Not everyone feels good with height, but most people would love to fly. The Nigerian Air Force is that aspect of the Nigerian military force that dominates the air; they are eyes in the sky.

As passion for the profession may be your drive, you must understand still that being a Nigerian Air Force officer is a call of duty and not a call to a luxury life. You must have your country at heart and the love for humanity as a priority.

If you are a lover of the air force and you would like to join the Nigerian Air force to serve your fatherland and protect the lives of your fellow countrymen, this article is for you.

In this article you will learn about the Nigeria Air Force, how you can apply for the Nigerian Air Force recruitment and the application requirements. You will also learn the ranks and the salaries of the Nigerian Air soldiers. We shall not eat them bit by bit, so do not rush.


The first step any reasonable person takes when he gets to a new environment is to learn that environment. Therefore, you will need to know about the Nigerian Air Force and understand the most important facts about what you want to get into.

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 the NAF 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 NAF also works with the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Navy in drawing out operational plans and the execution of the security plans. The NAF has 20 Air Force Bases scattered across the country and innumerable inventory at their disposal.

The NAF 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.


Having absorbed some facts about the Nigerian Air Force, let us now pull over and talk about the requirements for the NAF recruitment.

The NAF recruitment opens every year and thousands of Nigerians apply. It is funny that out of the thousands, just few hundred will be taken. It is not surprising that many do not meet the requirements. I guess you would not want to be among the team of losers.

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 and data.

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.


Since you have all the requirements needed, a question that pups up is “How can I apply?”

Well, I have got you covered with these principled steps laid down below. So you can follow these steps to apply for the Nigerian Air Force recruitment:

  • The first step is to log on to the Air Force application portal via 
  • When on the page, locate the recruitment advert and click on it.
  • On the page you will be redirected to ( 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 NAF 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.


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 as we will be feeding you relevant updates about the NAF recruitment.

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 the NAF motto?

The NAF motto is “Willing, Able, Ready”

Is the NAF recruitment form out?

Yes, the enlistment of eligible candidates through the DSSC/ DRC Medical Specialists is currently ongoing. To apply, follow this link: 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 salary of the Nigeria Air Force officers is yet unconfirmed. But here is what you can have your eyes on as an estimate to what their salaries may be:

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

What is the entry level (rank) of graduates in the NAF?

When a graduate enter the Nigerian Air Force, he is positioned on the rank of a Flying Officer.