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What is the Salary of Nigerian Army (Full Breakdown)

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You may be wondering what is the salary of Nigerian army?

Don’t worry, In this article you will find out the salary of Nigerian army according to there ranks.

The Nigerian Army is the land branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces and the largest among the armed forces in Africa. Major formations include the 1st Division, the 2nd Division, the 3rd Armoured Division, 81st Division, 82nd Division, and newly formed 7th Division.

Before going further let’s take a look at the functions of Nigerian army.

What are the functions of Nigerian army?

The functions of Nigerian army include the following;

  1. To maintain the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
  2. To defend country from external aggression.
  3. To protect the country’s borders.
  4. To restore order if needed and in cases of insurrection
  5. Perform such other functions as may be prescribed by an act of the National Assembly

It is also important to note that apart from the Nigeria Police Force where ranks and ranking are significant, the practice has been earlier rooted and entrenched in the Nigerian armed forces which include the army, navy and the air force. Officers in the Nigerian armed forces are categorised into commissioned and non-commissioned. The commissioned officers are the ones in senior ranks while the non-commissioned are the rank and file, the very junior officers.

Let us look at the commissioned officers and the non commissioned officers in the Nigerian army.

The Commissioned officers in the Nigerian army

The commissioned officers in the Nigerian army include the following;

  1. Field Marshal (5-star)
  2. General (4-star)
  3. Lieutenant General (3-star)
  4. Major General (2-star)
  5. Brigadier General (1-star)
  6. Colonel
  7. Lieutenant Colonel
  8. Major
  9. Captain
  10. First Lieutenant
  11. Second Lieutenant

The Non-commissioned officers in the Nigerian army

The Non-commissioned officers in the Nigerian army include;

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

Note: Nigerian army is not the best profession to make money from in Nigeria except if you work your way up to the ranks. Don’t worry, let’s continue, you will get what I am saying as you read on.

Now, it is time to look at the salary of the Nigerian army.

What is the Salary of Nigerian Army According to Ranks?

The salary of the Nigerian army will be divided into two which are;

  • Commissioned officers salary
  • Non-commissioned officers salary

Let us first take a look at the commissioned officers salary, afterwards, the non-commissioned officers salary.

Commissioned officers salary

RanksSalary
Second LieutenantN120,000
First LieutenantN180,000
CaptainN220,000
MajorN300,000
Lieutenant ColonelN350,000
ColonelN550,000
Brigadier GeneralN750,000
Major GeneralN950,000
Lieutenant GeneralN1,000,000
GeneralN1,500,000
Field MarshalNo person has attained this rank yet in Nigeria

Non-commissioned officers salary

RanksSalary
RecruitNil
PrivateN49,000
Lance CorporalN55,000
CorporalN58,000
SergeantN63,000
Staff SergeantN68,000
Warrant OfficerN80,000
Master Warrant OfficerN90,000

Frequently Asked Questions

When was the Nigerian army founded?

The Nigerian army was founded in 1900 to garrison the West African colonies of Nigeria, Gold Coast, Sierra Leone and Gambia. In 1928, it received royal recognition, becoming the Royal West African Frontier Force They were trained by the British and also helped them to fight World War 2.

What was Nigerian army former name?

The Nigerian Army former name was Royal West African Frontier Force. However, it was until 1960 when Nigerian became independent that the British Army Council in London relinquished control of the Nigerian military force to the Government of Nigeria, and thereupon the Nigerian military force became known as the Royal Nigerian Army (RNA) before the name was eventually changed to the Nigeria Army. Members of the Nigerian army are sometimes referred to as soldiers.

What are the requirements to become a Nigerian army?

The requirements to become a Nigerian army include the following:

  1. You must be 18+
  2. You must be a citizen of Nigeria by birth
  3. You must have a National Identity card
  4. You must be psychologically, physically, and medically fit to serve as a Military officer in Nigeria
  5. You must possess an O-level certificate or SSCE and must have attained a minimum of 5 credits in your subjects at not more than two sittings for WAEC, GCE, or NECO.
  6. You must be free of any criminal conviction
  7. You must not be less than 1.65 meters tall for men, and 1.56 meters tall for women
  8. You are required to acquire the Nigerian army recruitment form, fill the form, complete all application requirements, and submit it and lastly,
  9. You must attend the zonal screening exercise at the designated zonal center in your state.

Upon the fulfillment of these requirements, you may thereupon be recruited into the Nigerian Army, and only then will you be eligible to earn a monthly salary for being a soldier or professional of the Nigerian army.

What is the salary of Nigerian army captain?

The salary of a Nigerian army captain is N220,000

What is the salary of Nigerian army lieutenant?

The salary of a Nigerian army lieutenant is between N100,000 to N200,000.

When it comes to the salary of the Nigerian army, there is variation. The salary of the Nigerian army varies depending on your rank. The higher your rank in the army, the higher your salary.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t confirm the salary of the Field marshal because no one has attained that position since the Nigerian army was formed. Using the comment box below, what do you think the salary of the Field marshal will be?

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