Nigerian Army: Ranks And Salary Structure 2020 (A Complete Guide)

How much do Nigerian army officers earn per month in 2020? What are the ranks in the Nigerian army? These questions and many others alike is what I will be addressing presently in this article. Do well to stick around till the end.

Nigeria just like any other country in the world has well established armed forces, which are divided into 3 branches, vis; the Army, Navy and the Airforce.

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While the army is in charge of land force operations, the navy is in charge of naval or sea warfare while the airforce as the name suggests protects the nations’ airspace. These 3 units makes up the Nigerian armed forces.

With this, it goes without saying that the whole safety of a nation completely depends on its military capacity and capabilities. Yes, I know you want to know about the ranks in the Nigerian army.

Yes, I also know that you want to know about the salary structure of Nigerian army officers right? We will get to those later on in this article. But we need to show you a few things first.

The Nigerian Army

It should be noted that the place now called Nigeria was once existing as distinct provinces that were independent of each other. These provinces all had their local armies that protected their territories against all forms of internal and external aggressions.

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However, the modern day Nigerian army as we have them today originated in 1900 under colonial regime in what was called the Royal West African Frontier Force RWAFF. The Nigerian army has undergone many reforms and capacity development over the years which has made the force the best in the whole of Africa.

ranks in the nigerian army

As a highly disciplined organization, the Nigerian army has many ranks which are all structured in the form of superior subordinate relationships for order and discipline to strive.

And as a body of highly trained individuals, the Nigerian army (popularly called the soldiers) are statutorily empowered to use whatever force necessary to protect the Nations land borders both from internal and external aggressions.

The Nigerian army is currently being governed by a body known as the Nigerian Army Council NAC which is under the control of the president of Nigeria. In terms of sacrifice, the Nigerian army has sacrificed much more than other force units in Nigeria, especially in the fight against Boko Haram Insurgents.

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With all these, its expected that the salaries of Nigerian soldiers will be good. But how much do Nigerian soldiers/army earn per month? The salary of Nigerian soldiers is dependent on their individual ranks, and at such we will look at the ranks of the Nigerian army now before the salary structure of Nigerian army.

Ranks In The Nigerian Army

The Nigerian army is a highly structured organization with many ranks which are divided into 2 different categories, vis; commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers.

commissioned and non commissioned officers in nigerian army

The military forces the world over rank their members as a way of fostering order and enhancing the command structure of the organisation.

The main different between commissioned and non-commissioned officers in the Nigerian army is that while the commissioned officers are officers that have earned a commission (through the completion of a university degree) usually by completing their course in Nigerian Defence Academy NDA, the non-commissioned officers are soldiers that are yet to earn a commission “Rank and File officers”

List Of Ranks In The Nigerian Army For Commissioned Officers

full list of commissioned officers in nigerian army

The Nigerian army has 11 ranks within the commissioned officers cadre.

Below are the list of ranks in the Nigerian army for commissioned officers:

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

List Of Ranks In The Nigerian Army For Non-Commissioned Officers

The cadre of non-commissioned officers in the Nigerian army is 8 different ranks.

The commissioned officer ranks in the Nigerian army is listed below:

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

A further analysis of the ranks in the Nigerian army becomes pertinent at this point.

Field Marshal:

The field marshal is considered the highest rank in the Nigerian army, and at such only a few persons get to that position. It is usually giving to an army general who has shown an extraordinary bravery in warfare.

General:

A general is a top ranking officer in the Nigerian army with 4 stars and is under the field marshal. The general normally command a large army unit in warfare

Lieutenant General:

Lieutenant general is a 3 star general in the Nigerian army who is directly under the general and above the major general. His major duty lies in the command of the top army corps.

Major General:

Major general is a 2-star rank in the Nigerian army and is directly under the lieutenant general and above the brigadier general. They serve as commander of divisions of about 10,000 soldiers. Their major function is in the performance of major tactical operations and analysis.

Brigadier General:

Brigadier general is a one star general in the Nigerian army that is below the major general and above the colonel. It is considered the lowest in the rank of generals. Generally, officers in this rank command brigades of about 4000 soldiers.

Colonel:

A colonel is the highest field grade officer who ranks just below the brigadier general. They are first grade field officers that traditionally command small unit of brigades in the Nigerian army.

Lieutenant Colonel:

Lieutenant colonel is a rank of a commissioned officer in the Nigerian army which is directly under the rank of a colonel. He basically assists the colonel in most of their field operations.

Major:

A major is the lowest category in among the rank of field officers in the Nigerian army commissioned officer corps, and he is directly under the lieutenant colonel

Captain:

A captain is among the commissioned officers in the Nigerian army that is directly under the rank of a major. He usually command a company of about 60 to 200 soldiers, mostly with the assistance of non-commissioned officers.

First Lieutenant:

The first lieutenant in the Nigerian army serves as the executive officer of his units commander, and is directly in control of the platoon in the battlefield.

Second Lieutenant:

The second lieutenant is slightly under the first lieutenant in the Nigerian army ranking. His primary duty is to lead the soldiers, mostly from the infantry class into combat. He works closely with both the platoon sergeants and squad leaders during warfare.

Master Warrant Officer:

This rank in the Nigerian army is the highest rank for a non commissioned officer that is under the control of the second lieutenant.

Warrant Officer:

This rank in the Nigerian army functions as technical experts. This rank leads combatant units into battle and provides guidance and instructions on operations.

Staff Sergeant:

A staff sergeant is a rank in the Nigerian army that is responsible for making sure that the soldiers under him attain and uses  their full potentials for military services.

Sergeant:

The rank of a sergeant in the Nigerian army is a respectable office of a non-commissioned officer. He has about 5 soldiers under his control and is expected to serve as a good model for them to follow. It is the sergeant that sets the daily task of the persons under his watch.

Corporal:

The corporal is a rank in the Nigerian army that controls a squad, and is under the rank of sergeant and above the rank of private and recruit in the Nigerian military.

Private:

The rank of a private in the Nigerian army is among the lowest rank. Their major duty is to simply follow orders from their superiors.

Salary Structure Of The Nigerian Army (Soldiers)

The salary scale of Nigerian army is dependent on the individuals rank. The higher the rank of the officer in question, the higher the salary he receives per month.

Generally, the Nigerian army personnel earns between 49,000 to 1.5million naira per month. This amount reflects the highest and the lowest salary scale in the Nigerian army. 

The salaries Of Commissioned Officers In The Nigerian Army (2020)

This is the list of salary for commissioned soldiers in the Nigerian army 2020. They are:

  • A General in the Nigerian army earns N1.5million salary per month. 
  • A Lieutenant General in the Nigerian army earns N1million salary per month
  • A Major General in the Nigerian army earns N950,000 salary per month
  • A Brigadier General in the Nigerian army earns N750,000 salary per month
  • A Colonel in the Nigerian army earns N550,000 salary per month
  • A Lieutenant Colonel in the Nigerian army earns N350,000 salary per month
  • A Major in the Nigerian army earns N300,000 salary per month
  • A Captain in the Nigerian army earns N220,000 salary per month
  • A First Lieutenant in the Nigerian army earns N180,000 salary per month
  • A Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian army earns N120,000 salary per month

The Salaries Of Non Commissioned Officers In The Nigerian Army (2020)

The salary that Nigerian soldiers receive depends on their military ranks. Below are the updated list of the salaries structure of Nigerian soldiers in the non commissioned cadre. They include:

  • A Private in the Nigerian army earns N49,000 salary per month
  • A Lance Corporal in the Nigerian army earns N55,000 salary per month
  • A Corporal in the Nigerian army earns N58,000 salary per month
  • A Sergeant in the Nigerian army earns N63,000 salary per month
  • A Staff Sergeant in the Nigerian army earns N68,000 salary per month
  • A Warrant Officer in the Nigerian army earns N80,000 salary per month
  • A Master Warrant Officer in the Nigerian army earns N90,000 salary per month

The Structure Of The Nigerian Army

If you are interested in the ranks and salary structure of the Nigerian army, you should equally be interested in knowing about how the Nigerian army is structured for efficiency and professionalism.

structure of nigerian army

Below is the structure of the Nigerian army.

There is a body that governs the activities of the Nigerian army known as the Nigerian Army Council (NAC).

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The army is structured into the following categories: The combat arm, the combat support arms, the combat support services and the military police and intelligence unit.

The combat arms  in the Nigerian army comprises the infantry and armoured units.

The combat support arms comprises the artillery and engineers amongst others.

The Combat support services comprises the medical corps, including the financial and transport support teams. The military police provides discipline to dissident soldiers in the Nigerian army rank and files.

Thanks for reading through this article. In it we have identified  the various ranks in the Nigerian army and have also stated the updated salary structure of the Nigerian soldiers 2020. The question of how much Nigerian soldier earn has also been dealt with completely.

If any of the above information that we have provided thus far appears misleading or incorrect, please kindly leave us a message, and we shall update the relevant section accordingly.

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