Don't worry I'm not going to end up like Mr. Miyagi - getting warned for showing off our nation's marvelous secret edge technology on his blog. I'm just going to go through and cover the logic behind the need for defence and National Service. When you finish reading my article, you will serve your NS and reservist duties with utmost pride.
Where to start? .....
Lets just start with the facts:
1. In the past 20 years, there 're only 2 incidents of one country invading another. One is Iraq invading Kuwait, the other is US invading Iraq. Of course when US decide to invade you, the best thing to do is run and hide, don't try to fight them. Iraq was taught a lesson for its invasion, not only did they get nothing from it, trade sanctions were imposed to maximise economic pain.
2. Every single country around us depends on global trade and are inextricably connnected to rest of the world economy. They will kill themselves financially should they decide to misbehave. When their economy collapse, so will their leaders.....
3. Singapore is a little red dot. Taking Singapore will not expand your territory very much.
4. Invasions of other countries are usually carried out by countries that are run by dictator and whose actions are not accountable to the people. Our surrounding countries have become even more democratic and liberal than us........
5. In the whole wide world, only citizens of Israel serve a longer N.S. than us. South Korean living under the threat of N. Korea (which is run by a non-democratic mad man) serve 24 months of NS. Taiwan which is under direct threats from china requires one male per family to serve 22 months of N.S.
Why do we have NS? Here's why:
1. Exercise. Have you notice how many obese people there are in countries without NS? NS exists to help us save our health care cost. For some people their in camp is the only exercise they get.
2. Memories. You notice how everytime you meet your NS pals even after 15-20 years, there are always "the good old days" to talk about. NS is a great experience with many unforgettable memories.
3. Fairness. To be fair we have to keep the tradition going. Youngsters today must be given the same opportunity to experience NS otherwise its so unfair to them.
4. Discipline. It is a time to learn discipline because our schools seem to be doing such a lousy job.
I enjoyed my NS days alot and I'm glad that the govt gave me this chance to serve the nation. NS is an institution that should be preserved for as long as possible. Singapore men are so lucky to get to serve NS, I really feel sorry for those FTs who come here just for the well paying jobs, they are missing the best experience Singapore has to offer them.