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Ranks in the Nigerian Army

Nigerian Army is an arm of the Nigerian military that is responsible for land warfare. They fight on the land while the Nigerian Airforce takes care of the air and Navy deals with the combats on and in waters.

There are commissioned and non-commissioned officers in the NA, their ranks are as listed below.

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Nigerian Army Ranks for commissioned officers

These are the ranks for commissioned officers in the Nigerian Army. From lower rank to top rank, they are listed below:

11. Second Lieutenant

10. Lieutenant

9. Captain

8. Major

7. Lieutenant Colonel

6. Colonel

5. Brigadier General

4. Major General

3. Lieutenant General

2. General

1. Field Marshal

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Nigerian Army Ranks for non-commissioned officers

These are the ranks for non-commissioned officers in the Nigerian Army. From bottom to top, they are listed below:

8. Recruit

7. Private

6. Lance-corporal

5. Corporal

4. Sergeant

3. Staff Sergeant

2. Warrant Officer First Class

1. Master Warrant Officer

Difference between commissioned and non-commissioned officers

You may ask what the difference is, seeing the ranks above.

Well, commissioned officers have official and written responsibilities and have direct contact with the government. They give government recommendations, do meetings and all that. They are not limited to combat trainings, they do have trainings on intelligence.

Non-commissioned officers on the other hand go through the military recruitment and are the poster guys. They are the ones that engage in combat, go to wars and special missions. Their job is to take instructions from the commissioned officers, which is usually about combat or peace keeping.

The commissioned officers get the most pay.

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Things to note:

  • The difference between a recruit and private is that recruit is still in training while private has finished training
  • Field Marshall is not attainable. General is where every officer ends his active military career
  • In view of the above, General can be said to be the highest ranking officer

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