TikTok users invited to participate in a dance challenge in support of NSmen

SINGAPORE — TikTok users have been invited to take part in a dance challenge to show their support for the national servicemen on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of conscription in Singapore.

Choreographed by students from Commonwealth High School’s Chinese Dance Team, the dance includes classic moves such as body rolls and elbow slides.

Entries can be made via this form, with participant videos uploaded to an official We Are Total Defense TikTok account.

The Defense Community Relations Advisory Council (Accord) originated the dance challenge.

The council was established in 1984 as a channel for the community to provide feedback on defense policies and issues.

It then evolved in 2014 into a platform to reach out to institutions and the community to increase their support for NS and Total Defense.

Accord is also launching two other contests: an NS55 fitness challenge, which encourages participants to complete 55,000 steps on the 42Racemobile app, and a photo story contest where the community can submit a photo and an article to tell the story of an experience. or a keepsake of a loved one. one in N.S. and thank them for their contributions.

More information on the NS55 fitness challenge can be found here and for the photo essay contest here.

All three initiatives will run until June 30, in time for Singapore Armed Forces Day on July 1.

The National Service (Amendment) Bill was passed on March 14, 1967, making the NS compulsory for all male citizens and permanent residents of Singapore who are 18 years of age.

This remains important for a small country like Singapore, several MPs in parliament noted after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, even as they flagged the challenges the SAF will face in the new era.

One such challenge is Singapore’s declining population.

Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen told parliament earlier this month that the SAF had to leverage technology and optimize its use of resources amid falling birth rates to become more lethal and effective.