Just in: Nigerian Army DSSC/SSC Application Form is Out

The Nigerian Army, saddled with the responsibility to maintaining peace and order within the country and protecting its border, has called on Nigerian citizens interested in joining the military force to apply for the application form.

The Nigerian Army has commenced application into the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) and the Short Service Commission (SSC) in the military outfit.


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Eligible applicants for either of the commission must have a minimum of Bachelor’s Degree or it’s equivalent in a recognized higher institution in Nigeria.

The Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) is a type of commission in the Nigerian Army which is open to both civilians and serving military personnel.

The training provides the avenue for the enlistment of degree holders who are professionals in specified fields.

Training period for this type of commission is usually 6 months of intensive military training and successful candidates are commissioned as Lieutenant.

Also, DSSC will be granted for a total of 15 years, for an initial period of 8 years, renewable yearly for another period of 7 years.

Direct Regular Commission may be granted on conversion after 3 years as a commissioned officer. More requirement below.

Similarly, the Short Service Commission (SSC) is a type of commission in the Nigerian Army which is open to both civilians and serving military personnel.

The Course provides the avenue for the enlistment of degree holders who desire to the join the officers rank of the Nigerian Army as Combatant.

Training period for this type of commission is usually 9 months of intensive military training and successful candidates are commissioned into the rank of Second Lieutenant.

In addition, SSC will be granted for 15 years. Ten years will be on active list renewable thereafter for a period not more than 5 years.

No extension shall be granted after the fifteenth year of commission except on conversion to regular combatant commission where applicable.

Read more on the recruitment portal, click here.

Requirement for Both DSSC and SSC Application

  • All applicants must be Nigerians as defined by the 1999 Constitution.
  • Be a male or female between the ages of 23 and 27 by January 2021.
  • Be medically, mentally and physically fit according to Nigerian Army Standards.
  • Be recommended and attested to his/her good character by at least 2 recognizable referees who is either a Local Government Chairman/Secretary or an officer of the Armed Forces not below the rank of a Lieutenant Colonel and equivalent or an Assistant Commissioner of Police and above who must hail from the applicant’s state of origin. Passport photographs of referees must be affixed to the letter of attestation.
  • Candidates must submit a Letter of Attestation from their former institutions.
  • Measure in height at least 1.68m (for male) and 1.65m (for female).
  • Must not have been convicted by any court of law.
  • Military personnel must not have any disciplinary case and must be confirmed so by the Commanding Officer/Commander.
  • Possess at least a first degree with not less than Second Class Lower Division or HND of not less than Lower Credit in the arts, sciences or humanities from accredited institution of learning.
  • Courses of study must also be accredited at the time of study.
  • Possess valid birth certificate endorsed by the National Population Commission, Hospital or Local Government Council or valid age declaration.
  • Possess a valid certificate of state of origin.
  • Applicants (other than serving members of the Armed Forces) must possess NYSC discharge certificate or a valid certificate of exemption.
  • Applicants completing NYSC in 2020 are eligible to apply.
  • Only post secondary academic credentials obtained from Year 2015 to date will be considered.
  • Applicants must present valid contact addresses and telephone numbers of parent/guardians and Next of Kin.
  • Candidates must not have any body inscriptions or tattoos.
  • Candidates must tender all original copies of educational certificates (primary to post-secondary).

Available Corps in the DSSC and Requirement

The DSSC, unlike the SSC has varieties of commissions to apply for, below are the available commissions and their requirements.

Applications should be into any of the following Corps and Services of the NA:

Nigerian Army Engineers:

Applicants must possess a minimum of BSc (Engr), B Engr (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas:

Civil Engineering, Quantity Survey, Architectural Engineering, Building Technology and Geographic Information Systems.

Such academic fields must be registered with the Nigerian Society of Engineers and Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) or regulating professional bodies.

Nigerian Army Signals.

Applicants must possess a minimum of BSc, B Tech, B Engr (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas:

Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Cyber Security, Software Development, Software Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Control Systems Engineering, Network Design and Engineering, UAV Pilot, Geographic Information Systems Engineering, Microwave Engineering, Database Management Engineering and Administration, Project Management Engineering and Systems Control Engineering.

Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps.

Applicants must possess a minimum of BSc, B Engr, B Tech, BA (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas:

Software Development, Mobile (Android/IOS) Development, Ethical Hacking/Penetration testing, Cyber Security, Digital Forensic Analysis, Geographic Information Systems Analysis, Database Administration, Satellite Imaging and Remote Sensing, Data Analysis, Network Security Analysis, Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics (French, Arabic, Kanuri, Fulfulde/interpreters), Graphic Design and Animation, Social Media Analysis and Computer Science.

Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport.

Applicants must possess a minimum of BSc, BA (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas:

Catering and Hotel Management, Hospitality Service, Transport and Logistics, Business Administration, Fire and Safety.

A good working experience will be an added advantage.

Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps.

Applicants must possess a minimum of BSc, B Engr, BA (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas:

Physcis, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Procurement, Textile Technology/Leather Works, Printing Technology, Purchasing & Supply, Biochemistry, Logistics Management Chemical Engineering.

Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Applicants must possess a minimum of B Eng, BSc (Eng) (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas:

Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Electrical/Electronics Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Weapon Engineering, Computer Engineering and Material/Metallurgical Engineering.

Such academic fields must be registered with the Nigerian Society of Engineers and Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) or regulating professional bodies.

Nigerian Army Medical Corps.

All applicants for Medical Corps are expected to present proof of registration with their professional regulatory bodies and current practicing license.

1. Medical and Dental Consultants.

Applicants could belong to either of the following fields of specialization such as:

General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Anesthesia, Neuro-Surgery, Cardiothoracic, ENT Surgery, Physicians (Cardiologists, Endocrinologist, Nephrologists and Neurologists), Ophthalmologists as well as Obstetrics and Gynecologists, Pediatricians and Family Physicians.

Applicants must also consider the following criteria:

(a) Must be Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria or equivalent Postgraduate Medical College.

(b) Not be more than 40 years of age by January 2021.

(c) Must have full registration of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) for the undergraduate degree and additional qualification registration as appropriate.

(d) Must have current MDCN license to practice as a specialist.

2. General Duty Medical/Dental Officers.

Applicants must possess MBBS/BDS or equivalent with not more than 5 years post – qualification experience and must be fully registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

3. Optometrists.

Applicants must possess Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree and must be registered with the appropriate professional body.

4. Dental Therapists/Dental Surgery Assistant and Dental Technologists.

Applicants must possess Higher Diplomas and must be fully registered with relevant professional bodies.

5. Clinical Psychologists.

Applicants must possess BSc in Clinical Psychology.

6. Nurses.

Applicants must possess BSc Nursing and fully registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

7. Pharmacists.

Applicants must possess Bachelor of Pharmacy and must be fully registered with the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria.

8. Professionals Allied to Medicine.

Applicants must possess a minimum of Second Class Lower degree in any of the following areas:

Radiology – Medical Image Science, Hospital Administration, BMLS, AIMLS, and AIMLT – Medical Laboratory Science, Physiotherapy, Environmental Health Workers, Nutrition/Dietetics, Health Service Administration and Health Information Management, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy.

Nigerian Army Band Corps.

Applicants must possess a minimum of BA (Second Class Lower) degree or HND Lower Credit or equivalent in Music with L.R.A.M and A.R.C.M.

Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police.

Applicants must possess LLB BL, and a minimum of BSc, BA (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas:

Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, Computer Science, Statistics, Forensic Science and Veterinary Medicine.

Nigerian Army Finance Corps.

Applicants must possess a minimum of BA (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas: Accountancy, Information and Computer Technology, Business & Financial Management, Insurance, Registration with any of the following Professional Accountancy qualification is compulsory: ICAN, ANAN, ACMA, ACCA, ACA.

Nigerian Army Education Corps.

Applicants must possess a minimum of Second Class Lower degree in any of the following areas:

BSc (Ed) or BA (Ed) in Library/Information Science, Guidance and Counseling, Linguistics and Literature in (French, Portuguese, English, Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Fulfulde, Arabic, Efik/Ibibio, Kanuri Languages), History, Creative Art, Agricultural Science, Archives, Museology and Educational Psychology.

Note: All applicants for Education Corps, are expected to present proof of registration with their professional regulatory bodies.

Directorate of Chaplain Services (Protestant).

Applicants must possess minimum of BA (Second Class Lower) degree in Theology/Divinity from any of the Seminaries/Universities recognized by the NA Directorate of Chaplain Services (Protestant).

Applicants must belong to one of the 18 major denominations of the protestant faith.

Soldier applicants must have served the NA with a minimum of 6 years experience in Chaplaincy work and must be vetted and recommended by the NA Directorate of Chaplain Services (Protestant).

Applicants must provide proof of Ordination, attestation and certification by an ordained Bishop.

Directorate of Chaplain Services (Roman Catholic).

Applicants must possess a minimum of Bachelor (Second Class Lower) degree in any of the following areas:

Philosophy and Theology from a Roman Catholic approved seminary, affiliated to a National Universities Commission accredited by a University or Urbanian University, Rome.

Applicants must have good standing in the church and be released by a Diocesan Bishop with a proof of ordination.

Applicants must be vetted and recommended by the NA Directorate of Chaplain Services (Roman Catholic).

Directorate of Islamic Affairs.

Applicants must possess a minimum of BA, B Ed (Second Class Lower) degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies, LLB Sharia and Arabic Language from recognized Nigerian universities, Azhar University, Cairo or Saudi University.

Each applicant would be required to produce testimony of excellent character from a reputable Islamic religious organization in Nigeria.

Applicants must be able to speak Arabic and English Language.

Directorate of Legal Service.

Applicants must possess LLB BL from a recognized institution. A minimum of 2 years post Law School legal practice is required and applicants must present evidence of such.

Directorate of Army Public Relations.

Applicants must possess a minimum of BSc, BA (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in Mass Communication, Audio Visual Technology, Television and Film Production, Information Technology, Public Relations, Journalism, Communication and Theatre Arts, Printing Technology, International Relations and Political Science, Newspaper and Print Technology, Radio Production, Broadcasting and Public Administration.

Applicants must have evidence of Membership of any Professional body relating to media operation and journalism.

Directorate of Army Physical Training.

Applicants must possess a minimum of BSc or BA (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in any of the following areas:

Human Kinetics and Health Education, Sports Management, Sport Coaching, Sports Psychology, Sport Physiology, Sports Marketing and Exercise and Sports Science.

Directorate of Army Aviation.

Applicants must possess a minimum of BSc/B Eng (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) with other relevant trade qualification from government – approved institutions for the following fields:

Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Aircraft Maintenance Mechanical Engineering, Meteorology and Air Traffic Control and Communications.

NOTE: All female applicants are advised to seek commission into specialist corps like Medical, Legal Service, Supply and Transport or Army Public Relations.

a. Conversion to Direct Regular Commission is not automatic but based on application by an eligible commissioned officer. It is however based on availability of vacancy and other criteria that are or will be in force from time to time.
b. All graduating officer cadets must sign an acceptance of the terms and conditions governing the Direct Short Service Commission before they are granted commission into the Nigerian Army.
c. The reckonable period of service for civilians who become commissioned officers will be based on the date of commencement of cadet training while that of military personnel applicants would be date of enlistment.
d. Medical Consultant Officers on successful completion of military training shall be granted the rank of Major.
e. Officer cadets who successfully complete the military training shall be granted the rank of Lieutenant with seniority effective date of commission except for medical consultants.

Method of Application

All applications are to be made online free of charge, registration commences from 18 August 2020.

How to apply:

(1) visit the Nigerian Army recruitment center at http://recruitment.army.mil.ng

(2) You will be redirected to the page where you can read the qualification criteria for the ongoing SSC and DSSC courses.

(3) Click on the “Apply Now” button for the SSC or DSSC as per your qualification.

(4) At the prompt, you will be required to select if you are serving/have served in the Armed Forces of Nigeria, choose the appropriate option and proceed.

(5) If you do not have an account click on “Sign Up” (a verification will be sent to you email) or enter you login details and log in.

(6) Fill out the form and ensure all required documents listed below are uploaded:

(a) Passport photograph.

(b) Educational certificates.

(c) Evidence of membership of any professional body.

(d) Certificate of state of origin.

(e) Birth certificate or age declaration.

(7) For DSSC applicants, note that the qualification selections available to you are dependent on the preferred corps selected.

b. Print Out.

Applicants must print out their online generated photo-slip on completion of their application.

The first page is to be signed by the Registrar of any Court of Law while the second page is to be signed by the applicants’ Local Government Chairman/Secretary or any military officer of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or equivalent and above who hails from an applicant’s state of origin.

Successful applicants would be required to take a written examination at selectedexamination centres selected by applicants or assigned as appropriate.

Successful candidates would also present their printedphoto-slips at Examination Centres and subsequently to the Selection Board during interview.

Click here to apply.

Closing Date

The deadline for the application into the DSSC and SSC of the Nigerian Army is September 29th 2020, for any clarification or information, call the Nigerian Army Hq on the following numbers; 08179269294 and 08109959294 between 0800 – 1800 hours daily, i.e. 8:00am to 6:00pm.

Nigeria News World wishes all applicants success in their journey into the Nigerian Army.

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