How to join the Nigerian Army & Navy As A Graduate: Application Requirements, Website & How to Apply

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Nigerian Army & Navy Recruitment Requirements, Website & How to Apply

The Nigerian Army is the biggest of the three arms of the Nigerian Armed Forces. It was established mainly to secure the borders of Nigeria and engage in land combat operations when there is need. The Nigerian Navy on the other hand is the arm responsible for securing the marine borders of Nigeria and engaging in combat operations by sea. Both arms of the armed forces recruit personnel in both commissioned and non-commissioned cadres every year to ensure they are never short of personnel.

Officers are commissioned from two sources, either regular course from the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) or through Direct Short Service Commission through which graduates of conventional Nigerian universities get recruited into the officer cadre of the armed forces. In this article, we will discuss how graduates of conventional Nigerian universities gain employment into the Nigerian Army and Navy.

How to join Nigerian Army as a graduate

Graduates of conventional universities in Nigeria join the Army through the Direct Short Service. This is done through purchase of forms online and registration after which exams are administered in form of aptitude test. After that, shortlisted candidates are invited for screening which involves test of physical fitness, mental and other forms of health to make sure the prospective officers are completely sound. Serving military personnel can also apply for this form of recruitment provided they were sponsored by the Nigerian Army to a conventional University.

Requirements for joining the Army

In order to be considered for Direct Short Service recruitment, you must meet the following conditions:

  1. You must be a Nigerian citizen by birth: This is a basic requirement as stipulated by the Law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is the number one requirement before anything else.
  2. You must not be younger than 22 and not older than 35 years of age except for those coming in as medical consultants who can be up to 40 years old.
  3. You must be physically, medically and mental fit. You must present a medical certificate from a recognized government hospital as evidence of your health before you will be qualified to apply.
  4. You must present attestation letter from at least two prominent persons in the society such as a top military personnel of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or higher. The secretary or chairman of your local government of origin may also write the attestation as evidence of good character as an applicant. Such persons must be from your state of origin and they must attach their passport photographs to the letter of attestation.
  5. You will also need to provide a letter of recommendation from the university or universities you attended and whose certificates you are using to apply.
  6. You must be at least 1.68 metres as a male or 1.65 metres as a tall as a female to be considered for the Direct Short Service recruitment.
  7. You must not have any criminal record such as being convicted of a criminal offence by a court of competent jurisdiction or subjected to military discipline. If you are serving in the army, your commanding officer has to write an attestation to confirm this
  8. You must have at least a second class lower degree or lower credit from a recognized polytechnic.
  9. You must have a certificate of birth that has the endorsement of National Population Commission, Your Local Government Council or any recognized hospital. You may provide an affidavit or declaration of age from a recognized Court of Law confirming your date of birth if you lost the birth certificate or your birth was not registered.
  10. You are also expected to present a certificate of origin from your State.
  11. You must also tender your certificate of National Youth Service or letter of Exemption.
  12. If you are registered with a professional body then you will need to present evidence of your membership and such a professional body must be recognized by the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  13. You must provide contact details in the application form with your phone number and those of your parents/guardian(s) and next of kin.
  14. As a candidate, you must not have any tattoo or any form of inscription on your body.
  15. You must present originals of all educational certificates you have ever obtained.

If you are a serving military personnel, you must have a valid military ID Card and your Commanding Officer must write a letter of recommendation in support of your application. You must also provide letter of scholarship award indicating you were sponsored by the military.

  1. You must not be the member of any secret society.

If you submit your application and you are shortlisted, you will be required to go for a written test. This test is purely multiple choice and one of the easiest ways to pass it is by revising the past questions. If you pass this exam and are shortlisted then you will be invited for physical test which involves a lot of physical activities like running long distances and other strenuous activities designed to test your ability to survive stress. After that you will go for medical and mental tests to ascertain your mental and medical status respectively. For now the Nigerian Army graduate recruitment form is not available online. Visit the Nigerian army website at http://www.army.mil.ng/ for more.

How to join the Nigerian Navy

The Nigerian Navy is the naval arm of the Nigerian Armed forces and is responsible for the safety of Nigeria’s waterways. The Navy has three modes of entry namely by enlistment into the non-commissioned cadre, Through the Nigerian Defence Academy or through graduates Direct Short Service. The last method is what we are going to discuss in this article so that graduates who want to become naval officers will know how to go about it.

Requirements for joining the Nigerian Navy

The requirements for joining the Nigerian Navy are as listed below so if you want to apply, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. You must be a Nigerian citizen by birth: This is a basic requirement as stipulated by the Law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is the number one requirement before anything else.
  2. You must not be younger than 22 and not older than 40 years of age depending on your area of discipline.
  3. You must be physically, medically and mental fit. You must present a medical certificate from a recognized government hospital as evidence of your health before you will be qualified to apply.
  4. You must present attestation letter from at least two prominent persons in the society such as a top military personnel of the rank of Navy Commander or higher. The secretary or chairman of your local government of origin may also write the attestation as evidence of good character as an applicant. Such persons must be from your state of origin and they must attach their passport photographs to the letter of attestation.
  5. You will also need to provide a letter of recommendation from the university or universities you attended and whose certificates you are using to apply.
  6. You must be at least 1.68 metres as a male or 1.65 metres as a tall as a female to be considered for the Direct Short Service recruitment.
  7. You must not have any criminal record such as being convicted of a criminal offence by a court of competent jurisdiction or subjected to military discipline. If you are serving in the army, your commanding officer has to write an attestation to confirm this
  8. You must have at least a second class lower degree or lower credit from a recognized polytechnic.
  9. You must have a certificate of birth that has the endorsement of National Population Commission, Your Local Government Council or any recognized hospital. You may provide an affidavit or declaration of age from a recognized Court of Law confirming your date of birth if you lost the birth certificate or your birth was not registered.
  10. You are also expected to present a certificate of origin from your State.
  11. You must also tender your certificate of National Youth Service or letter of Exemption.
  12. If you are registered with a professional body then you will need to present evidence of your membership and such a professional body must be recognized by the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  13. You must provide contact details in the application form with your phone number and those of your parents/guardian(s) and next of kin.
  14. As a candidate, you must not have any tattoo or any form of inscription on your body.
  15. You must present originals of all educational certificates you have ever obtained.
  16. If you are a serving naval personnel, you must have a valid naval ID Card and your Commanding Officer must write a letter of recommendation in support of your application. You must also provide letter of scholarship award indicating you were sponsored by the Navy.
  17. You must not be the member of any secret society.

The same method of screening for physical, mental and medical fitness is applied except for specific training given for specialized functions in the Navy.

For application instruction, visit the Nigerian Navy Recruitment Website at http://joinnigeriannavy.com/.

Salaries of Nigerian military officers

Salaries of Nigerian military officers are determined by the rank and arm of the Armed Forces, although some of the discrepancies in the salaries have not been accounted for.

This is the information concerning Nigerian Army and Navy graduate recruitment to become an officer. Thanks for reading and good luck with your application.

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