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By JEROME MICHAEL EBRUPHIYO/Millitary/Wednesday, November 3, 2021

List Of The 18 Nigerian Army Ranks And Their Symbols

                              
                            

Introduction

The Nigerian Army (NA) is the land force of the Nigerian Armed Forces. It is governed by the Nigerian Army Council (NAC). The Chief of Army Staff is the highest ranking military officer of the Nigerian Army. This post will provide information on the list of the 18 Nigerian Army ranks and their symbols and also provide answers to questions as regards to the Nigerian Army.

Brief History of the Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army traces its history to Lieutenant John Hawley Glover's Constabulary Force, which was largely composed of freed Hausa slaves in 1863. The Constabulary Force was established with the primary goal of protecting the Royal Niger Company and its assets from constant military incursions by the neighboring Ashanti Empire. This policing force would slowly grow in size and capability to meet the needs of the British Empire in its West African territories, and would later form the nucleus of both the Gold Coast and the Hausa Constabulary, both of which would become the Ghana Regiment and Southern Nigeria Regiment respectively by 1879. These regiments would be incorporated into the Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) in 1900 by the British Colonial Office, following British military experiences in the Benin Expedition of 1897, as well as wider British efforts of complete reorganization of its African colonial units such as that of the Egyptian Army earlier in the year. 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. The rapid expansion of the Nigerian Army in the wake of the civil war witnessed a severe decline in troop quality. The expansion process overseen by the Nigerian army command staff led to an extreme shortage of commissioned officers, with newly created lieutenant-colonels commanding brigades, and platoons and companies often commanded by sergeants and warrant officers. This resulted in tentative command-and-control and in rudimentary staff work by Nigerian army personnel. One result of the weak direction was that the federal government's three field divisions fought independently, and competed for men and material. Among the results of this failure of command experience and professionalism was the 1967 Asaba massacre, resulting in the deaths of some one thousand civilians and individuals of Igbo descent. The influence of individual personalities is generally greater in the armies of developing states, as they tend to have weaker institutional frameworks. Key personalities involved in Nigeria included then-Colonel Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo was particularly important due to his efforts to reorganize his command, 3 Division, during the civil war to improve its logistics and administration. The reorganization he instituted permitted 3 Division to successfully conduct the offensive operations that would ultimately lead to the end the civil war in Nigeria. The Nigerian Army fought the Civil War significantly under-resourced; Obasanjo's memoirs chronicle the lack of any stocks of extra equipment for mobilisation and the "haphazard and unreliable system of procurement and provisioning" which lasted for the entire period of the war. Arms embargoes imposed by several Western countries made the situation more difficult. At the end of the Civil War, the three divisions of the Army were reorganised into four divisions, with each controlling territories running from North to South in order to deemphasise the former regional structure. Each division thus had access to the sea thereby making triservice cooperation and logistic support easier. This deployment formula was later abandoned in favour of the present assignment of sectors to the divisions. Thus 1 Division with HQ at Kaduna is allocated the North West sector; 2 Division with HQ at Ibadan South West sector, 3 Division with HQ at Jos North East sector and 82 Division with HQ at Enugu South East sector. Its formations include the 1 Division, headquartered in Kaduna in the north-west, and 2 Division (HQ Ibadan in the South-West, which includes 32 Artillery Brigade at Abeokuta). 2nd Division also possibly includes 4 Brigade at Benin City, with 19 Battalion at Okitipupa and 195 Battalion at Agenebode. 52 Signal Regiment may be the divisional signals unit. 3 Division's headquarters is at Rukuba Cantonment, Jos, in the North-East, and includes 21 Armoured Brigade Maiduguri, 23 Brigade Yola, and 33 Artillery Brigades. 81st Division (Amphibious) HQ in Lagos, which includes the 9 Brigade, based at Ikeja Cantonment in northern Lagos, 82nd Division (Airborne and Amphibious) HQ in Enugu in the South-East, which includes the 2 Brigade at Port Harcourt, 13 Brigade at Calabar and the 34th Artillery Brigade at Obinze/Owerri. The Composite Division at Enugu was formed in 1964 as 4 Division, in 1975 became Lagos Garrison Organization; in 1981 became 4 Composite Division; became a Composite Division in May 2002. 3rd Armoured Division was responsible in 1983 for the security of areas bordering Chad.

Nigerian Army Ranks and their Symbols For Both Non-Commission and Commission Officer Cadre

  • Lance Corporal in the Nigerian Army

  • Lance Corporal in the Nigerian Army
    This is the first rank of the army that has a symbol which is a rope the shape of a triangle. It is the senior rank to private
  • Corporal in the Nigerian Army

  • Corporal in the Nigerian Army
    This rank is superior to that of a Lance Corporal. It is symbolized by two ropes the shape of a triangle
  • Sergeant in the Nigerian Army

  • Sergeant in the Nigerian Army
    This is a non commissioned rank. It is symbolized by three ropes the shape of a triangle
  • Staff Sergeant in the Nigerian Army

  • Staff Sergeant in the Nigerian Army
    This rank is the first senior non-commissioned rank. It is superior to Sergeant but junior to Warrant Officer
  • Warrant Officer in the Nigerian Army

  • Warrant Officer in the Nigerian Army
    Warrant Officer is a senior non-commissioned rank
  • Master Warrant Officer in the Nigerian Army

  • Master Warrant Officer in the Nigerian Army
    This is the second highest non-commissioned rank which happens to be a senior non-commissioned rank
  • Army Warrant Officer in the Nigerian Army

  • Army Warrant Officer in the Nigerian Army
    This is the highest rank attainable by any enlisted soldier before retirement
  • Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army

  • Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army
    This is the lowest rank of the commissioned officer cadre. It is also the rank NDA graduates are commissioned into on graduation and is symbolized by one star
  • First Lieutenant or Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army

  • First Lieutenant or Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army
    It is the rank officers of the Direct Short Service category get commissioned into on completion of their training. It is symbolized by two stars
  • Captain in the Nigerian Army

  • Captain in the Nigerian Army
    This is also the highest junior officer rank. Their rank is symbolized by three stars
  • Major in the Nigerian Army

  • Major in the Nigerian Army
    The Major is a transition rank from the junior officers to the senior officers of the army. This rank is symbolized by an eagle
  • Lieutenant Colonel in the Nigerian Army

  • Lieutenant Colonel in the Nigerian Army
    It is symbolized by an eagle and a star
  • Colonel in the Nigerian Army

  • Colonel in the Nigerian Army
    This is a senior officer and the sixth highest in the army. The rank is symbolized by an eagle and two stars
  • Brigadier General in the Nigerian Army

  • Brigadier General in the Nigerian Army
    It is symbolized by an eagle and three stars
  • Major General in the Nigerian Army

  • Major General in the Nigerian Army
    It is symbolized by an eagle and a sword crossed with a torch
  • Lieutenant General in the Nigerian Army

  • Lieutenant General in the Nigerian Arm
    The Lieutenant general is a very high senior rank of the Nigerian Army. It will interest you to know that most top army officers who ruled Nigeria in the military stopped at this rank
  • General in the Nigerian Army

  • General in the Nigerian Army
    This is the highest rank ever attained in the army and only very few officers have attained it. All Chiefs of Army Staff have risen up to this rank as the maximum. The rank is symbolized by an eagle, two stars and a sword crossed with a torch
  • Field Marshal in the Nigerian Army

Field Marshal in the Nigerian Army
This is the highest rank in the Army and is the only rank that has never been attained in Nigeria. no serving or retired army officer has ever risen beyond the rank of General because according to sources, anyone who attains this rank may be able to do as he pleases and become a dictator so officers are retired before they ever get to the rank

What Does 3 Stars Mean in the Nigerian Army?

Field Marshal (5-Star General) which is the highest rank in the Nigerian Army, General (4-Star General), Lieutenant General (3-Star General), Brigadier General (1-Star General).

What is the Lowest rank in Nigerian Army?

There are seventeen ranks within the Nigerian Army, only sixteen have been so far attained since the birthing of the force, in 1960. Although Lance corporal is the lowest rank in the Nigerian Army, a soldier of this rank, ranks higher than a private (Privates are the newly recruited soldiers).

Who is the only 6 Star General?

George Washington is the history's only Six-Star General. The rank of five-star general is an honor bestowed upon very few.

Who is the founder of Nigeria Army?

The Nigerian Army traces its history to Lieutenant John Hawley Glover's Constabulary Force, which was largely composed of freed Hausa slaves in 1863.

What is the full name of army?

ARMY may also include assets related to aviation by possessing an ARMY aviation component. The word ARMY may also mean a field army within a national military force. However, we can say that the Full form of Army is Alert Regular Mobility Young.

How was the Nigerian army formed?

The Nigerian Armed Forces were established in 1960 as the successor to the combat units of the Royal West African Frontier Force stationed in the country, which had previously served as the British Empire's multi-battalion field force during Nigeria's protectorate period.
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By JEROME MICHAEL EBRUPHIYO/Millitary/Wednesday, November 3, 2021

List Of The 18 Nigerian Army Ranks And Their Symbols

                              
                            

Introduction

The Nigerian Army (NA) is the land force of the Nigerian Armed Forces. It is governed by the Nigerian Army Council (NAC). The Chief of Army Staff is the highest ranking military officer of the Nigerian Army. This post will provide information on the list of the 18 Nigerian Army ranks and their symbols and also provide answers to questions as regards to the Nigerian Army.

Brief History of the Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army traces its history to Lieutenant John Hawley Glover's Constabulary Force, which was largely composed of freed Hausa slaves in 1863. The Constabulary Force was established with the primary goal of protecting the Royal Niger Company and its assets from constant military incursions by the neighboring Ashanti Empire. This policing force would slowly grow in size and capability to meet the needs of the British Empire in its West African territories, and would later form the nucleus of both the Gold Coast and the Hausa Constabulary, both of which would become the Ghana Regiment and Southern Nigeria Regiment respectively by 1879. These regiments would be incorporated into the Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) in 1900 by the British Colonial Office, following British military experiences in the Benin Expedition of 1897, as well as wider British efforts of complete reorganization of its African colonial units such as that of the Egyptian Army earlier in the year. 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. The rapid expansion of the Nigerian Army in the wake of the civil war witnessed a severe decline in troop quality. The expansion process overseen by the Nigerian army command staff led to an extreme shortage of commissioned officers, with newly created lieutenant-colonels commanding brigades, and platoons and companies often commanded by sergeants and warrant officers. This resulted in tentative command-and-control and in rudimentary staff work by Nigerian army personnel. One result of the weak direction was that the federal government's three field divisions fought independently, and competed for men and material. Among the results of this failure of command experience and professionalism was the 1967 Asaba massacre, resulting in the deaths of some one thousand civilians and individuals of Igbo descent. The influence of individual personalities is generally greater in the armies of developing states, as they tend to have weaker institutional frameworks. Key personalities involved in Nigeria included then-Colonel Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo was particularly important due to his efforts to reorganize his command, 3 Division, during the civil war to improve its logistics and administration. The reorganization he instituted permitted 3 Division to successfully conduct the offensive operations that would ultimately lead to the end the civil war in Nigeria. The Nigerian Army fought the Civil War significantly under-resourced; Obasanjo's memoirs chronicle the lack of any stocks of extra equipment for mobilisation and the "haphazard and unreliable system of procurement and provisioning" which lasted for the entire period of the war. Arms embargoes imposed by several Western countries made the situation more difficult. At the end of the Civil War, the three divisions of the Army were reorganised into four divisions, with each controlling territories running from North to South in order to deemphasise the former regional structure. Each division thus had access to the sea thereby making triservice cooperation and logistic support easier. This deployment formula was later abandoned in favour of the present assignment of sectors to the divisions. Thus 1 Division with HQ at Kaduna is allocated the North West sector; 2 Division with HQ at Ibadan South West sector, 3 Division with HQ at Jos North East sector and 82 Division with HQ at Enugu South East sector. Its formations include the 1 Division, headquartered in Kaduna in the north-west, and 2 Division (HQ Ibadan in the South-West, which includes 32 Artillery Brigade at Abeokuta). 2nd Division also possibly includes 4 Brigade at Benin City, with 19 Battalion at Okitipupa and 195 Battalion at Agenebode. 52 Signal Regiment may be the divisional signals unit. 3 Division's headquarters is at Rukuba Cantonment, Jos, in the North-East, and includes 21 Armoured Brigade Maiduguri, 23 Brigade Yola, and 33 Artillery Brigades. 81st Division (Amphibious) HQ in Lagos, which includes the 9 Brigade, based at Ikeja Cantonment in northern Lagos, 82nd Division (Airborne and Amphibious) HQ in Enugu in the South-East, which includes the 2 Brigade at Port Harcourt, 13 Brigade at Calabar and the 34th Artillery Brigade at Obinze/Owerri. The Composite Division at Enugu was formed in 1964 as 4 Division, in 1975 became Lagos Garrison Organization; in 1981 became 4 Composite Division; became a Composite Division in May 2002. 3rd Armoured Division was responsible in 1983 for the security of areas bordering Chad.

Nigerian Army Ranks and their Symbols For Both Non-Commission and Commission Officer Cadre

  • Lance Corporal in the Nigerian Army

  • Lance Corporal in the Nigerian Army
    This is the first rank of the army that has a symbol which is a rope the shape of a triangle. It is the senior rank to private
  • Corporal in the Nigerian Army

  • Corporal in the Nigerian Army
    This rank is superior to that of a Lance Corporal. It is symbolized by two ropes the shape of a triangle
  • Sergeant in the Nigerian Army

  • Sergeant in the Nigerian Army
    This is a non commissioned rank. It is symbolized by three ropes the shape of a triangle
  • Staff Sergeant in the Nigerian Army

  • Staff Sergeant in the Nigerian Army
    This rank is the first senior non-commissioned rank. It is superior to Sergeant but junior to Warrant Officer
  • Warrant Officer in the Nigerian Army

  • Warrant Officer in the Nigerian Army
    Warrant Officer is a senior non-commissioned rank
  • Master Warrant Officer in the Nigerian Army

  • Master Warrant Officer in the Nigerian Army
    This is the second highest non-commissioned rank which happens to be a senior non-commissioned rank
  • Army Warrant Officer in the Nigerian Army

  • Army Warrant Officer in the Nigerian Army
    This is the highest rank attainable by any enlisted soldier before retirement
  • Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army

  • Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army
    This is the lowest rank of the commissioned officer cadre. It is also the rank NDA graduates are commissioned into on graduation and is symbolized by one star
  • First Lieutenant or Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army

  • First Lieutenant or Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army
    It is the rank officers of the Direct Short Service category get commissioned into on completion of their training. It is symbolized by two stars
  • Captain in the Nigerian Army

  • Captain in the Nigerian Army
    This is also the highest junior officer rank. Their rank is symbolized by three stars
  • Major in the Nigerian Army

  • Major in the Nigerian Army
    The Major is a transition rank from the junior officers to the senior officers of the army. This rank is symbolized by an eagle
  • Lieutenant Colonel in the Nigerian Army

  • Lieutenant Colonel in the Nigerian Army
    It is symbolized by an eagle and a star
  • Colonel in the Nigerian Army

  • Colonel in the Nigerian Army
    This is a senior officer and the sixth highest in the army. The rank is symbolized by an eagle and two stars
  • Brigadier General in the Nigerian Army

  • Brigadier General in the Nigerian Army
    It is symbolized by an eagle and three stars
  • Major General in the Nigerian Army

  • Major General in the Nigerian Army
    It is symbolized by an eagle and a sword crossed with a torch
  • Lieutenant General in the Nigerian Army

  • Lieutenant General in the Nigerian Arm
    The Lieutenant general is a very high senior rank of the Nigerian Army. It will interest you to know that most top army officers who ruled Nigeria in the military stopped at this rank
  • General in the Nigerian Army

  • General in the Nigerian Army
    This is the highest rank ever attained in the army and only very few officers have attained it. All Chiefs of Army Staff have risen up to this rank as the maximum. The rank is symbolized by an eagle, two stars and a sword crossed with a torch
  • Field Marshal in the Nigerian Army

Field Marshal in the Nigerian Army
This is the highest rank in the Army and is the only rank that has never been attained in Nigeria. no serving or retired army officer has ever risen beyond the rank of General because according to sources, anyone who attains this rank may be able to do as he pleases and become a dictator so officers are retired before they ever get to the rank

What Does 3 Stars Mean in the Nigerian Army?

Field Marshal (5-Star General) which is the highest rank in the Nigerian Army, General (4-Star General), Lieutenant General (3-Star General), Brigadier General (1-Star General).

What is the Lowest rank in Nigerian Army?

There are seventeen ranks within the Nigerian Army, only sixteen have been so far attained since the birthing of the force, in 1960. Although Lance corporal is the lowest rank in the Nigerian Army, a soldier of this rank, ranks higher than a private (Privates are the newly recruited soldiers).

Who is the only 6 Star General?

George Washington is the history's only Six-Star General. The rank of five-star general is an honor bestowed upon very few.

Who is the founder of Nigeria Army?

The Nigerian Army traces its history to Lieutenant John Hawley Glover's Constabulary Force, which was largely composed of freed Hausa slaves in 1863.

What is the full name of army?

ARMY may also include assets related to aviation by possessing an ARMY aviation component. The word ARMY may also mean a field army within a national military force. However, we can say that the Full form of Army is Alert Regular Mobility Young.

How was the Nigerian army formed?

The Nigerian Armed Forces were established in 1960 as the successor to the combat units of the Royal West African Frontier Force stationed in the country, which had previously served as the British Empire's multi-battalion field force during Nigeria's protectorate period.
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