Nigerian Army Ranks: Ranks in the Nigerian Army


Whether you’re interested in joining the Nigerian Army or not, it’s important to know the various ranks in the Nigerian Army. If that’s your goal, then you’re just on the right page.

The lists below show how the Nigerian Army ranks its commissioned and non-commissioned officers.

Nigerian Army Ranks for commissioned officers

There are 11 ranks in the Nigerian Army for commissioned officers. They are listed below:

  1. Field Marshal (5-Star General) — highest rank in the Nigerian Army
  2. General (4-Star General)
  3. Lieutenant General (3-Star General)
  4. Major General (2-Star General)
  5. Brigadier General (1-Star General)
  6. Colonel
  7. Lieutenant Colonel
  8. Major
  9. Captain
  10. Lieutenant
  11. Second Lieutenant — lowest rank
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Nigerian Army Ranks for non-commissioned officers

There are 8 ranks in the Nigerian Army for non-commissioned officers. They are listed below

  1. Warrant Officer Class I
  2. Warrant Officer Class II
  3. Staff Sergeant
  4. Sergeant
  5. Corporal
  6. Lance-corporal
  7. Private
  8. Recruit

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  1. M.BASIT

    None of you guys never think of the DEMERIT in joining the army
    Moreover you think to have a profession like this is an easy task You people have to believe that WE ARE SACRIFICING OUR OWN TODAY FOR THEIRS FUTURE #belive

    “WE ARE THE FUTURE”

  2. Ndiana Johnny

    pls.I want to be a soldier by all means,so pls.I need help

  3. ABDULLAHI DUNYA

    I ABDULLAHI DUNYA FROM BORNO, PRAYING TO BE A NIGERIAN ARMY INSHA ALLAH. AND I AM HND HOLDER IN OFFICE TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT WITH (DISTINCTION) FIRST CLASS MY TELEPHONE NUMBER:-08139145282

  4. Rufai AbdulAzeez Abayomi

    My aim in life is to be a part of dose who cn die 4 dier Nation, Country, People and be a part of one who can protect dier people……… Am eager to be a Nigeria Army nd workin towards it,hints on aw to be admited.

  5. AYUBA DANIEL

    I want to join N D A I needs help please, I have NCE in Automobile Mechanic Technology

  6. Markus bawa Alexandra

    I really by the special grace of God wants to be a part of protection to my country Nigerian (nigerianarmy)

  7. Santos Emma, Facebook Name Emma Donald

    Plz Nigerian People, Do U Want 2 Enter Army With Civilian Heart Or Military Hearth Stop Asking Abt Ranks/level Dont U Knw Army Man Die 4 It Nation 2 Bring Freedom All Of U Tat Is Asking Abt Ranks U Dont Worth Been An Army As Army Die 4 Our Brother,sister,dad,mom,nd Frnd I Also Want 2 Be An Army U Go 4 It 2 Protect Ur Country Nd Ur People Wat Did U Say My People BE PROUD U DIE 4 TIS GREAT COUNTRY NIGERIAN NT Rankz Or Level

  8. usman bello bakari

    i wish all nigerians army a blessing

  9. Pastor Popoola Stephen Oladiran

    Please I am interested in Nigeria Army. I am a trained Chaplain as a Brigadier presently. God bless you please.

  10. Momentum Amobi

    The same rank

  11. cyril

    I want to join Nigeria defence Academy. Pls I need a help.

  12. sani usman

    I am from Kaduna state Zaria what I want is to become Nigerian army please I need help from nbody

  13. sani usman

    in life what I need is become Nigerian army need help

  14. OJO EMMANUEL

    MY NAME IS OJO EMMANUEL AM FROM EKITI STATE I WANT TO ATTEND NIGIRIA DEFENCE ACADEMY PLEAS HELP

  15. salako micheal

    am just thinking how I can become a army but am thinking about the black sport I have on my leg

  16. Tolulope

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  17. Kelita

    Please I need a help I won’t to join Nigeria navy.. .this is my number.. .09065390063

  18. OLAS

    I WANT TO BE AN ARMY AND HERE IS MY NUMBER AND I AM A BSC HOLDER IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND THEN I HAVE ND IN BUILD TECHNOLOGIES AND HERE IS MY NUMBER ANY HELP TO PLEASE CALL OR TEXT ME ON THIS 09094940141

  19. Yusuf Lawal Daudu

    Please what is the position of NCE holder?

    1. mustapha tanimu

      sergeant

  20. Yusuf Lawal Daudu

    Please what is the position of NCE holder in Nigerian Army?

  21. MERCY

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  22. Odion

    I just wish my name be an airforce or a navy officer.

  23. Jullius zachariah

    My name is zachariah i like to be an army member i am needing assistance help me please

    1. uchenna

      add me on Facebook uchenna uzoma

      1. BADMUS TAOFEEK

        WHAT IS THE DIFFERENT BETWEEN SOMEONE THAT GO TO NIGERIA DEFENCE ACADEMY AND SOMEONE THAT HAVE DEGREE

  24. Emmanuel Atewe

    Hello am Emmanuel Atewe i want to use this medium to info does going for NDA PROGRAMM SHOULD PLS HURRY UP AND PURCHASE THE FORM IS STILL OUT THE CALL 0092349056642961

  25. samson peter

    pls is NESO pass to bill by the federal government will like to join

  26. Areola Akinlabi David

    Pls What Rank Will One Be If I Join With My ND Result

  27. Hassan usman D

    GOD bless nigerian army 4 ever, we are wih you

  28. mustapha umar aliyu

    I want to join Nigeria army pls help me did my number 09032635357

  29. David Don

    To become any of this is very simple work hard and seek help to the proper channel. This advise come from Captain David

    1. Edward Andy Eremie

      Can u help me captain,I also applied for NDA and dis is my number sir,08140478636

  30. Hamza Haruna

    may God bless the Nigerian army

  31. Philemon zwalnan durkat

    plz who is the first civilliant president of nigeria.

  32. araromi

    I want to be a soldier by all means.

    1. okolie sundat

      I will be great full if my request is put into consideration.

  33. Musa idris

    I like recrutmen army pls help me sir dis my number 0816219####

  34. AKIN

    MY NAME WAS NT SHORTLISTED FOR 75RRI PLS HOW WIL I BE SHORTLISTED WEN D 76RRI COMES..PLS I LOVE TO BE A SOLDIER

  35. hassan abubakr

    plc need ur prayer NDA or Nigerian airforce by d grace of god

    1. nuruddeen101

      Hussain may allh help and others

  36. Adebisi

    I want to join Nigeria army pls help me

  37. BUKHARI ADAM

    I WANT TO BE A MILITARY OFFICER, I NEED ASSISTANCE

    1. Ronald fureino

      Why army are not paying correck salary only 49 thousand for pravate soldiers

  38. Enwono Isong

    A degree holder will start with (captain rank)

  39. pls i want join nda with my hnd how can i do

  40. tunji

    with ND what rank in army

  41. sameul

    Pls sir am samuel I have muy wace result am in science deparment and I hav only d7 in my maths but I pass all so hav colleted the Nigeria army form hav sign all the form but it remain the litnant colonel to sign and.I don’t no how to find the person pls sir I need a help from u

  42. shuaibu usman

    My name is shuaibu Usman I apply for shoot service of Nigeria army I need help

  43. olamide

    Pls the date of pre-screening has it been confirmed? And wat are we to wear to the venue pls hlp

  44. With my degree which rank

    1. salami

      with bsc or hnd. u are a Leutenant

  45. Please with my degree holder which rank?

  46. Emmanuel

    Pls what about a person with jst an ssce holder?wht rank will dat b???

  47. Emmanuel

    Please what about the person with just an ssce holder what rank please?

  48. Emma

    How can NCE cert be on private while HND is on sec lev. I d police force is better dan army in tens of admin

    1. salami

      NCE is not equivalent to HND.
      To be commission as an officer, you must have an hnd or Bsc with valid NYSC Certificate. If you fall below that, you cannot be an army officer

  49. johnbosco

    Stop all this my brothers and sister just take a step today and God will see u though

  50. johnbosco

    Let me ask u won’t the cyber cafe eat if is free go and do it in your house

  51. Bello Abdulrasheed

    Hello to you all sir my name is Bello Abdulrasheed I am in zamfara state, Gusau I am 21 year old and I on process to join NDA 2016 that is my examination no for NDA (68013128) please sir I want you to help me I don’t have any person that can stand for me I score 194 in my JAMB I have 2B & 7C in my SSCE

    1. johnbosco

      stop looking for helper in inter net go to any barrack and meet any army tell he or she that you need a guarantor

    2. Emmanuel Atewe

      what do you need

  52. ibrahim mohammed

    what killed father will kill child

    1. johnbosco

      What that that kill the father

  53. Attih effiong essang

    I went to cyber-cafe cause the online navy recruit is free!!! with a great surprise they say I should bring #1500 so I want ask if this happen in all the centre in Nigeria or is it ib rivers state only

  54. Oyibe oluebube

    I am interested in army force.pls how can i start?

    1. johnbosco

      Start by sleeping in your father house

  55. olalekan

    I too am intreated in armed force bt I wtn to use my NCE rusilt whch level and rank is that

    1. johnbosco

      Imaging you have not go to the market to buy food stuff but asking how is test stop fulling your self

  56. dyoung

    Ple wh no d area of concentration in navy aptitudes test

    1. johnbosco

      Download it

  57. BADMUS

    Please my name is Badmus Taofeek Adedayo I want to enroll for NDA 68th regular courses I need help

    1. johnbosco

      Meet God for help

  58. Olarewaju

    Wit n.c.e certificate what rank is dat person wort?

    1. johnbosco

      Private

  59. Deji

    With HND certificate what rank will that get you sir???

    1. Franklin

      second lieutenant

  60. pheelz

    Any certificate asides a degree or hnd will get you nothing better than a private if not recruit. So prepare to join the fight at the frontline!

    1. Emmanuel

      Please what about the person with just an ssce holder what rank please?

      1. simon

        death rank

  61. comrade snow

    if one should join Nigerian army wit ND cert,wat rank will he start wit.

  62. adeboye jacob

    I like to joint nigeria army

  63. Nuelmercy

    Gud

  64. Fred

    Nice

  65. abbas muhammad

    i want the Nigeria’n army base to allowed children under 20yrs to be in Nigeria’n defence it will be better.

  66. HUSSAINI AMINU

    I want to be a member of the Nigrerian army, navy, airforce. Pls Friends need ur prayar

    1. Ishaq ahkmed

      Hi aminu can u can u let us talk better pls. 07038900072

  67. Abbey. G.A

    I think someone can served his/her father’s land with integrity and humanity. So i urge nigeria to allow this and stay away for high service. Thanks.

  68. buubakari

    any difference between a graduate of NDA and those of university interms of rank?

  69. Veko cadet

    Where does commandant lies? As in, the rank of commandant is in which categories and who is he higher than and lower than as well?

  70. zeeban alex ojua

    warran officer class 1

  71. AbdulHakeem

    Warrant officer 1 is the higher one.

  72. cadet shola

    Which of the warrant officer is higher one

    1. AbdulHakeem

      Warrant officer 1 is the high one.

    2. clapperton

      wo1 the highest

      1. Elpadlic Bunza

        If a person with HND is 2nd lieutenant then what of degree holders?

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