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The Nigerian military is top rated in Africa. They have made tremendous landmark achievements especially in the areas of peace keeping and fighting terrorism. Being a soldier, especially a Nigerian soldier, is a profession anyone cannot take.

It is however for those who have the burning desire to save the lives and properties of his fellow countrymen; and not for those who take pride in the respect accorded to Nigerian soldiers. It is not for those who take money as priority. Nonetheless, the Nigerian soldiers receive good pay and great allowances.


Annually, the Nigerian Army receives tons of application candidates interested to join the army. But at the end, only the fit survive.

You must be fit not just in the physical, but in all other areas. Here are the requirements you must meet to be considered for the Nigerian Army:

Requirements for the Direct Short Service Commission:

  • You must be a Nigerian as it was defined in the Nigeria constitution.
  • You must be a male or female applicant who is from 20 years above and not more than 32 years. Medical consultants could be allowed up to 40 years.
  • You must be physically, mentally and medically fit as stipulated by the Nigerian Army standards.
  • 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 are required to submit an attestation letter from your former institution.
  • You must be up to 1.68 meter for males and 1.65 meters for females.
  • You must have a clear criminal record as you must not have been convicted by any court of law.
  • You must have a certificate of birth properly endorsed by the National Population Commission.
  • You must also have a certificate of state of origin
  • There must not be any tattoo or any sort of body inscription on you.
  • Belonging to any secret cult or society will earn you outright disqualification
  • Your home address and contact of your parents and guardians including your next of kin must be clearly stated.
  • You must possess at least a degree of not lower than second class lower division or HND, lower credit from a recognized tertiary institution.
  • Your NYSC discharge certificate or valid exemption certificate must be presented.
  • Only tertiary institution certificates obtained from 2010 and above will be accepted.
  • Copies of your academic certificates from Primary to the Tertiary level must be presented.

Requirements for the Short Service Commission:

The requirements stated above for DSSC is the same for the SSC except for the following variations:

  • You must be an applicant whose age is between 23 and 28 at the time of application.
  • The only accepted tertiary institution certificates obtained from 2014 and above will be accepted.


It is only when you apply that you can have a chance. Your dream of becoming a soldier cannot just come.

The steps to applying for either the DSSC or SSC in the Nigerian army differ in only one step. The application is done online too on the Nigerian Army recruitment portal: www.nigerianarmyms.ng

  • First, log on to the recruitment portal to create your application account
  • Select from the Home Page either SSC or DSSC (depending on the one you want).
  • Then click on “Register”. A verification email also bearing your login details will be forwarded to your mail.
  • Open the message sent to your mail and click on “Login”
  • Complete the application form by filling in valid information about you.
  • Upload the necessary documents: Passport Photograph, Academic Certificates, Certificate of State of Origin, certificate of membership to professional bode(s), birth certificate or age declaration.
  • Get your printouts after a successful application, ready for screening. The first page of your printout should be signed by a Registrar at the court of law while the second page will be signed by your LGA chairman or any of the officers as stated in the requirements above.

NOTE: The entire application is free, except for the service charge you will pay at the business center you made your application or the data you buy for yourself.

Information regarding your screening/interview will also be passed across to you via your mail and phone. Make sure your email is active.


When will the Nigeria Army Recruitment Start?

Annually, the Nigerian Army opens their recruitment portal for both DSSC and SSC in between August and September. Therefore, the 2019 Nigerian Army recruitment is over. To stay updated with updates about the recruitment, do sign up to this website and you will not miss any bit.

What is the highest rank in the Nigerian army?

The highest rank in the Nigerian army is the Field Marshal. Other ranks follow suit. The Nigerian army ranks are:

For the Commissioned Officers:

  1. Field Marshal
  2. General
  3. Lieutenant General
  4. Major General
  5. Brigadier General
  6. Colonel
  7. Lieutenant Colonel
  8. Colonel
  9. Major
  10. Captain
  11. Lieutenant
  12. Second Lieutenant

For the Non-commissioned Officers:

  1. Master Warrant Officer
  2. Warrant Officer
  3. Staff Sergeant
  4. Sergeant
  5. Corporal
  6. Lance Corporal
  7. Private

What are the salaries of the Nigerian Army Officers?

  • General is paid N1,500.000
  • Lieutenant General is paid N1,000,000
  • Major General is paid N950,000
  • Brigadier General is paid N750,000
  • Colonel is paid N550,000
  • Lieutenant Colonel is paid N350,000
  • Major is paid N300,000
  • Captain is paid N220,000
  • Lieutenant is paid N180,000
  • Second Lieutenant is paid N120,000
  • Warrant Officer Class 1 is paid N90,000
  • Warrant Officer Class 2 is paid N80,000
  • Staff Sergeant is paid N68,000
  • Sergeant is paid N63,000
  • Corporal is N58,000
  • Lance Corporal is paid N55,000
  • Private is paid N49,000

NOTE: The above list of Nigerian Army salaries remain unconfirmed. So be informed as the list may be a mere estimate.

From the above, you can see that the lowest rank in the Nigerian Army (Commissioned Officers) is the Second Lieutenant.

What is the difference between the DSSC and the SSC?

Well, these commissions are both open for graduates to apply. But the primary difference between the DSSC and SSC is that the DSSC is for those who want to serve professional positions in the military like medical specialists other professions, whereas the SSC applicants are deployed into the Artillery or Infantry and other combatant units when they complete their one-year training. The SSC is for young and vibrant youths who can deliver more, physically, yet intellectually.

How long is the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC)?

The tenure for the Direct Short Service Commission is 8 years, after which you can renew it up to 7 years making it a total of 15 years. You can also convert to the Direct Regular Commission after that; though that is not usually easy.

Who is the highest ranking officer in the Nigerian Army?

The highest ranking officer in the Nigerian Army is the Chief of Army Staff which currently is Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai

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