Nigerian Army Salary Structure, Ranks

Nigerian Army salary structure, ranks and symbold

If you have been searching for the Nigerian army salary structure, ranks, symbols, functions, history, logo, and every other information about the Nigerian Army, this article is for you!!

Do well to take a chilled glass of water and relax as we walk you through every pertinent information you wouldn’t like to miss about the Nigerian Army.

The Nigerian Army just like their fellow Armed forces like The Nigerian Navy, Airforce, and Police is solely responsible for defending the country against external aggression or enemies.

In Nigeria, the Army is the largest component of her military forces and at the same time one of the most equipped Armed Force in entire Africa.

It has over has approximately 150,000 soldiers and sound equipment to combat her territorial enemies and also have several Military bases across Nigeria.

These officer’s salaries and allowances are being paid according to their ranks and whether they are Commissioned and non Commissioned Officers which we shall discuss in detail in the latter part of the article.

Let’s have a brief look at the history of the Nigerian Army


According to the Nigerian Army official website, the history of the Nigerian Army dates to 1863 when Lt Glover of the Royal Navy selected 18 indigenes from the Northern part of the country and organized them into a local force, known as the “Glover Hausas”.

The small force was used by Glover as governor of Lagos to mount a punitive expedition in the Lagos hinterland and to protect British trade routes around Lagos. In 1865, the “Glover Hausa” became a regular force with the name “Hausa Constabulary”.

It performed both police and military duties for the Lagos colonial government. It later became“Lagos Constabulary”. On incorporation into the West Africa Frontier Force (WAFF) in 1901, it became “Lagos Battalion”. In addition to this force, the British Government included the Royal Niger Company (RNC), Constabulary Force in Northern Nigeria in 1886, and the Oil Rivers irregular in 1891.

In 1889, Lord Fredrick Lugard had formed the incipient body of what was to be known in

1890, as the West Africa Frontier Force, (WAFF), in Jebba, Northern Nigeria. The new unit expanded by absorbing the Northern Nigeria-based elements of the Royal Niger

Company (RNC) Constabulary. By the end of 1901, it had incorporated all paramilitary units in the other British dependencies into its command, thus fully meriting its designation “WAFF”. The establishment of the West Africa Frontier Force (WAFF) led to the merger of all units into regiments in each of the dependencies. The merger in Nigeria produced the Northern Nigerian Regiment and Southern Nigerian Regiment. The First commanders of the Southern Regiments of WAFF were Lt CHP Carter (1899-1901) and Col J Wilcox (1900-1909) respectively.

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The two regiments were later used for expeditions during the annexation of Nigeria by Lord Lugard between 1901 .and 1903.


The Nigerian Army is one of the most organized Army forces in Africa equipped with standard weapons and well-trained soldiers do perform a well-defined role in protecting Nigeria against organized enemies.

Below are some of the functions of the Nigerian Army:

  • The Nigerian Army defends the country from external aggression.
  • They guard areas of high importance.
  • To offer some emergency services to gain professional skills required for performing the moral duties.
  • They help to coordinate the enforcement of immigration laws and customs.
  • The Nigerian Army helps to ensure that the equipment of the army and all the
  • weapons are up-to-date and in good working condition.
  • The army also performs other duties mentioned in the National Assembly’s Act or as directed.
  • They also protect the country’s borders.
  • To restore order if needed and in cases of insurgency.


Like the other armed forces namely; Airforce, Navy, and Police in Nigeria, the Nigerian Army ranks are divided into Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Officers and their salary and allowances is being paid according to the above ranks.

It is therefore pertinent to know about these ranks in hierarchical order.


Below is the list of the Nigerian Army salary structure of the Commissioned Officers according to their hierarchy:

  • Field Marshal
  • General.
  • Lieutenant General
  • Major General
  • Brigadier General
  • Colonel
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Major
  • Captain
  • First Lieutenant
  • Second Lieutenant


1 General N1,500,000
2 Lieutenant General N1,000,000
3 Major General N950,000
4 Brigadier General N750,000
5 Colonel N550,000
6 Lieutenant Colonel N350,000
7 Major N300,000
8 Captain N220,000
9 First Lieutenant N180,000
10 Second Lieutenant N120,000

We shall be making use of the abbreviation NATO in this article. NATO simply means The North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Field Marshal

The Field Marshal is a five-star rank and also the highest rank in the army. Nobody has attained the rank of the Field Marshal in history.

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General is a Four-star rank in Nigeria and is ranked as nine by NATO. It is the highest rank attained so far in the Army.

Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General is a three-star rank in Nigeria and is indicated as eight by NATO.

It is a high commissioned officer rank.

Major General

The Major General is also a high Commissioned Officer immediately after the rank of Lieutenant General. Major General is indicated by seven in NATO

Brigadier General

Brigadier General is a one-star rank in Nigeria. It is indicated by number six by NATO.


Colonel is indicated by five in NATO. It is the highest commissioned field Officers by rank.

Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel is indicated by 4 by the NATO and is the field Officer of the middle-level rank.   Lieutenant Colonel is the deputy of the rank of Colonel


Major is indicated by 3 in the NATO and is the lowest category amongst field Officers.


The captain is the highest rank in the tactical troops and is indicated by NATO as two.

First Lieutenant

First Lieutenant is indicated by one by the NATO. It is the deputy of the rank captain.

Second Lieutenant

The Second Lieutenant is subordinate to the First Lieutenant but has the same NATO ranking.



Now let’s have a look at the hierarchical arrangement of the Non-Commissioned Officers and their salary structure:

  • Master Sergeant Officer
  • Sergeant First Class
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Lance Corporal
  • Private
  • Recruit


1 Master Sergeant Officer N90,000
2 Sergeant First Class N80,000
3 Staff Sergeant N68,000
4 Sergeant N63,000
5 Corporal N58,000
6 Lance Corporal N55,000
7 Private N49,000
8 Recruit Not Available


Master Sergeant Officer

The Master Sergeant Officer is responsible for military equipment. He is also known as the Master Warrant Officer and the principal of the non Commissioned Officers at the battalion level.

Sergeant First Class

Sergeant First Class is the primary adviser and assistant to the master warrant officer, and is solely responsible for training and caring for soldiers.

He is a senior non- Commissioned Officers in the Nigerian Army.

Staff Sergeant

This is a senior noncommissioned officer in the Nigeria Army and interacts more with a larger number of soldiers.


The sergeant officer is a junior noncommissioned rank in the Nigerian Army. The Sergeant is responsible for overseeing the soldier’s daily tasks and often leads a team of soldiers that are slightly bigger than a corporal’s team.

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This is a level-4 rank of the non-commissioned army officer. The Corporal serves as the smallest unit of leaders in the Army.

Lance Corporal

This is the lowest officer rank in the Nigeria Army, directly ranking above Private First Class and directly below Corporal.

Private Army

The Private Army officer rank is directly below the Lance Corporal but wears no uniform.

He is assigned to soldiers after disciplinary action has been taken at the Basic Combat Training (BCT).


This rank is for the new officers who joined the army force.

Below is the picture of the Nigerian Army ranks logo and symbols

Nigerian army ranks


A lot of persons have been asking to know which is the most paid amongst the Nigerian Police, Airforce, Navy, and Army.

It is important you know is that these forces have different organizational, salary structures, and ranks and the salary is being paid according to ranks.

Therefore, the higher your rank, the higher your salary and allowances and vice versa.


If you wish to join the Nigeria Army but are yet to have a clue of what the Nigerian Army ranks, salary structure, symbols, and functions are, hopefully, this article was helpful to you as we provided exclusive information about the Nigeria Army.

As stated earlier, the Nigeria Army is one of the most formidable and best Forces across Africa.

Their roles and duties towards National security can never be over-emphasized as they play a major role in protecting Nigeria against external enemies and her citizens which made them one of the most paid and respected Force in Nigeria.

Apart from the salary of the Nigerian Army Officers, they are also being paid juicy allowances on a monthly basis which serves as an incentive to them.

Oftentimes, people make comparisons between the Nigerian Army and the Police Force probably because they are the most popular amongst the land Forces we have so as to ascertain which amongst them the highest rank, salary, allowances, etc.

More so, people also make comparisons between the two forces to know whether there is any police rank equivalent to that of the Army in Nigeria. But the answer is no because both of them have different organizational structures and ranks.

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