Military ranks of Nigeria

The Military ranks of Nigeria are the military insignia used by the Nigerian Armed Forces. Being a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, Nigeria shares a rank structure similar to that of the United Kingdom.

Commissioned Officers

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the army, navy and air force respectively.

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer
Nigeria Nigeria
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Nigeria-Army-OF-10.svg Nigeria-Army-OF-9.svg Nigeria-Army-OF-8.svg Nigeria-Army-OF-7.svg Nigeria-Army-OF-6.svg Nigeria-Army-OF-5.svg Nigeria-Army-OF-4.svg Nigeria-Army-OF-3.svg Nigeria-Army-OF-2.svg Nigeria-Army-OF-1b.svg Nigeria-Army-OF-1a.svg Unknown
Field Marshal General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
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Nigeria-Navy-OF-10.svg Nigeria-Navy-OF-9.svg Nigeria-Navy-OF-8.svg Nigeria-Navy-OF-7.svg Nigeria-Navy-OF-6.svg 10-Indian Navy-CAPT.svg 09-Indian Navy-CDR.svg 08-Indian Navy-LCDR.svg 07-Indian Navy-LT.svg 06-Indian Navy-SLT.svg 07.RNO-MIDN.svg No equivalent
Admiral of the
Fleet
Admiral Vice Admiral Rear admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Sub
lieutenant
Midshipman
Nigeria Nigeria
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Nigeria-AirForce-OF-10.svg Nigeria-AirForce-OF-9.svg Nigeria-AirForce-OF-8.svg Nigeria-AirForce-OF-7.svg Nigeria-AirForce-OF-6.svg Nigeria-AirForce-OF-5.svg Nigeria-AirForce-OF-4.svg Nigeria-AirForce-OF-3.svg Nigeria-AirForce-OF-2.svg Nigeria-AirForce-OF-1b.svg Nigeria-AirForce-OF-1a.svg No equivalent
Marshal of the Air Force Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice-Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer
Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer

Enlisted

The rank insignia for enlisted personnel for the army, navy and air force respectively.

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
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None None None None Sajenti (Tanzania Army OR-06) No equivalent Koplo (Tanzania Army OR-04) Koplo Usu (Tanzania Army OR-03) No insignia
Army Warrant Officer Master Warrant Officer Warrant officer Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private
(or equivalent)
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None Coat of arms of Nigeria None No equivalent None No equivalent British Royal Navy OR-4 No equivalent
No insignia
Navy Warrant Officer Master Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Petty Officer Leading Seaman Ordinary Seaman
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None None None None None No equivalent None None No insignia
Air Warrant Officer Master Warrant Officer Warrant officer Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Aircraftman
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

References

Nigerian Armed Forces

The Nigerian Armed Forces are the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Its origins lie in the elements of the Royal West African Frontier Force that became Nigerian when independence was granted in 1960. In 1956 the Nigeria Regiment of the Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) was renamed the Nigerian Military Forces, RWAFF, and in April 1958 the colonial government of Nigeria took over from the British War Office control of the Nigerian Military Forces.Since its creation the Nigerian military has fought in a civil war – the conflict with Biafra in 1967–70 – and sent peacekeeping forces abroad both with the United Nations and as the backbone of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Cease-fire Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has also seized power twice at home (1966 & 1983).

In the aftermath of the civil war, the much expanded size of the military, around 250,000 in 1977, consumed a large part of Nigeria’s resources under military rule for little productive return. The great expansion of the military during the civil war further entrenched the existing military hold on Nigerian society carried over from the first military regime. In doing so, it played an appreciable part in reinforcing the military’s nearly first-among-equals status within Nigerian society, and the linked decline in military effectiveness. Olusegun Obasanjo, who by 1999 had become President, bemoaned the fact in his inaugural address that year: ‘... Professionalism has been lost... my heart bleeds to see the degradation in the proficiency of the military.’Training establishments in Nigeria include the prestigious officer entry Nigerian Defence Academy at Kaduna, the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, and the National War College at Abuja. The U.S. commercial military contractor Military Professional Resources Inc. has been involved from around 1999–2000 in advising on civil-military relations for the armed forces.

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