Nigerian Air Force Ranks and Salary Structure (2019) & More


If you’re looking to know how the Nigerian Air Force ranks its commissioned and non-commissioned officers, then this page is for you.

Here, you’ll also get to learn other interesting details about the force, such as the Nigerian Air Force salary structure, the Nigerian Air Force Logo and what it stands for, the force’s bases all over the country, and so on.

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Nigerian Air Force Ranks for Commissioned officers

There are 11 ranks in the Nigerian Airforce for non-commissioned officers. They are listed below:

  1. Marshal of the Nigerian Air Force
  2. Air Chief Marshal
  3. Air Marshal
  4. Air Vice-Marshal
  5. Air Commodore
  6. Group Captain
  7. Wing Commander
  8. Squadron Leader
  9. Flight Lieutenant
  10. Flying Officer
  11. Pilot Officer

Nigerian Air Force Ranks for non-commissioned officers

There are 9 ranks in the Nigerian Airforce for non-commissioned officers. They are listed below:

  1. Air Warrant Officer
  2. Master Warrant Officer
  3. Warrant Officer
  4. Flight Sergeant
  5. Sergeant
  6. Corporal
  7. Lance-Corporal
  8. Aircraftman
  9. Recruit

Nigerian Air Force Ranks and Salary Structure

Non-commissioned officers’ salaries

  • Air Warrant Officer: N171,793 per month
  • Master Warrant Officer: N165,697 per month
  • Warrant Officer: N101,974 per month
  • Flight Sergeant: N87,119 per month
  • Sergeant: N69,261 per month
  • Corporal: N58,634 per month
  • Lance Corporal: N55,832 per month
  • Aircraftman: N53,892 per month
  • Cadet (Trainee): N44,564 per month

Commissioned officers’ salaries

  • Air Chief Marshal: N1,724,283
  • Air Marshal: 1,486,451
  • Air Vice Marshal: N1,376,343
  • Air Commodore: N677,895
  • Group Captain: N352,631
  • Wing Commander: N342,586
  • Squadron Leader: N248,004
  • Flight Lieutenant: N232,484
  • Flying Officer: N218,400
  • Pilot Officer: N187,159
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Nigerian Air Force Logo/Emblem

nigerian air force logo emblem

The Nigerian Air Force Logo is a combination of the National Coat of Arms and other elements that make the graphic representation a unique entity. The base of the logo is formed by a scroll bearing the words, “Nigeria Air Force”.

Above the scroll are two pairs of wheat cobs held together at the lower end, which is tucked behind the scroll. At the upper end, the two pairs are separated by a small Nigerian flag. This makes the cobs assume a V-shape. Sitting right on the Nigerian flag is an eagle, which, in turn, carries the Nigerian Coat of Arms on its back.

Except for the Nigerian flag and coat of arms, every other element in the Nigerian Air Force Logo is coloured yellow.

Nigerian Air Force Bases

  • NAF Kaduna (the Old Kaduna Airport), Kaduna State
  • NAF Abuja, FCT
  • NAF Shasha, Lagos
  • NAF Minna (based in Minna Airport), Niger State
  • NAF Makurdi (based in Makurdi Airport), Benue State
  • NAF Benin, Edo State
  • NAF Yola, Adamawa State
  • NAF Kainji
  • NAF Jos, Plateau State
  • NAF Enugu (based in Akanu Ibiam Int’l Airport), Enugu State
  • NAF Kano (based in Aminu Kano Int’l Airport), Kano State
  • NAF Ipetu-Ijesha, Osun State
  • NAF Katsina, Katsina State

Nigerian Air Force: Additional Important Facts

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is the arm of the Nigerian Armed Forces that that is in charge of air military operations. The force presently has about 10,000 personnel comprising both commissioned and non-commissioned officers.

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The Nigerian Air Force was established on the 18th of April 1964 following the passage by the National Assembly of the 1964 Air Force Act, which stated that the force that be saddled with the task of defending the country majorly through air operations. The aims and objectives of the force are as follows

  • To ensure quick and versatile deployment of the Armed Forces whenever necessary.
  • To complement the military defence system of the country.
  • To support the ground-based (Nigerian Army) and sea-borne forces (Nigerian Navy) in all stages of their operations.
  • To play a pivotal role in maintaining the integrity of the country as a single, united entity.
  • To improve the country’s image and prestige, which are essential in international issues.

The Chief of Air Staff acts as the presidential adviser on defence matters related to air operations. He also works with the Minister of Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff.

The rank structure of the Nigerian Air Force is similar to that of the British Royal Air Force. This is expectable, since Nigeria was colonized by the British until she gained independence on October 1, 1960.

Video: Nigerian Air Force Strike Assets

The video below reveals some of the air-strike assets presently owned by the Nigerian Air Force. Enjoy the video.

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  1. fadipe abiodun

    Please anyone whose screening centre is ipetu-Ijesa and stays in Ibadan should please dm me on whatsapp 08104791892

  2. olamilekan alaba

    With God althings are possible

  3. Isimak

    hello admin i have SSCE and OND in Accounting am i going to be among the commission? pls help!

  4. Hassan Ibrahim

    I greet u all pls I have also applied for the NAF (shot service) pls my fallow applicants we should put ourselves in prayer. May the God Almighty choose those that will be best for our dear country

  5. Buhari

    Plz guyz im and aspirant when would it be out

  6. Najeem

    I am najeem am very much interested in joining the NAF…

  7. Lekan

    Am Lekan by name. Pls can I apply with my NCE result? Which rank would I start if I apply with that?

  8. idiris benzema

    when Nigeria airforce form go come out next year

  9. Ridwan

    Hello, pls is it all 2017 applicants that will go to recruitment center or they will send message to our Email? Pls help

  10. Oyelakin Afeez

    Pls admin, i applied for the naf dis year 2017 and i picked nd stats but i studied accountancy. Pls am i still qualify. Pls i need your advice i love the force and am willing to sacrifice my best for it

  11. yilshap david yakubu

    I don have any body in the high rank of nigerian airforce to support my effort but i am trusting God that my name will also be among the victorious ones. There great nigerians lets us not lay our faith on humans but our faith should be on God.Thanks.

  12. nasiru sulaiman

    aslm, hello all nigerian air force staff. thanks for listen. my name is nasiru sulaiman from bauchi state indigen of misau local goverment area, i want to be one the nigerian air force but i have no godfather pls ineed your prayer because i don’t have like god father in, I have four 4 credits includin maths and government but my English pepar is pass E8 so my requirement is not complete pls nd pls anybody help me. but this time around am not apply again because am not getting English if anybody help me to joining NAF without English my phone number is 07065310703.

    1. anonymous

      thank God that you have a clear site of your problem.

  13. ibrahim abdulsalam

    pls i want to apply forairforce recruitment i hav all the required items bt my height is nt up to par bcoz my height is 1.61m can i be chosen

  14. Joshua

    Sir/Ma, please can someone with BSC Business Administration apply for NAF and what can he/she apply for?

  15. Buchi

    Please when is the DSSC Nigeria airforce for 2016/2017 form will be out?. 07037771741

  16. p kufre

    I hold Bsc international relations,if i join the NAF what rank am i intitle to.

  17. Joseph

    Plz when will NAF recuit form be out next year?

    1. Lynda

      Hi friends. The form for Nigeria airforce and navy is on sale. Try and get yours before it ends by 22 or23 of February 2019. All other vital information are there on the website. It’s strictly for SSCE,ND and NCE holders.

    2. Lynda

      It’s out

  18. pius

    hello i want to know when Nigerian Air Force the first Bach is coming for Training?

  19. Paul

    Hello naf men and women! God has done it for me. My name is among the successful candidate in this 2016/2017 recruiting interview, pls what date is the interview, because there previous date have been postpone. Thanks.

  20. Paul

    Hello naf men and women! God has done it for me. My is among the successful candidate in this 2016/2017 recruiting interview, pls what date is the interview, because there previous date have been postpone. Thanks.

  21. kunle Afolayan

    hi NAF, good to be here… please what day is Lagos screening exercise? just learnt different states with different dates

    1. Bela

      All d state are starting the same time. 1st may – 10 may


    My name is akinlolu apply for NAF my center is Ipetu Ijesa, pls feed me wt any inftn regard dssc screening and test and more so i hv not get any text msge, hw abt u. Jesus wil neva fail us IJN We shall all be among IJN.

  23. yomexwhizzy

    can NCE holder mathematics/physics student apply for NAF dssc

    1. ogbonna kevin

      no, go 4 air trade men/women

  24. yomexwhizzy

    pls can someone with NCE holder mathematics/physics student apply for NAF dssc

    1. Lynda

      Apply as tradesman Lekan and be fast no much time left

  25. yomexwhizzy

    pls can NCE holder mathematics/physics student apply for NAF dssc??????????????????

  26. Warkani Marcus Yakubu

    Hi. am Warkani Marcus Yakubu from Borno state. i applied for the DSSC programme in NAF my exam centre is NAF BASE KADUNA. Any communication channel is welcomed. if any one has ideas on how the questions are fixed or has a copy to snap and paste in the page i will be very grateful.

  27. obaegbu ikechukwu Paulinus

    I wish everyone success in NAF screening exercise that’s coming up on 1 to 10 may 2016 for DSSC I pray that God will see us true out the exercise. my ikechukwu from IMO for ENUGU centre. thanks see dare my number 08117899144.

  28. Adeleye oluwaseun

    Pls wat can i do?cos i mistakely chose another state of origin and LG

  29. okonkwo tochukwu e

    Pls is it true that we will be sent a text for the dssc airforce exam

  30. Obafemi Ajayi

    Any body who choose ilorin for d zonal apptitude test shld cal me on08138626539 Obafemi Ajayi so we can treat d questns together it consists of math eng lang n gen.knowledge

  31. Usman

    Ma Name is Usman… plz wen is the exams for bsc and HND holders….. 07067796056

  32. philip

    God see us through this zonal screening i am looking on to You and i belive that You Will never fail me.. I will be there in Jesus name


    Innocent is my name from Benue state but my test center is at Sam ethnan ikeja airforce base lagos,please anyone wit useful information should contact me through 0703709225 or add me on whatapps to discuss on how to succeed in d upcoming exercise.I pray d almighty God grant us success as we dream to serves our father land.THANKS


    Innocent is my name from benue state but my test centre is at Sam ethnan Ikeja airforce base lagos.pls any one wit useful information should contact me through 07037409225 or add me on whatapps let share more idea on hw to succeed in d up coming exercise. I pray d almighty God grant us favour as we dream of success in life and to serve our Father land.THANKS

  35. Temitope oluwafemi fasetire

    d exam is coming up on d 11 to 29 of Apri 2016


    let us keep believing God for who he is, it is he who can see us through. I’m praying for the air force applicant even to those of our air force high rank that God should keep each and everyone of us alive till that day of the exam. I love you all. Let us fight for our mother land now and for ever. My NAME IS EZEKIEL KEBORDIH FROM EDO STATE.

  37. Ugoh

    Hello Mr good am also an applicat of naf i need some one who is into de system to help me

  38. Okonkwo Emmanuel Agoziem

    Hello admin, please the cafe attendant made several mistakes while filling my form online, used my school statement of result in three cases, the area for my birth certificate, school certificate and eventually choose Radar Engineering instead of Works that i instructed her to choose, all this happened due to her selfie interest to be fast and register all the candidates in that particular area, we tried to edit the form when i noticed all of this and we couldn’t. Please i really want to be in NAF, my center for the exercise is Rivers State, May GOD help me have my name shortlisted by his Grace. Pls add my number on the group chat as well.. 08060103206


    My name is OMOTAN-IBAJE i also apply 4d airforece army pls i have not recieved any message for me 2 knw d time dat d exam will commence my center is at ILORIN. Pls help o

    1. Mbonu Favour

      Hello oluwole whatsap me 08067864707for me to add you up in our group chat for infor

  40. Rasheed Odunlami

    hello my name is rasheed pls i want to be a member of NAF

  41. Shedrack peter

    Sir’ im shedrack peter from adamawa i love nigerian airforce than all things in d world pls i need ur help i have 9 cridet in my ssce.08082764073

  42. Heke David Tersoo

    Applicants are to use the printed acknoledgment slip to make payment at any of the designated banks? United bank for Africa, Sterling bank etc. Is dat true? Pls i need your answers, pls

    1. APEX


  43. ikenna Emmanuel

    When is the zonal recruitment exercises date

  44. Adams Alfred

    My local govt chairnan does not peste his pasport on my L.G attestation form but his sign nd stamp is there pls i dnt knw if i going 2b a problem during d exercise.& where will i focus as area of study to prepare me for the screening and test

    1. Ibrahim musa

      Browse his image and wash it has passport and put it urseft as fa he his d 1 dat sign and stamp if nt u wil get problem in screnin

      1. Oche

        Seriously, the person who signed my attestation card said he doesn’t have a drivers licence or a travelling ID. but his passport photograph and letter of attestation of good character is attached. can that be a problem in my screening?

    2. lassa

      Dat wil nt b a problem, jst try n get a copy of his drivers lnces

    3. sunny

      His passport is important. Don’t take things for granted sir.

    4. Bela

      I wish us all succes.

  45. Danladi Victor

    I pledge to Nigeria my country, to be faithful, loyal and honest………..2016 applicant

  46. Jerewilly

    Na waoo shuu una too get okpolo meaning big eyes abeg. make una reduce am.

  47. Samson Mungo-Park

    Hy guys may God help us all. And let us all be our brothers keepers share what you kow with the person that didn’t know. Jah help us all keep praying.

  48. Adeyeye Oluwasegun J

    My name z Adeyeye Oluwasegun J; i jst want to knw d date of NAF’S screening exercise for 2016 Session. God bles U Sir/Ma


    Slm i’m muhammed muazu saidy by name i have apply 4 naf in jos but my indigen was Damboa LG Borno state pls i just want sum bdy 2 help me haw the recuruitment test will be (date&guide lines).MAY ALLAH HELP US.

  50. Umar Sabiu Isa

    Pls… I want to kno more about the zonal screaning, is that going to be the exams? Or the exams is different from the zonal screaning? Thanks!

    1. Yaqub sabiu

      according to one of my brother in the nigerian army as i asked him about that which he said the date is for both exam and zonal exercise. Thanks.

    2. sunny

      The screening is different from the Exams. Screening has to do with your credentials whether they are genuine or not. Your height , health and other stuffs. The Exams will come afterworth .

  51. Yarima

    Oh! You our masters of nigerian airforce .i mohammed Abubakar applied for this 2016 recruitment ,.therefore, may you help me . I have applied with my NCE result and studied Geography/Islamic studies and also i have Upper Credit for my result ,pls which rank would i occupy using this documents..thanks

    1. Enddie Ifada Orhyno


  52. segun yekaghe

    May God help us

  53. umar a habib

    hello all NAF officer, my name is umar a Habib from yobe state potiskum local govt I need to joining air force with my ssce result I have just gotten 9 credit and how can I going to joining it I need your assisting thanks?

    1. Hello Umar,
      You can find the Nigerian Airforce Recruitment details here:

  54. Adam Yahya Yakubu

    Is driver’s licence of d attestation officer among d mandatory requirement in the screening ?

  55. Yunusa aliyu

    I by name yunusa aliyu i want to be a naf but there is no specification for degree or hnd.and still i apply with my nd will i be able to fix my hnd when doin last comfamation may god help thanks.

  56. Kingsley

    And pls let’s create a group in Facebook or whatsapp

    1. Abutalib

      add me on watsapp with 07062603453 I also took the form dis yr an have b preparing for d xam whc will b coming up soon. I have also bin looking for a way to get in touch with any applicant bt couldnt, my center for the exercise was “Ikeja” in Lagos and I based in Ibadan

      1. Olowolayemo

        My exam centre is in lagos

      2. Ibrahim

        My center is also in lagos….08131015888

      3. Adigun

        The screening as had just started on monday but required state by state.kwara and kogi tomorrow,Lagos on friday, only candidate that choose lagos alone.

    2. Funky

      Yes that will b good, let’s make it on whatsapp

    3. Funky

      Add me with my number 08104444317 on whatsapp

  57. Kingsley

    How much is their salary


    IS nice hearing every1 saying his or her opinion about NAF, best of it all is for God to choose d best of all to us…. NAF, I shall b there in Shaa Allah

  59. Shakiru dauda

    Help me

  60. akinbohun oluwaaeunjohn

    I like to join Airforce because of my life is very important to me sir help me

  61. Shakiru dauda

    What i dont understand is, in the form they give me, i see LETTER OF ATTESTATION OF GOOD CHARACTER… can i doe that?



  62. Shakiru dauda

    My advice too everyone, dont joing NAF becuse of money, join it becuse u willing to serve ur father land and have pure mind to other…….i pray in God name……i want my name should out in shortlist

  63. Shakiru dauda

    Am also among of the applicant dis year, i apply for NAF nobody know wat God know………all applicants should keep praying, Nah only God can help

  64. Faisal Ali

    I really want to join naf not because of money but just because i want to serve my father’s land with all my power

  65. chisingali samuel c

    i’m chisingali can somebody who known tell me ND Mechanical what will be my rank

  66. Arinze Afunanya

    hi pals…am Arinze Afunanya from Anambra i registered for NAF 2016 recruitment plsi need ur prayers bcs i dnt av anything like godfather but i have God father in haven i knw he ll shortlist my name for sure …….my question here is hw ll i be notify for de screening reply pls

  67. Jakes

    Will there be any message before the zonal exams?

  68. perpetual Akpa

    Am perpetual i study banking and finance at ibadan polytechnic with HND holder can i apply for Dssc in nigeria airforce. Thanks

  69. Sulaiman Abubakar Dabai

    Hello admin my name is sulaiman abubakar dabai, my question is I just want know how can I joining the nigerian air force base kaduna college of air force I have my SSCE result now I have seven credit in my result please I your help. thanks….

  70. james

    if it is your will let me be among the force… winners never quit…

  71. Israel

    Does NAF trade men/women rank wit d non commission, and how much is their salary too?


    I am by name Abdulmuminu Bello, i hv seven credict including maths an english. I hav intrast to join NAF, i dnt hav any body who can help me, except GOD, plz any body that can gv his assist i need, i am ready to pay any amount. Here is my phone Number 07064444420.may GOD HELP US AMEEN

  73. kenneth

    am applying for naf with my OND qualification in electrical engineering.pls wat ranks exactly will i fall on and was the salary ratings thanks kenneth

  74. Izekor osahen bright

    I am izekor osahen bright I want to apply NAF can I use my ssce result

    1. Bright,
      Yes you can

  75. Sa'adan.

    I’m sa’adan yakubu yusuf from plateau state, I want’s to apply airforce through recruitment, I need your prayers. thank you.

  76. Victor winner augustine

    Hello to all NAF officer..i want to be one of the nigerian airforce and i have obtain the form twice and my name was not among the shortlisted,and have obtain it again this year coz i wish to be one of the nigerian airforce,becous i love the i beg all the NAF officer to help me to be among the force this year(victor winner augustine)

  77. Jefferson

    Hello admin. Thanks for the listings. I just want to know how the Nigeria Airforce does its rankings and how to join. I have just my SSCE result for now, can i join with this result? If yes which level would i start from and how will the progress be like? I just have interest in joining the Military. I know this is alot, but i need your help. Thanks…….. Jefferson

    1. flow

      you will be among the non commisioned. I.e recruit

      1. okutubodammy

        how can recruit get to commissioned

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