Monthly allowance

You will be given a rank allowance in recognition of your contributions. Those in higher ranks are given a higher quantum in recognition of their heavier responsibilities. You will also be given vocation allowance in recognition of the different vocational demands placed on you. Your total NS allowance comprise both the rank allowance and vocation allowance. (Note: Since 1 Mar 2020, combat allowance has been replaced by vocation allowance.)

Monthly rank allowance

You can also view the table here.

Enlistees Specialists Officers
Rank Starting rank allowance Rank Starting rank allowance Rank Starting rank allowance

Recruit or Private


Specialist Cadet


Officer Cadet


Lance Corporal


Third Sergeant


Second Lieutenant




Second Sergeant




Corporal First Class


First Sergeant




Vocation Allowance

S/N Vocations Monthly vocation allowance


Service and Technical vocations



All combatants except those under S/N 3 and 4



  • Aircrew
  • Armour, Guards, Infantry
  • Combat Medics, Specialists or Officers in the Medical Response Force or deployed on the Singapore Civil Defence Force ambulances
  • Seagoing


  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defence or Explosive Ordinance Disposal
  • Commando
  • Naval Diver

The rank and vocation allowances will be credited directly into your bank account. If you have not provided your bank account details to MINDEF or have recently changed your bank account, you need to update your bank account details via My Personal Information.

Full-time National Servicemen (NSF) remunerative activities

To ensure the operational readiness of the Singapore Armed Forces, NSFs must be committed to discharging their NS responsibilities. You are not allowed to undertake external activities that involve remuneration.

You are strongly encouraged to approach your unit commanders to apply for financial assistance and explore various avenues of help if you face financial hardship.