Nigerian Army Ranks And Their Symbols.

Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa, and its armed forces are the biggest in the western part of the continent. Unfortunately, the big size doesn’t mean modern gear, the best aircraft and ships, and other innovative equipment. Many soldiers can only perform the basic protective operations due to the lack of innovation and modernization.

The Nigerian Army was established in 1960 and is the foremost defence arm of the Nigerian Armed Forces, being responsible for land warfare. It is controlled by the Nigerian Army Council (NAC).View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

The Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) was formed in Nigeria in 1900. During the Second World War, British-trained Nigerian troops saw action with the 1st (West Africa) Infantry Brigade, the 81st and the 82nd (West Africa) Divisions which fought in the East African Campaign (World War II) and in the Far East.

Lance Corporal

View pictures in App save up to 80% data.This is the first rank of the Nigerian Army that had a symbol which is a rope that is shaped in the form of a triangle. Is the first senior rank to Private which is not included in the list because it has no symbol.

Corporal

View pictures in App save up to 80% data.This is the third rank which is superior to the lance corporal, its symbol is two ropes that are shaped to form a triangle.

Sergeant

View pictures in App save up to 80% data.This is the fourth rank among the non-commissioned (junior) officers, its symbol is three ropes that are shaped to form a triangle.

Staff Sergeant

View pictures in App save up to 80% data.The staff sergeant is superior to the sergeant but a subordinate to the warrant officer. It’s symbol is an eagle and three ropes that are shaped to form a triangle.

Warrant OfficerView pictures in App save up to 80% data.

This is the third highest rank amongst the non-commissioned ranks, its symbol is the Nigerian Coat of Arms.

Master Warrant OfficerView pictures in App save up to 80% data.

This is the second highest rank among the non-commissioned officers. It’s superior to the Warrant Officer and subordinate to the Army Warrant Officer.

Army Warrant OfficerView pictures in App save up to 80% data.The Army Warrant Officer, is the highest rank among the non-commissioned officers. It is superior to all non-commissioned officers but subordinate to all commissioned officers.

Second Lieutenant View pictures in App save up to 80% data.The Lieutenant is the lowest rank among the commissioned officers, it is the first rank attained by Nigerian soldiers who attended the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA).

LieutenantView pictures in App save up to 80% data.The Lieutenant, is the rank attained by Nigerian graduates who joined the Nigerian Army on Direct Short Service Commission. It’s symbol is two stars.

CaptainView pictures in App save up to 80% data.The Captain is superior to the Second and first Lieutenants respectively, it is symbolized by three stars.

MajorView pictures in App save up to 80% data.The Major is symbolized by an eagle, it is the highest rank that can be attained by Nigerian graduates that joined the military on the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC).

Lieutenant ColonelView pictures in App save up to 80% data.The Lieutenant Colonel is superior to the major but subordinate to the Colonel. The rank is symbolized by an Eagle and a Star.

ColonelView pictures in App save up to 80% data.

The Colonel is the rank just before the rank of Generals, itssymbol is an Eagle and two stars.

Brigadier General View pictures in App save up to 80% data.This is the lowest among the ranks of Generals, it is symbolized by an eagle and three stars.

Major GeneralView pictures in App save up to 80% data.

The Major General is a high rank in the Nigeria Army and the fourth highest. It is symbolized by an eagle and a sword crossed with a torch.

Lieutenant GeneralView pictures in App save up to 80% data.

The Lieutenant general is a very high senior rank of the Nigerian Army. In fact, the most top army officers who ruled Nigeria in the military stopped at this rank. It is symbolized by an eagle, two stars and a sword crossed with a Torch.

GeneralView pictures in App save up to 80% data.

This is the highest rank ever attained in the Nigerian army, and only very few officers have attained it. All Chiefs of Army Staff have risen up to this rank as the maximum.

Field MarshalView pictures in App save up to 80% data.

This is the highest and only rank in the Nigerian Army yet to be attained by any soldier. Its superior to every other rank, and it is symbolised by an eagle, a star and a sword crossed with a torch.

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