How to Join Nigerian Navy with SSCE

In this article, we’ll be discussing the steps involved in joining the Nigerian Navy with the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) qualification. As you read on, you’ll find out what the requirements for joining the Nigerian Navy are, as well as the online application process, the tips for the screening exercise and other related information that would prove useful. Let’s dive right in. 

How to Join Nigerian Navy with SSCE

How to join Nigerian Navy with SSCE would be discussed below: 

  • What are the Requirements Needed to Apply for Nigerian Navy Recruitment? 

There are certain criteria every applicant must satisfy to be eligible to apply for the Nigerian Navy recruitment. The following are the needed requirements: 

  • The applicant must be a Nigerian citizen by birth
  • The applicant must be between 18 and 28 years 
  • The applicant must possess a Certificate of Birth or Declaration of Age
  • The applicant must be at least 1.65m tall if a woman, while 1.68m for men
  • The applicant must possess a valid certificate of origin
  • The applicant must not be convicted by any court of law in Nigeria 
  • The applicant must be mentally and physically fit. The following  
  • At least two recognised referees must attest that the applicant is of good character and integrity 
  • The applicant must possess a Bank Verification Number (BVN) and National Identity Number (NIN) 
  • The basic academic qualification an applicant must satisfy is the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) including any of NECO, NABTEB, GCE, or WASSCE, with a minimum of 5 credits including Mathematics and English Language, at no more than two sittings.


  • Things to Note Before You Apply for the Nigerian Navy Recruitment

To ensure that your application process goes smoothly, you must make sure that the credentials that you would be asked to upload on the Nigerian Navy portal must be genuine as you’d be disqualified if further verification proves otherwise. 

Furthermore, as an applicant wishing to join the Nigerian Navy, it is important to be physically and mentally fit. Health challenges or underlying illnesses such as asthma, heart failure, ear problems and fracture will get you automatically disqualified. Stammering, flat foot, shortsightedness, bow leg, and knocked knees can also disqualify you. 

  • Steps to Apply for the Nigerian Navy Recruitment Online 

The only way to apply to join the Nigerian Navy is online through the Nigerian Navy recruitment portal. It is therefore important to know the right way to go about the online application so that you would not make little mistakes during the process that can cause you to be disqualified. Below is the procedure for applying for the Nigerian Navy recruitment online: 

  • Visit the Nigerian Navy Recruitment Portal 

The first step of the application process is to visit the online recruitment portal of the Nigerian army at

  • Register on the Nigerian Navy Recruitment Portal 

The next step of the application process is to register on the recruitment portal. The registration process involves creating a username and password to have a profile on the recruitment portal. So you don’t forget, it’s best to use a username and password that you can easily remember. 

  • Log into the Portal to Gain Access 

With success in creating the username and password of your choice, the next is to gain access to the online recruitment portal. Using your username and password, log into the Nigerian Navy recruitment portal. 

  • Provide Your Details in the Online Application Form 

After gaining access to the portal, the next step is to fill in the necessary information required on the online application form. You will also be required to upload a recent passport photograph, original copies of academic credentials, and other documents as instructed, to the portal. Then, go through the information that you provided on the application again to make sure you’ve done everything as it ought to be. This thorough cross-check will make you spot mistakes that could ruin your application to join the Nigerian Navy if they had missed them before hitting the submit button. 

  • Proceed to Submit the Online Application Form

As you’ve confirmed that all the information you provided is correct, the next step is to hit the submit button. Next, select the print button to print out your form. 

  • Nigerian Navy Screening Exercise 

The screening exercise is the step that follows after the successful completion of the online application stage. The date, venue and time of the Nigerian Navy screening exercise will be communicated to you via the email address or mobile phone number you provided when registering on the recruitment portal. So, endeavour to check your email and your mobile phone for the screening details. This stage of the recruitment process is very important as it greatly determines whether your application to join the Nigerian Navy will be successful or not.  

To improve your chances of scaling through the Nigerian Navy screening exercise, it is important to adequately prepare by practising and solving past questions of previous screening exercises. The areas you should concentrate on while preparing for the screening exercise include verbal aptitude, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, lexis and structure, mathematics and current affairs. 

On the day set for the screening exercise, endeavour to be at the designated screening centre on time. You’ll be required to present some documents during the screening exercise. They include two recent passport photographs, original and photocopies of academic credentials including First School Leaving Certificate, and NECO/WASSCE/GCE/NABTEB, birth certificate (or declaration of age), certificate of origin, and duly completed Guarantor’s Form. Be self-confident to know your strength and admit your weakness as well as set realistic goals as you go into the screening exercise. 

  • What Next? 

After the screening exercise, it takes some weeks for the Nigerian Navy to release a list of shortlisted candidates. If your name is part of the list of shortlisted candidates released by the Nigerian Navy, it means you were successful at the screening exercise. Joining the Nigerian Navy with your Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) qualification means you begin as a Non-commissioned officer. Next, you’d undergo a six-month training and upon graduation become naval personnel of the Nigerian Navy.  


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