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Nigerian Navy Ranks and Salary

This post is about Nigerian Navy Ranks and Salary. So People who desire to join the Nigerian Navy can read through and know the various ranks and the corresponding salaries. With that information, you will know which rank to apply for based on your qualification.

Nigerian Navy Ranks and Salary

The Nigerian Navy

The Nigerian Navy is one of the three services that make up the Nigerian Armed Forces. The other two being the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air force.

All the three services of the Nigerian Armed Force have a ranking structure. In other words, each personnel is placed on a rank on the basis of the qualification at the point of entry into the service. However, there is room for promotion as the officers put in their dedicated service with time.

Nigeria has about the largest Navy in West Africa, having over 25,000 personnel and roughly 200 platforms.

The Nigerian Navy Ranks

So before you think about joining the Nigerian Navy, you need to be knowledgeable about the ranks in the service.

The ranks in the Nigerian Navy are under two categories. They include:

  • The Commissioned Officers
  • The Non-commissioned Officers

I’m going to outline the ranks under the two categories so that you know where each belongs.

The Commissioned Officers

The commissioned officers are the highest ranking personnel of the Nigerian Navy. In other words, they are the senior officers of the Service. So they act as leaders and dish out instructions to personnel in lower ranks. There are 12 ranks under the commissioned officers category of the Nigerian Navy. The list below shows the ranks from the highest to the lowest.

  1. Admiral of the Fleet
  2. Admiral
  3. Vice-Admiral
  4. Rear Admiral
  5. Commodore
  6. Captain
  7. Commander
  8. Lieutenant Commander
  9. Lieutenant
  10. Sub-Lieutenant
  11. Acting Sub-Lieutenant
  12. Mid-Shipman

The Admiral of the Fleet is also known as the Grand Admiral. It is the highest rank in the Nigerian Navy and the the equivalent of a Field Marshall in the Nigerian Army.

The Admiral is the highest attainable rank in the Nigerian Navy. It is the Chief of Naval Staff that usually attains this rank. The Admiral in the Nigerian Navy is equivalent to the General in the Nigerian Army and Air Marshal in the Air force.

The Vice-Admiral is like a Lieutenant General in the Nigerian Army.

The Commander is a mid-naval rank. Whereas the Lieutenant Commander is the most senior of all the junior naval officers in the Nigerian Navy.

The Mid-Shipman is the lowest rank for commissioned navy officers. However, the officers on this rank are in training to become commissioned officers. The mid-shipman is a rank similar to a Pilot Officer in the Air force.

So that’s all for the ranks under the commissioned officers category of the Nigerian Navy. In the next section, we shall look at the ranks under the non-commissioned category.

The Non-Commissioned Officers

The ranks under the non-commissioned officers category of the Nigerian Navy are seven in number. The list below gives the ranks from the highest to the lowest.

  • Warrant Chief Petty Officer
  • Chief Petty Officer
  • Petty Officer
  • Leading Rating
  • Able Rating
  • Ordinary Rating
  • Trainee

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The Nigerian Navy salary structure is largely based on the ranks of officers. So the higher the rank of an officer, the more their salary.

But I’m sure you’d like to know how much each rank in the Nigerian Navy earns as salary per month.

I will discuss this in the coming sections. So just keep reading.

How Much is the Nigerian Navy Salary?

Here, I will enlighten you on the salary structure for officers of the Nigerian Navy. The information here will border largely on what the commissioned officers earn. This is because the Nigerian Navy does not make the salary structure of Non-Commissioned Officers public.

However, I will always update this post with that information as soon as it is made public. Howbeit, here below are some information I could gather about the annual salary of some of the ranks in this lower category:

  • Cadet (Training): earns between N471,038 and N534,773 per year
  • Warrant Officer: earns between N1,022,320 and N1,192,499 per year
  • Master Warrant Officer: earns between N1,783,029 and N1,962,697 per year
  • Navy Warrant Officer: earns between N1,908,718 and N2,061,520 per year

Nigerian Navy Ranks and Salary for Commissioned Officers

Like I have said already, the Commissioned Officers of the Nigerian Navy are the senior staff.

The officers enjoy several other benefits apart from their basic salaries. Such benefits include housing, health, travel, etc. However, we are going to focus our discussion here on their basic salaries.

In the table below, you will see the different ranks under the Commissioned Officers category, their monthly and annual salaries.

Nigerian Navy RankSalary (per month)Salary (per year)
Rear AdmiralN1,003,245N12,038,945

So there you have it. Just in case you want to join the Nigerian Navy to render your selfless service to the nation, you now know what to expect.

Since you already know Nigerian Navy ranks and salary, let me show you how to join the service.

How to Join the Nigerian Navy

Many Nigerians with different qualifications want to serve in the Navy. So I’m going to be showing you how to join the Nigerian Navy with SSCE, NCE and OND. Thereafter, I will show you how to join the navy as a graduate with a degree.

How to Join the Nigerian Navy with SSCE, NCE, and OND

Nigerians who possess any of SSCE, NCE, and OND, you can join the Nigerian Navy. All they require is to satisfy the criteria for entry into the service.

However, you must bear in mind that if you are joining the Nigerian Navy either of SSCE, NCE or OND, you will be given one of the ranks under the non-commissioned officers category.

There will be a six month training that will prepare you to become a naval officer.

So if you are planning to use SSCE, NCE or OND to join the Nigerian Navy, here are the requirements:

  • You must possess any of SSCE, NCE and OND or their equivalents.
  • You must tender or declare a certificate during the recruitment exercise. Otherwise, you cannot present it afterwards. More so, only the certificates that you obtain through regular service provisions can be tenable after recruitment.
  • The applicant must be between ages 18 and 22 years at the time of application.
  • Applicants cannot be married and should not have children before they apply.
  • Each applicant should print a consent form to be signed by their parents or guardians. They must also print a Local Government Attestation Form.
  • Applicants must be Nigerians by birth.
  • If you have any of the medical conditions below, you cannot apply:
    • Bow or K leg.
    • Short-sightedness
    • Stammering
    • Flat foot
    • Ear problem
    • Fractures or other natural disabilities
    • Previous orthopaedic surgery
  • Applicants cannot have been previously convicted of any criminal charges by the court.

Once you satisfy all these requirements, you can visit Nigerian Navy website @ On the home page, click on JOIN THE NAVY at the top right corner to register.

How to Join the Nigerian Navy as a Graduate with Degree

Many Nigerians are also asking if they can join the Nigerian Navy as graduates with degree certificates. The answer is YES  but there are requirements you must satisfy. If you successfully join the Nigerian Navy with a degree certificate, you will be a commissioned officer.

So here are the requirements to join the Nigerian Navy with a degree certificate:

  • All applicants must be Nigerians by birth.
  • They must be physically and medically fit.
  • The applicant should be between 18 and 28 years old.
  • Male applicants should be a minimum of 1.68 meters in height while their female counterparts should be at least 1.65 meters tall.
  • Applicants cannot have been previously convicted of any criminal charges by the court.
  • The applicant must possess a BSc certificate, HND certificate or their equivalent.
  • Applicants must have NYSC discharge certificate or exemption letter.
  • Each applicant must provide two referees to attest to their integrity and character.

Conclusion of Nigerian Navy Ranks and Salary

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HENRY DIVINE is a dynamic young man with a vision and passion to affect his generation, especially the youth. He is an author, a psychologist, a blogger and the Initiator/Coordinator of The Sure Success Project.

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