Nigerian Army ranks and salary

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The Nigerian armed forces comprise the Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Army.  The Nigerian Air Force defends the border integrity of the country via the air; the Nigerian Navy defends the water ways and surrounding seas of the country, while the Nigerian Army are responsible for land defenses. The Nigerian army salary structure is done in such a way to encourage men of the Nigerian army to continually defend the country against external invasions.

Aside from the encouraging salaries, the government equally pays the officers several allowances. Many Nigerians love to join the Nigerian army, especially because of the prestige that such can bring and the wonderful salaries being paid to the officers, especially the commissioned officers.

Studies have shown that the Nigerian Army is the largest among them in terms of the number of personnel. This is not surprising anyway since the Nigerian army is responsible for ground warfare.

Nigerian Army ranks and salary They need numerous personnel to cover the entire length and breadth of Nigeria.  The Nigerian navy is involved in securing the Nigerian waterway, especially the waterway along the Nigerian border.  Also, the Nigerian air force is involved in securing the Nigerian airspace.

The activities of the Nigerian armed forces are under the control of the Nigerian Army Council, which is also the body responsible for regulating the Nigerian army salary structure.

Furthermore, the Nigerian army is among the most equipped in Africa. The Nigerian army salary structure is equally one of the highest in Africa. The activities of the Nigerian army are not limited to Africa alone; the body has also been involved in international combats in other African countries.

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The earliest members of the Nigerian army were also involved in the Second World War.  The Nigerian army was once noted for its professionalism both in Nigeria and beyond. The men of the Nigerian army dominate the membership of the ECOMOG, which stands for Economic Community of West African Monitoring Group.  The ECOMOG was established in 1990 by the ECOWAS.  The dominance of the Nigerian army in the ECOMOG p[laced Nigeria at the forefront of decision making in the body.

Aside from involvement in international warfare, the Nigerian army is equally involved in several local warfare, principal among them being the war against the Boko Haram insurgence.  In the later part of 1960s, the Nigerian armed forces fought to prevent Nigeria from a break up in a local war termed the Biafran Civil War.

While the Biafran Civil War might have been over for decades, the war against Boko Haram insurgence is far from being over.   The Nigerian army salary structure in times past was smaller than what is being given today. The salary structure is regularly upgraded based on the prevailing economic situation of the country.

A little bit of history of  the Nigerian Army

The Nigerian army has quite a history behind it. At the onset when Nigeria was still under the British Empire, the body was named the Royal West African Frontier Force. This body was established in 1900 and the men were trained by the Royal Army.

As hinted earlier, the army took part in the Second World War, fighting on the side of the Great Britain. They were equally part of the first West African infantry brigade, the 81st and 82nd West African division. Also, the army partook in the East African Campaign that took place in the Far East.

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As at the time of independent in 1960, the number of personnel in the Nigerian army was about 18,000 and the Nigerian army salary scale was low compared to what obtains today. However, the Nigerian army was compelled to recruit more personnel during the Nigerian civil war. After the civil war, the number of personnel has shot to about 126,000.

This great body of military personnel was divided into three Divisions. After the Civil War, platoons were commanded by Sergeants, while Brigades were commanded by Colonels. In fact, companies could be commanded by Warrant Officers.

The three divisions involved in the civil war fought independently with each of them competing with the other for materials and men.

Many of those who enlisted during the civil war were poorly trained and inexperienced the leadership was equally inept and this affected the reputation of the Nigerian army.  Discipline was lacking and there was no professionalism as a result, civilian massacre become a norm. The execution of infantry tactics was equally poor.

However, one military officer stood out in the midst of the confusion; his name is Genera Olusegun Obasanjo. He made effort to reorganize his division, which was the 3rd Marine Division.

He brought some improvement into the logistics and administration of his Division, which are factors responsible for the success recorded in his division during the civil war.

Nigerian Army Salary Structure

The Nigerian army salary structure for non-commissioned officers is highlighted below:

  • A Private soldier in the Nigerian army can earn between N48,000 and N49,000 depending on the number of years in service.
  • A Lance Corporal, on the other hand, will earn between N54,000 and N55,000
  • A Corporal in the Nigerian army will earn up to N58,000
  • A Sergeant will receive up to N63,000
  • A Warrant Officer will earn up to N89,000
  • A Master Warrant officer will earn up to N90,000
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The salary structure for commissioned officers in the Nigerian army is provided below:

  • A Second Lieutenant will earn up to N120,000
  • A Lieutenant , on the other hand, will earn up to N180,000 per month
  • A Captain will also earn as much as N220,000
  • A Nigerian army officer of the rank of a Major will earn up to N300,000
  • As a Lieutenant Colonel, you can take home up to N350,000
  • A Colonel will receive up to N550,000 per month
  • Once promoted to the rank of a Brigadier General, the Nigerian army officer will receive up to N750,000 per month
  • The salary will rise to N950,000 for a Major General
  • A Lieutenant General will get paid up to N1 million per month
  • Once promoted to the rank of a full General, the officer will earn up to N1.5 million.

  Conclusion

The Nigerian armed forces comprise the Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Army.  The Nigerian Air Force defends the border integrity of the country via the air; the Nigerian Navy defends the water ways and surrounding seas of the country, while the Nigerian Army are responsible for land defenses. The Nigerian army salary structure is done in such a way to encourage men of the Nigerian army to continually defend the country against external invasions.

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