Nigerian Navy Short Service: Recruitment Portal, Requirements & Help Lines

For those seeking recruitment into the Nigerian Navy via short service application, this post will provide useful information on the requirements of the Nigerian Navy short service, how to apply, the official Nigerian Navy’s recruitment portal/website and the Nigerian Navy help lines.


Just like the Nigerian Army and Air force, the Nigerian Navy also recruits able-bodied individuals to join the navy through its short service application portal. Most people when filling the application form to join to Nigerian Navy or other military forces, often get confused as to which of the service they fall under.

They don’t know the difference between the direct short service commission (DSSC) and the short service commission (SSC). I shall differentiate the meaning of both service types below to clear the confusion.

The Difference between DSSC and SSC

As earlier written, DSSC means direct short service commission while SSC means short service commission. If you opt for any of the service, you would undergo intensive military training as officers in the non combat and combatant services of either the Nigerian Army, Navy and the Air Force. Nigerian Navy DSSC candidates are mostly graduates drawn from different institutions in Nigeria from various disciplines to serve as officers in the non combat services of the Army while the SSC candidates are combatants, trained to fight battles. Both short service and direct short service are of relatively short duration (not more than 12 years, excluding extension of service).

Nigerian Navy Short Service Application Program

The Nigerian Navy short service application is a yearly exercise carried out by the Nigerian Navy to recruit new persons (male and female) into the Nigerian Navy to serve as its officers. The application normally happens during March to March of every year. Before you apply, be sure you meet the requirements of the Nigeria Navy for applicants to its Short Service exercise. There are requirements involving age, medical, educational and even a required height of 1.70 metres for males and 1.67 metres for females to join the Nigerian Navy.

Nigerian Navy Short Service Recruitment Portal and Help Lines

The official portal/website for recruitment into the Nigerian Navy short service is to apply. Please, ignore any other website(s) claiming to belong to the Nigerian Navy for the recruitment exercise.

Furthermore, also ignore people or group of people requesting for money for enlistment into the Nigerian Navy. Note that the Nigerian Navy or her personnel will never ask you to pay any sum of money for assistance.

If you are in doubt, please call Nigerian Navy help lines at 08062090473 and 08033063694 between 0800 and 1700 hours. The general public is please to note that Nigerian Navy would not be liable for any transaction conducted outside the official enlistment website as provided above.

Nigerian Navy Short Service Requirements

There are some general requirements which over the years are used as a yardstick or better still you must met when applying to join the Navy. Although, this requirements are subject to change, the ones pointed out below have remained unchnged over the years.

  • O’Level result: You must possess at least 5 credits including English and Mathematics in not more than 2 sittings in your WASSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB.
  • Age: You must be between the ages of 18 and 26 and you must validate this claim with a birth certificate that has been endorsed by any of the relevant bodies such as the National Population Commission, the Local Government or an accredited hospital.
  • Marital status: You must be single as at the time of the application
  • Height: You must be at least 1.70 metres in heights if you’re male or 1.67 if you’re female.
  • Health: You must be physically and medically fit. If you have any of the following medical cases, you need not apply: Sight problem; Hearing difficulties; Previous major orthopedic operation; Flat foot; Fracture, stammering or any other natural disability; Pregnant women.
  • Referees: You must provide 2 referees
  • State of origin: You must show your state of origin
  • Track record: You must have a clean record with no evidence of being an ex-convict.

If you’re a graduate, the direct short service course (DSSC) is more suitable for you. In this case, the major requirement to apply is that you must have completed NYSC or provide proof of exemption. The other prerequisites of the SSC are also applicable.

Usually, it is easy to mix up the Short Service with the Direct Short Service. The difference is the Direct Short Service Commission applicants are mostly graduates that fill up non combat roles while the Short Service commission applicants are trained as combatant.

The Short Service Course takes 9 months to complete.

If you’re qualified to apply, you can do your registration online. First, you have to create an account, then log in with your newly created username and password.

Then you need to enter the serial number and pin provided on the e-voucher which you can buy online.

Every step of the application process is online and you can also submit the form online. It is important you fill the information correctly and avoid grammatical errors.

Usually, the list of candidates is published on the Navy website and these candidates will be invited for an aptitude test on a specified date.

The aptitude test is usually done in the major cities in the country, Abuja, PortHarcourt, Lagos, Kano etc. If you pass the aptitude test, you will be invited for a screening exercise and interview.

At the end of this screening, if you’re qualified, you’ll be admitted in to the Nigerian Navy for the short service course.

Ideally, one of the things you’re expected to submit before commencing your training are letters of recommendation from your referees. If for some reason you can’t get letters of recommendation, you can use the following options:

  • letter form the local government chairman or secretary or
  • letter from a Police officer from your state of origin whose rank is nothing less than Assistant Inspector General of Police.

In summary, applicants for the Nigerian Navy short service must:

  1. Possess a minimum of 5 credits in not more than 2 sittings in WASSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB (English and Mathematics inclusive).
  2. Be between the ages of 18 – 26 years
  3. Applicants must be single and of Nigerian origin by birth.
  4. Required height of 1.70 metres for Male and 1.67 metres for Female.
  5. Be medically and physically fit.
  6. Must not have been convicted by any court of law.
  7.  DSSC applicants must have completed the NYSC Scheme or provide proof of exemption as the case may be.
  8. Possess valid birth certificate endorsed by the National Population Commission, Hospital or Local Government Council of birth or valid age declaration.
  9. Possess a valid certificate of state of origin.
  10. Recommended by at least two recognizable referees who must attest to the applicant’s character and integrity. Serving military personnel must be recommended by their commanders.


The Nigerian Navy is very strict as regards eligibility of individuals applying for the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course. There are certain criteria that you must meet up with in order to have the hope of ever being given admission.

You must read the instructions on the application form properly before you fill it. The said application form can be downloaded online. You will also be required to submit it online along with other required documents.

Anyone who is not up to minimum of 5 feet 10 inches should forget about getting admitted for the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course. Truth is the requirements can change from time to time.

This is why it is very important that you read the instructions on the application form and also on Nigerian Navy home page carefully before you attempt to apply for the program.

You can get the required information on eligibility as well as download the application form from

Information on that website is consistently updated to ensure aspiring candidates can get to know all they need to know about the program, its eligibility requirements and application processes.

After reading the information on the site and you find yourself to be qualified to apply, you can then proceed to buy the e-voucher required to do your registration online. The registration portal can be found on the website indicated earlier.

Simply create an account and log in using the username and password you were given while registering.

Price of the e-voucher does change from time to time. Information regarding such change can be found on the website given above. You can sue debit card to buy the e-voucher. You can buy the voucher directly on the website.

The serial number and PIN required to sign up and register an account on the website is provided on the voucher you have purchased.

When filling the form for the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course, make sure you are extremely honest and realistic in the information you provide. The applicant may get disqualified from the exercise if he/she is found to submit false information.

The Navy Authority frowns seriously at candidates manufacturing information or impersonating another candidate. Never think they will not be able to catch you easily if you manufacture information.

While filling the online application form, make sure you avoid all forms of error. Watch out for those little errors that can translate to big issues later and properly correct them before submitting the form.

Be wary of errors in grammar structure and spellings before you make the submission.  Some errors may look minor to you, but they can be the determining factor in your success or lack of it.

List of candidates that qualify will be published on the Nigerian navy website.  The qualified applicants will then be invited for Aptitude Test.  Date of the test will also be published on the website.

The list does not take more than a week or thereabout before it is released.  In actual fact, date on which the list will be released can be published on their website. The Aptitude test usually takes place in any of the big cities across Nigeria, like Port Harcourt, Abuja, Lagos and so on.

Those who pass the Aptitude Test will then be invited for screening exercises and Interview. Qualified candidates are then admitted for the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course. Once you are admitted, you will be referred to as a cadet.

Cadets are actually being paid by the Nigerian government. In actual fact, your monthly earning may be up to 50,000 or more.  The amount you are paid increases if the course you apply for is of the professional nature.

Before you apply, you must be a graduate from a recognized university or polytechnic. Polytechnic graduates must not have less than Upper Credit. University graduates on the other hand must not have less than Second Class Lower.

If you are applying as military personnel, you must already be running a degree program in a civil university. Your commanding officer must also attest to your application. All applicants are required to submit at least 2 letters of recommendation.

Those who can give such letters of recommendation are your Local Government Secretary, your Local Government Chairman, Police officer from minimum of Assistant Inspector General of Police and high ranking military personnel from your state of origin.

In addition, the letters of recommendation must bear passport photograph of the individuals that recommend you. This gives the whole process a measure of authenticity.

Generally, only those within the age range of 22 and 35 years are considered for admission into the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course. The person can be a male or female and he/she must be a citizen of Nigeria.

He/she is expected to provide original copies of all his/her certificates; these should be from primary school level to tertiary level. These documents are expected to be attached to the application form and then submitted online.

The applicant must provide original birth certificate and this must be signed by the Nigerian Population Commission or the applicant’s local government authority.

Those that cannot obtain such from their local government or from the National Population Commission can approach a court of law and swear court affidavit. They can present this while carrying out their application for the Nigerian Navy Short Service Course.

We will always keep you with up-to-date news or any information concerning the Nigerian Navy DSSC/SSC recruitment.

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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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