Nigerian Army Ranks And Salary Structure (2024)

If you intend to join the Nigerian Army as a recruit or through short service, you should be aware of the Nigeria Army Ranks and their monthly salary structure. In essence, military or armed forces are critical for any country on the planet. They are frequently divided into three (three) branches, namely the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy, and the Nigerian Air Force.

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The Nigerian Army is the land force, the Navy is in charge of port management, and the Nigerian Air Force is in charge of aviation operations.

For your convenience, we will explain the Nigeria Army ranks and salary structure in detail below. This compilation was created specifically for young men and women who are looking and considering a career in the Nigerian Army.

First and foremost, the purpose of this article is to give the reader an overview of the Nigeria Army ranks and their salary structure.


The Nigerian Army Force performs the following functions:

  • Protect Nigeria from any external aggression.
  • Maintain territorial integrity and protect its borders from land, sea, and air intrusions;
  • Suppress riots and assist civil authorities in restoring order if the President requests it, but only under conditions and in accordance with National Assembly legislation.
  • Other duties as prescribed by National Assembly legislation


The Nigerian army is still the largest in Africa in terms of size and structure, having successfully increased in size from 18,000 to over 126,000 over the years. This massive increase has been attributed to their success in curtailing and dealing with the recent crisis.

Before we go any further, we’d like to rank the Nigerian army into two groups:


These are military men who completed the standard six-month training in Kaduna. These are their ranks:

  • Corporal
  • Sergeant
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Warrant officer
  • Master warrant officer


These are the main officers, who are highly respected and are thought to be in charge of the leadership. These are their ranks:

  • Field Marshal- 5 Star General and the highest rank In the Nigerian Army.
  • General- 4 Star General
  • Lieutenant General- 3 Star General
  • Major General- 2 Star General
  • Brigadier General- 1 Star General
  • Colonel
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Major
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Second Lieutenant


Now that we’ve gone over the Nigeria Army ranks, let’s take a quick look at their pay. The salary scale in the Nigerian Army is determined by the officer’s rank. Commissioned and non-Commissioned salaries are listed below:


Theses are what commissioned officers in the Nigerian Army earn per month according to their ranks:

  • Second Lieutenant earns ₦120,000
  • Lieutenant earns ₦180,000
  • Captain earns ₦220,000
  • Major earns ₦300,000
  • Lt. Colonel earns ₦350,000
  • Colonel earns ₦550,000
  • Brigadier General earns ₦750,000
  • Major General earns ₦950,000
  • Lt. General earns ₦1 million
  • General earns ₦1.5 million


The salary structure for a non-commissioned officer in the Nigerian Army is listed below. Examine the Nigeria Army ranks and salary structure listed below. To avoid confusion, everything is displayed below:

  • Corporal earns ₦58,000
  • Sergeant earns ₦63,000
  • Staff Sergeant earns ₦68,000
  • Warrant Officer earns ₦80,000
  • Master Warrant Officer earns ₦90,000


That’s all there is to know about the Army Ranks in Nigeria and Salary this 2022. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section.

Mfonobong Daniel

Daniel is an Editor on Nigerian Infopedia who craves for writing, researching and also watching soccer.

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2 Responses

  1. Ukandeson Dominic says:

    Frankly speaking the government needs to do something about the salary structure of army, they’re the ones who suffers alot and it’s someone who suffers most that needs to enjoy most but when it comes to salary they’re the least to be paid, please may the federal government of Nigeria look into it, I am not a soldier but I really feel the pains please

  2. Nelly says:

    This is quite pathetic considering the risk involved in doing this job. The Federal please wake up and do something about increasing these salaries


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