3x Olympian, Olympic gold medalist in 2016 and 12x NCAA Division I champion, Joseph Education dispatched to join the Singapore National Service (NS). Schooling was postponed from 2014 to 2021.
Schooling is best known for his Olympic 100 butterfly victory at the Rio 2016 Games. He swam in a time of 50.39 which set an Olympic record. Schooling also defeated famous butterflies Michael Phelps, Laszlo Cseh and Chad le Clos who all tied for silver (51.14). This swim won Singapore its first gold medal and Schooling received $ 753,000 for its victory.
At the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, he did not reach the semi-finals of either the 100 butterfly or the 100 freestyle.
Yesterday, Schooling posted a “before” and “after” photo on her Instagram story of her hair shaving in preparation for serving her country. In his “after” photo, he also tagged the Singapore Ministry of Defense.
His mother also posted a photo of him with two thumbs up with the caption, “Bags full, hair shaved, always ready to serve his country! proud mom here ”
According to the country’s Central Manpower Base (CMPB) website, the country requires all male residents and citizens to serve in Nova Scotia full-time for two years once they turn 18. After the two years of full-time service, they are considered to be a national serviceman operationally ready until the age of 40 or 50 (depending on whether it is an officer or special skills). There are three options for completing the NS, via the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Civil Defense Forces (SCDF) and Singapore Police Force (SPF).
Schooling has been postponed by the military for seven years, from 2014 to September 2021. Singapore grants such postponements in special cases in which athletes are considered potentially medalists or as athletes who can bring national pride. The CMPB website shows that the country is also granting breaks from the requirement to those who wish to pursue further education.
The 26-year-old would be 29 for the Paris 2024 Olympics. His two full-time years in Nova Scotia will end at the start of the 2024 calendar year.