How To Join Nigerian Navy As A Graduate

Its no news that most Nigerians would like to join the Nigerian Navy as a graduate and so they rush to their recruitment website and fill the naval application form without knowing the requirements to join Nigerian Navy.


Well, this article will help clarify and teach you the recruitment process on how to be a naval officer. You should be aware that to have a career in Nigeria’s Navy, there exist unequaled career opportunities, experiences, and quite difficult challenges that would help you realize your potential and improve your very skill in the service to Nigeria no matter the course of study.

Although, during the application process of joining the Nigerian Navy for DSSC, which is normally open for graduates that have completed their degree and have done their NYSC Youth Service, not all courses are usually listed on the Navy’s website as recruitment into the Nigeria Navy depends on the vacant spaces available after senior officers in the organization retires.

In joining the Navy as a graduate, there are some certain requirements you must be eligible of. See them below

Important Requirements to Join the Nigerian Navy

  • You must be a Nigerian Citizen
  • You must meet some certain physical, mental, and psychological training i.e be physically, mentally and medically fit.
  • Fall within the age bracket of 18-24 (subject to change, depending on type of recruitment)
  • For males, a height of 1.7m while for females, a height of 1.67m.
  • Be a literate and have certain educational qualifications.
  • You would have to pass the Nigerian Navy Aptitude test and series of interviews conducted at different stages.
  • Pass the medical screening.

From the above requirements, you can see that the Navy do not admit feeble minded people into its base. You would have to make sure that you are physically fit so as to endure the rigorous military training you would receive, if you are shortlisted. You also have to be medically fit, be of a certain height to join the Nigerian Navy.

Please note that money is not needed to buy anything such as scratch cards, pins etc that most online portals say you should buy. They will defraud you of your money and the Nigerian Navy won’t be held responsible. Be wise.

How to apply as a Naval Officer as a Graduate

  1. If you feel that you are an eligible graduate, then I believe you are qualified to join the Nigerian Navy.
  2. Go to their official recruitment portal which is
  3. Check if your course of study is listed among the requirements
  4. Create your username and password on the website which you would use in registering your data.
  5. You would be presented with some forms which you are to complete. Be honest as you fill the form which will serve as a data base for you if you qualify finally. Also note that if your information is false and you are caught you will be prosecuted according to the law. Make sure the information you provide is correct.
  6. Upon your submission of your form online, you would be required to print all documents out including attestation forms, consent forms, guarantor’s form, form filled by your Local Government Chairman, Traditional ruler e.t.c. All these you will take to the Navy recruitment centers when the dates of the Nigerian Navy Aptitude test are released online.
  7. Report to the Navy exam centers with copies of the following documents: Birth certificate, guarantors form, parent consent form, local government identification form, educational documents, certificates with photocopies.
  8. Do not submit your original documents unless you are requested to do so which is rare. Most people made this mistake and are regretting it terribly.

If you really want to join the Nigerian Navy as a graduate or as a seaman, Make sure you study about the ranks in the Nigerian Navy, their functions, history e.t.c and the sky will surely be your limit. Good luck

The Nigerian Navy (NN) is a branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces. It is among the largest navies on the African continent, consisting of several thousand personnel, including those of the Coast Guard.


The origin of the Nigerian Navy could be traced to the Marine Department of the Royal Navy established in 1887 as a quasi-military organization, which combined the duties of the present-day Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority and the Nigerian Navy.

They are tasked with the following duties among others

  • To maintain the country’s laws within territorial and internal waters as well as EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone).
  • To defend Nigerians from possible enemies in the waters.
  • To perform the military role as noted in the Act of 1964.
  • To negotiate from the position of strength when necessary.
  • To play its diplomatic and policing roles when needed.
  • To perform all the duties and functions defined by the Constitution.
  • To train a new generation who wishes to join the Nigerian Navy.

The Nigerian Navy is headed by the Chief of Naval Staff who is also the head of the Naval Headquarters (NHQ), the administrative and policy-making organ of the Nigerian Navy.

Among other engagements, the Nigerian Navy have been engaged during the Nigerian Civil War, First Liberian Civil War, Sierra Leone Civil War, Conflict in Niger Delta, Boko Haram Insurgency and the Invasion of Gambia.

Yearly, officers and men of the Nigerian Navy retire from service, creating a void. These created voids need to be filled by recruiting eligible candidates into the Nigerian Navy. The focus in this article is on “Nigerian Navy Recruitment for Graduates”.

Nigerian Navy DSSC Recruitment for Graduates

The Nigerian Navy regularly recruits new officers and men either through their regular recruitment or the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC). Our focus in this article is on the DSSC recruitment as it’s the most suitable for most graduates.

Before proceeding, you need to know the difference between the Direct Short Service and Short Service as it gets mixed up easily. They are both short-term military training exercises (usually 1 year). And they are both targeted at military personnel who have served in their respective units for not less than 5 years or civilians who graduated from recognized higher institutions.

Direct Short Service are for applicants looking to further in their respective fields of study in the Nigerian military. For instance, if you graduated as a medical doctor, then the DSSC will be most suitable for you.

Short Service Combatant Commissions on the other hand are for applicants who wish to get deployed to infantry, artillery or other combatant units upon the completion of their one-year military training.

From now till the end of the article, the focus of this article will be on the Nigerian Navy Direct Short Service and how to apply for it.

Requirements for applying Nigerian Navy as Graduates

Before your application can see the light of the day, there are some minimum requirements you have to meet first. Make sure you meet them before making any attempt of putting forward your application to avoid wasting your time and thoughts on a fruitless journey. The minimum requirements are as follows.

  1. The job is opened only to Nigerians – you must be one before applying
  2. Applicants must be between the age of 22-35. For medical doctors, their age must not exceed 40.
  3. The applicant must be fit physically, mentally and medically before his application can be given any consideration. He/she must present evidence of such fitness as at the time of applying. In actual fact, all applicants are taken through series of test to determine their levels of fitness physically, mentally and medically.
  4. The individual must be given recommendation by minimum of 2 individuals and these individuals must be recognizable people in the society. They are required to attest to the integrity and character of the applicant. The individual that can give such recommendation may be Secretary or Chairman of the applicant’s Local Government of origin. It can also be military personnel starting from the rank of a Lieutenant Colonel. Police officers starting from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police too can give such recommendation. The military or police personnel to give such recommendations must originate from the state of origin of the applicant. The person providing the recommendation is equally required to attach his/her passport photograph to the said recommendation letter.
  5. Letter of attestation from the institution he/she graduated from.
  6. The applicant is expected to be up to 1.68 m height for male and 1.65 m for female.
  7. He/she must never have been convicted of any crime by a court of law before. If the applicant is military personnel, he/she must be free of any form of military disciplinary case. The Commanding Officer of the military applicant is expected to attest to this.
  8. He/she must never have been convicted of any crime by a court of law before. If the applicant is military personnel, he/she must be free of any form of military disciplinary case. The Commanding Officer of the military applicant is expected to attest to this.
  9. Applicants must graduate with minimum of Second Class Lower degree or Lower Credit.
  10. If the applicant is a civilian that has graduated from either a university or polytechnic, he/she is expected to also present NYSC certificate or valid exemption letter.
  11. The individual must also have valid state of origin certificate.
  12. If the applicant has any professional qualification, he/she must present document that authenticate his/her registration with such professional bodies. These professional bodies must be recognized by Nigerian Laws
  13. It is forbidden for candidates to have any tattoo or inscription on their bodies. Any such candidate will be automatically disqualified
  14. All the original copies of certificates obtained by the applicant during education years must be presented by the candidate. The candidate must present all credentials from primary to tertiary institution.
  15. It is forbidden for any of the applicants to be member of any secret fraternity, society or cult.

How to Apply for Nigerian Navy as a Graduate

Application is completely online and free. You don’t need to pay anyone or go through a middle man.

To apply visit the navy enlistment portal, Please note. recruitments is not on for now. Regularly check the site or news sources to know when they are recruiting for the DSSC courses listed on their website.

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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