In this step-by-step guide, I will show you how to join Nigerian Air Force. See the eligibility and application procedure here.
There are two professions that I admire a lot, they are the armed forces and pilots, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. For those that have a passion for both and are interested in serving in the Nigerian Air Force, this article should guide you to know what it entails to join Nigerian Air Force.
The Nigerian Air Force is an arm of the Nigerian Armed Forces, it is charged with the responsibility of defending Nigeria by air and protecting the Nigerian air space. It is one of the largest in Africa, consisting of about 10,000 personnel. The Nigerian Air Force has a fleet of aircrafts that includes twelve Chinese Chengdu F-7s, eleven Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jets , armed helicopters, and military transport aircraft.
The recruitment process and requirements of the Nigerian Air Force is similar to that of other arms of the Armed Forces, but it does not have the Short Service Commission (SSC). There are different opportunities for different people with different levels of qualifications to be able to serve in the Air Force. Graduates of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), by default, can join the Air Force and they will be given the rank of Pilot Officer.
The Nigerian Air Force conducts a Basic Military Training Course (BMTC) periodically, to recruit personnel as airmen/airwomen, which is the lowest rank in the Air Force. To be eligible for recruitment into this category you need to have the following qualifications:
For those that want to apply as Non-Tradesmen/Women:
While for those that want to apply as Tradesmen/Women:
There is also the opportunity of being recruited into the Air Force via the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC). This category is open to applicants that have academic qualifications of HND and higher. The DSSC is an intensive military training designed for professionals from various disciplines needed in the different arms of the armed forces at any particular time to serve as officers in the non combat services of the armed forces. In the Air Force officers recruited via this category will assume the rank of Flying Officer after completing the training. Recruitment into the DSSC is usually on the basis of vacancies that become available in the different disciplines needed at any particular time.
For one to be eligible for recruitment in this category, you need to have the following qualifications:
Other general requirements and qualifications needed for you to be eligible for recruitment into the Nigerian Air Force includes the following:
You will also be required to present the following documents if you are shortlisted for the zonal recruitment test:
It’s important to note that any of those that applied for the recruitment test that is suspected to have impersonated or may have submitted any document(s) that is false shall be disqualified, and will not be allowed to take part in the selection exercise. Also, any false declaration detected later may lead to withdrawal from training. Such persons may be handed over to the Police for prosecution.
Interested and eligible persons that want to apply for recruitment into the Air Force can do so on their portal www.careers.nigerianairforce.gov.ng, whenever they are recruiting. After completing your application you will be presented with some documents that you will need to download and fill, such as your Local Government Attestation Form, Parents/Guardian Consent Form and Acknowledgement Form. Imperatively, you will need to be frequenting the website of the Nigerian Air Force, which is www.airforce.mil.ng, to be informed on whenever they will be conducting their recruitment processes.
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