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The Straits Times
7 February 2017
This year, Singapore celebrates 50 years of national service (NS).
It began in 1967 to create a citizen military for a newly-independent nation, and about a million males have since experienced this rite of passage.
While its primary purpose is defence and security, NS has increasingly come to be seen as a key part of national identity.
The Straits Times has compiled some facts about how things have changed since the beginning. Have a look at them in the gallery above.