How To Join Nigerian Navy As A Graduate

Its no news that most Nigerians would like to join the Nigerian Navy as a graduate and so they rush to their recruitment website and fill the naval application form without knowing the requirements to join Nigerian Navy.


Well, this article will help clarify and teach you the recruitment process on how to be a naval officer. You should be aware that to have a career in Nigeria’s Navy, there exist unequaled career opportunities, experiences, and quite difficult challenges that would help you realize your potential and improve your very skill in the service to Nigeria no matter the course of study.

Although, during the application process of joining the Nigerian Navy for DSSC, which is normally open for graduates that have completed their degree and have done their NYSC Youth Service, not all courses are usually listed on the Navy’s website as recruitment into the Nigeria Navy depends on the vacant spaces available after senior officers in the organization retires.

In joining the Navy as a graduate, there are some certain requirements you must be eligible of. See them below

Important Requirements to Join the Nigerian Navy

  • You must be a Nigerian Citizen
  • You must meet some certain physical, mental, and psychological training i.e be physically, mentally and medically fit.
  • Fall within the age bracket of 18-24 (subject to change, depending on type of recruitment)
  • For males, a height of 1.7m while for females, a height of 1.67m.
  • Be a literate and have certain educational qualifications.
  • You would have to pass the Nigerian Navy Aptitude test and series of interviews conducted at different stages.
  • Pass the medical screening.

From the above requirements, you can see that the Navy do not admit feeble minded people into its base. You would have to make sure that you are physically fit so as to endure the rigorous military training you would receive, if you are shortlisted. You also have to be medically fit, be of a certain height to join the Nigerian Navy.

Please note that money is not needed to buy anything such as scratch cards, pins etc that most online portals say you should buy. They will defraud you of your money and the Nigerian Navy won’t be held responsible. Be wise.


How to apply as a Naval Officer as a Graduate

  1. If you feel that you are an eligible graduate, then I believe you are qualified to join the Nigerian Navy.
  2. Go to their official recruitment portal which is
  3. Check if your course of study is listed among the requirements
  4. Create your username and password on the website which you would use in registering your data.
  5. You would be presented with some forms which you are to complete. Be honest as you fill the form which will serve as a data base for you if you qualify finally. Also note that if your information is false and you are caught you will be prosecuted according to the law. Make sure the information you provide is correct.
  6. Upon your submission of your form online, you would be required to print all documents out including attestation forms, consent forms, guarantor’s form, form filled by your Local Government Chairman, Traditional ruler e.t.c. All these you will take to the Navy recruitment centers when the dates of the Nigerian Navy Aptitude test are released online.
  7. Report to the Navy exam centers with copies of the following documents: Birth certificate, guarantors form, parent consent form, local government identification form, educational documents, certificates with photocopies.
  8. Do not submit your original documents unless you are requested to do so which is rare. Most people made this mistake and are regretting it terribly.

If you really want to join the Nigerian Navy as a graduate or as a seaman, Make sure you study about the ranks in the Nigerian Navy, their functions, history e.t.c and the sky will surely be your limit. Good luck

The Nigerian Navy (NN) is a branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces. It is among the largest navies on the African continent, consisting of several thousand personnel, including those of the Coast Guard.

The origin of the Nigerian Navy could be traced to the Marine Department of the Royal Navy established in 1887 as a quasi-military organization, which combined the duties of the present-day Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority and the Nigerian Navy.

They are tasked with the following duties among others

  • To maintain the country’s laws within territorial and internal waters as well as EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone).
  • To defend Nigerians from possible enemies in the waters.
  • To perform the military role as noted in the Act of 1964.
  • To negotiate from the position of strength when necessary.
  • To play its diplomatic and policing roles when needed.
  • To perform all the duties and functions defined by the Constitution.
  • To train a new generation who wishes to join the Nigerian Navy.

The Nigerian Navy is headed by the Chief of Naval Staff who is also the head of the Naval Headquarters (NHQ), the administrative and policy-making organ of the Nigerian Navy.

Among other engagements, the Nigerian Navy have been engaged during the Nigerian Civil War, First Liberian Civil War, Sierra Leone Civil War, Conflict in Niger Delta, Boko Haram Insurgency and the Invasion of Gambia.

Yearly, officers and men of the Nigerian Navy retire from service, creating a void. These created voids need to be filled by recruiting eligible candidates into the Nigerian Navy. The focus in this article is on “Nigerian Navy Recruitment for Graduates”.

Nigerian Navy DSSC Recruitment for Graduates

The Nigerian Navy regularly recruits new officers and men either through their regular recruitment or the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC). Our focus in this article is on the DSSC recruitment as it’s the most suitable for most graduates.

Before proceeding, you need to know the difference between the Direct Short Service and Short Service as it gets mixed up easily. They are both short-term military training exercises (usually 1 year). And they are both targeted at military personnel who have served in their respective units for not less than 5 years or civilians who graduated from recognized higher institutions.

Direct Short Service are for applicants looking to further in their respective fields of study in the Nigerian military. For instance, if you graduated as a medical doctor, then the DSSC will be most suitable for you.

Short Service Combatant Commissions on the other hand are for applicants who wish to get deployed to infantry, artillery or other combatant units upon the completion of their one-year military training.

From now till the end of the article, the focus of this article will be on the Nigerian Navy Direct Short Service and how to apply for it.

Requirements for applying Nigerian Navy as Graduates

Before your application can see the light of the day, there are some minimum requirements you have to meet first. Make sure you meet them before making any attempt of putting forward your application to avoid wasting your time and thoughts on a fruitless journey. The minimum requirements are as follows.

  1. The job is opened only to Nigerians – you must be one before applying
  2. Applicants must be between the age of 22-35. For medical doctors, their age must not exceed 40.
  3. The applicant must be fit physically, mentally and medically before his application can be given any consideration. He/she must present evidence of such fitness as at the time of applying. In actual fact, all applicants are taken through series of test to determine their levels of fitness physically, mentally and medically.
  4. The individual must be given recommendation by minimum of 2 individuals and these individuals must be recognizable people in the society. They are required to attest to the integrity and character of the applicant. The individual that can give such recommendation may be Secretary or Chairman of the applicant’s Local Government of origin. It can also be military personnel starting from the rank of a Lieutenant Colonel. Police officers starting from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police too can give such recommendation. The military or police personnel to give such recommendations must originate from the state of origin of the applicant. The person providing the recommendation is equally required to attach his/her passport photograph to the said recommendation letter.
  5. Letter of attestation from the institution he/she graduated from.
  6. The applicant is expected to be up to 1.68 m height for male and 1.65 m for female.
  7. He/she must never have been convicted of any crime by a court of law before. If the applicant is military personnel, he/she must be free of any form of military disciplinary case. The Commanding Officer of the military applicant is expected to attest to this.
  8. He/she must never have been convicted of any crime by a court of law before. If the applicant is military personnel, he/she must be free of any form of military disciplinary case. The Commanding Officer of the military applicant is expected to attest to this.
  9. Applicants must graduate with minimum of Second Class Lower degree or Lower Credit.
  10. If the applicant is a civilian that has graduated from either a university or polytechnic, he/she is expected to also present NYSC certificate or valid exemption letter.
  11. The individual must also have valid state of origin certificate.
  12. If the applicant has any professional qualification, he/she must present document that authenticate his/her registration with such professional bodies. These professional bodies must be recognized by Nigerian Laws
  13. It is forbidden for candidates to have any tattoo or inscription on their bodies. Any such candidate will be automatically disqualified
  14. All the original copies of certificates obtained by the applicant during education years must be presented by the candidate. The candidate must present all credentials from primary to tertiary institution.
  15. It is forbidden for any of the applicants to be member of any secret fraternity, society or cult.

How to Apply for Nigerian Navy as a Graduate

Application is completely online and free. You don’t need to pay anyone or go through a middle man.

To apply visit the navy enlistment portal, Please note. recruitments is not on for now. Regularly check the site or news sources to know when they are recruiting for the DSSC courses listed on their website.


The Author


I am simply known as Ikenwa Chizoba, a seasoned blogger and the Founder of Nigerian Infopedia. A very simple person who loves writing, reading and research.


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  1. Yusuf kabiru

    are you interested in joining the nigerian navy academy an you dont know how to go about it or your name was not shortlisted in the 2015/2016 recruitment examinations contact the Navy for more Information

  2. olayemi

    Things to note before the 2017/2018 Nigeria Navy Form  comes out …… Make sure you have the minimum of 5 to 6 credit in your 0’level results including English and Maths also make sure you provide all required information during registration online and sign all guarantor form purchase your registration scratch card pin from all recommended banks immediately its comes out
    lastly MAKE SURE you answer 90% questions out
    of 100% then your ADMISSION is guarantee and you will find your name on the
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  3. peter okwafiaka

    The Nigeria navy short service is out…pls inform if it out…

    1. Its not yet out but will inform you as soon as it is out

  4. pls when the nigeria navy form out please inform me am intrested

  5. michael

    please keep me posted when the form comes out my email

  6. gbenga

    Hello Nigerians,
    The Nigerian Navy Recruitment form is out and any candidate can apply the form and get help and asisstance to secrue your details so that you can join the nigerian navy easily

  7. Peace

    please must my referees come from my state of origin, and can the people signing my recommendation form be different from my referees

    1. yes, they would have to be from your state and the people signing your recommendation can be different from your refeeres

      1. Bright Ejike

        Good evening brother, I just came across your site now, please i want to join the Nigerian navy am a graduate and please I really need your help keep me posted

  8. Ben

    Please, can someone with a law degree apply??

    1. yes, if your course is listed

  9. Samuel Andre

    Please I tried to fill the form online but the date of birth is only 1999 and I was born 2000 what do I do I was going for ssc

    1. there are numbers on the website that you can use and contact the Nigerian navy. try them

  10. Sky blue

    Can I know the subjects to prepare for as to the Navy aptitude test

    1. English, maths, general knowledge

  11. Uche Egodinofia

    oga mi, shey you go carry me enter navy? God go bless you.

    1. adejoke

      Inform me when d form is out

  12. Aanu

    Please, when will this year’s form be out?

      1. Aanu

        Thank you

  13. Gabriel

    what if someone don’t have the primary school certificate… but has other requirement… is there still a possibility

    1. The primary cert is important as everything is dully checked and documented in the Nigerian navy

  14. Christian Francis

    Greeting to all, please kindly keep me posted when the Nigerian Nevy start recruiting 2018/2019 applicant and when their portal is open for registration.
    And please when will the recruitment start
    will so much appreciate your feedback

  15. olabode

    good evening please I just come across this site now please how can I apply for the Nigeria navy form and their requirements

    1. Once the Navy release the information on their recruitment, just check back and it would be posted on this website

  16. Egbuchulam bright

    Maths b2
    Eng d7
    Go 4 nigerian navy?

    1. No because of the English. The minimum requirement is to credit English and Mathematics

  17. Alao anuoluwapo

    please how am I going to do it I just finished my secondary school and I want to go to navy university how am I going to do it

  18. Alao anuoluwapo

    How will I join navy university

  19. Afolabiyusuf

    Pls hw can i join navy university….pls is it lyk NDA plsss

    1. The Navy just opened a new university but its not like the NDA

  20. mayowa

    Please any body does that really mean that a 2’2 graduate can’t join the navy

  21. amaechi ikenna

    pls called me when the form is out,thank you

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