An overwhelming number of Singaporean women signed up for a boot camp to get a taste of army life

Over 1,000 women signed up for a boot camp that will allow them to experience national service and life in the army.
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More than 1,000 women have signed up for a boot camp that will give them a taste of national service (NS), according to a report in The Straits Times.

Organised by the Ang Mo Kio Women’s Executive Committee (WEC), it costs S$55 ($40) and only 100 slots were made available.

Due to the overwhelming response, balloting was used to select the participants. The first was conducted after registration closed on July 31 and a second took place on August 14 to fill up spots that were not taken up.

WEC said the average of the participants is 29 years old; and the youngest is 13, while the oldest is 64.

The overnight event will be held at Maju Camp in Clementi from September 1 to 2.
Those who signed up will take part in a three-kilometre route march and learn how to handle the SAR21 rifle, among other activities.
They will also get a taste of combat rations and sleep in a communal army bunk.

“We hope the success of this first camp will spur us on to do a re-run in the near future,” said WEC.

Women in Singapore who desire to play a part in defending the nation can sign up as career soldiers.

In 2014, the army also introduced the Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corps where Singaporean women, first-generation permanent residents, and new citizens between the ages of 18 and 45 who do not want to be career soldiers, can still sign up to do NS.

Training lasts four weeks, after which they will perform military duties for 14 days annually.