7 things about NS today that show just how much it has evolved over the years

Fabian Koh
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.