Nigeria Air force Ranks, Salary Structure and Symbols

Nigeria Air force Ranks, Salary Structure and Symbols

The Nigerian Air Force Salary Structure ,Ranks and Symbols is one of the most discussed topics amongst most of the Facebook, telegram , WhatsApp and Nairaland forums in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Air Force which is abbreviated as (NAF) is one of the branches of Nigerian Armed Force and at the same time the youngest branch amongst the Nigerian Armed Forces. 

They are saddled with the responsibility of maintaining territory integrity of the country.

The Nigerian Air Force is one of the largest air forces in Africa, which has about 15,000 officers and aircrafts some of which are Helicopter gunships, Armed attack drones, 8 Chinese Chengdu F-7s, 13 Dassault- Dornier Alpha Jets, military transport aircraft, etc.

Just like the Nigerian Police Force, how much the Nigerian Air Force are being paid on monthly basis is dependent on rank of the officer.

Sit back and enjoy the beautiful ride as we walk you today through the history of the Nigerian Air Force, Ranks, Salary Structure, Symbols ,their roles and functions, the pictures of the Air Force officers on duty and every important news pertaining to the Nigerian Air Force.

Now, Let’s have a quick overview of the history of the Nigerian Air Force

 HISTORY OF THE NIGERIAN AIR FORCE

According to airforce.mil.ng, the idea of establishing an air force for Nigeria was first mooted in 1961 following the nation’s participation in peace-keeping operations in Congo and Tanganyika (now Tanzania). During these peace-keeping operations, foreign air forces aircraft were employed to airlift the Nigerian Army Regiment to and from the theatres of operation.

The Nigerian Government at the time, no doubt, recognized the urgent need to establish an air force actively supported by modern facilities to provide full complement of forces to enhance the nation’s military posture. Early in 1962, the Government agreed in principle that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) be established.

 FUNCTIONS OF THE NIGERIAN AIR FORCE

Before being paid a salary, there must be some specific roles, duties and functions you would be assigned to perform. Therefore, let’s take a look at the functions of the Nigerian Air Force before we proceed to the Nigerian Air Force Ranks, Salary Structure and Symbols

These functions, duties and roles of the Air Force are:

They Supply Forces For Execution Of Combat Operation

Just like the Nigerian Army , Police, and Navy, the Nigerian Air force, takes part in military operations. 

Should there be a need for more military presence to protect the territorial integrity of the Nigeria, the officers of the Air Force would be sent to combat and protect the Nation.

They Supply and Train Forces For Air Photographs

If there is a need to assemble airspace data for proper disposition and strategy in events of air combat, the Nigerian Air Force is been called upon since their operations are majorly carried out in the air.

They Supply and Train Forces For Flight Refueling

The Nigerian air Force are being trained to know how to refuel an aircraft or fighter jets on air as the aircraft might run short of fuel during operations.

They Train And Supply Forces For Special Operations

The Air Force also train their officers for special forces and operations and send them out to support and help in the execution of special operations if need be.

They Combine With Other Forces To Defense Airspace

The Nigerian Air force combine with fellow counterpart forces to defend the Nigeria’s airspace.

Other functions and duties, roles and functions of the Nigerian air Force are:

  • They Supply Equipments For Electronic War Operations
  • They Supply Forces For Air Mobile
  • They Supply Forces For Joint Air Transported Operations, etc.

Without much ado, let’s delve into the main topic of discussion

THE SALARY STRUCTURE AND RANKS OF THE NIGERIAN AIR FORCE

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The monthly and annual salary of the Nigerian Air force officers is dependent on the rank in which the officer occupies. 

The ranks of the Nigerian Air Force is divided into Commissioned and Non Commissioned officers and we shall look at these rank divisions and their various salary structure and scale in the later part of this article……Stay tuned

The salaries of officers  of the Nigerian Air force just like any other organization  is determined by the Grade Level and Step which is responsible for the range of the salary.

NIGERIAN AIR FORCE RANKS, SALARY STRUCTURE AND SYMBOLS FOR COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

Nigerian airforce rank symbols

There are 11 ranks in the Nigerian Air force for Commissioned officers. Below is the descending order of these Commissioned officers ranks:

Marshal of the Nigerian Air Force

The Marshal of the Nigerian Air Force is Yet to be attained in the Nigerian Air force.

Air Chief Marshal

This is the highest rank of the Air Force and the eye popping fact about this rank is that it has

never been attained by any officer before whether  serving or retired.

The Air Chief Marshal automatically becomes the head of the Air Force as is obtainable in the para military agencies but it has never been recorded.

Air Marshal

The Air Marshal is the second highest rank of the Air Force and is the highest rank  ever attained. All past and present Chiefs of Air Staff have this rank and it happens to be the highest any of them has ever attained.

Air Vice Marshal

The Air Vice-Marshal is the third highest rank of the Air force and is the first Marshal rank.

Air Commodore

This is the first of the ‘General’ ranks. Air Commodore is a senior rank and the fourth highest rank.

Group Captain

This is the rank next to the “General” ranks. The Group Captain is like the Colonel in the Army and is the rank next to the General rank

Wing Commander

This is a senior Air Force rank next to Group Captain. The Wing Commander comes midway between the junior and senior officer ranks.

Squadron Leader

Squadron Leader is a senior rank in the commissioned cadre. It is next to Wing Commander and superior to Flight Lieutenant. 

Flight Lieutenant

The Flight Lieutenant is the highest junior officer rank next to Squadron Leader. It is the third rank of the officer cadre.

Flying Officer

The Flying Officer is the second commissioned rank and is the rank officers of the Direct Short Service are commissioned into on completion of training. 

Pilot Officer

The Pilot Officer is the lowest rank in the commissioned cadre. Cadets are commissioned into this rank on completion of their training

NIGERIAN AIR FORCE RANKS, SALARY STRUCTURE AND SYMBOLS FOR COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

S/N          RANK MONTHLY SALARY
1 Air Marshal N1,724,283
2 Air Chief Marshal N1,724,283
3 Air Vice Marshal N1,376,343
4 Air Commodore N677,895
5 Group Captain N352,631
6 Wing Commander N342,586
7 Squadron Leader N248,004
8 Flight Lieutenant N232,484
9 Flying Officer: N218,400
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NIGERIAN AIRFORCE RANKS, SALARY STRUCTURE AND SYMBOLS OF NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

Nigerian airforce rank symbols

The salary of the Nigerian Air Force for the no Commission officers according to ranks are:

Air Warrant Officer

Air Warrant Officers are assistants to Master Warrant Officer/ Master Sergeant.

Master Warrant Officer

The Master Warrant Officer is the highest on Non Commissioned Officers rank and all Non Commissioned Officers retire at this rank or less

Warrant Officer

The Warrant Officer is the second highest in the Non Commissioned Officers rank of the Air Force.

Flight Sergeant

The Flight Sergeant is  a senior rank in the Non Commissioned Officers and is the senior of the two sergeant ranks.

Sergeant

The  is a senior non-commissioned rank of the Air Force. It is a mid-rank of the Non Commissioned Officers

Corporal

The Corporal is the third rank of the Non Commissioned Officers and senior to the Lance Corpora

Lance – Corporal

This is the second rank of the Air Force superior to the Aircraftman

Air Craftman

The Air Craftman is the lowest rank in the Air Force and the trainees are placed on this rank after they complete training.

Recruit

The Recruit is an officer in training

NIGERIAN AIRFORCE RANKS, SALARY STRUCTURE AND SYMBOLS OF NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

S/N RANKS MONTHLY SALARY
1 Air Warrant Officer N171,793
2 Master Warrant Officer N165,697
3 Warrant Officer N101,974
4 Flight Sergeant N87,191
5 Sergeant N69,261
6 Corporal N58,634
7 Lance Corporal N55,832
8 Aircraftman N53,892
9  Recruit (Trainee)  N44,564

 

THE NIGERIAN AIR FORCE BASES

The following are the Air Force bases in Nigeria:

NAF Kaduna (the Old Kaduna Airport), Kaduna State

NAF Abuja, FCT

NAF Benin, Edo State

NAF Shasha, Lagos

NAF Jos, Plateau State

NAF Minna (based in Minna Airport), Niger State

NAF Kainji

NAF Ipetu-Ijesha, Osun State

NAF Makurdi (based in Makurdi Airport), Benue State

NAF Yola, Adamawa State

NAF Enugu (based in Akanu Ibiam Int’l Airport), Enugu State

NAF Kano (based in Aminu Kano Int’l Airport), Kano State

NAF Ipetu-Ijesha, Osun State.

 

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WHAT IS THE MONTHLY STARTING SALARY OF THE NIGERIAN AIR FORCE 

Firstly, the lowest rank in the Nigerian Air Force is the Recruit or Cadet.

The rank of a recruit is the basic rank for everybody who wants to join the Air force with O’Level certificate.

Before you would be accepted as a recruit, you must first undergo the compulsory training for 6 month after which you would be absorbed into the Nigerian Air force.

A lot of person’s who are willing to join the air force are curious to know how much  the Nigerian air force recruitment salary Is.

Well, the recruitment salary for a Cadet is N44,564

WHICH FORCE IN NIGERIA IS THE HIGHEST PAID

This is the question in the lips of young and vibrant individuals who wants to join any of the Nigerian  Armed Forces.

Remember, you are being paid with respect to your the certificate and rank in all the forces. So, the question is subjective to the particular force you wish to join.

The bottom line is that all these forces pay well provided you occupy a very good rank.

Do well to do your own research and make comparism so as to determine which among the forces pay better.

Below is the pictures of Air force Officers in training

Nigerian Air Force

CONCLUSION

I believe this article was able to give you a detailed information of the Nigeria Air force Ranks, Salary Structure and Symbols.

Please use the comment section for any corrections, omissions or observation

Thanks.

 

  

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