All Military and Paramilitary Ranks in Nigeria

The military and paramilitary in Nigeria are respected uniformed organizations in the country that deals with security of civilian lives and property. Ranking in these security forces is based on hierarchy. Apart from being armed with weapons, they are charged by the constitution to defend the citizens from internal and external attacks.



While the structure of the military ranks are attributed to the Nigerian Armed Forces which comprises of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air force, it is different from the paramilitary ranks in Nigeria in which the Nigerian Police, Civil defence, Nigerian Immigration, Peace Corp, etc find themselves under.

Here is a list of all Nigerian Military ranks and the Nigerian Paramilitary ranks.

Military ranks in Nigeria

Nigerian Army: Ranks in the Nigerian Army

  • Recruit
  • Private
  • Lance Corporal
  • Corporal
  • Sergeant
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Warrant Officer
  • Master Warrant Officer
  • Army Warrant Officer
  • Second Lieutenant
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • Major
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Colonel
  • Brigadier General
  • Major General
  • Lieutenant General
  • General
  • Field Marshal

Nigerian Air Force: Ranks in the Nigerian Airforce

  • Trainee
  • Aircraftman / woman
  • Lance Corporal
  • Corporal
  • Sergeant
  • Flight Sergeant
  • Warrant Officer
  • Master Warrant Officer
  • Air Warrant Officer
  • Pilot Officer
  • Flying Officer
  • Flight Lieutenant
  • Squadron Leader
  • Wing Commander
  • Group Captain
  • Air Commodore
  • Air Vice-Marshal
  • Air Marshal
  • Air Chief Marshal
  • Marshal of the Air Force

Nigerian Navy: Ranks in the Nigerian Navy

  • Trainee
  • Ordinary Seaman
  • Seaman
  • Able Seaman
  • Leading Seaman
  • Petty Officer
  • Warrant Officer
  • Master Warrant Officer
  • Navy Warrant Officer
  • Midshipman
  • Sub-Lieutenant
  • Lieutenant
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • Commander
  • Captain
  • Commodore
  • Rear Admiral
  • Vice-Admiral
  • Admiral
  • Admiral of the Fleet

Paramilitary ranks in Nigeria

Nigeria Police Force: Ranks in the Nigeria Police Force

  • Inspector General
  • Commissioner of Police
  • Deputy Inspector-General of Police
  • Assistant Inspector-General of Police
  • Deputy Commissioner of Police
  • Assistant Commissioner of Police
  • Chief Superintendent of Police
  • Superintendent of Police
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police
  • Assistant Superintendent of Police
  • Inspector of Police
  • Sergeant Major
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Constable

Nigeria Customs Service: Ranks in the Nigeria Customs Service

  • Comptroller General (C.G.C)
  • Deputy Comptroller General (DCGC)
  • Assistant Comptroller General (ACGC)
  • Comptroller (C.C)
  • Deputy Comptroller (DCC)
  • Assistant Comptroller (ACC)
  • Chief Superintendent (CSC)
  • Superintendent (SC)
  • Deputy Superintendent (DS)
  • Assistant Superintendent of Customs I (ASC)
  • Assistant Superintendent of Customs II (ASCII)
  • Senior Inspector of Custom (SIC)
  • Assistant Inspector of Custom (AIC)
  • Senior Customs Assistant (SCA)
  • Custom Assistant (CA)

Nigeria Immigration Service: Ranks in the Nigeria Immigration Service

  • Comptroller General (C.G.I)
  • Deputy Comptroller General (DCGI)
  • Assistant Comptroller General (ACGI)
  • Comptroller (C.I)
  • Deputy Comptroller (DCI)
  • Assistant Comptroller (ACI)
  • Chief Superintendent (CSI)
  • Superintendent (SI)
  • Deputy Superintendent (DS)
  • Assistant Superintendent I (ASI)
  • Assistant Superintendent II (ASII)
  • Senior Inspector of Immigration (SII)
  • Assistant Inspector of Immigration (AII)
  • Immigration Assistant (IA)
  • Passport Officers

Nigeria Federal Road Safety Corps: Ranks in the Nigeria Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC)

  • ARC Assistant Route Commander (Entry Point)
  • DRC Deputy Route Commander
  • RC Route Commander
  • SRC Superintendent Route Commander
  • CRC Chief Route Commander
  • ACC Assistant Corps Commander
  • DCC Deputy Corps Commander
  • CC Corps Commander
  • ACM Assistant Corps Marshal
  • DCM Deputy Corps Marshal
  • CM Corps Marshal
  • RMAIII Road Marshal Assistant III (Entry Point)
  • RMAII Road Marshal Assistant II
  • RMAI Road Marshal Assistant I
  • SRMA Senior Road Marshal Assistant
  • DCRMA Deputy Chief Road Marshal Assistant
  • CRMA Chief Road Marshal Assistant
  • MI-III Marshal Inspector III
  • MI-II Marshal Inspector II
  • MI-I Marshal Inspector I
  • SMI Senior Marshal Inspector
  • PMI Principal Marshal Inspector
  • ACI Assistant Chief Inspector
  • DCI Deputy Chief Inspector
  • CI Chief Inspector

Nigeria Civil Defense Corps: Ranks in the Nigeria Civil Defense Corps

  • Assistant Cadre- Level 3 to 5 (The lowest ranking officer in the NSCDC)
  • Inspectorate Cadre- Level 6 to 12
  • Assistant Superintendent Cadre II (ASC) Level 8
  • Assistant Superintendent Cadre I (ASC)Level 9
  • Deputy Superintendent Cadre (DSC) Level 10
  • Superintendent Cadre (SC) Level 11
  • Chief Superintendent Cadre (CSC) Level 12
  • Assistant Commander (AC) Level 13
  • Deputy Commander (DC) Level 14
  • Chief Commander (CC) Level 15
  • Assistant Commandant General (ACG) Level 16
  • Deputy Commandant General (DCG) Level 17
  • Commandant General CG (The highest rank in the NSCDC) Level 18.


With the above ranks listed above, please note that the highest paid paramilitary in Nigeria is the Nigerian customs while the highest paid military force is the Nigerian Air force.

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Oluchi Chukwu

Oluchi is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the editor of Nigerian Queries. She is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research

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