Nigerian Army Ranks and Salaries 2021

The Nigerian Army (formerly Royal West African Frontier Force) was founded in 1890. They were trained by the British and also helped them to fight World War 2.


First, the focus of this article is to help readers have an insight to the salary structure of the Nigerian Army salaries.

However, let’s shed some light to the brief history and functions of these gallant men.

The functions of the Nigerian armed forces encompass:

  • Defending Nigeria from external aggression;
  • Maintaining its territorial integrity and securing its borders from violation on land, sea, or air;
  • Suppress insurrection and act in aid of civil authorities to restore order when called upon to do so by the President but subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly and
  • Perform such other functions as may be prescribed by an act of the National Assembly.

It is also important to note that apart from the Nigeria Police Force where ranks and ranking are significant, the practice has been earlier rooted and entrenched in the Nigerian armed forces which include the army, navy and the air force.  Officers  in  the  Nigerian  armed  forces  are  categorised  into  commissioned  and  non-commissioned. The commissioned officers are the ones in senior ranks while the non-commissioned are the rank and file, the very junior officers.

The Nigerian Army (NA) is the land branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces and the largest among the armed forces. Major formations include the 1st Division, the 2nd Division, the 3rd Armoured Division, 81st Division, 82nd Division, and newly formed 7th Division.

The commissioned officers for the Nigerian Army are as follows:

  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.

There are eight ranks of the non-commissioned officers in the Nigerian Army.

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


Most people think military men receive an awesome paycheck considering the risks they take trying to save lives, let’s see how true it is…

The categories and ranks of the Army, with their respective salaries are thus as follows;

S/NCATEGORIESSALARIES
COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
1Field MarshalYet to be attained
2GeneralN1,500.000
3Lieutenant GeneralN1,000,000
4Major GeneralN950,000
5Brigadier GeneralN750,000
6ColonelN550,000
7Lieutenant ColonelN350,000
8MajorN300,000
9CaptainN220,000
10LieutenantN180,000
11Second LieutenantN120,000
 NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
1Warrant Officer Class 1N90,000
2Warrant Officer Class 2N80,000
3Staff SergeantN68,000
4SergeantN63,000
5CorporalN58,000
6Lance – corporalN55,000
7PrivateN49,000
8RecruitN/A