Nigerian Navy Ranks and Salary Structure For Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Officers

Within the rank profile of the Nigerian Navy, the officers are divided into two categories namely the commissioned and non-commissioned officers. The monthly and annual remunerations of these officers follow their ranks. the high earners are the commissioned staff headed by the Admiral who is the officer with the highest salary, all the other officers of the Navy are answerable to the Admiral. On the side of the non-commissioned staff, the highest rank is known as the Warrant Chief Petty Officer.

Nigerian Navy Rank Structure

Below is a detailed explanation of the Nigerian Navy ranks among the commissioned officers and their cadre equivalence in other military organizations like the Nigerian Army and Air Force.

  • Mid-Shipman – Among the commissioned officers of the Nigerian Navy, the rank of the Mid-Shipman is the least. Its equivalence can be found in the Nigerian Air Force and Army as Pilot officer and Second Lieutenant respectively.
  • Sub-Lieutenant – Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army, Flying officer in the Air Force, and Sub-Lieutenant in the Navy are equivalent.
  • Lieutenant – This rank is on a similar level with Flight Lieutenant in the Air Force and Captain in the Army.
  • Lieutenant Commander – The most senior of Naval junior officers, the rank of the Lieutenant Commander is comparable to Squadron Leader in the Air Force and Major in the Army.
  • Commander – A middle naval category, the Commander cadre is equivalent to Wing Commander in the Air Force and Lieutenant Colonel in the Army.
  • Captain – The Captain is in charge of sailing the largest ships on the high sea. This rank is equal to Group Captain in the Air Force and Colonel in the Army.
  • Commodore – A Commodore in the Navy is graded with Air Commodore in the Air Force and Brigadier in the Army.
  • Rear Admiral – Air Vice Marshal in the Air Force and Major General in the Army are on an equivalent level with the Navy Rear Admiral.
  • Vice-Admiral – This is on par with the rank of Air Marshal in the Air Force and Lieutenant General in the Army.
  • Admiral – The equivalence of an Admiral in the Nigerian Navy can be found in the rank of General in the Nigerian Army and Air Chief Marshal in the Air Force. It is the highest attainable rank in the Navy and is associated with the post of Chief of Naval Staff.
  • Admiral of the Fleet – This is the highest rank in the Navy which is regarded as unattainable. It is equivalent to the Marshal in the Air Force and Field Marshal in the Army. The rank is only bestowed on officers that have achieved an extraordinary feat. There is no current holder of this rank in Nigeria.
Men of the Nigerian Navy onboard a vessel

The Ranks of the Non-Commissioned Officer

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

Nigerian Navy Salary Structure For Commissioned Officers

The salary structure of the Nigerian Navy officers is based on factors like ranks and academic qualifications. It goes without saying that higher educational qualifications attract a higher salary. The salaries of the commission staff are way higher than that of the non-commissioned staff.

Rank Per Month Salary (In NGN) Per Year Salary (In NGN)
Admiral 1,358,590 16,303,130
Vice-Admiral 1,113,600 13,363,230
Rear Admiral 1,003,240 12,038,945
Commodore 615,490 7,385,850
Captain 309,650 3,715,850
Commander 281,670 3,380,080
Lieutenant Commander 230,652 2,558, 956
Lieutenant 195,685 2,404,037
Sub-Lieutenant 150,625 2,255,911
Mid-Shipman 118,835 2, 077,875

Nigerian Navy Salary Structure For Non-Commissioned Staff

The highest-paid officer among the non-commissioned officers is the Warrant Chief Petty Officer who receives N120,853, while the least paid is the Ordinary Rating level that takes home N45,854. The trainees will only start receiving salaries when they get their ranks

Rank Monthly Salary
Warrant Chief Petty Officer 120,853
Chief Petty Officer 90,825
Petty Officer 80,.852
Leading Rating 70,855
Able Rating 50, 855
Ordinary Rating 45,854
Trainee N0.00

Benefits and Allowances of the Officers of the Nigerian Navy

Apart from their monthly basic pay, Nigerian Navy officers are also entitled to some extra stipends which come in various forms like

  • Travel
  • Job security
  • Career growth
  • Free healthcare
  • Hazard allowance

Conditions For Promotions in The Nigerian Navy 

Speaking on behalf of the Central Naval Command of Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Saidu Suleiman Garba outlined the following as conditions for promotion in the military outfit;

  • Mental and physical health status of its officers
  • Ratings
  • Operations
  • Attendance of courses

He made this known in 2019 in Yenagoa Bayelsa State at the naval headquarters while speaking at the debut edition of a wellness lecture, titled: Harnessing Good Health Through Prescribed Medical Lifestyle. In his speech, Garba (the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), CNC) emphasized the importance of good health to the Navy.

Officers of the Nigerian Navy conducting a drill

How can One Enlist in the Nigerian Navy?

People who are interested in joining the Nigerian Navy should do so by visiting the military outfit’s recruitment portal at However, this can only be done after the portal is declared open. On the portal, intending applicants will have access to a recruitment form which they are expected to fill out. While filling the application forms, intending enrollees are expected to attach scanned copies of relevant documents such as

  • Consent form endorsed by parents or guardian
  • Form for Local Government Attestation
  • Guarantor form
  • Nigerian Police certificate form

How to Submit Your Nigerian Navy Application Online

  • Visit the Nigerian Navy Website and follow the steps to complete that part of the enrolment process
  • Navigate to the military outfit’s official portal for hiring
  • On the portal, click the “register” button
  • Create your own account and password using a workable email
  • Now proceed to fill out your form with your basic information
  • Save the filled form to guard against loss of data
    The forms should be carefully filled in as it is no longer possible to effect changes after submission.
  • Download and print after filling your form

Your name will appear on the Nigerian Navy Website if you are successful and you will be invited for an aptitude test and interview which is Lagos where the Nigerian Navy Secondary School is located. Before the interview, candidates must be subjected to screening and medical examination. The screening is a long process that comes in parts. For the screening, candidates must come with the following

  • All valid documents (original and copies)
  • Valid Nigerian Driving License (original and copy) – Category H
  • Writing materials (pens and papers)
  • Two pairs of plain white t-shirt
  • Canvas shoes/trainers – one pair
  • Bedsheet and pillowcase
  • A set of cutlery
  • Four recent passport photograph (30 by 30 on white background)

Applicants who wish to join as graduates are advised to try and get access to the past question papers of the DSSC which usually gives a better understanding of the type of question to expect. In addition, candidates should try to equip themselves with info about the Navy – the ranks structure, the name of the Chief of Naval Staff, the Navy command and bases, the Defense staff, warship, motto, mission, and vision. These and more are what you need to scale through in the Nigerian Navy test.

Nigerian Navy; Eligibility Criteria

To enlist in the Nigerian Navy, there are certain conditions that must be met, they come thus;

  • Applicants must be Nigerian citizens
  • Non-Nigerian will not be accepted
  • People between 18 and 22 years will be considered
  • 24 years will be considered for those with higher academic qualification
  • Proof of mental and physical fitness is required
  • For Male applicants, height is from 1.69 meters and 1.65 for females
  • Applicants must be single
  • The least qualifications are O Level or OND
  • Candidates with a history of orthopedic surgery will not be considered
  • Ex-convicts will be denied eligibility
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