Military service a force for division in Singapore

Mandatory two-year conscription of males is trumpeted as crucial to the island nation's survival and success but is being questioned by a more professionally minded and socially conscious generation

Singapore, October 11, 2017 1:49 PM (UTC+8)
Recruits goes through arms drills at Pulau Tekong, a military training island in Singapore. All able-bodied young men in Singapore, including citizens and permanent residents, are conscripted for two years of full-time military training once they reach 18 under the National Service program founded in 1967 to promote national cohesion.  Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman
Recruits goes through arms drills at Pulau Tekong, a military training island in Singapore. All able-bodied young men in Singapore, including citizens and permanent residents, are conscripted for two years of full-time military training once they reach 18 under the National Service program founded in 1967 to promote national cohesion. Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman
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