I have to admit, the movie series ‘Ah Boys To Men’ has helped to put a spotlight on the men in our lives in Singapore, who go through National Service (NS) to defend our nation. Although the movie portrays somewhat of an exaggerated version of what goes on in army camp tinged with lots of light-hearted humour, it still managed to bring out the tough times that the boys are put through. Watching the movie has helped me reap a greater appreciation for all the Singaporean men with a duty to protect the country.
I also noticed that NS is the time where lifelong friendships are made. I look around and I see many of my friends still catching up with their army buddies regularly over a beer or karaoke. I find it very encouraging to see how the bonds fostered during the crazy days of NS carry on long after they have completed it.
There is actually one easy way for NSmen to continue their friendships – through SAFRA.