Compensation will be provided if you sustained a service injury while performing your Operationally Ready National Service (ORNS) duties.
An injury is considered to be a service injury if it was:
- Sustained in consequence of some act lawfully performed in the discharge of the serviceman's duties. For example, an injury sustained during training
- Sustained whilst on a journey necessary to enable the serviceman's to report for duty or to return home after duty. For example, an injury sustained while travelling straight from home to camp or vice versa
If your injury fulfils any of these criteria, you may be eligible to claim for medical bills under either of the following 2 compensation schemes:
- Ex-gratia payment due to service injury
You may be eligible for ex-gratia payment if you:
- Remain on medical leave after the In-Camp Training (ICT) due to your service injury, and;
- Are certified by your employer that you are not receiving any salary for the period of your medical leave for your service injury
If you fulfil the above 2 conditions, you need to provide a letter from your employer to inform MINDEF about your situation and the amount that is to be reimbursed, together with relevant supporting documents.
This ex-gratia payment will be paid in a stepdown approach based on your civilian pay or an equivalent pay of a regular serviceman, whichever is higher.
The ex-gratia payment will cease upon the termination of your medical leave or the award of your disability compensation, whichever is earlier.
- Lump sum disability compensation due to service injury
To claim for lump sum disability compensation, you will need to:
- Be certified by your attending doctor that your service injury has stabilised
- Request for a review by your unit’s Medical Officer (MO)
- Complete an authorisation form to allow MINDEF to obtain a Disability Assessment Report (DAR) from your attending doctor on your service injury. The hospital will typically take 3 to 4 months to send the DAR back
- When you receive the DAR with no further query, you will be scheduled to attend a Permanent Disability (PD) Board by the Military Medicine Institute (MMI)
- When you receive the endorsement and approval from the PD Board, MINDEF/SAF will then process your disability compensation