Compensation of Military Personnel Deaths while on Duty


MINDEF provides the maximum compensation –  $170,000

not  SGD 20,000 as claimed by a netizen, who also claims  he has in service for 6 years.

  • His “petition”

Dear all fellow singaporeans, it has been a while since the compensation of military personnel rate has been reviewed, the current rate of  SGD 20,000 (sght :  whereby, in actual fact, even the Minimum rate is  $57,000)  is grossly underpaid in the present living standards.

  • His facebook ‘screen shot – in which he has deleted after his mistake  was  pointed out.

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Date : 20 Jul 2005,

Excerpt : 

Statement by Minister for Defence Mr Teo Chee Hean in Response to Parliamentary Question on Compensation and Additional Disciplinary Actions Taken with Regards to “Commando Dunking” Saga

“First, the SAF (Pensions) Regulations provide for a national serviceman and his family to be compensated in line with the compensation scheme set out in the Workmen’s Compensation Act, which provides for compensation of up to S$111,000 in the event of death. Beyond this, as I informed Parliament at the Committee of Supply debate last year, MINDEF has decided to treat national servicemen on par with regular soldiers for the purpose of compensation. This means that for deaths due to military service, we will provide an additional lump-sum payment of a minimum of one year’s pay for a regular of the same rank. MINDEF can also grant additional compensation where the circumstances merit such additional compensation. And the principles that MINDEF applies in computing the compensation amount are consistent with the legal principles applied by the civil courts in assessing compensation for deaths.”

Source : Statement by Minister for Defence Mr Teo Chee Hean in Response to Parliamentary Question on Compensation and Additional Disciplinary Actions Taken with Regards to “Commando Dunking” Saga 
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Changes to WICA (effective 1 June 2012)

Limits 

Current Limit
(accidents happened before 1 Jun 2012)

Adjusted Limit
(accidents happened on and after 1 Jun 2012)

Death

 Minimum

 $47,000

$57,000

 Maximum

 $140,000

$170,000 

Total Permanent Incapacity

 Minimum

 $60,000 x % loss of earning capacity

$73,000 x % loss of earning capacity

 Maximum

 $180,000 x % loss of earning capacity

$218,000 x % loss of earning capacity

Medical Expenses

Up to $25,000 or 1 year from date of accident, whichever is reached first

 Up to $30,000 or 1 year from date of accident, whichever is reached first

Source : Work Injury Compensation Act: Frequently Asked Questions

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