NS Advocate Award
The Total Defence Awards (TDA) were first introduced in 1986 to recognise businesses – specifically employers and civil resource owners – for their contributions towards Total Defence.
It was revamped in 2015 to recognise a broader spectrum of NS advocates beyond businesses, to include educational institutions, family and community organisations as well as individuals. The Home Team NS Awards has also been integrated with the TDA. The revamped TDA, which comprises a single highest tier award – the NS Advocate Award aims to strengthen advocacy for NS by encouraging others to play their part in supporting our national servicemen.
From 2017 onwards, the top NS Mark (Gold) accredited companies and organisations would be selected for the NS Advocate Award.