Nigerian Navy Short Service Recruitment, Application, Portal, Requirements + Help Lines

For those seeking recruitment into the Nigerian Navy via short service application, this post will provide useful information on the requirements of the Nigerian Navy short service, how to apply, the official Nigerian Navy’s recruitment portal/website and the Nigerian Navy help lines.

Just like the Nigerian Army and Air force, the Nigerian Navy also recruits able-bodied individuals to join the navy through its short service application portal. Most people when filling the application form to join to Nigerian Navy or other military forces, often get confused as to which of the service they fall under.

They don’t know the difference between the direct short service commission (DSSC) and the short service commission (SSC). I shall differentiate the meaning of both service types below to clear the confusion.


The Difference between DSSC and SSC

As earlier written, DSSC means direct short service commission while SSC means short service commission. If you opt for any of the service, you would undergo intensive military training as officers in the non combat and combatant services of either the Nigerian Army, Navy and the Air Force. Nigerian Navy DSSC candidates are mostly graduates drawn from different institutions in Nigeria from various disciplines to serve as officers in the non combat services of the Army while the SSC candidates are combatants, trained to fight battles. Both short service and direct short service are of relatively short duration (not more than 12 years, excluding extension of service).

Get Original Nigerian Navy DSSC Past Question Here

Nigerian Navy Short Service Application Program

The Nigerian Navy short service application is a yearly exercise carried out by the Nigerian Navy to recruit new persons (male and female) into the Nigerian Navy to serve as its officers. The application normally happens during October to November of every year. Before you apply, be sure you meet the requirements of the Nigeria Navy for applicants to its Short Service exercise. There are requirements involving age, medical, educational and even a required height of 1.70 metres for males and 1.67 metres for females to join the Nigerian Navy.


Nigerian Navy Short Service Recruitment Portal and Help Lines

The official portal/website for recruitment into the Nigerian Navy short service is to apply. Please, ignore any other website(s) claiming to belong to the Nigerian Navy for the recruitment exercise.

Furthermore, also ignore people or group of people requesting for money for enlistment into the Nigerian Navy. Note that the Nigerian Navy or her personnel will never ask you to pay any sum of money for assistance.

If you are in doubt, please call Nigerian Navy help lines at 08062090473 and 08033063694 between 0800 and 1700 hours. The general public is please to note that Nigerian Navy would not be liable for any transaction conducted outside the official enlistment website as provided above.

Nigerian Navy Short Service Requirements

There are some general requirements which over the years are used as a yardstick or better still you must met when applying to join the Navy. Although, this requirements are subject to change, the ones pointed out below have remained unchnged over the years.

  • O’Level result: You must possess at least 5 credits including English and Mathematics in not more than 2 sittings in your WASSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB.
  • Age: You must be between the ages of 18 and 26 and you must validate this claim with a birth certificate that has been endorsed by any of the relevant bodies such as the National Population Commission, the Local Government or an accredited hospital.
  • Marital status: You must be single as at the time of the application
  • Height: You must be at least 1.70 metres in heights if you’re male or 1.67 if you’re female.
  • Health: You must be physically and medically fit. If you have any of the following medical cases, you need not apply:
  • Sight problem;
  • Hearing difficulties;
  • Previous major orthopedic operation;
  • Flat foot;
  • Fracture, stammering or any other natural disability;
  • Pregnant women
  • Referees: You must provide 2 referees
  • State of origin: You must show your state of origin
  • Track record: You must have a clean record with no evidence of being an ex-convict.

If you’re a graduate, the direct short service course (DSSC) is more suitable for you. In this case, the major requirement to apply is that you must have completed NYSC or provide proof of exemption. The other prerequisites of the SSC are also applicable.

Get Nigerian Navy Past Questions Here

Usually, it is easy to mix up the Short Service with the Direct Short Service. The difference is the Direct Short Service Commission applicants are mostly graduates that fill up non combat roles while the Short Service commission applicants are trained as combatant.

The Short Service Course takes 9 months to complete.

If you’re qualified to apply, you can do your registration online. First, you have to create an account, then log in with your newly created username and password.

Then you need to enter the serial number and pin provided on the e-voucher which you can buy online.

Every step of the application process is online and you can also submit the form online. It is important you fill the information correctly and avoid grammatical errors.

Usually, the list of candidates is published on the Navy website and these candidates will be invited for an aptitude test on a specified date.

The aptitude test is usually done in the major cities in the country, Abuja, PortHarcourt, Lagos, Kano etc. If you pass the aptitude test, you will be invited for a screening exercise and interview.

At the end of this screening, if you’re qualified, you’ll be admitted in to the Nigerian Navy for the short service course.

Ideally, one of the things you’re expected to submit before commencing your training are letters of recommendation from your referees. If for some reason you can’t get letters of recommendation, you can use the following options:

  • letter form the local government chairman or secretary or
  • letter from a Police officer from your state of origin whose rank is nothing less than Assistant Inspector General of Police.

In summary, applicants for the Nigerian Navy short service must:

  1. Possess a minimum of 5 credits in not more than 2 sittings in WASSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB (English and Mathematics inclusive).
  2. Be between the ages of 18 – 26 years
  3. Applicants must be single and of Nigerian origin by birth.
  4. Required height of 1.70 metres for Male and 1.67 metres for Female.
  5. Be medically and physically fit.
  6. Must not have been convicted by any court of law.
  7.  DSSC applicants must have completed the NYSC Scheme or provide proof of exemption as the case may be.
  8. Possess valid birth certificate endorsed by the National Population Commission, Hospital or Local Government Council of birth or valid age declaration.
  9. Possess a valid certificate of state of origin.
  10. Recommended by at least two recognizable referees who must attest to the applicant’s character and integrity. Serving military personnel must be recommended by their commanders.


The Nigerian Navy is very strict as regards eligibility of individuals applying for the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course. There are certain criteria that you must meet up with in order to have the hope of ever being given admission.

You must read the instructions on the application form properly before you fill it. The said application form can be downloaded online. You will also be required to submit it online along with other required documents.

Anyone who is not up to minimum of 5 feet 10 inches should forget about getting admitted for the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course. Truth is the requirements can change from time to time.

This is why it is very important that you read the instructions on the application form and also on Nigerian Navy home page carefully before you attempt to apply for the program.

You can get the required information on eligibility as well as download the application form from

Information on that website is consistently updated to ensure aspiring candidates can get to know all they need to know about the program, its eligibility requirements and application processes.

After reading the information on the site and you find yourself to be qualified to apply, you can then proceed to buy the e-voucher required to do your registration online. The registration portal can be found on the website indicated earlier.

Simply create an account and log in using the username and password you were given while registering.

Price of the e-voucher does change from time to time. Information regarding such change can be found on the website given above. You can sue debit card to buy the e-voucher. You can buy the voucher directly on the website.

The serial number and PIN required to sign up and register an account on the website is provided on the voucher you have purchased.

When filling the form for the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course, make sure you are extremely honest and realistic in the information you provide. The applicant may get disqualified from the exercise if he/she is found to submit false information.

The Navy Authority frowns seriously at candidates manufacturing information or impersonating another candidate. Never think they will not be able to catch you easily if you manufacture information.

While filling the online application form, make sure you avoid all forms of error. Watch out for those little errors that can translate to big issues later and properly correct them before submitting the form.

Be wary of errors in grammar structure and spellings before you make the submission.  Some errors may look minor to you, but they can be the determining factor in your success or lack of it.

List of candidates that qualify will be published on the Nigerian navy website.  The qualified applicants will then be invited for Aptitude Test.  Date of the test will also be published on the website.

The list does not take more than a week or thereabout before it is released.  In actual fact, date on which the list will be released can be published on their website. The Aptitude test usually takes place in any of the big cities across Nigeria, like Port Harcourt, Abuja, Lagos and so on.

Those who pass the Aptitude Test will then be invited for screening exercises and Interview. Qualified candidates are then admitted for the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course. Once you are admitted, you will be referred to as a cadet.

Cadets are actually being paid by the Nigerian government. In actual fact, your monthly earning may be up to 50,000 or more.  The amount you are paid increases if the course you apply for is of the professional nature.

Before you apply, you must be a graduate from a recognized university or polytechnic. Polytechnic graduates must not have less than Upper Credit. University graduates on the other hand must not have less than Second Class Lower.

If you are applying as military personnel, you must already be running a degree program in a civil university. Your commanding officer must also attest to your application. All applicants are required to submit at least 2 letters of recommendation.

Those who can give such letters of recommendation are your Local Government Secretary, your Local Government Chairman, Police officer from minimum of Assistant Inspector General of Police and high ranking military personnel from your state of origin.

In addition, the letters of recommendation must bear passport photograph of the individuals that recommend you. This gives the whole process a measure of authenticity.

Generally, only those within the age range of 22 and 35 years are considered for admission into the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course. The person can be a male or female and he/she must be a citizen of Nigeria.

Original Nigerian Navy Past Questions for DSSC

He/she is expected to provide original copies of all his/her certificates; these should be from primary school level to tertiary level. These documents are expected to be attached to the application form and then submitted online.

The applicant must provide original birth certificate and this must be signed by the Nigerian Population Commission or the applicant’s local government authority.

Those that cannot obtain such from their local government or from the National Population Commission can approach a court of law and swear court affidavit. They can present this while carrying out their application for the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course.

We will always keep you with up-to-date news or any information concerning the Nigerian Navy DSSC/SSC recruitment.


The Author

Jide Adeyoye Franklin

Jide is a prolific writer, researcher and a certified author on Nigerian Infopedia. He is a very experienced tech personality with knowledge in SEO and current trends online.


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  1. ifeanyichukwu

    When will the form be available for navy Dssc 2017

  2. Samuel Andre

    please I really need to join Nigeria Navy it has been my dream since I was young

  3. owai uno eyong

    Please notify me immediately when the time of dssc recruitment comes

  4. Cornelius ishar jnr

    Pls let me know when Dssc application for 2017 starts

  5. please SIR/Madam, I want to know when the Nigerian navy direct short service commission form will be out. I really want to join the Nigerian navy, it has been my dream

    1. I will post it when it comes out

  6. EMMA


    1. I don’t think so unless it is specified

    2. Samson

      Yes. 2.2 can for NA short service

  7. Mohammed musa

    when will nigerian Army DSSC 2017/2018 WILL BE OUT

    1. micheal

      please, i mistakenly filled married in my form, now i have submitted, any hope for me. And again dis first school leaving certificate is it compuslory, bcos i lost my.

  8. Leonard

    I’m intrested in DSSC

  9. ikechukwu

    i am intrested in DSSC

  10. Idris Olayemi

    Thank you Mr. Jide, am abit enlightened

    I have some questions:

    1. When we generally say SHORT SERVICE, does it mean we will be officers for a short period of time, say couple of years and thats all? Or what is the continuous process? To rephrase this; does it mean that a short service officer is a temporary one? And is there anything like LONG SERVICE OR PERMANENT SERVICE?

    2.I saw that Batch 24 DSSC LIST is out already, is that all for this year? Or there will be new batch this year?

    3. Please when does the form come out normally, i have been trying to get into NN for a while, its been my passion, even as i went to uni, i still had it in mind that i will switch later on.

    Thank you so much…

    1. Short service is of two types the SS and the DSSC. From my findings, the DSSC is temporal of about 10 years and can be moved further but it depends on the authorities. The batch 24 list is the old one. Normally, the new recruitment comes up when the old batch are nearing the end of their training at One in port-harcout

      1. William

        Pls what happens after the ten years of short service at nnavy is finished

  11. Bangis

    can somebody with third class of degree apply for short service pls and when is the dateline for the closing ?? thanks

  12. murtala aliyu

    is good to give help to our father land not bastardize it

  13. Obialor Chinonso Daniel

    Pls which of the present naval for is going on now “DSS orSS”. And for which ppl? “Graduate or non Graduate”

  14. Linda Francis

    Gud day, I saw a post where it was stated dat the Navy is recruiting, bt am confused as to whether it is 4 SS or DSSC….. pls help me to understand, ma email address is or 08130596595

  15. Ceasar

    gud evening sir/ma…pls i want to knw if one with third class grade of degree can apply for d dssc navy. thank u.

    1. No, you can’t. Its 2.1 that is the requiremets

  16. Attah Yusuf

    Good evening. I need an urgent intervention, please I am a graduate with 3.32 on a 5 point scale. I saw advert about Nigeria navy recruitment. I have applied, but I want to be sure if graduates are eligible to apply, because the recent date for the test now is August 12th. If graduate are eligible? What are the requirements?

    1. what i could see on the site is recruitment for ratings. You can see the requirements on

  17. Governor

    As a mrine engineering student in 400level can I apply for dssc navy..tho I miss this rating cadre wic end in July 31.
    Sm1 will connect mi ..

  18. Aitonje Eguakhide

    Good day Sir/Ma.
    Please can someone with a second class lower in geology apply for DSSC or SSC?

    1. No, not to the best of my knowledge. It has to be a second class upper

  19. Jacob Iibikemugh

    Good day, please I want an information when the Nigerian Navy DSSC application form will be out??

  20. Freeman

    But air force and army accepts 2.2 second class lower for dssc

  21. Oyekanmi sulaiman

    Please inform me if nigeria navy direct short service form for 2017-2018 comes out

  22. Inyang

    I love to join the navy its has been my long dream to captain a ship in the force, and I can’t join nda cause I’m already in my 3rd year pursuing a degree… Pls any advice on how to achieve my dream

    1. Try to come out with a 2.1 i.e second class upper. When you are done and the Navy DSSC recruitment comes out, you can apply as long as your course is listed in the requirements

  23. Sikiru Siyanbola

    Thanks for the great post. Please i would like to know when the next DSSC recruitment is on. I studied Hnd Civil engineering with upper credit. Hope I’m eligible to apply?

    1. Once the recruitment notice is out we will dully inform you via this website

  24. Joyful Ubong

    Pls let me know when Nigerian navy SSC application for 2017 starts?

  25. Aeetee

    I graduated form cotonou with a second class upper in economics can I apply for Dss

    1. You can apply as long as your course of study is listed and you did NYSC

  26. Tim Brown

    Can 2.2 second class lower, civil engineer apply for DSSC

    1. Its 2.1 that is accepted

  27. Akintayo Ojo

    Pls do have an idea of when the form will be out?

    1. For know no information

  28. Jojo princess

    Pls can someone with 2nd class lower apply for DSS when the form is out.
    Secondly,can any course degree apply.

    1. Persons with 2nd class lower can’t apply as the required grade is 2nd class upper. As for courses, not all can apply. You can only apply when you see the course you studied on the Navy website

  29. Tomi obe

    Pls can I apply for 2017/2018, ssc with second class lower in mass communication?

  30. solomon

    in 2009 i under went a minor sugery on apendix. can i still apply for navy dssc?

    1. I can’t say as its only the NAVY that can answer that



  32. Siuta

    I am a third class holder also having a PGD in computer Science with upper credit so can I apply for DSS Navy?

    1. Its normally for Second class upper but you can call the help lines to find out

  33. Auta

    Pls is the Nigerian navy short service application on progress?

    1. not yet but the direct short service for graduates will soon commence

  34. willie

    Please when are they going to publish navy short form 2017/2018

  35. willie

    Navy short service form 2017/2018

  36. sammy

    I read that Nigerian Navy commences recruitment of graduates ON OCTOBER 10, 2017 and the portal wil be opened on 11 October 2017. The Nigerian Navy has commenced the process for the recruitment of suitably qualified Nigerian graduates through the Nigerian Navy Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) Course 25. But on the site this is what is showing NIGERIAN NAVY. LIST OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES FOR NIGERIAN NAVY RECRUITMENT INTERVIEW 2017.

    1. yes, we are still waiting for information on recruitment from the base

  37. merit

    Good day
    please what will someone that have 2-2 do to be qualified to apply for Dssc.

    1. Honestly, i dont think there is something that can be done unless you know someone in power that is influential

  38. oluwaseun

    Good day sir/ma…..When is the
    closing date for the form?

  39. oluwaseun

    And secondly, am still a serving corp member2016 batch B stream 2 but i will be finishing this year by December. Can i apply for the form

    1. No, you have to finish service and collect your certificate before you apply

  40. isamade ngozi patience

    Pls can someone what 2.2 apply for the short service recruitment

    1. Unless Nigerian Army. The Navy and Airforce is 2.1

  41. ngozi

    Pls, the person that help me to register for the short service made a mistake on my Local government…. What can I do to change it.

    1. As long as you have not submitted finally, you can change it online

  42. Ephraim

    I’m a serving corp member and will be passing out next year. I’ve 2.1 in industrial chemistry, I’m I eligible for application?

    1. yes you are as long as your course is listed among the required courses accepted by the Nigerian Navy

  43. Eunan

    please when will the ssc navy form be out? please inform me

    1. for now, its the dssc that is on. will inform you when that one is out

  44. Enenche

    Good day,since one of the prequisite for dssc is national youth Corp certificate, please I want to be clarify on applicant on possesses a nursing certificate from school of nursing since we all know that nurses from such institutions do not go for service like those who went to the universities. Thanks for your response

    1. Sorry for the delay in response, NYSC is very important as proof that you served your country. The other nursing cert is to prove that you studied nursing.

  45. Apeh

    Good morning admin, thank you for this post, you’ve enlightened some of us, more grace to you. just want to know if a graduate with 2.2 in marketing and is due to pass out from nysc this November 2017 apply for DSSC

    1. thanks for the acknowledgement but unfortunately, 2.2 is not among the requirements for DSSC

  46. Wale

    Please I made mistake on my email duration registration and what can I do
    And also am thirty years old please can I go for it

  47. Paul

    Please admin, I will Like you to help me out. i have been trying registering but the location and the center options are not showing. thanks

    1. It is a general problem

      1. Abari Matthew

        How do I check d reguired courses for applying Navy short service?

        1. When it is released by the Naval Headquarters

  48. bright

    Pls admin I don’t actually have my primary school leaving certificate and I have no idea on how to get it…. it’s been too long.
    and I’m currently serving as a youth corp member..wat chance do I have as regards this navy recruitment??

    1. You can’t apply because before your certificate for NYSC is out, the exam would have been written

      1. bright

        thanks for the info

  49. Kenny

    Is the registration for the DSSC still on? And what is the official site to register?

  50. It should be specified on the form. But it should have a place where a high ranking military officer from your state should sign

  51. Opeyemi

    Good evening, please i am on site applying for the DSSC and i have 2.2 in Political Science. Am through with NYSC. Am i eligible to apply for the DSSC?

    1. The Navy usually use 2.1 as the least educational requirement. And Political science isn’t part of the qualification

  52. Giddy

    Please I made an omission error in my permanent address, hope it won’t account against me at the end?

  53. Emeka

    Each time I try to submit, I get an error message. Please help

    1. You are right, try it today. I just printed my friends own and it worked

  54. Nura abdurrahman

    Please i need to know that if registration is still ongoing

  55. igbinedion pius

    I study banking and finance, pls I want to know if am qualify to apply for account and budget in Nigeria navy but it not listed among the course.


    When will the DSSC curse 25will b out

    1. That will at the discretion of the navy


    I will like to known when d date of test come up, pls try to notified me

  58. Obinna chris

    Please what if they inserted wrong data for me how do I correct it

  59. Peter

    Hello I have all the certificates except Junior-Waec, am I still eligible to apply ??

  60. Feli

    Plss II have B.A Degree in English not B.ED, can I still aplly for the Nigeria navy dssc? Plzz ur reply will help. Thanks

    1. You can only apply if what you studied is listed among the course needed by the Navy

      1. Feli

        OK sir.. But the thing is my course is there under education category and I saw B.ed English but what I studied pure English B.A. I don’t know if it will be allowed.

        1. Honestly i can’t say but since English is there, why not give it a try

          1. Feli

            OK sir thanks alot…

          2. Tomilola obe

            I studied mass communication bsc and I finished with second class lower can I still apply for the dss

          3. Unfortunately, its second class upper that is acceptable

  61. Mercy

    Please is application/recruitment still on?. And please kindly help wit info of other military forces recruiting

  62. mike

    Admin thanks somuch for the clarifications..I would also want to inquire if someone with national diploma in civil engineering also presently in final year studying for Bsc can apply for ssc?

    1. It all depends on what the navy wants

  63. saviour

    When will the ssc form for 2018 be out?
    Can someone with a third class bsc honours apply for ssc?

    1. Third class isn’t allowed in the Navy

  64. Bash

    Can 3rd class apply for any post in the nigerian army.

    1. I can’t say for now as it depends on the discretion of the Nigerian Army headquarters

  65. Success

    The age requirements is it 22-29 or 22-35?

  66. OKO Michael .o

    Please is Nigerian navy dssc for MAY /JUNE 2018 OUT PLEASE DO INFORM ME ON TIME AM INTRESTED ADMIN

  67. Prestige

    Please Adm.inform me if.d form for 2018 is out, am interested.

  68. 07034958897

    can I apply dssc wit my n.d result

  69. Edidiong Harry

    please, can someone with 2.2 in accounting apply?

    1. No, the Nigerian navy don’t accept 2.2 when recruiting

  70. samuel samuel

    can a third class with PGD apply in the nigerian army

    1. No, its only 2nd class

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