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Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) Requirements for Para-military

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Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) Requirements for Para-Military.

Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) Requirements: This page will guide you on the latest information about how to apply for the Nigerian Army Direct Short Service (DSSC) job application for graduate and undergraduate.

In this article, you’ll learn about the company description, application skills, requirements, and qualifications.

Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC)

Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) Course

The Nigeria Army DSSC recruitment is open to all eligible Nigerians. This means that graduates from any discipline can apply for the program. The beauty of it is that both civilians and military personnel can apply for the program at once.

Both of them are placed on the same scale and they are taken through the same measure of screening, interview, and examination before the applicants are considered worthy of admission.

Current Vacancy Position Examples from Past Years

Applications are invited from eligible Nigerians for commission into the Nigerian Army (NA) as Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) officers. The DSSC is open to both civilians and serving military personnel.

Only serving military personnel sponsored by any of the Services of the Nigerian Armed Forces to civil institutions shall be considered.

Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) – Services

Nigerian Army Engineers: Applicants must possess a minimum of BSc, B Eng (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas: Structural Engineer, Civil Engineer, Land Survey, Quantity Survey, and Geo-Informatics/GIS.

Nigerian Army Signals: Applicants must possess a minimum of BSc  (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas: Electrical/Electronic EngineeringComputer Science Engineer, Telecommunications Engineer, Cyber Security Analyst, Information Technology Systems Engineer, DataBase Managers/Administrators, Software Engineers, Robotics Technology Engineers, Website Design, Satellite Communication Engineers, Switch/Terminal/Network Engineers and Fibre Optics Engineers.

Applicants with working knowledge and certification in any of Alien Vault SIEM, Behavioral Analytics, ML/AI, SOAR tooling, Vulnerability Management, Threat Intelligence Feeds and Process, Security Incident Response Processes and Activities, Firewalls/Email/Proxy/ERP, Office 365, AWS, Azure, Oracle Cloud or similar securities technologies like Force Point, In tune and MFA have added advantage. 

Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps: Applicants must possess a minimum of BSc, BA (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas:   Psychology, Computer Scientists, Forensic Analyst, ICT Specialist, International Relations and Strategic Studies.

Applicants with working knowledge and certification in any of CEH: Certified Ethical Hacker, CISM: Certified Information Security Manager, CompTIA Security+, CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional, GSEC: SANS GIAC Security Essentials, CCA Data Analyst, Docker Certified Associate, Kubeetes Certification, AWS Certified DevOps Engineer, Certificate in any of these courses will be an added advantage.

Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport: Applicants must possess a minimum of BSc (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas: Catering and Hotel Management, Business Administration and Hospitality Services. Good working experience will be an added advantage.

Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps: Applicants must possess a minimum of BSc, B Engr, BA (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas:  Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Procurement, Textile Technology/Leather Works, Printing Technology, Purchasing & Supply, Biochemistry, Logistic Management, and Chemical Engineering.

Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers: Applicants must possess a minimum of B Eng, BSc (Eng) (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas: Mechanical Engineer, Automotive Engineering, Electrical Electronics Engineering, Mechatronics Engineer, Materials/Metallurgical Engineering and Auto/Engineering Designs.

Others are Production Engineering and Computer Engineering. Such academic fields must be registered with the Nigerian Society of Engineers and Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

Nigerian Army Medical Corps:

(1) Medical and Dental Consultants: Applicants could belong to specializations such as General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Anesthesia, Neuro Surgery, Cardiothoracic, ENT Surgeons and Physicians (Cardiologists, Endocrinologist, Nephrologists and Neurologists) and Ophthalmologists. Other relevant fields include Obstetrics & Gynaecologists, Paediatricians and Family Physicians.  Applicants must:

  • Be Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria or equivalent Postgraduate Medical College.
  • Be below 40 years of age.
  • Be fully registered with Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) for the undergraduate degree and additional registered post graduate qualification as appropriate.
  • Have current MDCN license to practice as a specialist.

(2) General Duty Medical/Dental Officers. Applicants must possess MBBS/BDS or equivalent and must be fully registered with the MDCN.

(3) Optometrists. Applicants must possess Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)    degree and must be registered with the appropriate professional body.

(4) Dental Therapists and Dental Technologists. Applicants must possess Higher Diplomas and must be fully registered with relevant        professional bodies.

(5) Clinical Psychologists. Applicants must possess BSc in Clinical Psychology.

(6) Nurses. Applicants must possess BSc Nursing with full registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

(7) Pharmacists. Applicants must possess Bachelor of Pharmacy and must be fully registered with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria.

(8) Professionals Allied to Medicine. Applicants must possess a minimum of Second Class Lower degree in any of the following areas: Radiology – Medical Image Science, Hospital Administration, BMLS, AIMLS, and AIMLT – Medical Laboratory Science, Physiotherapy, Environmental Health Workers, Nutritionist/Dietetics, Health Service Administration, Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Health Information Management.

Note: All applicants for Medical Corps, are expected to present proof of registration with their professional regulatory bodies and current practicing license.

Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) – Corps

Nigerian Army Band Corps. Applicants must possess a minimum of BA (Second Class Lower) degree or HND Lower Credit or equivalent in Music with L.R.A.M and A.R.C.M.

Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police. Applicants must possess LLB BL, and a minimum of BSc, BA (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas: Criminology, Sociology, Psychology.

Nigerian Army Finance Corps.   Applicants must possess a minimum of BSc (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas: Accountancy, Computer Science, Insurance, and Business Management. Registration with any of the following Professional Accountancy qualification is compulsory: ICAN, ANAN, ACMA, ACCA, ACA.    

Nigerian Army Education Corps. Applicants must possess a minimum of Second Class Lower degree in any of the following areas: BSc (Ed) in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Library/Information Science and B Ed in French, Portuguese, German and English Languages.   Note:  All applicants for Education Corps, are expected to present proof of registration with their professional regulatory bodies.

Directorate of Chaplain Services (Protestant). Applicants must possess a minimum of BA (Second Class Lower) degree in Theology, Divinity, Pastoral & Counseling, Religious Studies (Ordination), Evangelism, and BA in Ministry.  A Masters Degree in any of these courses will be an added advantage.

The Qualification must be from reputable Seminaries/Universities recognized by the NA Directorate of Chaplain Services (Protestant). Applicants must be Ordained from the Protestant recognized denominations of Mainland Orthodox/Evangelical Churches.

Soldier applicants must have served the NA with a minimum of 5 years experience in Chaplaincy work and must be vetted and recommended by the NA Directorate of Chaplain Services (Protestant).

Directorate of Chaplain Services (Roman Catholic). Applicants must possess a minimum of Bachelor (Second Class Lower) degree in any of the following areas:  Philosophy and Theology from a Roman Catholic approved seminary, affiliated to a National Universities Commission accredited University or Urbanian University, Rome.

Applicants must have good standing in the church and be also released by a Diocesan Bishop. Applicants must be vetted and recommended by the NA Directorate of Chaplain Services (Roman Catholic).

Directorate of Islamic Affairs. Applicants must possess a minimum of BA, B Ed (Second Class Lower) degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies, LLB Sharia with Diploma in Arabic from recognized Nigerian universities, Azhar University, Cairo or Saudi University.

Each applicant would be required to produce testimony of excellent character from a reputable religious organization in Nigeria.  Applicants must be able to speak the English Language.

Directorate of Legal Service. Applicants must possess LLB BL from a recognized institution.  A minimum of 2 years post-Law School legal practice is required and applicants must present evidence of this.

Directorate of Army Public Relations. Applicants must possess a minimum of BSc, BA (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in Journalism, Printing, Radio and Television Broadcasting, Radio Operation and Performance, Graphic Design, Public Relations, and Advertising.   Applicants must have evidence of Membership to any Professional body in relation to media operation and journalism.

Directorate of Army Physical Training. Applicants must possess a minimum of Second Class Lower degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas: Human Kinetics Specialist, Physical and Health Education, Sports Administration Sports Coaching, Physiotherapy or Sports Psychology.

Directorate of Army Aviation.  Applicants must possess a minimum of  BSc/B Eng (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) with other relevant trade qualification from government-approved institutions for the following fields:

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering.  Minimum of B Eng or HND in Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering with not less than 3 years of work experience.
  • Electrical/Mechanical Engineering.  Minimum of B Eng or HND in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering with not less than 2 years works experience.
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineers. Minimum of B Eng or HND in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.
  • Air Traffic Controller/Communicators. Minimum of BSc, B Eng or HND in Air Traffic Controller/Communicators with NCAA approved Air Traffic Control License.
  • Meteorologists.  BSc or HND in Meteorology with NCAA approved License from any govement approved organization/institution.
  • Piloting (Rotary). Minimum of BEng or HND in Piloting (Rotary) with not less than 2 years of work experience.

Entry Requirments into Direct Short Service Commission Requirements (DSSC)

  1. All applicants must satisfy the following conditions:
  2. Be a Nigerian as defined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  3. Be a male or female between the ages of 20 and 32 years, while medical consultants should not be more than 40 years of age by January 2020.
  4. Be medically, mentally, and physically fit according to NA standards.
  5. Be recommended by at least 2 recognizable referees who must attest to the applicant’s character and integrity. These could be a Local Government Chairman/Secretary or any officer of the Armed Forces not below the rank of a Lieutenant Colonel and equivalent or an Assistant Commissioner of Police and above who must hail from the applicant’s state of origin.  Passport photographs of referees must be affixed to the letter of attestation.
  6. Candidates must submit a letter of Attestation from their former institutions.
  7. Measure at least 1.68m (for male) and 1.65m (for female) in height.
  8. Must not have been convicted by any court of law.  Military personnel must be free from any disciplinary case (This is to be endorsed by the Commanding Officer/Commander).
  9. Possess at least a first degree with not less than Second Class Lower Division or HND of not less than Lower Credit from an accredited institution of learning. Courses of study must also be accredited at the time of the study.
  10. Possess valid birth certificate endorsed by the National Population Commission, Hospital or Local Government Council, or valid age declaration.
  11. Possess a valid certificate of state of origin.
  12. Applicants must possess an NYSC discharge certificate or a valid exemption as the case may be.
  13. Graduates with professional qualifications must be duly registered by relevant bodies recognized by Nigerian Laws at the commencement of cadet training.
  14. Only post-secondary academic credentials obtained from 2010 to date will be considered.
  15. Candidates must present contact addresses and telephone numbers of parents/guardians and Next of Kin.
  16. Candidates must not have any body inscriptions or tattoos.
  17. Candidates must tender all original copies of educational certificates (primary to post-secondary).
  18. Service personnel must present valid military identity cards and letters of recommendation by their Commanding Officers/Commanders.  They must also present a valid letter(s) of NA sponsorship in tertiary academic institutions.
  19. Additionally, they must have served for a minimum period of 5 years in the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
  20. Candidates must not be members of any cult/society/fraternity.

Condition of Service

  • Direct Short Service Commission will be granted for 15 years, for an initial period of 8 years, renewable yearly for another period of 7 years.  Direct Regular Commission may be granted on conversion after 3 years as a commissioned officer.
  • Conversion to the Direct Regular Commission is not automatic.  It is based on the availability of vacancy and other criteria that are or will be in force from time to time.
  • All graduating officer cadets must sign an acceptance on the terms and conditions governing the Direct Short Service Commission before they are granted commission into the Nigerian Army.
  • Medical Consultants applicants on successful completion of military training shall be granted the rank of Major.
  • Applicants who successfully complete the military training shall be commissioned in the rank of Lieutenant.

Method of Application

Application is carried out online and it is free.

Applications are to be made online free of charge from the 14th of August 2019.

A. How to Apply

(1) Log on to www, to create an account.

(2) Read the qualification criteria.

(3) From the home page, select DSSC application.

(4) On successful registration, you will receive an email notification containing your login details.

(5) Click on ‘Login’ to complete the application form.

(6) Ensure all required documents listed below are uploaded:

  • Passport photograph.

  • Educational certificates.

  • Evidence of membership of any professional body.

  • Certificate of state of origin.

  • Birth certificate or age declaration.

B. Print Out

Applicants must print out their online generated photo-slip on completion of their application.

The first page is to be signed by the Registrar of Court of Law while the second page is to be signed by the applicants’ Local Government Chairman/Secretary or any military officer of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or equivalent and above who hails from his/her state.

Successful applicants would be required to present their printed photo-slips to the selection board during interview.

Further Information:

For further information, you may call 08179269294 and 08109959294 between 0800 – 1800hours daily while the portal is yet open or visit,,

Army Headquarters,
Department of Military Secretary,
Mambilla Barracks,
Asokoro – Abuja.

However, if you need us to help you with information at the right time, kindly provide us with your phone number and email address in the comment box below. Also, feel free to ask any questions at any time.

CSN Team.

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  1. uchendu says:

    When will Nigeria Army start 2018/2019 DSSC Recruitment

  2. MAOBI says:

    Hi my name is maobi and i have a question.i study history and diplomatic studies,is it possible to enter the Nigerian navy with my course OF STUDY through DSSC

  3. Kazeem Abayomi Bamidele says:

    Pls I need update on Nigeria army DSSC recruitment. I will like to apply if it’s out. Thanks in anticipation for your unalloyed cooperation.

  4. Sir. Martins I. says:

    I need this army or navy with MI whole hrt….. Any info Plis contact me
    Am a B.Sc holder with good grade

  5. Sunday mamza says:

    Please which is the actual age limit for dssc, and is exemption letter truly acceptable for dssc? Thanks

  6. Abubakar says:

    Please I have HND in computer science and what is required is bsc and btech under information and communication technology I don’t know how to go about it thanks

  7. Abbas Alhaji Abubakar says:

    Please notify me for any latest, thanks

  8. Usman Abbas says:

    Please kindly inform me when Nigerian Army DSS Recruitment starts. Thanks 08162622866


    pls I’m a pharmacologist with a BSc. pharm. certificate, I tried applying for the dssc but I can’t find pharmacologist under the specialist, can I choose pharmacist?

  10. Daniel Arome says:

    pls notify me when dssc form for NA/NN or Airfoce is out I wish to serve one of the branch of nigerian armed forces, I will be grateful if I will be notified, thanks.

  11. Anene Samuel Ifeanyi says:

    I have Bsc(Edu) in political science and public administration. I want to know if I can still apply for the NN DSS

  12. SAMUEL PETER says:


  13. James Godwin says:

    I wish to join Navy DSSC next year under the logistics department and am a holder of B. eng. in Civil engineering and an M. Sc student currently still in Civil eng. with vast knowledge in transportation management too…. 08167622452

  14. James Godwin says:

    Am interested to join the Navy under the Logistics platform

  15. Bamidele says:

    Will need information when the Nigeria Army DSSC Is Out…….

    phone number is 08067982576
    email is [email protected]

  16. Tinuoye Oyetunde says:

    08160667862. Please inform me when dssc for navy form is out. Thanks

  17. Daniel Arome says:

    Pls inform me when DSSC navy form is out for 2O17 sir.

  18. ogunleye Tolulope says:

    please inform me when Army and Navy direct short service form is out.

  19. stanley says:

    please I will like to know the requirement for navy direct short service and when the form will be out

  20. EBRI NNEOYI OKOI says:

    I need information for the direct short service for Navy, Customs, Immigration and Police.

  21. pls dis my phone number 08036031817,rang me when navy dssc form is out.

  22. opeyemi segun says:

    please is masscommunicagion required for dssc in the nigeria army

  23. Salisu Usman says:

    I’am waiting for the Army dssc form. Thanks

  24. UBI, SUNDAY says:

    With all sincerity, I have passion to serving the nation (NIGERIA). I love NIGERIA NAVY. Please do keep me updated.

  25. Mark says:

    Here is my phone number, 07031137312.
    Kindly info me when the form is out. Thanks.

  26. Pls what of Urban and regional planning graduate, are they not going to be consider ?

  27. Ayodeji sanni says:


  28. Falokun mary says:

    Pls inform me wen Nigeria custom n civil defence form is out

  29. Kem says:

    Pls,kindly inform me on 08034582459 wen d DSSC Navy/Army forms is out…thanks in anticipation.

  30. Pls informe me when the form is out 07062566400

  31. KINGSLEY says:

    please notify me on any latest information. Thanks

  32. Dalhatu Anas says:

    iam waiting if the Nigerian Navy form is out. Thank U Sir.

  33. Doghor Benard says:

    Please kindly inform me,when the DSS form is out, thank you


    please do inform me when custom service, DSS ARMY AND NAVY RECRUITMENT IS ON. THANK YOU.
    PHONE NUMBRE:07032928981

  35. Uladi Tobias says:

    Am seriously interested to join the DSSC and I wish to be informed when forms are out.

  36. Adams Abdul Azeez says:

    Kindly inform me whenever the DSSC form is out for Army/Navy

  37. Kindly inform me whenever the DSSC form for Navy/Army is out.

  38. Please kindly inform me whenever the DSSC form for Navy/Army is out 2017/2018.

  39. VICTOR says:

    I’m interested [email protected], 08076485062

  40. Martins says:

    Please, do inform me when fire service, civil defence and customs starts recruitment. 080 3848 3256. Thank you.

  41. Dagunduro tosin says:

    I like the way their work is moving in this nation. I which to be a defender of nigeria

  42. Ojukwu Leonard says:

    it will be an honour to serve to serve with the Navy

  43. please inform me when Navy form is out 08062391714

  44. ALABI ABAYOMI says:

    Please do inform me when the DSS on civil defence, immigration, Nigeria army and prisons is out. 08030763608/ 08052846368. Thanks in anticipation.

  45. Danjuma says:

    Am waiting……
    phone no. 07039139791. thanks

  46. Danjuma says:

    Am waiting……

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