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I believe I can fly – Most people would want to but only a few realize the dream. Those that do are called the Airforce! 

The Nigerian Air Force is that faction of the military that dominates the air; they are eyes in the sky.

As passion for the profession may be your drive. You must understand that being a Nigerian Air Force officer is a call of duty not luxury. So that you don’t desert your comrades when the going gets tough.

You must have your country at heart and the love for humanity as a priority.

If you are courageous and you are willing to live a life of self sacrifice to serve your fatherland, then you have a place in the military.

In this article you will learn about the Nigeria Air Force, how you can apply and basic requirements. You will also learn the ranks and their salaries.


To apply follow the steps below;

  • The first step is to log on to the Air Force application portal via https://airforce.mil.ng/page-careers 
  • When on the page, locate the recruitment advert and click on it.
  • On the page you will be redirected to (https://nafrecruitment.airforce.mil.ng/) click on “Start Application)
  • Create you account if you have not registered before. Or you can simply login if you are registered already.
  • Enter the valid information about you in the online application form
  • Upload the necessary documents
  • Finally, printout you registration form.

You must understand that the NAF application is entirely free, except you are being charged at the service centre for data or using their internet service. Any other payment is fraud!

You must go to your screening at your zonal centre with the following documents:

  • Photocopy of your Educational or Trade certificates
  • Two recent and clear passport photographs. They must be stamped and signed by your referees and duly stated in the requirements.
  • The photocopy of your birth certificate or age declaration
  • Certificate showing you state of origin
  • Attestation letter from your parents or guardians
  • Attestation letter from your Local Government Area
  • Writing materials for your screening exam.


So you must meet the below requirements before you can apply; if you go ahead when you have not met all the requirements, I am afraid you may only be wasting your time.

Requirements for the NAF Tradesmen/Tradeswomen recruitment:

  • First, you must be a Nigerian as provided in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  • You must be single at the period of application
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 25 and between the ages of 18 and 28 for those applying for the post of chaplain or imam.
  • You must have at least two recognizable referees who will attest to your character and integrity. They could be your LGA chairman or Secretary or any officer of the officer of the Nigeria armed forces whose rank is not below Lieutenant Colonel or Assistant Commissioner of Police. These officers must hail from your state. The passports of the referees should be attached to the attestation letters.
  • You must be up to 1.66 meters if you are male and 1,63 meters if you are a female applicant.
  • You must be mentally, physically fit as to meet the standards of the NAF.
  • You must have a clear criminal record and not have been convicted by any court of law.
  • You must have SSCE, NECO, GCE or NABTEB certificate with at least five (5) credits of which English and Mathematics must belong.

Requirements for NAF DSSC Recruitment:

The Direct Short Service (DSSC) and Short Service Commission (SSC) are only for graduates who met the above requirements and also having the following:

  • You must have at least a Bachelor’s degree with second class upper division or HND with upper credit in relevant disciplines.
  • You must have your NYSC Discharge certificate or the NYSC exemption certificate.
  • You must be between the ages of 22 and 30 years and a maximum of 35 for those applying as medical consultants.

With these, you can proceed with your application.


The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is actually one of the largest in Africa, having about 10,000 active personnel. Although the Nigerian Air Force was founded on the 18 of April 1964, they are known to have engaged in so many peacekeeping activities including the Nigerian Civil War.

The structure of is designed to meet the security need of the country. On air related matters, as it concerns maintenance of peace and security of lives and properties.

The Chief of Air the Air staff advices the President who is the Grand Commander of the Nigerian Armed force, and the Minister of Defence.

The air force also works with the army and navy in drawing out operational plans and the execution of the security plans. They have 20 Air Force Bases scattered across the country and innumerable inventory and artileries at their disposal.

The Headquarter is made up of the office of the Chief of Air Staff and other 8 offices (branches). Each of these branches is headed by the Air vice Marshal. These 8 branches include:

  1. Air Engineering branch
  2. Logistics branch
  3. Policy and Plans branch
  4. Inspections branch
  5. Administrative branch
  6. Operations branch
  7. Air Secretary branch
  8. Accounts and Budget branch.


When is the Nigerian Air Force recruitment starting?

Usually, the NAF recruitments start in October and ends in November every year. But to make sure you do not miss it, please subscribe to this website to keep you posted on relevant job opportunities.

What are the ranks in the Nigeria Air Force?

From highest to lowest, the ranks of the Nigerian Air Force are listed below:

  1. Marshal of the Air Force
  2. Air Chief Marshal
  3. Air Marshal
  4. Air Vice Marshal
  5. Air Commodore
  6. Group Captain
  7. Wing Captain
  8. Squadron Leader
  9. Flight Lieutenant
  10. Flying Officer
  11. Pilot Officer
  12. Warrant Officer
  13. For Airmen, their ranks are:
  14. Air Warrant Officer
  15. Warrant Officer
  16. Flight Sergeant
  17. Corporal
  18. Lance Corporal
  19. Aircraftman/ Woman

What is their motto?

The NAF motto is “Willing, Able, Ready”

Is the recruitment form out?

Yes, the enlistment of eligible candidates through the DSSC/ DRC Medical Specialists is currently ongoing. To apply, follow this link: https://airforce.mil.ng/page-careers. Meanwhile, the major application has ended. To make sure you do not miss any bit, please subscribe to this website.

Who is the Chief of Air Staff?

The current Chief of Air Staff is Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

What is the salary of the Nigerian Air Force Officers?

The salaries are but confirmed. This is a rough estimate as such you should carry it with a pinch of salt.

Commissioned Officers:
  • Air Chief Marshal receives N1,724,283
  • Air Marshal receives N1,486,451
  • Air Vice-Marshal recieves N1,376,343
  • Air Commodore recieves N677,895
  • Group Captain is paid N352,631
  • Wing Commander is paid N342,586
  • Squadron Leader is paid N248,004
  • Flight Lieutenant is paid N232,484
  • Flying Officer is paid N218,400
  • Pilot Officer is paid N187,159
Non-commissioned Officers
  • Air Warrant Officer recieves N171,793
  • Master Warrant Officer recieves N165,697
  • Warrant Officer recieves N101,974
  • Flight Sergeant recieves N87,119
  • Sergeant recieves N69,261
  • Corporal recieves N55,832
  • Air Craftman recieves N53,892


Finally, if you have any question about the Nigerian Airforce recruitment process, drop them in the comment below. Our admins will try as much as possible to answer them accordingly.

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