My father used to always tell me that taking a decision to serve your country and its civilians is the noblest decision you can make. Aside obeying the laws of the land, choosing to protect the land, and the people within is perhaps the greatest act of patriotism.
This article is for all Nigerian patriots that have taken that bold step to serve the country by joining a branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces. Here we will discuss the requirements/qualifications you should have before submitting your application, and also give detailed guidelines on how to apply. Without wasting much of your time, let get into this in detail.
The Nigerian Armed Forces is divided into three branches – Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, and Nigerian Air Force. Requirements for enlisting, and mode of entry in either of them is fairly the same, only slight difference is on the acceptable age range, and height. However, scheduled dates for application, and pattern of training once application is accepted is quite different.
Below are the qualifications you must possess before your application for enlisting in any of the branches of the Nigerian Armed Forces can be considered.
Qualifications/Requirements for Enlisting in any Branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces
- Interested applicants must be a Nigerian citizen by birth.
- Applicants must possess a valid birth certificate or affidavit of age.
- Height of applicants must be at least; For Navy or Air force 1.66m for males, and 1.63m for females, and For The Army 1.68m tall for male, and 1.65m tall for female.
- Applicants must be physically, and medically fit. They must not have any underlying health issue.
- Applicants must not (at any point in their life) have been convicted of any crime.
- Applicants must not have a tattoo or any form of writing on the body.
- Applicants must not be a member of secrete cult.
- Non Tradesmen/Women applicants must be between the age of 18 and 22 years For Air force and Navy, and 23 to 27 years for the Army.
- Non Tradesmen/Women applicants must have at least five credits including Mathematics and English. This should be accumulated in not more than two sittings for SSCE/NECO/GCE/NABTEB.
The term “Non-Tradesmen/Women” is referring to individuals without an area of specialization, or simply put, individuals without training in an approved higher institution.
- Tradesmen/Women applicants must be between the age of 18 and 25 years. Exemption for individuals applying for assistants, chaplains, imam, and drivers which can be between 18 and 28 years.
- Tradesmen/Women applicants must have at least a lower credit in ND/NCE or any trade certificate from an approved government institution, with at least two passes and credits in English in at most two sittings in SSCE/NECO/GCE/NABTEB.
- Driver applicants must have at least two passes in SSCE/NECO/GCE/NABTEB with a credit in English, and a trade test certificate.
- Applicants who are sportsmen and women will be required to show evidence of profession which would include certificates and medals.
Now that you know the qualifications and requirements you must have before enlisting in any of the Nigerian Armed Forces, if you satisfy these requirements, it time to know how to apply for either of them.
How to Apply For a Branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces
There are basically two modes for entry into any branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces. Though the website for application into each branch is different, the pattern for application and approval is more or less the same.
Graduates (tradesmen/women) can apply through the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC), while Nontradesmen/women can apply through the Short Service Commission (SSC). Now let’s discuss both process in detail;
Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC)
This means of application is for graduates, and existing military personnel. Applying through this means for graduates enables them to serve based on their area of qualification. This means that a graduate can serve as an engineer, medical staff, etc. To apply, simply follow these few steps;
- Go to the official recruitment portal of the branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces you wish submit your application. The recruitment portals for each branch of the military will be listed at the bottom of the article.
- Create an account.
- Select the DSSC application option, fill out the online form, and upload the required documents
- Submit the application, and print out the automatically generated photo slip. The first page of this slip will be signed by the registrar of a court, and the second by your local government chairman/secretary, or a military officer of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or higher.
- Wait patiently, and check the portal for the shortlist of successful applicants, and prepare for the physical interview if your application is accepted.
Short Service Combatant Commission (SSC)
This means of application is for people without a qualification from a higher institution of learning, and existing military officers. Similar to DSSC, application is easy, just follow these few steps;
- Go to the official recruitment portal of the branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces you wish submit your application.
- Create an account.
- Submit the application, and print out the automatically generated photo slip. The first page of this slip will be signed by the registrar of a court.
- Wait for the shortlist of accepted candidates, and prepare for the physical interview if your application is accepted.
The official sites for recruitments for the Nigerian army is www.nigerianarmyms.ng, that for the Nigerian Air Force is www.nafrecruitment.airforce.mil.ng, while for the Nigerian Navy is www.navy.mil.ng. Application for either of them is free, and dates for recruitment varies. Always check newspaper publications for the announcement of recruitment.