How To Join Nigerian Navy; Non Commisioned Officers

Firstly, let’s understand who a non-commissioned officer is.

A non-commissioned officer (NCO) is a military officer who has not earned a commission. In Nigeria, a non-commissioned officer is one that enters the military without a very high academic certificate, such as a university diploma, its equivalent or graduating from the Nigerian Defense Academy. Also, the non-commissioned officers, also known as Ratings, are of two types; Artificers and non-Artificers.

An Artificer is a skilled craftsman or inventor. In other words, these Artificers possess a set of skills (in most cases, having a National Diploma in a particular course) that are needed in the military. These artificers, after their inception into the military, are sent to departments where their skills are used and improved.
Non Artificers are those ratings that go into the Nigerian navy with none or little skill but are given options to choose whichever suits them. That is, they come in to learn and grow in a chosen field.

Non-commissioned officers usually obtain their position of authority by promotion through the enlisted ranks:

  1. Trainee.
  2. Ordinary Rating (Seaman).
  3. Able Rating.
  4. Leading Rating.
  5. Petty Officer.
  6. Chief Petty Officer.
  7. Warrant Chief Petty Officer



In the military, non-commissioned officers always have their ranks on their arms.



We would advise you to join the Nigerian navy only if you have love and passion for the force. Because living another person’s dream never pays.

Step 1
APPLICATION: The first thing about any application is to know the period of its validity. After confirming the application date for the Nigerian navy, then online registration follows. At the end of the registration, a form will be downloaded. These forms include Applicant’s Declaration, Certification by Parent/Guardian form, Local Government Area Certification Form, Police Certification Form, and Guarantor Form. These forms are to be signed and taken along with a candidate, following the requests of the Nigerian Navy.

Applicants must possess a minimum of 5 credits in not more than 2 sittings in WASSCE, GCE, NECO or NABTEB (English and Mathematics inclusive).

Applicants must be between the ages of 18 – 22 years, while 24 – 26 years are the acceptable limit for those with OND, NCE, Nurses and Motor Transport Department (MTD) respectively, by 31st December of the year of application.

All applicants must be single.

Applicants must be of Nigerian origin by birth.

Male applicants must not be less than 1.70 meters tall while female applicants must not be less than 1.67 meters tall.

Any applicant who has been convicted by a court of law on criminal charges is not to apply.

Persons with any of the following listed problems are NOT eligible, and therefore need not apply:

  • Short sight.
  • Ear problem.
  • Previous orthopaedic operation.
  • Flat foot below the required height (Male 1.70, female 1.67).
  • Fracture.
  • Stammering, or any natural disability.

NOTE: Please have in mind that these requirements could be changed or adjusted at any time. Thus, an applicant needs to be clued in about any such change by always going to the Nigerian navy official website.

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