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ORNS Training Cycle

After reaching your Operationally Ready Date (ORD), you will transition from full-time National Serviceman (NSF) to National Serviceman (NSman), and embark on your Operationally Ready National Service (ORNS) journey. ORNS refers to the NS training phase that NSmen undergo with their NS unit. It is typically a 10-year training cycle which comprises 3 main phases:

The 3 main phases of an Serviceman’s ORNS training cycle with added focus on more proficiencies through the years

To complete an active ORNS year, you need to participate in an ORNS activity within your work-year, which starts on 1 April and ends on 31 March of the following year. For this period, you may be called up for not more than 40 days of ORNS activities annually. It is your responsibility to inform your employer in advance of any ORNS activities you need to participate in.

Throughout your ORNS, you must update MINDEF on your contact details via Update My Profile on the NS Portal.

Any changes to your contact details will take up to 3 working days to be reflected in the system.


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Last update: 28 Feb 2018

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