CHAPTER 193
NATIONAL SERVICE ACT

[SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION]

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RULES

THE NATIONAL SERVICE RULES

TABLE OF CONTENTS

   Rule

Title

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

   1.   Title and commencement.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
ORGANISATION OF THE SERVICE

   3.   Composition of National Service.

   4.   Branches, Units and Sub-units.

   5.   Executive Committee.

   6.   Promotions Board.

   7.   Proceedings of Committee and Board.

PART III
APPOINTMENTS OF OFFICERS

   8.   Application.

   9.   Conditions as to appointments.

   10.   Approval for secondment.

   11.   Rules relating to appointments.

   12.   Certain persons not to be appointed.

PART IV
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE OF OFFICERS

   13.   Release.

   14.   Leave.

   15.   Sick leave.

   16.   Compassionate leave.

   17.   Medical benefits.

   18.   Committee may issue directives.

PART V
DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS

   19.   Application and construction.

   20.   Disciplinary offences.

   21.   Punishments.

   22.   Procedure as to inquiry into disciplinary offences.

   23.   Procedure for dismissal.

   24.   Delegation of powers in certain cases.

   25.   Where disciplinary offence relates to criminal offence.

   26.   Appeals.

   27.   Fines and stoppages.

   28.   Suspension from duty.

PART VI
EFFECT OF ENLISTMENT UPON CONTRACTS OF EMPLOYMENT

   29.   Application.

   30.   Where persons employed enlisted.

   31.   Contravention of provisions of Rule 30.

   32.   Effect of payment of emoluments to Director.

   33.   Exemption from requirement of deductions.

PART VII
APPLICATION OF WORKERS COMPENSATION ACT

   34.   Provisions of Workers' Compensation Act to apply to servicemen.

   35.   Modification to Workers' Compensation Act as applied to members of National Service.

PART VIII
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

   36.   [Revocation of R.L. Cap. 553 Supp. 65 p. 3.]

THE NATIONAL SERVICE RULES

(Sections 15 and 21)

[15th May, 1972]

G.N. No. 77 of 1972

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS (rules 1-2)

1.   Title and commencement

   These Rules may be cited as the National Service Rules.

2.   Interpretation

   In these Rules unless the context otherwise requires–

   "Act" means the National Service Act *;

   "appointment" includes transfer, promotion and appointment on secondment under the Act;

   "Board" means the Promotions Board established under rule 6;

   "commanding officer" means a senior officer of the National Service in charge of any branch, unit, camp or settlement;

   "Committee" means the National Service Executive Committee established by rule 5 of these Rules;

   "junior post" means the post of a junior officer;

   "officer" means a member who holds a senior post or a junior post;

   "salary" includes wages and allowances and, in relation to a serviceman to whom Part VI applies, includes the portion of salary paid to him by his employer;

   "senior post" means the post of a senior officer;

   "service" means the National Service;

   "serviceman" means any officer or other member of the National Service.

PART II
ORGANISATION OF THE SERVICE (rules 3-7)

3.   Composition of National Service

   (1) The Service shall consist of the following ranks in order of seniority as follows–

I.   Senior Officers:

   (a)   the Director;

   (b)   Assistant Directors;

   (c)   Senior Masters;

   (d)   Masters;

   (e)   Assistant Masters;

   (f)   Cadet Assistant Masters.

II.   Junior Officers:

   (a)   Chief Guides;

   (b)   Senior Guides;

   (c)   Guides;

   (d)   Deputy Guides;

   (e)   Assistant Guides;

   (f)   Cadet Guides.

III.   Servicemen other than Officers.

   (2) The Director may, with the consent of the Minister, create such other posts of senior officers or junior officers, as he may consider fit, and assign to such posts such seniority as, in his opinion, may be proper.

4.   Branches, Units and Sub-units

   The Service shall be organised into such number of Branches, Units and Sub-units as the National Service Director may, after consultation with the Minister, appoint.

5.   Executive Committee

   (1) There shall be a National Service Executive Committee.

   (2) The Committee shall consist of–

   (a)   the Minister, who shall be the Chairman;

   (b)   a Vice-Chairman who shall be appointed by the Minister;

   (c)   the Director who shall be a member and such other members, not exceeding four in number, as the Minister may appoint.

   (3) The functions of the Executive Committee shall be–

   (a)   subject to the provisions of Part III, to make appointment of senior officers;

   (b)   to issue guidelines and directives with regard to the management of the Service;

   (c)   to approve programmes for the training of servicemen;

   (d)   to supervise the expenditure of the funds allocated for the Service;

   (e)   to exercise such other functions as may be conferred upon it by these Rules or any other written law.

6.   Promotions Board

   (1) There shall be a Promotions Board which shall consist of–

   (a)   the Director, who shall be the Chairman;

   (b)   four other members who shall be appointed by the Director, after consultation with the Minister, from amongst the senior officers.

   (2) The functions of the Board shall be–

   (a)   subject to the provisions of Part III, to make appointments to and approve promotions within the ranks of junior officers;

   (b)   to make recommendations to the Committee for appointment of senior officers.

7.   Proceedings of Committee and Board

   Subject to such directions as the Minister may give in that behalf, the Committee and the Board may regulate their own proceedings.

PART III
APPOINTMENTS OF OFFICERS (rules 8-12)

8.   Application

   The provisions of this Part shall apply to appointments of all officers other than an appointment of an officer to the permanent staff.

9.   Conditions as to appointments

   No person shall be appointed as an officer of the Service unless–

   (a)   he is a citizen of the United Republic;

   (b)   the Committee, or as the case may be, the Board, is satisfied that he is of good character;

   (c)   save where the Minister otherwise directs, he has completed a three month's National Service basic training or undertakes to undergo such training immediately after his appointment;

   (d)   he complies with such other requirements as the Committee may, from time to time, specify.

10.   Approval for secondment

   No person shall be seconded to the National Service under section 18 of the Act unless such National Service secondment has been approved by the Committee:

   Provided that where the person seconded is to be seconded as a junior officer, the secondment shall be approved by the Board.

11.   Rules relating to appointments

   (1) Where a vacancy occurs or it is known that a vacancy will occur in a senior post, the director shall notify the Committee and the Committee shall, unless the appointment to such post is made under section 6 of the Act, proceed to consider whether the vacancy should be filled by promotion, by secondment or in any other manner.

   (2) Where the Committee decides to fill the vacancy by promotion, it shall promote to the post such officer as, in its opinion, merits promotion.

   (3) Where a vacancy occurs or it is known that a vacancy will occur in a junior post, the Director shall notify the Board and the Board shall, unless the appointment to such post is made under section 6 of the Act, proceed to consider whether the vacancy should be filled by promotion, by secondment or in any other manner.

   (4) Where the Board decides to fill the vacancy by promotion, it shall promote to the post such serviceman as, in its opinion, merits promotion.

   (5) Where the Committee or, as the case may be, the Board, is of the opinion that the vacancy should be filled by secondment, it shall take such steps as it may consider appropriate for a person to be seconded to fill the vacancy.

12.   Certain persons not to be appointed

   No person who has been convicted of a criminal offence involving moral turpitude or who has been dismissed from the Public Service or from the National Service shall be appointed as an officer of the National Service without the prior consent of–

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