The Nigerian Navy is the country’s paramilitary agency that is charge of training personnel, and establishing structures and systems for the smooth running of naval activities. The history of the Navy dates back to the Pre-colonial era, when the Nigerian Marine was in place. In 1914, the Marine was divided into several arms, including the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Nigerian Navy, and the Department of Inland Waterways.
These days, the Nigerian Navy is one of the most prestigious paramilitary agencies in the country. Many young persons dream of joining the Navy, so as to don their attractive all-white outfit; and this post is an answer to all such people. Here, we discuss the Navy recruitment process, as well as what to expect. We also shed light on the Navy salary scale, as well as the different ranks in the force.
Just like all force agencies, e.g. the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force, the Nigerian Navy conducts annual recruitment exercises. One key feature about the Navy Recruitment exercise is that it is not gender – biased; that is, equal opportunities are given to both male and female applicants who are qualified and meet the eligibility criteria.
The recruitment exercise is also often referred to as either Short Service Commission (SSC) or Direct Short Service Course (DSSC). Firstly, note that the DSSC application is most suited for graduates of tertiary institutions. Before applying, candidates must provide proof of NYSC discharge or exemption. On the other hand, the SSC application is suited for those who are yet to complete tertiary education.
One major distinguishing feature between the DSSC recruitment and the SSC is the roles that both sets of candidates are being recruited into. Successful SSC candidates are recruited and trained as combatants. They are directly thrust into combat-related positions in the Navy, once they pass the recruitment exercise. On the other hand, the successful DSSC candidates are recruited into non-combat positions, even though they undergo specialized combat training.
Furthermore, the SSC stream runs for a period of nine months.
Here are the general requirements for the Navy DSSC Application:
- Applicants must be citizens of the federal republic of Nigeria. This is because, at this time, foreigners are not allowed in the force.
- Applicants must be aged between 18 and 35 years
- For male applicants, the average eligible body height is 1.7 meters; while for females, the preferred height is 1.64 meters.
- Chest measurement must be 0.87 meters and above.
- Candidates must also have a clean criminal record, void of all past or present convictions.
- Candidates are advised to have some form of computer literacy skills
- Most importantly, candidates with any of the following disabilities would not be considered: full or partial blindness, complete or partial deafness, upper or lower limb deformities, bone fractures, or speech difficulties. Pregnant women are also strongly advised against applying, as they will likely not be considered.
The recruitment application form must be purchased and filled online. This has been made easy by the management of the Nigerian Navy. All that the candidates have to do to apply is to log on to the Navy Recruitment portal, http://www.joinnigeriannavy.com , follow the instructions, and submit their application.
For the 2018/2019 DSSC Application, here are the offices and positions that are currently available. It is best for the candidates to be aware of them, as well as their respective requirements, before initiating the application process.
- General Doctor/Dental Surgeon
- Human Resource Management Officer
- Information Officer
- Accounts and Budget Officer
- Biomedical Engineer
- Information and Communication Technology Officer
- Clinical Psychologist
- Medical Records/Health Information Management Officer
- Medical Laboratory Science Officer
- Hospital Administrator
- General Nursing/ Midwife
- Graduate Sports/PT Instructor
- Logistics Officer
- Legal Officer
- Graduate Music Instructor
- Public Health Officer
Note that, for each if these positions, the minimum qualifications that are required are either Bachelor’s degree, or a HND in relevant fields. In some cases, particularly in the field of medical sciences and Law, a few years of work experience is required.
The academic eligibility requirements here are more stringent than in the case of the SSC.
Nigerian Navy salary scale:
As with all organizations, salary in the Navy is earned according to rank.
- A Naval Commander earns roughly 282,000 naira monthly, which translates to yearly earnings of around 3.3 million naira
- A Naval Captain is paid 310,000 naira monthly, which is equivalent to 3.7 million naira per annum
- A Commodore in the Navy earns 615,000 naira, which amounts to an annual salary of 7.38 million naira.
- A Rear-admiral earns a monthly salary of 1.001 million naira, which is roughly 12 million naira every year
- A Vice-admiral, which is one of the highest ranks in the Navy, earns 1.1 million naira monthly, which makes up an annual figure of 13.3 million naira
- Ultimately, the Navy Admiral earns a whopping 1.35 million naira monthly, which translates to a yearly salary of 16.3 million naira.
Note that this list is by no means exhaustive. There are several other offices in the Navy that are not mentioned here, particularly among the Non-commissioned officers. Nonetheless, this listing gives you a brief idea of how remuneration in the Navy is like.
Ranks in the Nigerian Navy
The highest ranking officer in the Navy is called the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS). The office of the CNS is a highly-sensitive position, and appointments to this office are made by the President of the country. The current Chief of Naval Staff is Vice-admiral Ibok Ekwe Abas.
Ranking in the Navy is in two categories, which are the Commissioned officers, and the Non-commissioned officers. The former are the more important of the two. They are more involved in decisions-making processes, and they lead the Non-commissioned officers.
Ranks for Commissioned Officers:
- Mid-shipman (lowest rank)
- Acting sub-lieutenant
- Lieutenant Commander
- Rear admiral
- Admiral of the Fleet (highest rank)
Ranks for Non-commissioned Officers:
- Ordinary Rating
- Able Rating
- Leading Rating
- Petty Officer
- Chief Petty Officer
- Warrant Chief Petty Officer