Nigerian Military Ranks – Army, Navy and Airforce

Nigerian Military Ranks – The Nigerian Armed Force is what we referring to the Nigerian military Forces. This troop is the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Originating from the elements of the Royal West African Frontier Force that became Nigerian when independence was granted in 1960.

The Nigeria Regiment of the Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) was renamed to Nigerian Military Forces, RWAFF In 1956 and the colonial government of Nigeria took over from the British War control of the Nigerian Military forces in April 1958 and since then, the Nigerian military has fought in a civil war.

Nigerian Military Ranks

The military is best known for its high discipline value and as such, it has manipulated its way to live above the social problems surrounding the civil sector. It is good for you to know more about the Nigerian military because it will help you to be highly patriotic and understands the military sector better.

Roles of the Nigerian Military Forces

The following are the core duties of the Nigerian Military Forces;

  1. The Nigerian military force has to be defending Nigerians from external aggression;
  2. They have to Maintain Nigeria territorial integrity and secure its borders from violation on land, sea, or air;
  3. Suppress insurrection and act in aid of civil authorities to restore order when called upon to do so by the President but subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly and
  4. Perform other functions as may be prescribed by an act of the National Assembly.

Tiers of Nigerian Military and their Rankings

The Nigerian Military is made of three main tiers which are;

  • Nigerian Air force
  • Nigerian Navy
  • Nigerian Army

NOTE: There is an earlier rooted ranking order in the Nigerian Military force rankings except in Nigeria Police Force (NPF)where ranks and ranking are significant. This ranking order is that officers in the Nigerian armed forces are split into two categorize which is the commissioned and non-commissioned officers.

Being a commissioned officer means that the person is in senior ranks while the junior officers of low ranks are said to be a non-commissioned officer.

Nigerian Air Force Ranking

The air force begins as a transport unit with aircrew being trained in Canada, Ethiopia and Pakistan. The combat capability of the air force was not sufficient until a number of MiG-17 aircraft were presented by the Soviet Union in 1966.

This particular arm force was officially established in January 1964 having its technical assistant from West Germany. In 2007 the Air Force had a strength of 10,000. It flies transport, trainer, helicopter, and fighter aircraft.

The Air Force sponsors the Air Force Military School, Jos, Nigeria and the Air Force Institute of Technology.


Just like the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Navy,
The ranks in the Nigerian Airforce is also based on two categories: the commissioned officers and the non commissioned officers.

Nigerian Airforce Ranks for Commissioned Officers

The Nigerian Airforce commissioned officers is made up of 11 ranks which are:

  • Marshal of the Nigerian Airforce.
  • Air Chief Marshal
  • Air Marshal
  • Air Vice Marshal
  • Air Commodore
  • Group Captain
  • Wing Commander
  • Squadron Leader
  • Flight Lieutenant
  • Flying Officer
  • Pilot Officer

Nigerian Airforce Ranks for Non-commissioned Officers

The Nigerian Airforce non-commissioned officers is made up of 9 ranks which are:

  • Air Warrant Officer
  • Master Warrant Officer
  • Warrant Officer
  • Flight Sergeant
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Lance Corporal
  • Aircraftman
  • Recruit

Nigerian Navy

I may say that this force is the sea lord. The Nigerian Navy (NN) is the sea branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces. Present, the command structure of the Nigerian Navy is made up of the Naval Headquarters in Abuja, three operational commands with headquarters in Lagos, Calabar, and Bayelsa.

The Nigerian Navy (NN) Training command’s headquarters are located in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria, but with training, facilities spread all over Nigeria.

The Nigerian Navy has five operational bases, five forward operational bases (with two more soon to come on stream), two dockyards located in Lagos and Port Harcourt and two fleets based in Lagos and Calabar.

The Nigerian Navy Ranks

Nigerian Navy Ranks for Commissioned Officers

The Nigerian navy commissioned officers is made up of 12 ranks which are:

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

Navy Ranking for Non-Commissioned Officers

The Nigerian navy non-commissioned officers is made up of 7 ranks which are:

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

Nigerian Army

This is the land the largest among all the arm forces in Nigeria that are basically operating on land. The major formations of the Nigerian Army include the 1st Division, the 2nd Division, the 3rd Armoured Division, 81st Division, 82nd Division, and newly formed 8th, 7th and 6th, Divisions.

Nigerian Army Ranks

Nigerian Army Ranks for Commissioned Officers

The Nigerian Army commissioned officers is made up of 11 ranks which are:

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

Nigerian Army Ranking for Non-Commissioned Officers

The Nigerian army non-commissioned officers is made up of 8 ranks which are:

  1. Warrant Officer Class I
  2. Warrant Officer Class II
  3. Staff Sergeant
  4. Sergeant
  5. Corporal
  6. Lance-corporal
  7. Private
  8. Recruit

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  1. Hello, please I would like to join the NAF with my B.Eng. I am still a serving corps member please how do I go about it. would sincerely appreciate a quick response.

    1. Am still hoping to myself in any of the Nigeria Army Force. I have under go many of this Army Force’s recuritment before. It is not easy to be, except God is with you through out.

    2. Am still hoping to see myself in any of this Nigeria Army Force. I have under go many of the Army Force’s recuritment excercise before now. It is not easy to be called up, except God is with you through out the process.

    3. Sir please i wish to be part of the Nigerian Air Force, but it’s like age is a barrier for me, cos am above 24. Pls advice me is there any other position for people with Thanks

      1. Mary The air force recruitment is currently ongoing for DSSC and the age limit is 22 to 35 I know you are within The range so go can go ahead and apply through their website

    4. The Nigerian Air Force is a sweet service and promises a fulfilling career@Okonkwo Mary. You can apply through the Direct Short Service Commission for graduates with Nysc discharge certificates or Nysc Exemption Certificate. The age range is between 22 and 35 years. Hence, you are good to go.
      DSSC forms will be on sales from March 2nd, 2016.
      All the best.

    5. excuse me all member of this group, i’m Hariru Haruna i wish to be come nigerian air force in order to protec my religion and my country my allah help me ameeeeeeeeen & also muslims help me wiz the pray thank u

    6. Nigeria army pride herself as the best land army in Africa during the rein of Abacha. Hope to see that clamour again in the Nigeria arm force amen long live our heroic men of the Nigeria arm forces and our fallen heros

    7. I belong to the air
      I am very passionate to be part of the change Nigeria needs, for those of you who want to contribute to our motherland, let give it all we can
      My dream to join the military is booting can’t wait to belong to the air.
      Strive to excel

    8. if God says YES no idiot can pronunce no, pls God say yes for me dis turn @ nigeria airforce, i love it n my parent ar in support, let ur angels guide, protect n help me to be one of de successful candidate in jesus name Amen

    9. Oh my God .iam looking a help from you[GOD] and any person pointed by God can do that for me to join the nigerian airforce ,it is my best job draems in life please God answer my prayer AMEN.

    10. sir i realy need your help to join the Nigerian airforce and i promise to serve Nigeria with the best in me, wish all of us the best, may God help us all

    11. Adejoh mathew my god help me this year for me to be come nevy sir make na help me i did not have the person that will help me this is my number 08166201996 i will be gland if u people help me

    12. to b a naval staff av been my dream since childhood, education first dat was what I said to myself, now av gotten d certificate HND wit a lower credit only to know dat Nigerian Navy dnt accept lower credit. someone should please advice me…on what to do


    14. I lov being a navy seing a naval officer,in fact i lov them with passion.but this i know god wil help any one that needs god help,remember heaven help does who help them selfs,faith without work is death,may god help us all amen.


    16. am ready to kill and to save my country Nigeria my fathers land i really love dis job course i want to belong and have been processing for it may God help me out

    17. Air force DSS loading……… lord unto your able hands I soaked my self and my CV ,go first to answer for me while I come for the crown amen

    18. The Nigeria air force is currently recruiting for DSSC bsc holder so you can avail yourself this opportunity and the age range is between 22 to 35 yrs so you are good to go

    19. Well I’ve seen the ranking system for all the tree branches of the military, and I found all of them interesting, and I’ve cherished the ambition of bing a military man right from my childhood, am not specifying either Air force, Navy or Army but any one GOD chooses for me will be very OK by me because I gave him the choice of making all decisions in my life. My only prayers now is this; O ALLAH you know what exactly will feet me, so pls make a choice for me in one of these branches of the military. All I want is to be a military man..

    20. My people i love any one of 3 nigerian forces land army,nevy and but iam too short becouse my hight is 1.60 so i am pray to all my brother My Allah bles u an give u sucess 4 wht u seek i love u all and god bless my greatest country NIGERIA

    21. I’M BASHEER: i apply for ‘NAF’ nigeria airforce this year of joy nd i’m prepere 4 the screening test, so 5rndz i need ur help abt the situation may ALLAH (SWA) help us to succed wit our test… can i ear u said AMEEN

    22. May the Lord God Almighty continue to keep the soldiers of nigerian govt to tackle the security challenges confronting our Golden Nation in JESUS Name!!!

    23. I have heaps of hope about joining Nigeria airforce. God help me abeg. I love airforce i want to work for this great team one love keep us together, God bless Nigeria my country

    24. joint Nigerian air force is not easy but may Allah make it easy 4 those HV good intention 2 save our country in ds critical condition ameeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen

    25. Eva sinz i was born my tout,my dream nd hoped has been 2 wear d NAF uniform.2 fight 4 my country nigeria,protect life nd property.i wish my dream com’s true dis yre.FENK U SIR.

    26. Le kwem le naija airforce…itz a do or die affair 4me …am chasing dem all noth navy,air force ,army .i must catch one ..jst hope i catch airforce itz dy best…GOODLUCK too my Fellow ..recruites

    27. With the things i see, both physical and on television, military with their uniform, guns and tanks goose bums always shook me with the zeal i hv in joinin the force is overwhelmin….my questions please, sm1 studying engineering cn he/she still apply or gt the form? Please if yes let me knw via 08129281470 thanx

    28. navy is my world ,God in heaven i pray for you to give me the grace in joining the NN, “onward together is in vain right from the day of my birth.

    29. God see us through as we are preparing for NDA Exams and screening/interview, lord is our hope in u and u alone we trust and have faith in, fellow Nigerian we need ur prayers and support. God bless u all, Nigerian armed forces and God bless the Republic of Nigeria.

    30. I am Ogbonna David Chukwudi, my endurance limit is very Elastic, i am in for Air Force, i am glad i will pass through the processes involved , so help me God. I salute all my Superior……………………

    31. If you are with God he too will be with you all the times,i thank God for the good step takeing sofar,and i am expecting more of he’s goodness for he is the only one i have.(AMEN).

    32. nobody wish him self bad when it come to chalenge, nigerian airforce want to chalenge us, dont lament resist to it for he who wish himsalfe good shall surely see god amen success is about to knock the door of all nigerian airfce aplicant amen n amen

    33. The millitary i know then was an easy organisation 2 join bt now people pay money all in the name of joining the millitary . Some body we say de chief of air marshal is my this thi one is my that the question is what if you don’t have any body? The millitary is a sacrificial job is nt a place were feasting and drinking is allowed due to its nature bt corruption has eaten deep in to our system . I pray may God protect our gallant soldiers who are always on their feet to protect our country Nigeria in Jesus name…….Amen.

    34. I want to follow to serve my country in a bigger way.. But how can I actualize this when I have nobody in the apex to slot me in… Please answer.. How?

    35. Comment Text I am surprised of what just happened on 23 04 2016 as we come to exam, officers begin to call names of people that will sit for the exam and my question is ; as i was screened on 13 04 2016 am i not suppose to writ the exam. and one thing that pains me is that I had my name for script and did not allow me to collect it please I am referring to air force, since then am not with myself. because I really want to serve my country

    36. Allah (God) is my strength, what God can do for me No man can. Sure 2016 is my year of success and I shall stand to defend my country when am blessed to be a ‘Flight Lieutenant’. Ameen
      I pray that our hope n wishes come to reality by His grace, Ameen ya Allah.

    37. My name is mohammed shehu sule this year join the nigerian army force firt ateam 75 intake god bless all one bullet can no kill the galant army smoko smoko if no smoko then no go fear you

    38. NAF here i come, Nigeria i hail thee, urs i am, u i shall serve, defend & protect @ all cost. I have no godfather but Godasmyfather. Im unstoppable. No amt of corruption or manipulation will stop me from being seldcted. He who God has set on high, no man can bring him down! Im chosen!!!

    39. Comment Text*I hope u ar hear me and listing to me my dear people Nigerian may be can’t never change bcoz the many people in Nigeria there is a corruption and injustices if u ar a poor man is very herdly to archive ur ambition, I apply Nigerian army 2 times I disqualified and 2016 I apply 2 Nigerian air force again disqualified to me bcos I don’t have a god father may Allh help me and archive my ambition ineed 2 a soldiers

    40. am akinwale michael from asun state i have apply for 75 instake of army recruitment all what i need is assistant because am having alot of interest in joining nigeria army force

    41. My names are Okunade Oladele Samson, I hail from Ora- Ekiti in Ido/osi LGA of Ekiti State, I applied for the on going 2016/2017 SSC Nigeria Army recruitment exercise, Dear brothers, I look up unto God and you for any possible assistant, my Application NO is SSC/2016/19414, love to serve my dear country, God bless you all, God bless Nigeria.

    42. a child who see an ocean and want to jump into it should know that he is taking a risk of two alternative( life or death).God help me to make it next year Amen

    43. Comment Text*god bless Nigeria all my request from god is to help me out to be one of nigeria army please people who are with help me pray on to god to make me one of nigeria army thanks.

    44. Comment Text* may GOD bless nigeria my nation and may GOD shotlist my name in nigerian navy because i want to serve my fathersland (my country Nigeria) through nigerian navy i love you all thanks ONWARD TOGETHER.

    45. Comment Text*may God almighty bless all nigerian military including the army. and may God help me gain admission into nigerian defence academy. thank u all, thank u nigeria. l love my country

    46. I strongly believe God is going to do it this time (2016) for me, I refused to be discouraged by what people say or think about this MILITARY. I love Nigerian Military, GOD Bless Nigeria, GOD Bless Nigeria Military one LOVE.

    47. My name is Basit Arogundade am willing too join d Nigeria Army force coz i want too serve my father land nd i wish too help does who need my help, am praying too Almighty Allah too mke me pass d hard way

    48. Comment Text*plz the person that registered my recruit form made a mistake and wrote tradesmen in my form instead of non-tradesmen, please sir what can I do?

    49. I will look upon the hills… From whence comet my help
      My help comet from the Lord… Who created the heavens and the earth

      Onward I go… Marching to victory
      Lines are falling on me in pleasant places
      Nobody dares to say no when the Mighty Godfather and Helper says YES!
      Remember the name Osas Ibie Lewis and I shall be selected and chosen because the Almighty has chosen me…


    50. If u rely want to join d military is very simple. D first thing is to acknowledge ur creator(God) with God all things are possible. If u are looking on to man claiming that u are looking onto God u are not qualified for His help (deceive urself). U have two eyes can u used one of d eye to look up and second eye to look down. God can never put you to shame. Paslm34:5 Paslm 145:9-11 Luke1:37 John 15:5 Mark 11:24 etc. Repentance God does not listen to a pray of sinner John9:31 Paslm 66:18 Isaiah 59:1-2 etc please contact on

    51. i pray someday i will serve my father land at the level of a military personnel, currently i enrolled for the ongoing Dssc, i pray God grants me success. please i wish to know if there is any way i can get the paste question to enable prepare properly for the exams

    52. my nam
      e is Garuba Abdulwaheed Onigbari every time when I woke up in bed I’m beg my God because I want become one of those arm forces I known God will answer our prayers one day Amen

    53. Olodo liar airforce low officer are receiving 500,000 while high officer are receiving 2.5 million naira that is while enough space of land in the country without build liar, theif you are with buhari


    55. nothing is as sweet as been a military personnel bt Allah knows best. and may he help me and my family member throigh. all I want to know is when is Nigerian airforce screening starting for those who there came out in the shortlist

      1. Ameen, may Allah help us. I too also want to join the military through NDA but wasn’t shortlisted this year but Allah knows best. May Almighty Allah grant us our heart desire. Ameen

    56. May god bless the nigeria forces
      They fight to live and they fight to kill
      Living without the forces is like living without a life
      May god bless us all as I join the military next year

    57. Being a military officer is a pride. I have been trying my best to join the NAF for a while but couldn’t make it. I wish if i could have a good samaritan to help me this time. I am combatant, ruggate and good to go.

    58. I give salute to nigerian soldiers who have been given us protection and i also that God will guide and protect u for us and I also pray that God will help me in making it into Nigerian army by next year(so help me God)

      1. You want too join the Naf youngman what is your genotype and blood group,all this matter’s for joining the NA.anymore question’s reach me on my facebook page Brig johson olawumi


  3. I pray God will help me into the nigeria navy and i will get to the highest rank in commissioned officer and i will make sure i serve very well through out my service. So help me God. AMEN

  4. I pray God will help me into the nigeria navy and i will get to the highest rank in commissioned officer and i will make sure i serve very well through out my service. So help me God. AMEN

    says Septembe23 2017:10am. I like to become a Nigeria air force and I don't have anybody to assist me, but I believe that with God all things are possible so help me God Amen.

  6. I pray let God help me achieve my plan and make my 'dream come true' to be one of the Greatest Prominent Nigerian Airforce Man IJN Amen!!!. I love airforce

  7. What is the criteria for joining either Army, Air Force or Navy? I have Bachelor's in Chemical Pathology and Master's in Forensic Science. Can anyone advice please? Should I go through DSS or get a recruitment form?

  8. I want to join Nigeria air force, please how can, I need a help, some friends are telling me to give the money for de to help me, is dat right??? Should I give de money? Please I need help.

  9. I'm Alubankudi Gbolahan Yusuf. Professional in Mechanical Engineering. I really liked ARMY if you could grant me wish, with God I would do my best to support Nigeria. My greetings to all.

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