Monthly allowance

You will be given a rank allowance in recognition of your contributions. Those in higher ranks are given a higher allowance in recognition of their skills and heavier responsibilities. Those in combat and combat-support vocations are also given a monthly combat allowance in recognition of the increased demand of their vocations.

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 (PTE)*


Specialist Cadet


Officer Cadet


Lance Corporal


Third Sergeant


Second Lieutenant




Second Sergeant




Corporal First Class


First Sergeant




*A PTE who is upgraded to Private First Class (PFC) will be given one increment in the PTE scale.

Monthly combat allowance

Category Monthly combat allowance

Combat A (all combatants except those under Combat B and C)


Combat B (more demanding combat assignments)

  • Aircrew
  • Armour, Guards, Infantry
  • Combat Medics, Officers or Specialists in the Medical Response Force
  • Seagoing


Combat C

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


The rank allowance and combat allowance 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 the eSelf-Update eService.