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Nigerian Army Ranks and Salary Scale In 2021



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The Nigerian Army has actually played a major role in the country in terms of security and perhaps they deserve bountiful and enviable rewards as salary.

Contrary to the belief of some people that Nigerian Soldiers earn a heavy monthly salary, we ascertain the Nigerian army salary earned every month end by Soldiers according to their ranks.

A Nigerian soldier is being paid according to his or her rank and years of service.

The Nigerian Army’s basic function is to safeguard the nation against any sort of external aggression, support the interest of its citizens and country and it is known to be the largest in West Africa, however, according to a report on Globalsecurity, most of the soldiers can perform a little more than the basic defensive operations.

The Nigerian Army was formerly known as the “Royal West African Frontier Force” which was founded in 1990. They were trained by the British and also helped them to fight World War 2.

Brief History of the Nigerian Army

To understand the Nigerian army better, here is a brief history you might find interesting.

Prior to the independence, the Nigerian Army first began as the Royal West African Frontier Force which was founded in 1900.

Officers were dully trained by the British (as mentioned above) which saw them participate in the Second World War in support of Great Britain as part of the 1st (West Africa) Infantry Brigade, the 81st and 82nd (West Africa) Division and. They were also involved in combat at the East African crisis then.

During the independence period, the number of indigenous men and officers in the Nigerian army was totalling 18,000. Payments made to these officers then was in shillings. It was not until in mid-1970 that the number rose significantly to 126,000. At these time, the salaries of these military men were paid in pounds.

These officers were split into three divisions. The reason for the increase in number was due to more able-bodied people enlisting in the army due to the Nigerian civil war.

Then, the salary structure of the Nigerian Army officers had not yet been allotted by the supreme military council due to the crisis that rocked Nigeria. Possibility, officers were paid using the British pounds and scale.

History had it that it was until 1973 when the use of Naira was introduced, there was a high level of corruption among the commanders in the army. These led to the series of coup d’ etat that surfaced in the following years which ushered in regime upon regime in the country.

It got to a point were Lieutenant Colonels were commanding brigades and sergeants were commanding platoons. The warrant officers then commanded officers too as divisions were fighting independently.

However, many inexperienced hands and poorly trained men who had no job enrolled in the Nigerian Army. This caused the image of the military to dwimdle as lack in discipline and professionalism saw cases of civilian massacre, supporting a political divide infused into the army.

It was General Olusegun Obasanjo, who made an effort to reorganize his division when he was appointed the General Officer Commanding of the 3rd Division at that time.

As a result of the reorganization by Obasanjo, salaries improved as he was able to improve on the logistics of division. This improvement heralded the end of the civil war as offensive tactics were deployed to defeat the Biafran soldiers.

After the Nigerian Civil War, there were casualties recorded which reduced the number of able-bodied men available in the army to 62,000. The 3 divisions were also increased to four divisions which were stationed at different regions. This was to augment for the previous regional structure Nigeria operated before the civil war took place.

Each of these 4 divisions logistics was interwoven as they had access to weapons, armouries and other equipment at their disposal so as to improve the cooperation among them. The 1st Division was stationed at Kaduna as its headquarters, the 2nd Division was stationed at Ibadan as its headquarters, the 3rd Armored Division was stationed at Rukuba Cantonment Jos while 81st Division was stationed at Enugu as its headquarters.

While the Nigerian military might not be the strongest in Africa, it has participated successfully in a number of international peacekeeping missions and tactical combat operations. The Liberian war is just an example and in fact, ECOMOG established by ECOWAS in 1990 is currently dominated by the Nigerian Army.

Nigerian army proved itself to be experts in mobilizing, deploying and sustaining brigade-size forces to provide the needed support for the peacekeeping operation in Liberia.

They have also participated under the umbrella of ECOMOG in conflicts in various countries, like Sierra Leone, Somalia, Rwanda, Angola and former Yugoslavia.

Nigeria’s participation in Liberia in 1990, 1997 and 2003 was mainly responsible for the quelling of the civil war in that country and the ousting of Charles Taylor, who was later exiled into Nigeria.

The Nigerian Army was also involved in 2004 at Dafur, Sudan as part of the Africa Union Forces. The Nigerian army also deployed troop to Mali in 2013 as part of the African-led International Support Mission to Mali.

Read Also: Nigeria police force salary structure and rank 2020

Salary Structure of the Nigerian Army 2021

Salary structure for non-commissioned officers in the Nigerian army after an increase in the minimum wage:

NO. Level Monthly Salary
1 Private Soldier N48-49,000
2 Lance Corporal N54-55,000
3 Corporal N58,000
4 Sergeant N63,000
5 Staff Sergeant N68,000

Warrant Officer


Master Warrant Officer earns


Nigerian Army Salary Structure for Commissioned Officers

NO. Level Monthly Salary
1 Second Lieutenant N120,000
2 Lieutenant N180,000
3 Captain N220,000
4 Major N300,000
5 Lt. Colonel N350,000



Brigadier General


Major General


Lt. General

N1.5 million


N1 million

Those are the current salary of Nigerian soldiers. What is your take on the new Nigerian Army Salary structure 2020?

Crocodile Smile and Operation Python Dance Salary Scale

You might be wondering how much is the salary of soldiers fighting Boko Haram? (Crocodile Smile and Operation Python Dance) According to an authoritative report, it states that Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram earn N60K as salary but another report debunked it and put the correct figure as N49,000 equivalent to $249 monthly or £157 monthly while daily feeding allowance is N500.

You should be aware that the Nigerian army is the largest of the Nigerian Armed forces but not the highest-paid. It is their sole duty to be responsible for land warfare operations, just like the Navy is responsible for protecting the water boundaries of the nation.

On the other hand, the Airforce is responsible for securing Nigeria’s air space against external threats.

The Nigerian Army is among the most equipped military in Africa and its affairs are dully managed by the Nigerian Army Council. The Chief of Army staff is also the head commander of the army and his salary the highest.

Since its inception, they have been involved in various peacekeeping missions and series of combats, both on the local and international scene. Latest of these wars is the war against the Boko Haram insurgents.

Functions of the Nigerian army

  • 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.

In conclusion:

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