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4 Things Every NSman Should Look Out For On SAF Day 2022 & SAFRA50

Calling all NSmen! Here are some ways we’re appreciating your service to Singapore this SAF Day 2022 and for SAFRA’s 50th anniversary.

By Ryan Wee & Tieffany Freya      1 July 2022

Salute to our national servicemen, past and present!

Because of you, we can go to school, work and home to our loved ones in a land that’s peaceful, safe and secure. Your hours of rigorous training, hard work and service are not forgotten.

This SAF Day on 1 July 2022, Singapore marks 55 years of National Service (NS55), and we’d all like to say thank you for your service.

Keep scrolling to see what privileges and even exclusive promotions have been prepared specially to appreciate you, our NSmen.

1. Deals to say Thank You

Look forward to more than 200 exclusive NS55 perks and benefits to enjoy and treat yourself to, thanks to 140 partner merchants!

How about a sneak peak at the sweet deals you’ll be getting?

From 1-7 July, the EnergyOne Gym doors are open to all SAF NSmen for free!

Not to mention, all NSmen and existing SAFRA members will be able to register for one year’s free SAFRA membership. And to top it all off, with this NS55 promo, you’ll be able to enjoy a 3 year SAFRA membership for the price of only 1.

To check out what other benefits and perks you’ll be able to enjoy this July, click here.

Not forgetting your $100 NS55 credits (gotten your notification yet?) through the LifeSG app. Here’s a hack to make those credits go further. Use them in a combo with SAFRA50 deals! These are special promotions and benefits that SAFRA has released to commemorate 50 years of supporting NSmen, as it hits its jubilee year on 2 July 2022. Make sure to take a quick read on 5 things you can’t miss about SAFRA50.

Even better still — you can use your NS55 credits to change the life of someone in need. $100 may not be a gamechanger for you, but it makes the difference for low income families, children and youth, as well as severely disabled servicemen injured in the line of duty.

Pop on by to SAFRA Cares and use the LifeSG app to donate your credits!


2. Salute to you, our NSmen

Salute, take a picture or video, and post it on social media with a message of appreciation for our NSmen! Don’t forget to add the hashtags #NS55salute and #safrasg.

It’s one way to be part of the expanded range of We Thank NSmen initiatives by SAFRA, which were announced by Senior Minister of State for Defence Zaqy Mohamad at the launch at SAFRA Toa Payoh.

He noted how there has been a strong outpouring of community support amid these opportunities for Singaporeans to show their appreciation to national servicemen.


3. Art jamming by little ones

This one will win your heart over with cuteness.

Over 35,000 children from more than 300 preschools, including NurtureStars Preschool, are taking part in the Appreciating NSmen Art Jam.

The little ones colour paper craft figurines of national servicemen from different services, complete with a personal message for their daddies as a gift.

President of the Association of Early Childhood & Training Services, Susan Loke, shared that this experience “gives the family the opportunity to bond” as preschoolers learn about what their daddies do in NS to keep Singapore safe.

The NSmen Art Jam is in its third edition this year and aims to help the little ones discover and appreciate what role our national servicemen play in defending Singapore and our way of life.


4. Video competition

Senior Minister of State for Defence and SAFRA President Zaqy Mohamad (centre, in red) with the award recipients of the Appreciating NSmen Video Competition.

From live action films to inspiring animations and original songs, you’ll be surprised at the heart and effort these young filmmakers bring to the table.

This year, a record 225 students from 18 secondary schools and tertiary institutions produced and submitted their best works in the Appreciating NSmen Video Competition. The winning videos will be shared on social media and screened at SAFRA clubs and other community spaces such as HDB estates.

Winners of the Audience Choice Award and Young Video Maker Award, a team of students from Evergreen Secondary School, for their video “One Man, Many Hats”.

18-year-old Andy Wan, who worked on the winning entry “Duty” with his fellow students from Temasek Polytechnic, shared that their film brings out something most people can relate to with loved ones who went through it.

“All of us here, we respect the amount of self-sacrifice and the duty that they show towards their responsibilities in national service,”

Watch their entry here!