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.
Perhaps you are this individual who has great love for the Nigerian army, because you want to serve your father land and spare your life in the protection of other people’s lives, this post is for. You will learn in this article about the Nigerian army, how to apply for the Nigerian Army recruitment and the application requirements for both SSC (Short Service Commission) and DSSC (Direct Short Service Course).
You will also learn the ranks of the Nigerian Army officers and their salaries. At the end, we will answer some important questions about the Nigerian Army recruitment and the Nigerian Army in general. So let us pull through this together!
ABOUT THE NIGERIAN ARMY
It is important you understand some things about the Nigerian army before you proceed with the application. You would not want to be chaff which would be easily blown off by any little exertion; would you? I doubt your answer is “Yes” (smiles).
So, the Nigerian Army is one out of the three Nigerian Armed Forces, to which the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Navy belong. It is however the largest component of the Nigerian Armed Forces. As land soldiers, they take the responsibility of land warfare operations. The Nigerian Army was founded in 1960 and according to a 2016 record the size of the Nigerian Army is 200,000.
The Nigeria Army is functionally structured thus:
- The Combat Arms which include the Infantry and the Armored.
- The Combat Support arm which include the Engineers, Artillery and Signals
- The Combat Support Services which include the Medical, Ordinance, Supply and Transport and the Finance.
- The Military Police
- The Public Relations
- The Intelligence
- The Physical Training
- The Chaplains
- The Band
The Nigerian Army is governed by the Nigerian Army Council (NAC), with the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the Grand Commander (Commander in Chief) followed by the Chief of Army Staff.
The Nigeria Army has the following Divisions across the federation:
- 1st Division in Kaduna
- 2nd Division in Ibadan
- 3rd Division in Jos
- 6th Amphibious Division in Port Harcourt
- 7th Infantry Division in Maiduguri
- 8th Division in Sokoto
- 81st Amphibious Division in Lagos
- 82nd Airborne and Amphibious Division in Enugu
The Training and Doctrine Command in Minna, Niger State.
With this prior knowledge about the Nigerian Army, we can now go further to the Nigerian Army recruitment proper.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NIGERIAN ARMY RECRUITMENT
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:
Requirements for the Short Service Commission:
The requirements stated above for DSSC is the same for the SSC except for the following variations:
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE NIGERIA ARMY RECRUITMENT
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
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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:
- Field Marshal
- Lieutenant General
- Major General
- Brigadier General
- Lieutenant Colonel
- Second Lieutenant
For the Non-commissioned Officers:
- Master Warrant Officer
- Warrant Officer
- Staff Sergeant
- Lance Corporal
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
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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