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How to Succeed In the Nigerian Army Recruitment Exercise

If you are planning to join the Nigerian army, I am more than sure that you want to succeed. And I am sure that you will quickly grab any opportunity to achieve just that. In this article, I will be sharing with you tips on how you can succeed in the Nigerian Army recruitment exercise:

1.  Meet all requirements

If you fail to meet any of the requirements and conditions for joining the Nigerian Army, then there’s no way you can succeed in the recruitment exercise. So, before you proceed with the application process, read the requirements and conditions in full detail and ensure that you really have all it takes to join the force. The following is a list of the requirements for joining the Nigerian Army:

  • You must be a Nigerian citizen by birth (not by naturalization)
  • You must be between ages 18-22
  • You must medically, physically, and psychologically fit
  • You must be at least 1.68 meters tall (for men) or 1.62 meters tall (for women)
  • You must have no previous criminal record
  • You must have at least 3 credits including English Language in at most 2 sittings (SSCE/ NECO/ GCE)

2.  Have all the required documents

To avoid being disqualified, you must take your printed application confirmation and the following documents along with you to the venue of the screening examination:

  • Original and photocopies of your birth certificate or affidavit of age declaration
  • Photocopies of your academic certificates
  • The scratch cards you used for the application
  • The identification letter to be signed by the identifying officer in “Section F” of the completed form, which you printed from the Nigerian Army online recruitment portal.

3.  Keep abreast of latest information

After submitting your application at the online portal, check the portal at least twice daily to see if there is any new information. Don’t ever rely on the press or on your friends. You may as well miss out on newspaper notices. So, the online recruitment portal remains your best and most reliable source of information.

4.  Prepare well ahead of the screening examination

After your application, be on the lookout or information regarding the date of the screening exercise as well as the venue of your exercise (which is usually the zone screening centre within or nearest to your state). To prepare for the examination, practice lots of quantitative and verbal aptitude tests as well as questions on general knowledge. These usually constitute a significant portion of the examination questions.

The harder you prepare for the screening examination, the better your chances of succeeding. If you have left school since over two years back, you should start your preparation early. If the examination centre for your zone is far from your location, you may have to travel to the city in which you are to write the examination at least one day before the date of the examination. This is necessary so that you will avoid rushing at the last minute.

5.  Be composed

Dress well to the examination venue and be relaxed. Eat something before entering the examination hall (for reasons I am very sure you know). Also, abide by all instructions given at the examination venue, and ensure that you have all the required documents with you. Enter the examination hall with only the materials you will need during the exam.

6.  Expect the results

Check the dailies as well as the recruitment portal regularly so that you will know when the results are out and if you are required to take any action.


Please desist from giving any form of gratification or inducement to any person or group of persons who may claim to render assistance to applicants. The Nigerian Army strongly denounces this act. So, you must avoid it.

Keep in mind that these fraudsters abound on social media and in various online forums. They claim to help people mastermind their recruitment into the Nigerian Army. They only want to swindle those who may be seeking shortcuts. But the truth is, the recruitment process into the Nigerian Army is transparent and based on merit. So, there’s no amount you can pay to enhance your chances of being recruited if you don’t succeed on merit.

Finally, during the screening examination, do not engage in any form of examination malpractices such as communicating in the exam hall, copying from others, and so on. Remember, to fail and try later is better than being apprehended and disgraced for examination malpractices. I wish you the best of luck.

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