NSmen play a crucial role in the SAF. As part of the SAF, NSmen are also subject to military law when serving their military duties such as In-Camp Training (ICT). Here, we seek to answer various questions that a NSman might have regarding military law. As NS units do not assemble regularly, it is best to check with your respective unit on the various protocols.


As a NSman, you can only be liable for a military charge for offences made in your capacity as a NSman. This includes offences committed during ICT and other duties, such as defaulting on your Individual Physical Proficiency Test. For more information, please contact your Unit S1, or email the Military Justice Project at militaryjusticeproject@justice.sg

Your Questions Answered

In what situations can I be charged?

Like NSFs, NSmen may be charged by the military courts when they commit an offence against the SAF Act or against their commanders.


As NSmen are not serving the military on a full-time basis, they are usually only charged when they commit an offence during their military duties, or when they fail to fulfill their military duties.

What are common offences made by NSmen?

Common offences include AWOL due to missing ICT or not taking their Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT).


Note that NSmen, like NSFs and Regulars, can be charged when they commit any offence against the SAF Act such as insubordination or defiance against general orders.

What punishments do NSmen face?

NSmen can be charged with the same punishments that NSFs face. NSmen typically face charges such as fines.

Will I be charged by the military courts for civil offences?

A civil offence committed as a NSman can be punished under the SAF Act (S112 of the SAF Act). This means that the military court can charge a NSman for civil offences committed during one’s military duties.

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