Military Domain Experts Scheme (MDES)

Career Proposition

As a Military Expert in SAF C4I, you will develop deep professional expertise in key military domains, such as technical, engineering, cyber and intelligence. It will be a career full of opportunities, as you employ your deep specialisation to maintain our operational edge in the Information Battlespace.

Career Proposition

Leader & Manager

As a Leader and Manager, you will..

  • Enjoy the unique opportunity to command, lead and manage in a uniformed environment

  • Engineer SAF C4I’s capabilities and operationally

  • Share your expertise and mentor future experts

  • Lead teams and take on project management roles in support of SAF C4I’s transformation efforts

Domain Experts

As a Domain Expert, you will..

  • Exploit and maintain highly sophisticated systems

  • Hone and retain your proficiency to support a sophisticated and evolving SAF

Strategic Planner

As a Strategic Planner, you will..

  • Push operational and technological boundaries within specialist domains

  • Engage in forward planning to maintain SAF C4I’s decisive edge

Experts Continuous Engagement & Learning (EXCEL) Bonus

Excel Bonus

  • You will be rewarded for your continued commitment through attractive EXCEL Bonuses of up to 28 months in total, depending on your length of service. These bonuses will be paid at age 32, 40 and 50.

Performance Bonus and Increments

  • To recognise and encourage better performance, you will be rewarded with annual performance bonuses (similar to the Officer and Warrant Officers Corps).
    MEs with good performance will enjoy an attractive performance-based annual Merit Increment (MI) and Promotion Increment (PI) upon promotion in rank or grade.

Military Domain Experts Scheme (MDES)

  • MDES is a full CPF scheme with career opportunities up to age 60.

Medisave-cum-Subsidised Outpatient (MSO) Scheme

  • You will contribute 2% of your salary into your Medisave account each month.
    The maximum additional Medisave contribution on monthly salary is 2% of $7,000 or $140 per month.

Leave Entitlement

  • You will be entitled to 14 to 18 days of annual leave, according to your educational level, service length and rank. Your leave entitlement will be upgraded once you have completed 10 years of continuous service. Also, you will be entitled to 14 days of Medical Leave and 60 days of extended Hospitalisation Leave if you are warded.

Flexible Benefits Scheme (FLEX)

  • The SAF recognises that every individual has unique needs, this scheme would allow personnel to use these FLEX allowances to pay for their insurance, vacations, educations, dental treatment and more.

    • First 6 years of service : $600 per year

    • 7th to 12th year of service : $800 per year

    • 13th year of service onwards : $1000 per year

The benefits shown above applies to all vocations regardless of ranks except Cyber Operator (NSF)

Training Progression

Nurturing Roadmap as a Military Expert

The Nurturing Roadmap for MDES will groom uniformed personnel to acquire deep expertise in various domains. These military experts will operate C4I’s complex systems to provide superior intelligence that will shape the outcome of the information battlespace.

Courses will be arranged and provided to further develop your deep specialisation in technical and/or operational aspects.

MIE Nurturing Roadmap

Appointments as a Military Expert

MIE Appointments

Overall Route of Advancement


ME1 to ME3 appointments provide the foundation for building and consolidating invaluable operational experience and system competencies. With this foundation, outstanding MEs will be able to progress to higher-grade appointments of ME4 and above (Senior MEs), which encompass greater leadership responsibilities and deeper specialisation.