Nigerian Army Recruitment 2021: Application Form Portal, Requirements and Guide

Army Recruitment 2021 Guide – See all the information you need about Nigerian Army recruitment 2021. Here you will see the official Nigerian Army recruitment portal, application requirements, and a step-by-step guide on how to apply.

Are you one of those military obsessed young Nigerians who is in love with the Nigeria Army and always on the lookout for the military recruitment exercise? You are not alone as there are many young Nigerians like you who keep asking about the requirements when is the recruitment into the Nigerian army coming up? These questions and many more like career overview of the Nigerian Army, ranks, salary structure, application guide, and success tips for the application process are covered in detail in this post.

About The Nigerian Army

Nigerian Army Recruitment 2021: Application Form Portal, Requirements and Guide

The Nigerian Army is undisputedly the largest military organization in the country and of course Africa. It is a part of the Nigerian Armed Forces established in 1956 from the Royal West African Frontier Force by the British Colonial Government. Nigerian Army became fully Nigerianised after independence in 1960.

The statutory roles and responsibilities of the Nigerian Army are outlined in section 112 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). Its primary responsibility is the defence of the country’s land territory against internal and external aggression. Other roles of the Nigerian military include land warfare. The Nigerian Army’s motto is ‘Victory is From God Alone’. The Nigerian Army exists under the Ministry of Defence and is headed by the Chief of Army Staff, COAS who is answerable to the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. The current COAS is Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai.

See Also: How to Join The Nigerian Army

Administrative Structure of the Nigerian Army                           

The Nigerian Army operates under many departments, Directorates and Formations. It is through these departments that the 3Cs of the military suffice i.e. Command, Communication and Control. Through it commands are issued, communications passed, control coordinated, and discipline maintained and cohesion achieved in the Nigerian army. The departments of the Nigerian Army include: Department of Army Administration, Department of Policy and Planning, Department of Army Training and Operation, Department of Army Logistics, Department of Civil Military Affairs, Welfare Limited/Guarantee and Army Transformation and Innovation Centre.

The Nigerian Army also has the Directorate of Army Public Relations which handles the public image of the Nigerian military force. Nigerian Army is also structured under about 8 Divisions among which are 1 – 3 Divisions headquartered in Kaduna, Ibadan and Jos respectively. Others are 81st Division (Amphibious) headquartered in Lagos, 82nd Division (Airborne and Amphibious) headquartered in Enugu, 6th Division (Amphibious) headquartered in Port Harcourt, 7th Division, otherwise known as (JTF – RO) headquartered in Maiduguri and finally 8th Division in Sokoto plus the Guard Brigade in Abuja. The Nigerian Army also has 14 locations around the country which cannot be listed here because of space.

Career Overview in the Nigerian Army

Officers in the Nigerian Army are in different category. There are Commissioned Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers. Also recruitment into the force is either through the Direct Short service or Short Service or recruitment.

Different Between Direct Short Service, Short Service and Recruits

Direct Short Service Commission: made up of people who have graduated from conventional tertiary institutions such as Universities and Polytechnics with B.Sc. and HND degrees. They become Commissioned officers after their Training which is not combat focus as they are posted to the officer corps and units such as administration, finance, band, legal services etc. They are instantly given the ranks of Lieutenant after induction into the Army.

Short Service Commission: officers in this category are also graduates from tertiary institutions who are trained for combat in the Nigerian Army. Unlike officers in the Direct Short Service Commission, they are posted to battle front after training.

NDA Cadets: the Nigeria Defence Academy Graduates are trained as officer cadets and commissioned after five years of intense military and combatant course into the Officers Corps with ranks of 2nd Lieutenants

Recruits: they are the rank and file soldiers also known as constabulary in military terms trained mainly for combat or to be used in war times.

After training the officers in the various categories are posted to different departments, units, command, formations, divisions of the Nigerian Army according to their disciplines and specialties. They are also deployed for international engagements namely: ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG), UN Peacekeeping Forces etc. and many other national operations like MESA, Operation Crocodile Smiles etc. and land border patrol.

Nigerian Army Ranks

Ranks in the Nigerian Army starts from Field Marshall at the top and ends with the 2nd Lieutenant for the Commissioned Officers Cadet and from Master Warrant Officer to recruit for the Non-Commissioned Officers.

See full: Nigerian Army Ranks And Symbols

They are as follows

Ranks for the Commissioned Officers:

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

Ranks Non-Commissioned Officers

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

See Also: Nigerian Navy Recruitment

Nigerian Army Salary Structure

  • General                           N1.500,000
  • Lieutenant General       N1,000,000
  • Maj. Gen.                         N 950,000
  • Brigadier General           N 750,000
  • Colonel                             N 550,000
  • Lt. Col.                               N 350,000
  • Major                                N300,000
  • Captain                             N 220,000
  • Lieutenant                        N 180,000
  • Second Lieutenant          N 120,000
  • Master Warrant Officer  N 90,000
  • Staff Sergeant                   N 68,000
  • Sergeant                            N 63,000
  • CORPORAL                        N 58,000
  • Recruit                               N 48,000

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Nigerian Army Recruitment Requirements

Applicants must:

a)Be Nigerian citizen by birth

b)Have National Identification Number, NIN

c)Be medically fit and mentally sound

d)Be free of any criminal conviction

e)Obtain at least 4 credits (4) in WASSE/NECO, GCE or NABTEB in not more than 2 sittings

f)Be within the ages of 18 – 22 0r 28 – 35 for Tradesmen

g)Be of at least 1.68m height or 1.63m for female

h)Possess a Test/Guild certificate for the Tradesmen

i)Be fluent in at least one Nigerian Language apart from mother tongue

j)Adhere to Covid-19 protocol

k)Present BVN printout

See Also: Nigeria Police Recruitment

How to Apply – Nigerian Army Recruitment Process

The recruitment process of the Nigerian Army starts with the registration which involves the following steps:

  1.             Logon to the Army recruitment portal at www.
  2.             Have a functional email address and phone number

      iii.            Fill the application form completely and print a copy

  1.             Print out and complete the Guarantor form
  2.             Note that all screening takes place at candidates states of origin

Tips to succeed in the Application Process for Nigerian Army

  1.             Follow instruction
  2.             Apply within stipulated time i.e. 23 November to 6 December for 2020

    III.            Be among the first hundred applicants.

  1.             Avoid multiple application

The above article has covered everything you need to know about the Nigerian Army recruitment process, requirements for qualification, application guide and tips to help you succeed in the entire application exercise. Although the recruitment portal of the Nigerian Army is not currently open, we promise to keep you updated as soon as it does.

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Samuel Udo

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