How To Apply For The 2016 Nigerian Army DSSC Recruitment



Applications are invited from eligible Nigerians for commission into the Nigerian Army (NA) as Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) officers. The DSSC is open to both civilians and serving military personnel. Only serving military personnel sponsored by any of the Services of the Nigerian Armed Forces to civil institutions shall be considered..



All applicants must satisfy the following conditions:

a. Be a Nigerian as defined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
b. Be a male or female between the ages of 22 and 35 years, while medical consultants be not more than 40 years of age by October 2016.
c. Be medically, mentally and physically fit according to NA standards.
d. Be recommended by at least 2 recognizable referees who must attest to the applicant character and integrity. These could be 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.
e. Candidates must submit a letter of Attestation from their former institutions.
f. Measure at least 1.68m (for male) and 1.65m (for female) in height.
g. 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).
h. Possess at least a first degree with not less than Second Class Lower Division or HND of not less than Lower Credit from any recognized institution of learning.
i. Possess valid birth certificate endorsed by the National Population Commission, Hospital or Local Government Council or valid age declaration.
j. Possess a valid certificate of state of origin.
k. Applicants (Less serving members of the Armed Forces) must possess NYSC discharge certificate or a valid exemption as the case may be.
l. Graduates with professional qualifications must be duly registered by relevant bodies recognized by Nigerian Laws at the commencement of cadet training.
m. Only academic credentials obtained from 2006 to date will be considered.
n. Candidates must present contact addresses and telephone numbers of parent/guardians and Next of Kin.
o. Candidates must not have any body inscriptions or tattoos.
p. Candidates must tender all original copies of educational certificates (primary to post secondary).
q. 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.
r. Candidates must not be members of any cult/society/fraternity.
s. All female applicants are advised to seek for commission into specialist corps e;g Medical, Legal Service or Army Public Relations.


Applications are to be made online free of charge from the 18th of April 2016.

a. How to apply:
(1) Log on to to create an account.
(2) Read the Qualification Criteria.
(3) From the Home Page, Select DSSC application.
(4) On successful registration, you will receive an email notification
containing your login details.

(5) Click on 'Login' to complete the application form.
(6) 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.

6. All applications must be submitted not later than 13th June 2016.