The Nigerian Navy Short Service: How to Apply & Get Shortlisted

The Nigerian Navy Short Service Course gives opportunity to both civilians and military personnel to get trained on various skills required for the smooth running of the Nigerian Navy.


The course takes about 9 months to complete and individuals given admission will be trained to enable them contribute to the activities of the NN.

If you want your application to be granted by the Nigerian navy, you need to follow the application process very carefully. It all begins with filling the application form properly.

Failure to do this properly can make you lose your opportunity of participating in the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course.  In this write-up, you will be given heads-up about certain things that can determine your success when applying for the program.


The Nigerian Navy is very strict as regards eligibility of individuals applying for the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course. There are certain criteria that you must meet up with in order to have the hope of ever being given admission.

You must read the instructions on the application form properly before you fill it. The said application form can be downloaded online. You will also be required to submit it online along with other required documents.

Anyone who is not up to minimum of 5 feet 10 inches should forget about getting admitted for the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course. Truth is the requirements can change from time to time.

This is why it is very important that you read the instructions on the application form and also on Nigerian Navy home page carefully before you attempt to apply for the program.

You can get the required information on eligibility as well as download the application form from

Information on that website is consistently updated to ensure aspiring candidates can get to know all they need to know about the program, its eligibility requirements and application processes.

After reading the information on the site and you find yourself to be qualified to apply, you can then proceed to buy the e-voucher required to do your registration online. The registration portal can be found on the website indicated earlier.

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Simply create an account and log in using the username and password you were given while registering.

Price of the e-voucher does change from time to time. Information regarding such change can be found on the website given above. You can sue debit card to buy the e-voucher. You can buy the voucher directly on the website.

The serial number and PIN required to sign up and register an account on the website is provided on the voucher you have purchased.

When filling the form for the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course, make sure you are extremely honest and realistic in the information you provide. The applicant may get disqualified from the exercise if he/she is found to submit false information.

The Navy Authority frowns seriously at candidates manufacturing information or impersonating another candidate. Never think they will not be able to catch you easily if you manufacture information.

While filling the online application form, make sure you avoid all forms of error. Watch out for those little errors that can translate to big issues later and properly correct them before submitting the form.

Be wary of errors in grammar structure and spellings before you make the submission.  Some errors may look minor to you, but they can be the determining factor in your success or lack of it.

List of candidates that qualify will be published on the Nigerian navy website.  The qualified applicants will then be invited for Aptitude Test.  Date of the test will also be published on the website.

The list does not take more than a week or thereabout before it is released.  In actual fact, date on which the list will be released can be published on their website. The Aptitude test usually takes place in any of the big cities across Nigeria, like Port Harcourt, Abuja, Lagos and so on.

Those who pass the Aptitude Test will then be invited for screening exercises and Interview. Qualified candidates are then admitted for the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course. Once you are admitted, you will be referred to as a cadet.

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Cadets are actually being paid by the Nigerian government. In actual fact, your monthly earning may be up to 50,000 or more.  The amount you are paid increases if the course you apply for is of the professional nature.

Before you apply, you must be a graduate from a recognized university or polytechnic. Polytechnic graduates must not have less than Upper Credit. University graduates on the other hand must not have less than Second Class Lower.

If you are applying as military personnel, you must already be running a degree program in a civil university. Your commanding officer must also attest to your application. All applicants are required to submit at least 2 letters of recommendation.

Those who can give such letters of recommendation are your Local Government Secretary, your Local Government Chairman, Police officer from minimum of Assistant Inspector General of Police and high ranking military personnel from your state of origin.

In addition, the letters of recommendation must bear passport photograph of the individuals that recommend you. This gives the whole process a measure of authenticity.

Generally, only those within the age range of 22 and 35 years are considered for admission into the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course. The person can be a male or female and he/she must be a citizen of Nigeria.

He/she is expected to provide the original copies of all his/her certificates; these should be from primary school level to tertiary level. These documents are expected to be attached to the application form and then submitted online.

The applicant must provide original birth certificate and this must be signed by the Nigerian Population Commission or the applicant’s local government authority.

Those that cannot obtain such from their local government or from the National Population Commission can approach a court of law and swear court affidavit. They can present this while carrying out their application for the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course.

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