One of the common questions prospective recruits of the Nigeria Airforce often ask is how much does the Nigerian Airforce pay their officers?
But before we delve into that, let’s take a quick look at the Nigeria Airforce and what the organization is all about.
The Nigerian Airforce was founded in 1961 shortly after the country participated in peace keeping missions in Congo and Tanzania. The need to airlift troops in the course of these peacekeeping operations signalled the importance of the country having a national airforce.
Subsequently between 1962 and 1964, the Nigerian Parliament began the process of institutionalizing the Nigerian Airforce. Eventually, the organization was established to ensure the integrity of the airspace by gaining and maintaining control of the air while retaining a credible capacity to fulfill other airpower tasks expected of the national defence and security outfit.
Below were the aims and objectives which the Nigerian Parliament expected of the newly formed Nigerian Airforce:
- To achieve a full complement of the military defence system of the Federal Republic of Nigeria both in the air and on the ground.
- To ensure a fast versatile mobility of the Armed Forces.
- To provide close support for the ground-based and sea borne forces in all phases of operations and to ensure the territorial integrity of a united Nigeria.
- To give the country the deserved prestige that is invaluable in international matters.
The first batch of cadets was enlisted in 1962. They were 10 in number and they obtained their training with the Ethiopian Airforce. In 1963, another set of 6 was sent out to Canada to be trained by the Royal Canadian Airforce.
From sending out cadets to be trained in foreign countries, the Nigerian Government decided to start training these recruits within the country. The German Airforce was contacted to train these cadets.
A few years later, their training was put to test during the Nigerian Civil war between 1967 and 1970.
Overall, in the last 45 years, the NAF has been involved in operations to defend the Nigerian territory. Also, they have been involved in effectively troops lifting troops, providing logistics supply, medieval and in combat operations.
Additionally, in collaboration with the Nigerian Army, NAF Nigerian Army Air Defence Artillery provides low-level air defence for airports around the country.
NAF is also involved in airlifting the Nigerian contigents to sporting engagements in situations where there are flight problems.
Also, the NAF have been involved in various international peace-keeping operations which include:
- the peace keeping mission in Lebanon from 1978 to 1982,
- the OAU peace-keeping Operations in Chad in 1983
- the UN Military Observer Group (UNIMOG) in Yugoslavia in 1988,
- the ECOMOG Operations in Liberia,
- the UNISOM Operations in Somalia and Rwanda as well as
- the peace-keeping engagement in Sierra Leone.
Nigerian Airforce salary structure
We’ve highlighted the monthly salaries of the commissioned and non-commissioned officers of the Nigerian Airforce Salary below:
Pilot Officer N187,159
Flying Officer N218,400
Flight Lieutenant N232,484
Squadron Leader N248,004
Wing Comdr N342,586
Group Captain N352,631
Air Commodore N677,895
Air Vice-Marshal N1,376,343
Air Marshal N1,486,451
Air Chief Marshal N1,724,283
Aircraftman woman N53,892
Lance Corporal N55,832
Flight Sergeant N87,119
Warrant Officer N101,974
Master Warrant Officer N165,697
Cadet (Trainee) N44,564
Air Warrant Officer N171,793