Schooling & Quah’s SGP Military Service Deferments End

Singaporean swimming aces Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen have had their mandatory national military duties deferred up until now. However, the Olympians will soon be entering the military, as there will be no more extensions to their deferments,

The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) stated this week, “Deferment from full-time National Service (NS) was granted to national swimmers Mr Joseph Schooling from 2014 to 2021 for a total of seven years, and Mr Quah Zheng Wen from 2015 to 2021 for a total of six years.

“As previously explained in Parliament, such deferment from full-time NS is granted very selectively for exceptional sportsmen assessed to be potential medal winners at international competitions like the Olympic Games and who are able to bring national pride to Singapore.

“Each appeal for deferment is assessed based on stringent criteria in consultation with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.” (Yahoo)

Schooling took the 100m butterfly gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, however, he missed out on the semi-finals this past summer in Tokyo.

On Mindef’s decision, Schooling stated, “I am very grateful for the support I’ve received from the Mindef and MCCY for their non-wavering support in my swimming career. Without a doubt, I would not have achieved the results I’ve had without deferring my national service.

“As a son of Singapore, I am honoured to serve my country. More importantly, now more than ever, my family needs me. It is time for me to fulfil my filial duties. I have been and will continue with the pre-enlistment procedures and will await the next steps from Mindef.”

In terms of future swimming plans, th former Texas Longhorn stated,

“My intention is to continue swimming. I have resumed my training while I continue with the pre-enlistment procedures and await for instructions from Mindef.

“Right now, I am focused on the present – to continue training and be the pillar of support for my family. I’ll take it one step at a time.”

The mandatory military service length is 2 years.

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leisurely1:29
1 month ago

Time to finally put an end to Joe Schooling abuse. He’s moving on to bigger and better things, and so should we as commenters.

Pvdh
Reply to  leisurely1:29
1 month ago

Mandatory military deferment seems like an objectively worse thing than being an Olympic athlete.

Tomek
Reply to  leisurely1:29
1 month ago

Correct, the group of people who can call themselves an Olympic gold medalist in 100 LCM butterfly is extremely small.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Tomek
1 month ago

And the number who can say they went from hero to zero is even smaller.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  leisurely1:29
1 month ago

Unfortunately, the bigger and better things aren’t in the pool and he basically ripped off the country for his last military deferment because he had zero chance of an international medal and didn’t meet the criterion for deferment. “assessed to be potential medal winners at international competitions like the Olympic Games and who are able to bring national pride to Singapore.” There’s an “and” not an “or” in that statement.

MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

It looks as though they’ve been very fairly treated and know that. . . .Now it’s time to serve country!

SunyCal
1 month ago

How many years does he have to serve?

CY~
Reply to  SunyCal
1 month ago

2 years

Admin
Reply to  SunyCal
1 month ago

National Service in Singapore is 2 years, you get a 2 month reduction if you can pass a physical fitness test. I presume they both can.

Sun Yangs Hammer
1 month ago

I did my military service in practice

Average Joe
1 month ago

Wow, really great, professional response by Schooling.

Scoobysnak
Reply to  Average Joe
1 month ago

I’m certain he has a publicist

Monteswim
1 month ago

It is time for me to fulfil my filial duties.” How much was he paid to say this?

CY~
Reply to  Monteswim
1 month ago

They found out this year that his dad has cancer

Monteswim
Reply to  CY~
1 month ago

I did not know this. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

SwimCanada
Reply to  Monteswim
1 month ago

You’re terrible

Mixed Words
1 month ago

Sounds like this fine young man is about to fly on the straight and narrow.

Anonymoose
1 month ago

Mandatory military service is a dumb af thing in general.
But if a country has it it should

1) not be 2 years, that’s way too long. Most people aren’t interested in the military to begin with so it’s just stolen time and 2 years is in no way justifiable. 6 months tops

2) be mandatory for everybody, not just men. Definition of sexism is not hard to understand it’s simple af.
Israel, with all its other horrific government measures, even got that right and they seem the only one, so let that sink in lmao

frug
Reply to  Anonymoose
1 month ago

You can question whether Singapore should make national military service compulsory for women as well, but to say mandatory military service is dumb in general is a step too far. While it might be unnecessary in highly secure countries like the US, for many countries anything short of universal male conscription is a recipe for disaster. Singapore is small island nation (effectively a city-state) in one of the most geostrategically important locations on the Earth (the Strait of Mallaca). Without mandatory military service it would be hard pressed to exist as a true sovereign state as it would be subject to coertion, and possibly even outright control, by foreign powers.

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