Nigerian Army DSSC/SSC Recruitment 2019/2020: Application Guide!!

Nigerian Army Direct Short Service Commission , DSSC and Short Service Commission, SSC Recruitment 2019/2020

Nigerian Army in Parade

The Nigerian army (NA) is the largest component of the Nigerian Armed Forces responsible for land warfare operations. It is governed by the Nigerian Army Council (NAC). The Nigerian army invites application into its short service commission (SSC 46/2020) and direct short service commission (DSSC 25/2020). Want to apply for the Nigerian Army Direct Short Service Commissions (DSSC 25/2020) or Short Service Commissions (SSC 46/2020)? Registration portal is opened and application is ongoing. This article will guide you through all the steps you must follow to complete application forms online.

Note ⇒ Registration portal has opened; keep reading to find out how to apply now!.

There are several criteria and requirements for the successful completion of the application processes. Most of those requirements have to do with age, physique & sex.

What about the difference between Nigerian Army DSSC & SSC? Do you know? You need the differences between the two terms before you begin your application/registration.

Direct Short Service commissions (DSSC) is open to graduates and recommended military personnel who would like to further or continue in their current career in Army; while Short Service Combatant commission (SSC) applicants are recruited and trained to participate in combatant and fight. In other words, SSC recruits get deployed to the combatant corps department such as infantry, artillery, etc.

Meaning of DSSC in Nigerian Army

DSSC in Nigerian Army means Direct Short Service Commissions. It is a short training organized by the Nigerian Army for graduates who possess HND, BSC or its equivalents from any recognized university in Nigeria and want to join the Army. The training lasts between 6 – 9 months. DSSC 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 taken into consideration.

Meaning of SSC in Nigerian Army

Meaning of SSC in Nigerian Army stands for Short Service Combatant Commissions. it’s a short time training to graduates from different universities and polytechnics in Nigeria that qualifies and apply to join the Nigerian Army.  SSCs are for combatants and fights

Nigerian Army Jobs to Apply for

The Nigerian Army Jobs to apply for are; Nigerian Army Engineers, Nigerian Army Signals, Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps, Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport, Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps, Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Medical and Dental Consultants, General Duty Medical/Dental Officers, Optometrists, Dental Therapists and Dental Technologists, Clinical Psychologists, Nurses, Pharmacists, Professionals Allied to Medicine, Nigerian Army Band Corps,  Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police, Nigerian Army Finance Corps, Nigerian Army Education Corps, Directorate of Chaplain Services (Protestant), Directorate of Chaplain Services (Roman Catholic), Directorate of Islamic Affairs, Directorate of Legal Service, Directorate of Army Public Relations, Directorate of Army Physical Training, Directorate of Army Aviation, Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Electrical/Mechanical Engineering, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Air Traffic Controller/Communicators, Meteorologists, Piloting (Rotary).

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

Read also: Nigeria Army; Divisions, Headquarter, Contacts, DSSC & SSC training centres

Nigerian Army DSSC Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

You must possess a minimum of Second Class Lower or degree holders or Lower Credit for HND holders from any recognizable institution.

All applicants must be of Nigerian nationality as defined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

You must be aged between 20 and 30 as a regular applicant or under 40 if you’re a medical applicant by January of the next year after application.

Applicants must be mentally, medically and physically fit as per NA standards.

You must be able to provide two referees who are recognizable in society and can attest to your character and integrity. It is good to provide highly placed individuals as your referees such as a Local Government Chairman/Secretary or an officer of the armed force not below the rank of Lieutenant Colonel & or Equivalent. You could also provide, as your referee, an assistant police commissioner and above who hails from your state.

Candidates must present a letter of attestation from their former institutions.

Your height must not be below 1.68 meters (male) or 1.65 meters (female).

You mustn’t have prior criminal convictions of any sort by any court of law.

Applicants must be able to present a valid birth certificate endorsed by the national population commission, hospital, local government cancel or court endorsed age declaration.

All applicants must possess a valid certificate of state of origin.

To successfully complete your registration, you must present a valid NYSC discharge certificate or valid exemption letter as applied to you.

Professional candidates must own professional qualifications from a duly registered and recognized body.

All academic credentials must be obtained at dates no earlier than 2009.

Applicants must not have any form of body inscriptions or tattoos.

Certificate uploads from primary to post-secondary schools must be original copies only.

All applicants serving in the military must present valid identity cards and letters of recommendation by their commanding officers/commanders. Also, they must present valid letters of NA sponsorship in tertiary academic institutions. Furthermore, they must have serviced their unit for a period of not less than 5 years.

Members of secret cults, societies, fraternity or any of their equivalents are not allowed to take part in the application into the Direct Short Service Commissions of the Nigerian Army.

Female applicants are encouraged to demand commission into specialist corps departments – which include medical, legal Service, supply and transport or army public relations.

Nigerian Army SSC Requirements

To successfully complete your applications for the Short Service Combatant commissions (SSC) you must with all the application stated for Direct Short Service Commissions (DSC) aside from the key difference in requirement which is stated below:

Candidate must be a male or female between the ages of 23 and 27 by January of the next year after application.

As noted from the requirements for applying into Direct Short Service Commissions (DSSC) and SSC, only age differentiates them. The age for application into DSSC is relatively higher compared to SSC.

How to apply for Nigerian Army Direct Short Service or Short Service

Step 1. Log on to and click on “apply online”.

Nigerian Army direct short service commissions Application Portal

Nigerian Army direct short service commissions Application Portal, click on apply online.

Step 2. Read the instruction, and then click on ‘register’ (should be located at the top corner).

Step 3. Fill all the required details and choose the right application type as per your interest (DSSC or SSC). Afterward, you’ll get an email containing your login details.

Step 4. Log on to again and this time click on login.

Step 5. Complete all the forms once you’re logged in; making sure you fill in all asterisked areas – as they are deemed important.

Step 6. After completing all the aforementioned steps and completing your online application for either DSSC or SSC, the next step would be to print your photo cards.  First page is to be signed by a Court of law while the second page is to be signed by the Chairman/Secretary of your Local Government or any military officer of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and above or equivalent who hails from your State of Origin.

Meanwhile, you’ll have to upload several documents including Passport photograph, educational certificates, evidence of membership of any professional body, certificate of state of origin, and birth certificate or age declaration.

Application closing date

Applications are to be made online free of charge from the 7th of August 2019 and closes 28th September, 2019.

Those are all the steps involved in applying for the Nigerian Army Direct Short Service Commissions (DSSC) & Short Service Combatant (SSC) Commissions online.

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