The security of lives and properties alongside peaceful coexistence in Nigeria are of immense importance. The Nigerian Army since its institutionalisation has continued to play a vital role in maintaining peace and order in Nigerian society.
Their actions have spurred people including you to wonder how much these army officers are paid and how they are ranked. Well, you have come the right way, for in this article, you will learn all about the Nigerian Army ranks and salary structure 2020. Now, read along keenly to absorb all we have brought you here.
ABOUT THE NIGERIAN ARMY
In understanding the Nigerian Army better, we must take some steps backward, into times when the system was young.
The Nigerian Army accounts for the biggest part of the Nigerian Armed Forces, which is responsible for land warfare operations. The present-day Nigerian Army was founded in 1960 and today, it is one of the largest armies on the African soil. According to a 2016 record, the Nigerian Army is made up of over 200,000 soldiers.
The basic role of the Nigerian Army is to defend the country from external attacks and deter enemies. However, they ensure the nation is safe for her citizens.
THE RANKS IN THE NIGERIAN ARMY
Just as other military rankings in Nigeria, the Nigerian Army rank is structured into two:
- Commissioned Officers
- Non-Commissioned Officers
The commissioned officers are referred to senior ranking officers and they the soldiers absorbed into the system from the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA, Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) or through the Short Service Course (SSC).
On the other hand, the Non-Commissioned officers are the officers absorbed through combatant recruitment. They are the junior cadre officers.
RANKS OF NIGERIAN ARMY COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
In descending order of hierarchy, the list of the various ranks under the commissioned officers cadre in the Nigerian Army has been stated below:
- Field Marshal – The Field Marshal is a Five star rank and it is the highest rank in the Nigerian Army.
- General – Following the Field Marshal on the ranks of Nigerian soldiers is the rank of the General. It is designated as a Four-star rank.
- Lieutenant General – A three star rank
- Major General – Two star rank
- Brigadier General – One star rank
- Colonel – Lower level Commissioned Officer
- Lieutenant Colonel – Deputy to colonel
- Major – Lower level field officer
- Captain – Highest rank in tactical troops
- First Lieutenant – Deputy of the captain
- Second Lieutenant – Subordinate to the first Lieutenant.
RANKS OF NIGERIAN ARMY NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
In descending order of their hierarchy, the various ranks of the Nigerian Army in the non-commissioned cadre are:
- Master warrant Officer
- Warrant Officer
- Staff Sergeant
- Lance corporal
THE SALARY STRUCTURE OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY
Having understood the different ranks in the Nigerian Army, the ground is set for us to explore the salaries accrued to these ranks. Moreover, you should know (if you do not already know) that the higher your rank, the more money you receive as salary. Commissioned Officers also receive higher pay than the Non-Commissioned Officers.
THE SALARY OF THE COMMISSIONED OFFICERS IN THE NIGERIAN ARMY
- Field marshal – No one has attained this rank in the Nigerian Army.
- General – N1,500,000
- Lieutenant General – N1,000,000
- Major General – N950,000
- Brigadier General – N750,000
- Colonel – N550,000
- Lieutenant Colonel – N350,000
- Major – N300,000
- Captain – N220,000
- First Lieutenant – N180,000
- Second Lieutenant – N120,000
THE SALARY OF NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS IN THE NIGERIAN ARMY
- Master warrant Officer – N90,000
- Warrant Officer – N80,000
- Staff Sergeant – N68,000
- Sergeant – N63,000
- Corporal – N58,000
- Lance Corporal – N55,000
- Private – N49,000
NOTE: The salary stated above as that of the Nigerian Army may not be the exact amount they are paid. However, is it a rough estimate based on what is known about the Nigerian salary system (Consolidate Armed Forces Salary Structure (CONAFASS). There is no public pronouncement of how much this military personnel are paid and we advice you treat it as an estimate.
How strong is the Nigerian Army?FAQ
The Nigerian Army is enlisted among the top 10 most powerful army in Africa. Roughly, the Nigerian Army has a total number of 200,000 personnel in her carriage. The Army also has so many sophisticated tools in her arsenal.
Which Force is the best in Nigeria?
We cannot tell you that Force A is better than Force B. What is more important is the passion that leads and not the success signals that will eventually lead to doom. Moreover, the different Forces in Nigeria are designed to serve humanity. So I would say the best Force in Nigeria is that which you have passion for and that through which you can serve humanity at your best.
How long is the Nigerian Army training?
If you are being trained in the Nigeria Defence Academy, the training would last for at least 5 years. In anither version, if you are recruited as a combatant soldier, your training would span between 6 to 9 months.
Does Nigeria have Snipers?
Yes, Nigeria has snipers who have been trained in many parts of the world; some were trained in Belarus and Russia.
Which country has the strongest military force in Africa?
The Egyptian Armed Forces is the most powerful armed forces in Africa, due to its largeness.
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