Current Nigerian Army Salary Structure and Ranks


History and Functions of The Nigerian Army

Formerly called Royal West African Frontier Force, The Nigerian Army was founded in 1990, and personnel is trained by British colonials to help them fight world war 2.

Functions of The Nigerian Army:

The Functions of these armed Gallant men Includes:

Maintaining Territorial integrity

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Securing its borders, preventing it from Violation on neither land, air, or sea.

Defending The country from External aggression

Suppress insecurities within the country and act in aid of civil authorities to restore and maintain order.

Carry out other functions as prescribed by an act of the National Assembly.

Ranks in The Nigerian Armed Force

Just like in the Nigeria Police force where ranks are significant, the Nigeria Armed force is no different, the practice is also deeply rooted and entrenched as well across all the forces viz Army, Navy, and Air Force.

Officers in the Nigerian army are broadly classified into two, namely, Commissioned and Non-Commissioned officers. The former are officers in senior ranks while the latter are the very junior officers.

As mentioned above, the Nigerian Armed forces include the Navy, army, and Air Force. The Nigeria Army is the land branch force and the largest among the Nigerian armed forces.

Formations in The Nigerian Army

There are different formations in the Nigeria Army, the major formations include:

First( 1st) Division

Second( 2nd)Division

Third (3rd) Division

Eighty-one (81st) Division

Eighty-two (82nd) Division and

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The most recently formed seventh (7th) Division.

Commission Offices of the Nigeria Army

Commissioned officers have 11 ranks. From the lowest to the highest, the ranks include :

11. Second lieutenant
10. First Lieutenant
9. Captain
8. Major
7. Lieutenant colonel
6. Colonel
5. Brigadier
4. Major General
3. Lieutenant General
2. General
1. Field marshal

Non-Commissioned Officers in The Nigerian Army

There are 8 ranks under the non-commissioned officers are they are as follows from lowest to highest.

8. Recruit
7. Private
6. Lance Corporal
5. Corporal
4. Sergeant
3. Staff Sergeant
2. Warrant officer
1. Master Warrant Officer

Salary structure of the Nigerian Army

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Considering the number of risks these officers subject themselves to in a bid to save lives and protect their country, it’s just natural that they are paid handsomely for their sacrifices, below is the salary structure of the Nigerian Army categorized by their respective ranks.

As you would have known, the salary of each officer depends on the rank.

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Salaries of Commissioned Officers are

1. Second lieutenant – N120,000
2. First Lieutenant – N180,000
3. Captain – N220,000
4. Major -N300,000
5. Lieutenant colonel – N350,000
6. Colonel – N550,000
7. Brigadier – N750,000
8. Major General – N950,000
9. Lieutenant General – N1,000,000
10. General – N1,500,000
11. Field marshal – Yet to be attained. There is no written evidence in Nigeria history of any five-star office (field marshal) yet, so we, salary structure for field marshal is yet to be attained.

Salaries of Non-commissioned officers of the Nigerian Army:

8. Recruit – N/A
7. Private – N49,000
6. Lance Corporal -N55,000
5. Corporal – N58,000
4. Sergeant – N63,000
3. Staff Sergeant – N68,000
2. Warrant officer – N80,000
1. Master Warrant Officer – N90,000

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