Enlistment Act
(CHAPTER 93)

(Original Enactment: Act 25 of 1970)

REVISED EDITION 2001
(31st December 2001)
An Act to provide for enlistment of persons in the armed forces of Singapore.
[1st August 1970]
PART I
PRELIMINARY
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Enlistment Act.
Interpretation
2.  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“annually” and “year” mean the period from 1st April of each year to 31st March of the following year;
“armed forces” means any force constituted under the Singapore Armed Forces Act (Cap. 295), the Police Force Act (Cap. 235) or the Vigilante Corps Act (Cap. 343), and such other force as may be constituted under any written law;
“duty” includes training;
“employer” means any person who employs another person under a contract of service and includes the person who owns or is carrying on or is for the time being responsible for the management of a profession, business, trade or work in which other persons are employed;
“fitness examination” means any examination which is considered by the proper authority to be necessary for the purpose of determining the fitness of a person for service;
“full-time service” means service under section 12;
“medical examination” includes any dental examination, blood test, X-ray examination and any other examination or test that a medical board may consider necessary;
“mobilised service” means service under section 18;
“national service” means service under Part III in the armed forces and service in such other force, body or organisation as the Minister may designate for this purpose by notification in the Gazette;
“national serviceman” means a person in national service;
“operationally ready national service” means service under section 14;
“permanent resident” means any person who is not subject to any restriction as to his period of residence imposed under the provisions of any written law relating to immigration for the time being in force in Singapore;
“person subject to this Act” means a person who is a citizen of Singapore or a permanent resident thereof and who is not less than 16 years and 6 months of age and not more than 40 years of age or, in the case of a person who —
(a)is an officer of the armed forces or a senior military expert; or
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(b)is skilled in an occupation which the Minister by notification in the Gazette designates as an occupation required to meet the needs of the armed forces,
not more than 50 years of age;
“proper authority” means the Armed Forces Council established under section 8 of the Singapore Armed Forces Act (Cap. 295) and any person or body appointed by it by name or by office for the purposes of the whole or any Part of this Act;
“registered medical practitioner” has the same meaning as in the Medical Registration Act (Cap. 174);
“regular service” means service under section 19;
“regular serviceman” means a person in regular service;
“senior military expert” has the same meaning as in the Singapore Armed Forces Act;
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“service” means national service and regular service;
“Singapore Armed Forces” means the Singapore Armed Forces constituted under the Singapore Armed Forces Act;
“Special Constabulary” means the Special Constabulary constituted under Part VIII of the Police Force Act (Cap. 235);
“subordinate military court” has the same meaning as in the Singapore Armed Forces Act;
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[7/72; 21/74; 19/94]
[Act 10 of 2015 wef 01/06/2015]
“voluntary service”, in relation to the Special Constabulary, includes service as a volunteer ex-NSman within the meaning of the Police Force Act (Cap. 235).
[Act 10 of 2015 wef 01/06/2015]