How Soldiers Are Ranked And Ways To Identify Them

Known as one of Africa’s best ground fighters, the Nigerian army is arguably one of the most gallant in the world.
And just like every other army, the Nigerian Army is made up of ranks. These 16 ranks do not only suggest the sternness of hierarchy within the force, they also have specific duties attached to them.

Fact: There are seventeen ranks within the Nigerian Army, only sixteen have been so far attained since the birthing of the force, in 1960.

Here are 16 ranks of the Nigerian Army, starting from bottom to top

1. Lance Corporal
Although Lance corporal is the lowest rank in the Nigerian Army, a soldier of this rank, ranks higher than a private (Privates are the newly recruited soldiers).

A Lance Corporal can be identified by a “V” mark badge on the uniform.

2. Corporal

Known as the second rank from the bottom, the Corporal is the next rank that a Lance Corporal assumes upon promotion.

A soldier of this rank can be identified by the “double V” badge on the uniform.

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