Direct-Entry Inspector


As a Direct-Entry Inspector, you will lead a team with one objective – to keep Singapore a drug-free nation. Whether it be planning and executing operations, gathering intelligence or conducting an investigation, you need to possess leadership skills as well as mental and emotional clarity to do so efficiently.


To qualify for direct-entry as an Inspector, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Singaporean
  • Degree in any discipline
  • Physically fit. Male applicants must have completed National Service and with PES A or B1
  • Minimum pass standard for NAPFA or IPPT
  • Normal colour vision
  • Strong leadership and good communication skills


Based on the classification of your undergraduate degree, your monthly gross starting salary is as follows:

Entry Rank Home Affairs Uniformed Services (HUS) Direct-Entry Inspector
Graduate Pay-Scale*
Insp $3,450 - $4,550
*Starting salary will vary according to relevant/useful work experience and completion of Full-time National Service.

INVEST Retirement Account

You will be eligible for retirement benefits under the INVEST Scheme. A monthly contribution of 7.75% of your gross salary will be credited into your Retirement Account starting from your 7th year of service. These contributions are expected to grow with interest through investments made by fund managers. These funds can be withdrawn in full on retirement.


You will undergo nine months of basic training (residential) at the Home Team Academy to learn the criminal penal code, criminal laws, investigation techniques, self-defence tactics and weapons handling. The training also includes an overseas leadership training programme.

Training Bond

You are required to sign a two-year training bond, which will commence after the nine months of basic training. Should you terminate your service during the training or within the two-year bond period, you will be required to pay a financial penalty.

Foundation Posting

Before you take on the role of leading a team, you will undergo a foundation 1.5-year posting to the Enforcement Division and Investigation Division to learn the role a Narcotics Officer. During this time, you will also attend courses/training designed to further equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out your duties effectively.

Welfare & Benefits

  • 18 days of annual vacation leave.
  • Medical leave of 14 days or 60 days with hospitalisation
  • Annual study leave of 12 days (subject to approval)
  • Subsidised medical and dental fees
  • Performance, mid-year and year-end bonuses (subject to work performance)
  • Professional learning and development benefits
  • Retirement benefits
  • Comprehensive group insurance scheme
  • Holiday bungalows in Singapore, Cameron Highlands, Fraser's Hill and Malacca
  • Membership with HomeTeamNS

NS Duty (for males)

Upon joining CNB, you will be disrupted from all NSman (reservist) activities. The disruption will be revoked should you leave the Bureau subsequently.

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Last updated: 6 Oct 2018