTeamNS membership for full-time national servicemen (NSF) who are serving or have served operationally ready NS (NSmen), and a complimentary five-year Passion Card membership.
Mindef said, “The distribution to more than one million former and current national servicemen will be conducted in phases starting from mid-May.”
It also stated that NSFs and NSmen who are existing SAFRA or HomeTeamNS members will receive their packages by mail, while non-members will receive notification letters with registration information from late-July.
Through the NS50 voucher redemption scheme, national servicemen can enjoy more recreational and bonding opportunities with their families and friends. In addition, national servicemen may also use their NS50 vouchers to support the socially disadvantaged groups in Singapore.
Eligible men will have up to June next to register for their recognition package, and the vouchers are valid for use till Dec 31 next year.