Direct-Entry Sergeant


As a Direct-Entry Sergeant, you will have the opportunity to experience enforcement in land divisions, investigative work and intelligence operations as you undergo various rotations in your career.


To qualify for direct-entry as a Sergeant, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Singaporean
  • Minimum Higher NITEC, GCE "A" level or Polytechnic Diploma holder
  • 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
  • Team player and good interpersonal skills


Based on your educational qualifications, your monthly gross starting salary is as follows:

Entry Rank Home Affairs Uniformed Services (HUS) Direct-Entry Sergeant
(Higher NITEC / GCE 'A' Level / Polytechnic Diploma or equivalent)*
SGT $1,916 - $2,510
*Starting salary will vary according to relevant/useful work experience and completion of Full-time National Service.


Sign-on bonus of $10,000 will be awarded to Direct-Entry Sergeants with full ‘A’ Level or Diploma (5 local Polys/ IB/ NAFA/ LASALLE/ NUS High School, etc.) – given in two tranches of $3,000 and $7,000.


Direct-Entry Sergeants in the Home Team can expect to receive attractive retention payouts. You will enjoy payouts ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 over your first 13 years of service.


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 These funds can be withdrawn in full on retirement.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 six months of basic training (residential) at the Home Team Academy, where you will study criminal law and undergo physical training, weapons handling and leadership development.

Training Bond

You are required to sign a two-year training bond, which will commence after the six 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.


Upon completion of the basic training, you will embark on postings to undergo on-the-job training while you gain valuable operational experience. During this time, you will also attend courses/training to further equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out your duties effectively.

Welfare and Benefits

  • 14 to 18 days of 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
  • Retention and retirement benefits
  • Comprehensive group insurance scheme
  • Holiday bungalows in Singapore, Cameron Highlands, Fraser's Hill and Malacca
  • Membership with HomeTeamNS

Upgrading Opportunities

Our officers are our greatest assets and the bureau is committed to developing you to your fullest potential. The following study awards are available to help upgrade your skills and knowledge:

Home Affairs Learning & Growth Opportunities (HALO)

Do you have what it takes to be a leader? If you think you do, and you aspire to reach the very peak of your profession, then the Home Affairs Learning & Growth Opportunities (HALO) Programme offers you the perfect opportunity! HALO opens the doors to your biggest personal and career breakthrough, by providing undergraduate sponsorship at local universities on full-pay study leave. You will be able to focus on and excel in your studies and, upon your return, be placed into a Senior Officer scheme to begin the next exciting phase of your career.

Full-time Degree Scholarship

At the Home Team, we acknowledge that every individual officer possesses unique talents and different aspirations. Recognising this, outstanding HUS/ HAS Junior Officers identified for the Full-Time Degree Scholarship will get to enjoy a greater degree of flexibility in their choice of study to fast-track their careers. It allows you to choose full-time undergraduate courses in any of the local universities, Singapore Institute of Management or even approved courses at overseas universities.

Part-time Degree Sponsorship

Learning is always a priority to us because we believe that it is the best way for our people to constantly improve themselves both personally and professionally. With Part-time Degree Sponsorship, we are able to open up opportunities for a university education to even more officers. This means that you can upgrade yourself academically without any disruption to your career.

MHA Study Award (Part-time Study)

Greater knowledge and better skills contribute to performance excellence. That's why we take every opportunity to encourage our officers to pursue professional development through upgrading and further studies. As part of our policy to encourage and recognise officers who undergo courses to achieve academic upgrading on their own accord, eligible officers can look forward to partial reimbursement of compulsory course fees upon successful course completion.

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