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Nigeria Army Salary Structure and Allowances  | Army Ranks in Nigeria [latest update]

The full details about the Nigeria Army Salary Structure and Allowances and Army Ranks in Nigeria can be found here on Ejes Gist News.

This article’s primary objective is to provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of the Nigeria Army Salary and Allowance, as well as their ranks in the military.

As a result, the following questions are going to be answered in this post:

  • Nigeria Army Salary and Allowance 
  •  Nigerian Army Ranks and Salary 
  • Army Ranks in Nigeria

Brief History of the Army 

Initially established in 1900 under the name Royal West African Frontier Force, the Nigerian Army was orginally tasked with the responsibility of providing security for the West African colonies of Nigeria, Gold Coast, Sierra Leone, and Gambia. 1928 was the year that it received royal recognition, at which point it changed its name to the Royal West African Frontier Force. They received their education from the British, and they assisted the British in their war efforts during World War 2.

Nigeria Army Salary Structure and Allowances
Nigeria Army at a training exercise

The Role of The Nigerian Army

The duties of the Nigerian Army Including the following.  :

  • Defending Nigeria from external aggression;
  • Maintaining its territorial integrity and securing its borders from violation on land, sea, or air;
  • Suppress insurrection and act in aid of civil authorities to restore order when called upon to do so by the President but subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly and
  • Perform such other functions as may be prescribed by an act of the National Assembly.

It is also important to note that apart from the Nigeria Police Force where ranks and ranking are significant, the practice has been earlier rooted and entrenched in the Nigerian armed forces which include the army, navy and the air force.  Officers  in  the  Nigerian  armed  forces  are  categorised  into  commissioned  and  non-commissioned. The commissioned officers are the ones in senior ranks while the non-commissioned are the rank and file, the very junior officers.


The Nigerian Army (NA) is the land branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces and the largest among the armed forces. Major formations include the 1st Division, the 2nd Division, the 3rd Armoured Division, 81st Division, 82nd Division, and newly formed 7th Division.

The commissioned officers for the Nigerian Army (Army Ranks in Nigeria ) are as follows:

  1. Field Marshal.
  2. General.
  3. Lieutenant General.
  4. Major General.
  5. Brigadier General.
  6. Colonel.
  7. Lieutenant Colonel.
  8. Major.
  9. Captain.
  10. First Lieutenant.
  11. Second Lieutenant.

There are eight ranks of the non-commissioned officers in the Nigerian Army ( Army Ranks in Nigeria )

  1. Master Warrant Officer
  2. Warrant Officer
  3. Staff Sergeant
  4. Sergeant
  5. Corporal
  6. Lance Corporal
  7. Private
  8. Recruit

Most people think military men receive larger some of moneu  considering the risks they take for the Nation.

The following is the categories and ranks of the Army, with their respective salaries are thus as follows.



Here is the current full list of the Nigerian Army Ranks plus their monthly earnings.

  • Private Soldier monthly pay is ₦49, 000
  • Lance Corporal monthly pay is ₦55, 000
  • Corporal monthly pay is ₦58, 000
  • Sergeant monthly pay is ₦63, 000
  • Staff Sergeant monthly pay is ₦68, 000
  • Warrant Officer monthly pay is ₦80, 000
  • Master Warrant Officer monthly pay is ₦90, 000
  • Second Lieutenant monthly salary is ₦120,000
  • Lieutenant earns ₦180,000 monthly
  • Captain monthly salary is ₦220,000
  • Major monthly pay is ₦300,000
  • Lieutenant Colonel monthly pay is ₦350,000
  • Colonel monthly pay is N550,000
  • Brigadier General monthly pay is N750,000
  • Major General monthly pay is N950,000
  • Lieutenant General is paid N1,000,000 monthly
  • General earns N1,500,000 monthly

About the Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army is currently ranked the fifth best strongest military in Africa and the largest branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces (NAF). Although, they are responsible for land warfare, they can also support the Nigerian air force, the Navy and other par-military forces in the country

Currently governed by the Nigerian Army Council (NAC), the head of the Nigerian army is the Chief of Army staff (COAS). The history of the Nigerian Army could be traced to the formation of the Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) etablished in the year 1900.

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Top generals that the Nigerian army has produced include Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, a one time military head of state and a two-time democratic president elected to rule the country from 1999 to 2007. He was known to have been one of the top officers that fought the Nigerian civil war by leading the 3rd Division under his command.

Major General Muhammadu Buhari was also a key figure that emanated from the Nigerian Army. In fact, he is the current president of the country and grand commander of the armed forces (GCFR).

Even though these successes are recorded, the officers have continued to complain that the Nigerian army monthly salary after increase in minimum wage is still poor, even the benefits they collect isn’t enough owing to the kind of job they do.

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Compared to the time when the civil war was fought, the then leader of the logistics department was quoted saying that the Nigerian Army fought the civil war with little or no resources. This has not yet been verified as compared to the Biafran soldiers who didn’t have proper funding to cater for themselves.

This has made professional military bodies, the media, stake holders in the defence sector to pour out their scorn of the government for not properly funding the military as a whole. Complaints of lack of weapons to fight, poor salary structure for its officers, delayed pensions, poor allowances e.t.c are just but a few that have been mentioned.

These problem has seen the government increase its defence allocation to the budget. In the past, the military budget was said to be less than 3% of government expenditure, but a slight improvement has been added of recent due to the insurgents attack in the north eastern part of the federation.

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The current administration has promised to look into the welfare and funding of the NA. President Buhari has since taken drastic steps to make sure that officers of the Nigerian army and the military in general are well catered for especially in terms of their monthly salary scale especially after he signed the increase in minimum wage of N30, 000 whilst sanctioning the prosecution fraudulent officers with the NA.

With over 7,000 officers and about 99,000 soldiers. The army still recruits every year through their recruitment portal, either through NDA, DSSC or direct short service. There have been suggestions that their might be an increase in its officers to about 19, 000 able bodied officers with total of at least 200, 000 combatants & land soldiers to fast track its many operations.

Formation of the Nigerian Army (NA)

Below is the formation of the Nigerian army under the present Chief of Army staff, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai as of

  1. 1st Division, headquartered in Kaduna
  2. 2nd Division (HQ Ibadan)
  3. 3rd Armoured Division HQ is Jos
  4. 81st Division (Amphibious) HQ in Lagos
  5. 82nd Division (Airborne and Amphibious) HQ in Enugu
  6. 7th Infantry Division (JTF-RO) HQ in Maiduguri
  7. 6 Division HQ Port Harcourt
  8. 8 Division HQ Sokoto
  9. TRADOC (Training and Doctrine Command) HQ Minna.

Weapons of the Nigerian Army

Under the current leadership of the Nigerian Army, that is the Chief of Army staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the NA has been touted to be one of the most equipped among the military in Africa. For the record, we can’t list all weapons available in the arsenal of the Nigerian army.

The Nigerian Army maintains a minimum of 82 different calibre of weapon systems, 200 types of ammunition both ballistic, RPG’s, tankers, missiles (not nuclear) with about 65 various categories of international weapon grade standard gotten from 14 manufacturers all around the globe.

So what is the new monthly salary structure of the officers and soldiers in the Nigerian Army?

Traditionally, Nigerian soldier is paid according to his or her rank. The highest paid rank in the military system is the General with a monthly salary of N1.5 million while a private soldier which is the least rank earns a salary of about N49,000 per month.

For University graduates, you are being paid N150,000 per month with the rank of second lieutenant which is the graduate entry level position after the 6 months compulsory training.

Below are Full Details on The Salary Scale of Nigerian Army Officers (Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Officers)

A. Nigeria Army Salary Structure and Allowances for Non-Commissioned Ranked Officers

  • Private soldier is paid about N49,000 monthly.
  • Lance Corporal is paid about N55,000 monthly.
  • Corporal is paid about N58,000 monthly.
  • The rank of a Sergeant is paid about N63,000 per month.
  • Staff Sergeant is paid N68,000 monthly.
  • Warrant Officer’s Salary earns about N80,000 per month.
  • Master Warrant Officer’s Salary is paid N90,000 in a month.

B. Nigeria Army Salary Structure and Allowances for Commissioned Ranked Officers

  • Second Lieutenant: there are benefits for being a second lieutenant in the Nigerian army as a commissioned officer but the salary is about N165,000 every month.
  • Lieutenant in the Nigerian army is paid N180,000.
  • Captain is paid N220,000.
  • Major receives about N300,000 every month due to his rank.
  • Lt. Colonel collects about N350,000 per month.
  • Colonel in the Nigerian army earns about N550,000.
  • Brigadier General is paid about N750,000 in a month.
  • The rank of a Major General earns about N950,000 in a month.
  • Lt. General salary is about N1 million monthly.
  • General’s Salary is about N1.5 million monthly.

Please note that these salary figures are subject to verification.

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