I’m in a pretty bad situation. My pay barely covers monthly utilities, transport for all my family members, HDB rent, medication for my parents, groceries & and my little brother’s school fees & costs.
I’m working on a contract basis for a IT company as well as a Grab delivery rider on the weekends. 7 days a week.
Total monthly I’m able to bring back combined $3k. I’m the sole breadwinner for my family.
Once I get into NS in a couple of months, 80% of my pay will be taken away. I have no interest in serving NS at all, because pay is completely messed up.
Like even I heard financial assistance max is $500. Even then it’ll be $1130. Nowhere close to what I need to run my household.
If the army is willing to pay for all my house bills, medications & other bills, I’ll accept $630 with my mouth shut.
Who do I approach before NS? My principal focus is on my parents medicines, HDB rent & school fees. Food & transport I’ll manage. I need someone to cover the full costs of those.
I dont care abt the SAF, NS or anyone at all. My family comes first. I’ve no intention in NS life other than caring for my family & till my little brother is able to find a job after his poly studies.
I need some solutions, becos idw AWOL or go to prison for putting my family first.
- hi i’m a clerk who handles financial assistance for my unit. it does not cap out at $500 and i’ve seen it go up to $2k+ in certain situations.
Go to your S1 or relevant commander and explain to him your financial situation. They will help kickstart the FAS procedure.
I will say it is a rather slow process so do provide the necessary documents ASAP. They will ask for copy of all IC’s, CPF statements of all family members, divorce letters and alimony details(if applicable) and a commander may conduct a house visit.
More documents may be required in more obscure scenarios. DM me if you need more information regarding this.
- There are SAF financial assistance schemes that can help to alleviate your financial burden if your household income is sufficiently low.
Alternatively, if you seek proper approval for your superiors you may be granted permission to work elsewhere to earn additional income, on a case-by-case basis.
Stay strong bro!