Disruption for
further studies



Disruption for further studies

To optimise manpower and training resources, males liable for National Service (NS) are enlisted over a few intakes each year. If you are enlisted in a later intake as compared to your school cohort, you may be eligible for disruption for further studies, so that you may commence your studies at the same time as your peers who are enlisted in earlier intake. This allows you to begin your further studies at the same time as your peers from the same cohort. You will be required to serve your remaining full-time NS in one continuous period.

Please note that:

  • Disruption will not be granted for you to pursue pre-university qualifications (e.g. GCE ‘A’ Level, polytechnic diploma) as there are sufficient opportunities for you to attain pre-university qualifications prior to enlistment. An exception is made for Institute of Technical Education (ITE) graduates who only succeeded in obtaining a place at a polytechnic during full-time NS, but not prior to enlistment.
  • Disruption will only be granted for courses conducted by educational institutions that are funded by the Ministry of Education (e.g. Singapore Institute of Technology) or those that confer their own qualifications. For example, a full-time National Serviceman (NSF) will not be allowed disruption to pursue a foreign degree course conducted by the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) since the qualification is not conferred by SIM.
  • Disruption will not be granted for orientation or other pre-matriculation activities.
  • NSFs are not to be disrupted any later than the course commencement date.

GCE ‘A’ Level holders

GCE ‘A’ Level holders are typically enlisted between the months of January and April.

NSFs from the same local ‘A’ Level cohort enlisted between January and April may be disrupted from the first Operationally Ready Date of their cohort in November two years later, or one week before the course commencement date for local studies (two weeks for overseas studies), whichever is later.

Diploma holders

Diploma holders are typically enlisted between the months of May and October.

NSFs from the same local diploma cohort enlisted between May and October may be disrupted from the first Operationally Ready Date of their cohort in May two years later, or one week before course commencement date for local studies (two weeks for overseas studies), whichever is later.

ITE graduates

NS-liable ITE students may be granted disruption in their second year of full-time NS to pursue a polytechnic diploma or equivalent qualification (e.g. courses at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts or LaSalle College of the Arts). This provision only applies to those who have applied for one or more courses in these institutions prior to enlistment, but are not successful in any of their applications. If they subsequently succeed in obtaining a place at one of these institutions during full-time NS, they may be granted disruption in their second year of NS to pursue a polytechnic diploma or equivalent qualification. If you are disrupted from full-time NS, you have to serve your remaining full-time NS in one continuous period immediately after you have completed your studies.

Applying for disruption

You may submit your application for disruption through your unit Manpower Officer or Personnel Nodes to MINDEF/SAF Human Resource Shared Services Centre for approval. Your submission must be supported with documentary proof that you have been offered a place in an institution that is funded by the Ministry of Education or confers its own degrees (e.g. letter of offer from the institution). Please do so three months prior to your date of disruption. Late or incomplete applications may be rejected.