Home Affairs Services (ICA) Direct-Entry Sergeant

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Safeguard the Nation

As a HAS (ICA) Direct-Entry Sergeant, you are responsible for implementing and enforcing laws, regulations and ICA policies. Your duties and responsibilities, which demand qualities of leadership, initiative and integrity, include screening passports and passengers on arrival and departure, and participating in investigations and operations to detect smugglers and illegal immigrants.

Entry Requirements

  • Local polytechnic diploma, General Certificate of Education (GCE) ‘A’ Level, five GCE ‘O’ Level passes, Higher Nitec or Nitec
  • Physically fit
  • Normal colour vision
  • Singapore citizenship

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Educational Qualification Starting Monthly Salary*
Diploma (5 local polytechnics/ NAFA/ LASALLE) $2,500 to $2,791
GCE 'A' Level (including pass in GP/ KI)
IB Diploma/ NUS High School Diploma
$2,413 to $2,791
Higher Nitec/ Nitec $1,970 to $2,222
GCE 'O' Level

*Starting monthly salary will vary according to assessment of academic qualifications, relevant work experience and completion of full-time National Service.


  • 14 to 18 days of vacation leave
  • Medical and dental subsidies
  • Group insurances
  • Use of government holiday bungalows
  • Sponsorship for continuous education
  • Subsidies for sports and recreational activities
  • Performance and annual bonuses
  • Staff welfare benefits

$8,000 Sign-on Bonus

Newly appointed Direct Entry Sergeants (Diploma holders of local polytechnics/NAFA/LASELLE/IB or GCE 'A' Level holders) will receive a sign-on bonus, with $3,000 paid upon signing on and $5,000 upon confirmation after a one-year probation. You must enter a bond of two years to receive the sign-on bonus, effective from the date of appointment.

Retention Payouts

You can expect to receive attractive retention payouts.



You will undergo a 16-week non-residential ICA Basic Course (Sergeant) at the Home Team Academy, which will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to perform your duties.

Training includes:

  • Document examination
  • People, goods and vehicle screening
  • Behavioural Analysis and profiling techniques 
  • Laws and regulations
  • Firearms training
  • Basic Unarmed Combat training 

Job Deployment

Foundational Posting

After graduating from the ICA Basic Course (Sergeant), you will be placed under a posting framework designed to provide you with exposure to the different aspects of border security and identification functions. You will be deployed at a checkpoint to work on three shifts in one of the Commands – Woodlands, Tuas or Coastal. You will also be required to wear a uniform while on duty.

Developmental Posting

After your foundational posting, you will be deployed to other checkpoints or divisions, where you will be given opportunities to perform specialised functions such as profiling, investigating or participating in operations to detect smugglers and illegal immigrants. There are opportunities to complete posting stints overseas.

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