Nigerian Army Short Service Combatant (SSC) recruitment 2016

Nigerian Army – Applications are invited from eligible Nigerians for commission into the Nigerian Army (NA) as Short Service Combatant (SSC) Commission officers.

The SSC is open to both civilians and serving military personnel. However, only serving military personnel sponsored by any of the Services of the Nigerian Armed Forces to civil institutions shall be considered.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Be a Nigerian as defined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  • Be a male or female  between the ages of 24 and 29 years by October 2016.
  • Be medically, mentally and physically fit according to NA Standards.
  • Measure at least 1.68m (for male) and 1.65m (for female) in height.
  • Must not have been convicted by any court of law. Military personnel must be free from any disciplinary case (This is to be endorsed by the Commanding Officer/Commander).
  • Possess at least a first degree of not less than Second Class Lower Division or HND of not less than Lower Credit in the arts, sciences or humanities from any recognized institution of learning.
  • Only academic credentials obtained from 2011 to date will be considered.
  • Candidates must present 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).
  • Be recommended by at least 2 recognizable referees who must attest to the applicant’s character and integrity. Serving military personnel must be recommended by their commanding officers. Civilians could be recommended by 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 state of the applicant. Passport photographs of referees must be affixed to the letter of attestation.
  • Candidates must submit a letter of Attestation from their former institutions.
  • Service personnel must present valid military identity cards and letters of recommendations by their Commanding Officers/Commanders.  They must also present valid letter(s) of NA sponsorship in tertiary academic institutions.  Additionally, they must have served for a period of not less than 5 years in the unit.
  • Candidates must not be members of any cult/society/fraternity
  • 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 (less serving members of the Armed Forces) must possess NYSC discharge certificate or a valid exemption as the case may be.

Conditions of Service
SSC will be granted for 10 years. Six years will be on active list renewable thereafter for a period up to 3 years.  No extension is allowed  after the ninth year of commission except on conversion to Regular Combatant where applicable:

  • Officer cadets who successfully complete the military training shall be granted the rank of Second Lieutenant.
  • Conversion to regular commission is not automatic.  It is based on availability of vacancy and other criteria that are or will be in force from time to time.
  • All graduating officer cadets must sign an acceptance on the terms and conditions governing the Short Service Combatant Commission before they are granted commission into the Nigerian Army.
  • The reckonable period of service will be based on the date of commencement of cadet training of both civilian and military personnel entrants.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click Here to Start Application

Application Guide

  • Click the link above to create an account.
  • Read the Qualification Criteria.
  • From the Home Page, Select SSC application.
  • On successful registration, you will receive an email notification containing your login details.
  • Click on ‘Login’ to complete the application form.
  • Ensure all required documents are uploaded:
    • Passport photograph.
    • Educational certificates.
    • Evidence of membership of any professional body.
    • Certificate of state of origin.
    • Birth certificate or age declaration

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 a Court of Law and the second page is to be signed by the Local Government Chairman/Secretary or any military officer of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or equivalent and above who hails from your state. Successful applicants are required to present their printed photo-slip to the selection board during interview

Further Information
For further information, you may call 07046349788 and 09099170154, or visit

For technical support and complaints, call the following support lines 07018447913, 08054815787 or email[email protected]

Army Headquarters
Department of Military Secretary
Mambilla Barracks
Asokoro Abuja

Application Deadline  13th June, 2016.

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  1. Jacob Mtur Ukeyima says:

    I would love to join the Nigerian army combatant. Sir,the issue is that my ssce was obtained before year 2011. What should I do?

  2. Zaharaddeen Haruna says:

    Sir, is the first degree to be obtain before the year 2011 or ssce?

  3. Ibrahim m says:

    is first degree not ssce

  4. ya ismaila says:

    first degree, not ssce,hw person can finish primary ,secondary and first degree from 2011-2016

  5. Anonymous says:

    Please, after the registration what will be the next line of action.

  6. please after registration, what else? is there any whatsapp group for dssc & ssc?

  7. preseiya David AROWEFI says:

    what if am a military man and my result is 2003

  8. mgbebu Friday says:

    sir when is the interview coming up

  9. Sir l got a problem during my online that is I am 29 that is born 1987 but there’s typing errors wrote me at 1985 which post to my age at 1985 that 31yr old while I applied for Ssc not Dssc, how can I do Sir?

  10. Mustapha says:

    Sir I’m now 29 years but the problem I want to know is that I have reached 29 years since on 6/February /1987 and I saw it 29 by October. I want to know if there is problem for that?


    sir, after the successful registration, what is the next step? Is it shortlistment of names or we will go for written test?

  12. Andy okpe says:

    Sir,when is d form coming out?

  13. emmanuel.E.Bassey says:

    Pls sir can I use my ssce to join Nigeria army an be a part time staff?

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