Exit permit

Why are pre-enlistees subject to exit control measures?

Exit control measures are necessary to ensure that individuals who go overseas remain contactable to facilitate National Service administration. They also serve as a psychological reminder of one's NS obligations.

How does the exit control measures affect me?
Exit control measures will apply to you:
  • if you are 13 years old and above, and
  • if you leave Singapore for 3 months or longer.
Find out more on Exit Permit.
FAQs on Going Overseas (NS Portal)
FAQs on Exit Controls (iMINDEF)

Registration / Deferment / Pre-enlistment Documentation

On what basis is deferment allowed?

Under the Enlistment Act, all male Singaporean citizens and permanent residents are liable to serve National Service (NS) upon reaching 18 years of age. In determining when a person is to be enlisted, MINDEF considers two main factors:

  • The need to enlist NS-liable males for rigorous military training while they are young and fit.
  • The need to preserve equity in terms of educational attainment before NS.

MINDEF exercise flexibility by granting deferment from full-time NS for those pursuing full-time studies up to the GCE ‘A’ levels, Polytechnic Diploma or their equivalent, both locally and overseas. NS-liable males are enlisted at the earliest opportunity upon turning 18, or when they have finished such course, whichever is later.

MINDEF does not grant deferment for university studies. Those pursuing university studies will be enlisted at the earliest opportunity upon turning age 18. This policy applies to all who are liable for NS.

Can I defer if I am studying private courses?

If you are graduated from a full-time course before Sep 2011, you may be granted deferment to pursue a full-time private course if you are below the age of 18 years as at 1 Jan of the course commencement year.

If you graduated from a full-time course from Sep 2011 onwards, and are pursuing a full-time private course that commences later than 1 Jan 2012, you may be granted deferment if you are below the age of 19 years (for Secondary 4 students) or 20 years (for Secondary 5 students), as at 1 Jan of the course commencement year.

[Note: The private course must not lead to a degree qualification, and must be registered with the Council for Private Education (CPE).]
Can I be deferred from full-time NS if I am doing a degree course?
Deferment from full-time NS is not allowed for courses leading to a degree qualification.
More FAQs (NS Portal)


What if I have medical problems?

Before your enlistment, you’ll have to undergo medical screening . You’ll be given an appropriate Physical Employment Status (PES) based on your medical condition. Your PES grading, among other factors, will determine the type of training you’ll subsequently go through.

I have a new medical condition, what should I do?
As your new medical condition may affect your PES grading, please contact CMPB for a medical review. Do bring along relevant document(s) to facilitate the medical review.
What is a Letter of Identity (LOI)?
An LOI waives consultation and investigative fees up to the point of diagnosis at government hospitals. If you are graded PES D, you may be requested by CMPB to undergo further diagnosis at these hospitals. CMPB will issue you the first LOI in person. You’ll need to use the Medical Referral Management System to apply for additional LOIs, if required.
What if I am obese?

We strongly encourage you to start controlling your diet and do some light exercises regularly and consistently, so that you’ll have an easier time adjusting to life in NS.

At the end of the medical screening , your PES will be BP (obese). In NS itself, your basic training (BMT/BPT/BRT) will be much longer than the usual.

This gives you more time to lose weight and get fit in a safe manner.

What if I am unfit?

If you are physically unfit — you did not achieve the NAPFA ‘Gold’ or ‘Silver’ standard — you will have to go through 1 month of physical training before BMT starts.

This phase, called the Physical Training Phase (PTP) focuses on physical training that will build up your fitness, especially your arm strength and stamina.

The training will be progressive but tough. And you can expect to see improvements to your fitness.

More FAQs (NS Portal)


Do I need to take NAPFA test?
Yes, if you are medically graded as PES A, or B1.
What is the incentive for doing well in NAPFA test?
If you are PES A or B1 and have a NAPFA ‘Gold’ or ‘Silver’ standard, you will serve 1 year 10 months instead of 2 years.
More FAQs (NS Portal)


How do I know my enlistment date?
You will receive an enlistment notice about 2 months prior to your enlistment. This notice will inform you of your enlistment date, reporting unit and address as well as the things to bring on the first day.
Can I go overseas before my enlistment date is due?

You may travel overseas before your enlistment is due but you will have to return to Singapore before the enlistment date.

Please note that you will be required to apply for an exit permit if you are travelling overseas for more than 3 months.

More FAQs (NS Portal)


I am a Permanent Resident (PR). Why do I have to serve National Service (NS)?

NS is a key institution that is vital to the security and defence of Singapore. Like citizens, PRs enjoy the socio-economic benefits of their permanent residency and are therefore required under the Enlistment Act to contribute to the country's security and defence by serving NS.

In line with the Government's talent attraction efforts, PRs who are able to contribute immediately upon the grant of PR status (commonly referred to as first generation PRs) are administratively exempted from NS. However, those who are sponsored for PR status (commonly referred to as second generation PRs) or those who acquired PR status at a young age based on their potential to contribute to Singapore are required to serve NS. These PRs enjoyed the socio-economic benefits of their PR status from a young age without immediately contributing to Singapore.

How are full-time National Servicemen assigned to the Uniformed Services (SAF/SPF/SCDF)?
The assignment of NSFs to the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) is based on numerous considerations such as the operational and manpower requirements of the Uniformed Services, as well as, factors such as the educational qualifications and medical fitness.
How are commanders selected upon completion of BMT?
The selection of commanders is based on a comprehensive system of assessment which include factors such as cognitive reasoning, physical fitness, peer appraisal and instructor assessment.
What if I can't swim?

If you can’t swim you’ll be placed under progressive training where qualified instructors will help you learn to swim gradually and safely.

What if someone defaults his NS duties?

National Service is governed under the Enlistment Act. If an NS-liable person refuses to serve, he will face up to 3 years’ of imprisonment and/or a fine of S$10,000, or both.

What if I don't have a bank account?
You need to apply for one, otherwise you may face difficulty in getting your monthly NSF allowance. So just hop over to your favourite bank and start an account.
What is a SingPass?
SingPass stands for 'Singapore Personal Access'. It is your common password to transact with different Government online services, including the NS Portal.
Where can I get my SingPass?

You can apply for SingPass either:

  • on the spot at the nearest SingPass reset counter location, or
  • through the 'Apply for SingPass' page located at www.singpass.gov.sg
How can I reset my password if I cannot remember it?

You can reset your SingPass immediately either:

  • on the spot at the nearest SingPass reset counter location (including CMPB), or
  • using the 'Forgot Password' function located in www.singpass.gov.sg