The ROVERS and NS Volunteer Schemes
If you are interested in continuing your service in your MINDEF Reserve (MR) phase, you can volunteer for the Reservist on Voluntary Extended Reserve Service (ROVERS) scheme. It was introduced to allow NSmen to continue serving until they reach their statutory age – 50 years old for Officers and 40 years old for WOSEs.
You can also apply to serve past your statutory age through the NS Volunteer scheme. However, both schemes are subject to approval.
If you have civilian expertise in operationally relevant niche areas, like law, medicine, engineering, and psychology, you may also be recommended to join the Expertise Conversion Scheme (ECS).
To qualify for the ROVERS or NS Volunteer scheme, you must be in your MR phase or passed your statutory age respectively. Eligibility for either scheme will depend on whether there is an operational requirement for your role, and if you meet its required performance and medical standards.
You will typically serve a term of 1 to 3 years, which may be extended based on your unit’s operational and manpower needs.
In addition, NS Volunteers are permitted to serve until the Compulsory Retirement Age of 50 years for Master Sergeants and below, 55 years for Warrant Officers to Majors, and 60 years for Lieutenant Colonels and above.
As part of either the ROVERS or NS Volunteer scheme, you:
- Will be called up for In-Camp Training (ICT) like other NSmen
- Will be eligible for additional allowances based on your appointment
- Can volunteer to take your IPPT – you can also earn incentive awards if your IPPT score meets the requirements of the different award types
If you are on the ROVERS scheme, you are required to take your IPPT if you hold a command appointment, e.g. CO, RSM, etc.
You will be entitled to annual tax relief of $1,500 while on either scheme. While on the ROVERS scheme, you will also receive an additional $1,500 if you participated in ORNS activities in the previous work-year.