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Route of Advancement

The National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) is a youth uniformed group in Singapore. Established in 1959, the NPCC is supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF). The Corp’s membership comprises students from the government secondary schools, adult and youth volunteers from the education service, tertiary institutes and members of public.

Although supported by two government bodies, the NPCC is largely dependent on its members who volunteer to plan and implement training and enrichment activities for its student members in the secondary schools. It is therefore important for NPCC to formalise the Route of Advancement for its members. From the individual perspective, the advancement serves as a form of recognition of individuals. From the organisation perspective, the advancement serves to build a core group of members to strengthen the NPCC movement as a uniformed youth movement with a vision to "Mould the Builders of Safe and Secure Home".

Closely affiliated to the SPF, the NPCC adheres to the rank and uniform structure of its parent organisation. NPCC members can be categorised into the following categories :

No Membership Rank Structure Description
a Cadet Cadet - Station
Secondary 1 to Secondary
4/5 students in government
secondary schools.
b Cadet
Cadet Inspector
- Senior Cadet
Former cadets appointed
and trained to become youth
c Teacher
Inspector -
School teachers appointed
and train to become adult
d Honorary
Inspector -
Tertiary students and former
Cadet Inspectors or former
cadets with prerequisite
education qualifications
appointed and trained to
become adult leaders.
e Honorary
Non Uniformed Former cadets or members
of public with special skills
appointed as adult leaders.

In general, an NPCC member can serve the Corps till the official retirement age of 62. Depending on his background, education qualifications and contributions, an NPCC member could move up the ranks from cadet to Assistant Commandant, which (at this point) is the highest attainable appointment for an NPCC member.

A former Assistant Commandant who had reached the official retirement age of 62 and would like to continue active service with the Corps could be appointed as Liaison Officer. Appointment to Liaison Officer is by invitation only.

A member of public with no NPCC background could also join the NPCC as a non-uniformed member.

The route of advancement for NPCC members is delineated as follows:


NPCC Rank Structure



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