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TO HELP National Servicemen better balance their military training and work demands during their in-camp training (ICT), three training institutes business centres will be set up, enhanced with wireless Internet access and basic facilities to enable them to access their office network outside of training hours.
NSmen will also be allowed to bring in and use their work devices, such as office-configured laptops, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and Blackberries, within these centres.
The centres will be equipped with photocopiers, facsimile, Skype facilities, as well as wired and wireless internet access.
'Security will not be compromised as a result of the increased flexibility given to NSmen,' said the Ministry of Defence.
To ensure compliance with the security rules, NSmen must safe-keep their devices in the lockers provided and use them only within the compounds of the business centres.
As an additional layer of security, closed circuit television (CCTV) will be installed in the business centres, said Mindef.
All devices with image-capturing capability such as camera handphones would continue to be prohibited in accordance with the current Mindef security policy.
As some company laptops and Blackberries come with image capturing devices, these would be allowed for use only within the business centres. No laptops or phones with image capturing devices will be allowed outside of the business centres.
A trial run will be carried out in the last quarter in the Armour Training Institute (ATI) located in Sungei Gedong Camp, the Infantry Training Institute (ITI) located in Jurong Camp II, and the Army Logistics Training Institute (ALTI) located in Kranji Camp III.
Mindef will review this in the middle of next year before introducing the facilities SAF-wide.