Nigerian Army Ranks: Full List of Nigerian Army Ranks in 2024

Filed in Articles by on February 9, 2024


The Military ranks of Nigeria are the military insignia used by the Nigerian Armed Forces. Below is the list of all Nigerian Army Ranks in their respective order.

Nigerian Army Ranks

Army ranking consists of or is subdivided into two parts, the Commissioned and Non-commissioned officers.

Each service branch of the Nigerian armed forces has an associated symbol with which it is known. The Nigerian Army logo is one symbol that differentiates it from the Air Force or the Navy.


Nigerian Army Ranks

Nigerian Army ranks are divided into Commissioned Officers (CO) and Non-commissioned Officers (NCO). Commissioned Officers are the managers, problem solvers, key influencers, and planners who lead Enlisted Soldiers in all situations. are responsible for leading and training enlisted.

A non-commissioned Officer (NCO) is a military officer who is given authority through a commissioned officer, but he or she is not technically considered to be in command.

Nigerian Army Ranks for Commissioned Officers

The Nigerian army has 11 ranks for commissioned officers with Field Marshal being the higher rank and Second Lieutenant being the lowest rank. Beneath is the complete list of NA commissioned officers ranks:

  • Field Marshal – ★★★★★ [5 Stars]
  • General – ★★★★ [4 Stars]
  • Lieutenant General – ★★★ [3 Stars]
  • Major General – ★★ [2 Stars]
  • Brigadier General – ★ [1 Stars]
  • Colonel
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Major
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Second Lieutenant – [Lowest Rank]

Nigerian Army Ranks For Non-commissioned Officers

There are 8 ranks in the Nigerian Army for non-commissioned officers. They are listed below:

  • Warrant Officer Class I
  • Warrant Officer Class II
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Lance-corporal
  • Private
  • Recruit – [Lowest Rank]

Meaning of the Signs and Logos on Nigerian Army Ranks

This section explains the meaning of the eagle, the star sign, and the meaning of the Arabic text writing just below the logo.

1. The eagle on the army logo signifies the grace and power of the Nigerian army. Just like the way the eagle hovers above and attacks with precision, that’s how the army strikes Nigeria’s enemies when fighting a war.

2. The symbol of the star represents the unity of Nigeria as one indivisible nation. This could be traced back to 1914, during the amalgamation.

3. The yellow and black color on the star represents the Southern and Northern Protectorates that formed one Nigeria.

4. The Arabic writing in the Nigerian Army logo when transcribed in English means ‘Victory comes from God alone’.

5. The color red on the flag stands for threat and enemy elements while the black represents the Nigerian cavalry and troops.


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