Updated 25 December 2021


The Total Defence Badge Programme aims to promote awareness of, and participation in, Total Defence among secondary school students in uniformed groups.

Using a series of fun, hands-on activities, we hope to help pupils internalize the Total Defence message, as well as increase their commitment to the defence of Singapore.

From 2018, the Total Defence (TD) Programme for Uniformed Groups (UGs) is refreshed to create more opportunities for secondary school UG cadets to participate in and lead TD-related activities within their UG, schools, and/or communities.

It will use the Appreciation, Application, and Advocacy model, with lessons designed to help cadets to gain a deeper appreciation of TD, put TD into action, and be advocates for TD as they earn the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Badges.

The refreshed 2018 edition of the programme will put greater emphasis on the changing nature of threats and challenges facing Singapore today. It also has a more flexible curriculum and will incorporate activities like the ''Guardians of the City'' TD strategy card game to create a more meaningful and immersive experience for UG cadets.

Badge Guidelines:

Attend and successfully complete all 3 Total Defence Badge Modules (Gold, Silver & Bronze). The duration for each module is defined as follows:

Total Defence Bronze - For Secondary 1 cadets & newly recruited cadets from other levels (if any). To be completed latest by the end of the year.

Total Defence Silver - Recommended Level: Secondary 2 or three (3) months after the Bronze lesson

Total Defence Gold - Recommended Level: Secondary 3 or three (3) months after Silver Lesson


Nexus MINDEF has allowed some flexibility on the conduct of the Total Defence badge activities during this COVID-19 period.

The following are the updated activities plan to allow some flexibility for cadets to obtain the various badges.

Click here to download the table in Word doc format.


Click the following links to download the various resources:

Total Defence Badge Programme Lesson Package

- Bronze Level

- Silver Level

- Gold Level

Additional pointers to note:

  1. Total Defence Badge is compulsory to attain the Chief Commissioner’s Badge.

  2. Total Defence (Gold) certificate is compulsory in order to attain the Deputy Chief Commissioner’s Badge.

  3. Total Defence (Silver) certificate is compulsory in order to attain the Commissioner’s Badge and Superintendent Badge respectively.

Action required from Schools / Districts:

  1. Schools will use the following forms for badge application. Click on the links below to download the forms. All forms are now updated for use from January 2020.

  2. Schools are to indicate clearly the date of lesson and assessment, and only candidates who passed the module.

  3. The number of participants who passed the course are to be clearly stated by level and gender.

  4. Submission of the forms via St John Portal (uploading as supporting document) does not require signature & school stamp.

  5. There is no need to submit any other documents other than the CPB-TDF forms provided by CPB Committee, unless otherwise requested by the CPB Committee.