Disadvantages of Singapore Citizenship
Despite all the benefits to acquiring Singapore citizenship, It still comes with a set of disadvantages. . Not only are Singaporean citizens unable to hold dual citizenship, all males must serve a mandatory National Service (NS).
Singapore National Service
A pertinent point to note for all male applicants is mandatory National Service (NS). NS forms the basis for Singapore’s defence, and comprise three main branches: the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
Under the Enlistment Act, all Singaporean males (including permanent residents) are required to serve in NS. This comes in 2 stages:
National Serviceman (NSF)
Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSmen)
Once an individual has served his full-time NS enlistment as an NSF for 2 years, he will become an Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NS men). This obligation concludes at the age of 50 for officers or 40 for other ranks.
Singaporeans that are liable for NS are to register for it by the age of 16.5 years old. They will be enlisted at the age of 18 years, or once they have graduated from their educational institutions with qualifications up to the ‘A’ Levels certificate, the polytechnic diploma, or equivalent.
Do note that this is subjected to exemptions or deferments. Male applicants for Singapore Citizenship are to access the Central Manpower Base website before proceeding with the application.