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Ranks and Salary in the Nigerian Army

Nigeria Army

We have collected everything you need to know about the Nigeria Army rank, structure, symbols and salary structure for those interested in joining or understanding the role of the Nigerian Army in the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

As a component of the Nigerian Armed Forces, the Nigerian Army constitutes the largest portion.
NAC (National Army Council) is its governing body.

Established in 1960, the Nigerian Army is responsible for land warfare operations.

The Nigerian Army has five major divisions: the 1st Division, 2nd Division, 3rd Armoured Division, 81st Division, 82nd Division, and the recently formed 7th Division.

The Nigerian Army’s primary function is the defense of the country against external aggression, the protection of Nigerian territory, and basic defensive operations, as well as all other duties.

If you’re interested in joining the Nigerian Army, you should be familiar with the different ranks and pay scale available.

Here is the full breakdown of the Nigeria Army rank, salary, and symbols.

The Rank Of Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army (NA) is divided into two categories, unlike the Nigerian Police Force (NPF):

1. The Non-Commissioned officers
2. The Commissioned officers.

Nigeria Army Rank Of Commissioned Officers

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In the Nigerian Army, the highest rank is that of a commission officer.

The Senate confirms these officers at their ranks after their appointments by presidential commissions.

Below is the list of 11 commissioned officer ranks in the Nigerian Army, arranged from highest to lowest.

  • Field Marshal
  • General.
  • Lieutenant General
  • Major General
  • Brigadier General
  • Colonel
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Major
  • Captain
  • First Lieutenant
  • Second Lieutenant

Nigeria Army Ranks Of Non-Commissioned Officers

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Non-commissioned officers are those who haven’t been commissioned by the federal government or the Senate.

The Nigerian Army, however, has eight (8) ranks of non-commissioned officers.

  • Master Sergeant Officer
  • Sergeant First Class
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Lance Corporal
  • Private
  • Recruit

Nigerian Army Salary Structure (Commissioned Officers)

The Nigerian Army pays its officers based on their ranks and years of service. 

Listed below are the current salaries of Nigerian Army commissioned officers, from highest to lowest.

S/N CATEGORIES SALARIES
COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
1 Field Marshal Yet to be attained
2 General N1,500.000
3 Lieutenant General N1,000,000
4 Major General N950,000
5 Brigadier General N750,000
6 Colonel N550,000
7 Lieutenant Colonel N350,000
8 Major N300,000
9 Captain N220,000
10 Lieutenant N180,000
11 Second Lieutenant N120,000
  NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
1 Warrant Officer Class 1 N90,000
2 Warrant Officer Class 2 N80,000
3 Staff Sergeant N68,000
4 Sergeant N63,000
5 Corporal N58,000
6 Lance – corporal N55,000
7 Private N49,000
8 Recruit N/A

Duties And Functions Of Nigerian Army

Among the duties and functions of the Nigerian army are activities related to fighting vices on land, terrorism, and maintaining peace in the nation.

This is an overview of the army’s basic functions and duties.

  • Protect and defend Nigerian territories.
  • Trains, equip, and organise new officers to carry out combat operations on land.
    Perform basic defensive operations.
  • Coordinate the enforcement of immigration laws and customs.
  • Defend the country from external aggression.
  • Overcome insurrection.
  • Offer some emergency services.
  • Shape the security environment.
  • Restore order if needed.
  • Defend our historic sites, natural resources, and areas of high importance.
  • Perform any other duties directed by the President or mentioned in the National Assembly.

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