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Among the three Nigerian Armed Forces is the Nigerian Navy whose vision is to develop a credible naval power in fulfillment of their roles as stated in the Nigerian constitution.

In this light, they recruits interested candidates into the system every year.

Therefore in this post, you will learn all it takes to be a Nigerian naval officer, and the application requirements, different ranks and everything you need to know.

Finally, we would be answering some intriguing questions about the topic. Stick to the end!


Before you get into any system it is imperative you understand how that system works so that you will not be swallowed by ignorance. However, the Navy is structured thus:

The Naval Headquarter is made up of the office of the Chief of Naval Staff and 8 staff branches with each administered by a Branch Chief of flag rank. These Branches include:

  • Administration
  • The Office of the Naval Secretary
  • Training and Operations
  • Logistics
  • Account and Budget
  • Naval Safety and Standards
  • Policy and Plans
  • Naval Engineering

The following offices report directly Chief of Naval Staff:

Project Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (PIMED),  Transformation Office and finally, the Holdings.

The Navy has 5 commands headed by the Flag Officers Commanding (FOCs). There are also 5 autonomous units. These five commands are made up of three (3) operational commands (Western Naval Command, Eastern Naval Command and Central Naval Command), the Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) and the Logistics Command (LOGCOMD).

The 5 autonomous units include: The Nigerian Naval Dockyard (NND), the Nigerian Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Naval Ordinance Department (NOD), the Naval Doctrine and Assessment Centre (NDAC) and the Nigerian Navy Holdings Limited (NNHL).

It is the duty of the NOD to store the arms and ammunitions  while the NND and NNSY carry out the maintenance and docking of ships.


The Nigerian Navy opens their application portal almost annually for graduates who wish to join the Navy to apply.

These graduates can join through the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC). Nonetheless, if you must apply for the Short Service Commission (DSSC) you should have either of the following academic qualifications. Attached with each qualification are areas in the Navy you can work.


You should have BSc/HND in either of the following disciplines:

Nautical Sciences, Criminology, Psychology, Sociology or Forensic Sciences.


Applicants should have Bachelor’s degree or HND in Accounting/Banking and Finance. Being a member of professional bodies like ICAN, ANAN, ACMA, ACCA, ACA will give you an upper hand.


Applicants should posses Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from a registered institution of theology from either of the following:

  1. Catholic Mission.
  2. Protestant Mission.

You must have completed also 2 years apprenticeship in Apostolic Ministry and be recommended from pastoral missions. Only duly ordained clergymen of the masculine gender of their respective Christian faith must apply.


Under this category, only applicants having Bachelor of Education (B.Ed)/ B.Sc Ed in relevant fields should apply. First degree holders with postgraduate (PGD) Education in the following fields can also apply: English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Bio chemistry, Microbiology, History, Library Science (B.Sc), Computer Science, Guidance and Counseling, French Language, Chinese Language, Arabic Language.


Applicants should have B.Sc or B. Eng qualifications in the following fields: Naval Architecture/Ship Design, Mechanical/Marine Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Aircraft Engineering/Aeronautical Engineering.

Belonging to the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN) will give you an edge in the selection.


Applicants should possess either a B.Sc, BA, HND or equivalent qualification in: Human Resources Management, Personnel Management, Public Administration.

Being a member of the National Institute of Management and other relevant bodies will be a credit to you.


Applicants can have B.Sc or HND in the following fields:Cartography, Surveying/Geo informatics, Geophysics, Physical Oceanography, Geology.


Applicants should posses Bachelor of Art or Master of Art in Islamic Studies in any of the following: Islamic Studies (Qira’at), Islamic Studies (Hadith), Islamic Studies (Jurisprudence) and Islamic Studies (Theology).


Applicants should posses B.Sc or HND in any of the following fields disciplines: Mass Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Printing Technology, Cinematography, Television Production, Computer Technology (Desktop Publishing).


You must have B.Sc/B.Tech/ B.Eng in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. More attention will be paid to candidates with relevant qualifications in: Website Development and Management, Networking and Network Administration, Programming Multimedia and Software Development, Server and Database Administration, Information and Cyber Security.


Below are the available positions for the medical practitioners with the prerequisite qualifications:

Consultants: Application for this position requires that you must be a fellow of National Postgraduate Medical College or the West Africa College of Physicians or Surgeons. You should also possess current practicing license of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. You must not be more than 40 years as well.

General Doctors/Dental Surgeons: You should have MBBS, MBBCh or its equivalent. You must be fully registered by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, possessing a current practicing license.

Pharmacy: Applicants should have B.Pharm/Doctor Pharmacy degree and full a registration with the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria. You must as well have a current practicing license.

Medical Lab Science: You must have either a BMLS or AIMLS. You must be fully registered with the Medical Laboratory Scientist Council of Nigeria and possess a current practicing license.

Dental Therapist: You must possess HND, Dental Therapy and also posses a current professional practicing license.

Radiographer: You must have a minimum of BSc/HND in Radiography, having the current practicing license.

Physiotherapy: You should have a B. Physiotherapy or BMR (Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation). You must be registered with the Medical Rehabilitation Therapist Registration Board of Nigeria (MRTB) is compulsory applicants under this class. An applicant should also possess a current practicing license.

Optometry: You must be a Doctor of Optometry, who is fully registered as optometrist, dispensing optician by the Optical Council of Nigeria. You should also have a current practicing license.

Medical Records/Health Information Management: You should have a minimum of BSc/HND, with current practicing license.

Dietician: You should have either a B.Sc or HND Dietician/Nutrition and duly registered with Dietetics Council of Nigeria, and having a current practicing license.

Clinical Psychology: To fit this position, you should possess BSc/HND in Clinical Psychology and Applied Psychology.

Biomedical Engineer: Applicant should have BSc/HND in Biomedical Engineering with current practicing license.

Public Health Officer: Applicants must have either BSc/HND in either Environmental Health or Community Health Information and Education. You must also be fully registered with the Environmental Health Officers Registrations Council of Nigeria (EHORCON) and having a current practising licence.

General Nursing/Midwives: You must have B.NSc RN/RM with current practicing license as an applicant.

Hospital Administration: You must have a BSc or HND in Hospital Administration.


Those who fall under this category are those who possess BA/HND in Music. Being proficient in any musical instrument is an added advantage.


Applicants must have BA or HND in Physical & Health Education or Human Kinetics and Health Education. Being proficient in any physical sport will be a bonus to you.


Applicants should have BSc/HND/B Eng in either of the following disciplines: Transport Management, Economics, Business Management, Marketing, Architecture, Catering and Hospitality Management, Civil Engineering, Quantity Survey, Structural Engineering, Estate Surveyor and Valuers and Final Certificate of Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology.


Applicants under this category should posses LLB and BL (Call to Bar Certificate. You must also have at least 3 years post qualification experience).


  1. Candidates applying as combatants ie the Short Service Course (SSC) must have a minimum of 5 credits, of which English and Mathematics must be included in not more than 2 sittings in WASSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB.
  2. You must be between the ages of 18 – 26, except for medical consultants who should not be moe than 40 years old.
  3. You must be single as an applicant.
  4. You must be a Nigerian by birth.
  5. Your height as a male applicant should not be less than 1.70 metres and 1.67 metres for the female folks.
  6. You must be medically and physically fit and be proved by a medical report from a government owned hospital.
  7. You must not have been convicted for any criminal offence by any court of law.
  8. Candidates apply for the DSSC must have completed the NYSC scheme or exempted from it (You must present a certificate of exemption).
  9. You must also have a valid birth certificate endorsed by the National Population Commission, a hospital or Local Government Council of birth. A valid age declaration can also stand in place.
  10. You must have a valid Certificate of State of Origin.
  11. You must also be recommended by at least two recognizable referees who shall attest to the your character and integrity.


The application process of the Nigerian Navy recruitment is done online, via their recruitment portal: the https://www.joinnigeriannavy.com/

  • Enter the website and create an account with your email address and a desired password (The application for 2019 has ended, so you may not be able to access the website fully).
  • Login and fill your valid details in the application fields in the online application form.
  • Submit it and wait for when candidates will be shortlisted.

Following the shortlisting is an aptitude test. During application, you must have filled the State you would want to take the aptitude test. So you will posted to an examination centre for the test. Successful candidates will then be taken after the entire process.


It is good to picture yourself from now occupying one of those ranks in the Nigerian Navy. You cannot be far from it anyway as far as you will the requirements and pass the aptitude test. There Commissioned Officers and Non-commissioned Officers.


  1. Admiral of the Fleet
  2. Admiral
  3. Vice-Admiral
  4. Rear Admiral
  5. Commodore
  6. Captain
  7. Commander
  8. Lieutenant Commander
  9. Lieutenant
  10. Sub-Lieutenant
  11. Acting Sub-Lieutenant
  12. Mid-Shipman


  1. Warrant Chief Petty Officer
  2. Chief Petty Officer
  3. Petty Officer
  4. Leading Rating
  5. Able Rating
  6. Ordinary Rating
  7. Trainee


What is the highest rank?

The highest rank in the Nigeria Navy is the Admiral of the Fleet.

What is the salary of Nigerian Navy Officers?

Admiral: N1,358,595 per month

Vice-Admiral: N1,113,602 per month

Rear Admiral: N1,003,245 per month

Commodore: N615,488 per month

Captain: N309,655 per month

Commander: N281,674 per month

Note; While these salaries stated above may be close to what the Nigeria naval officers earn monthly, they are yet unconfirmed.

Who is the current head?

Presently, the Chief of Naval Staff is Ibok Ekwe Ibas. He was appointed on July 13, 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Does the Navy have Warships?

Yes the Navy have warships. They also have the following in their fleet: 2 amphibious tank landing ships, 1 frigates (inoperable), 2 offshore patrol vessels, 2 corvettes, 2 minesweepes, 9 fast patrol boats, 4 patrol cutters, 4 corvettes and 16 inshore patrol crafts.

Does the Nigerian Navy have submarine?

Nigerian Navy which ranks 83 in the world does not have any submarine. The South African Navy has three submarines and they sank first in Africa.

What are they symbols/insignias of the ranks?

Below is are the symbols/insignia

The symbols/insignia of the different Nigerian Navy ranks

How long is training?

The Navy training lasts about 9 months. Those who are trained in the Nigeria Defence Academy are exempted from this duration.

When does recruitment start?

The application most times open in October and ends in November. Meanwhile, the applicatio of the 2019 has ended. To stay updated, make sure you subscribe to our newsletter. You can always come here for updated info about recruitment.


The Nigerian Navy recruitment is a chance for citizens to join the ranks of the armed forces. Follow all the instructions in the article for a successful application. Unclear about anything? Please ask us under the comment section.