Ranks in the Nigerian Army

Before we go on to talk about the ranks in the Nigerian Army, let’s talk briefly about the Nigerian Military, in one paragraph.

The Nigerian Military, like most of it’s counterparts in the world has three main branches, namely the Nigerian Army (NA), the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and the Nigerian Navy (NN). The Army is an arm of the Nigerian military that is responsible for land warfare. They fight on the land while the Nigerian Air Force takes care of the air, and the Nigerian Navy deals with the combats on (and in) waters.

Ranks in the Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army ranks for commissioned and non-commissioned officers  are as listed below.

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Before we g on to discuss the ranks of the officers of the Nigerian Army and talk about the lowest and highest rank in the Nigerian army, you should know that there are commissioned and non-commissioned officers.

Difference between commissioned and non-commissioned officers

Commissioned officers are the officers that got into the Nigeria Army either through the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) or have finished from the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA). Commissioned officers have official and written responsibilities and also have direct contact with the government. They give government recommendations, do meetings and all that. They are not limited to combat training, they do also have training on intelligence, and worthy of mention, they get more pay than non-commissioned officers.

Non-commissioned officers on the other hand got into the Army through the normal military recruitment process and they are the poster guys. They are the ones that engage in combat, go to wars and special missions. They take instructions and orders from the commissioned officers, which is usually about combat or peace keeping.

Ranks in the Nigerian Army for commissioned officers

The Nigerian Army ranks for commissioned officers in the Nigerian Army, from lower rank to top rank, is listed below:

11. Second Lieutenant

10. Lieutenant

9. Captain

8. Major

7. Lieutenant Colonel

6. Colonel

5. Brigadier General

4. Major General

3. Lieutenant General

2. General

1. Field Marshal

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Nigerian Army Ranks for non-commissioned officers

These are the ranks for non-commissioned officers in the Nigerian Army. From bottom to top, they are listed below:

8. Recruit

7. Private

6. Lance-corporal

5. Corporal

4. Sergeant

3. Staff Sergeant

2. Warrant Officer First Class

1. Master Warrant Officer

Difference between commissioned and non-commissioned officers

You may ask, what is the difference between commissioned and non-commissioned?

Well, commissioned officers are the officers that got into the Nigeria Army either through the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) or have finished from the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA). Commissioned officers have official and written responsibilities and also have direct contact with the government. They give government recommendations, do meetings and all that. They are not limited to combat training, they do also have training on intelligence.

Non-commissioned officers on the other hand got into the Army through the normal military recruitment process and they are the poster guys. They are the ones that engage in combat, go to wars and special missions. They take instructions and orders from the commissioned officers, which is usually about combat or peace keeping.

The commissioned officers get the most pay.

How to Join the Nigerian Army

To join the Nigerian Army, you need to go through some form of recruitment, whether through the regular recruitment, through the Dircet Short Service or by graduating from the Nigerian Defense Academy.

The Army usually publish the recruitment processes and requirement in major newspapers and online media oulets, including their own website whenever recruitment is open.

To get more information as well as for the recruitment, visit the official recruitment portal of the Nigerian Army at https://recruitment.army.mil.ng.

Whether you become a commissioned or non-commissioned depends on how you get into the army. If you get in through the regular recruit intake, you’ll be a non-commissioned officer, but if you get in through direct short service, you’ll be looking at being commissioned.

The minimum requirement for regular recruit intake is SSCE while you need a university degree for direct short service.

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Common Questions

1. What is the highest rank in Nigeria Army?

The highest rank in the Nigerian Army is Field Marshall, but there has never been a Field Marshall.

2. What is the lowest rank in the Nigerian Army?

The lowest rank in the Nigerian Army is the Recruit.

3. What rank is the Chief of Army Staff?

The rank of the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) is chiefly ceremonial and is only appointed by the President.

4. What’s the difference between Private and Recruit?

The difference between a Recruit and Private is that Recruit is still in training while Private has finished training.

Field Marshall is not attainable. General is where every officer ends their active military career. In view of this, General can be said to be the highest ranking officer.

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