The men and women of the NDA give their all to serve this nation. It is, therefore, necessary that they get their reward here on earth. This article shall expatiate on the rank and salary structure of the NDA.
Before we dive into the salary structure of the NDA, let us take a peek into the history of the academy.
The Nigerian Defence Academy was founded in 1964. Its aim of the establishment is to train officers for the Armed Forces of Nigeria. The NDA is responsible for providing every cadet officer with the essential knowledge, skills, and values necessary to meet the requirements of a military officer. This is achieved through military, academic and character development.
The NDA is situated in Kaduna and it is the only Military University in the country. The normal duration of training in the academy is 5 years. The 5 years encompasses 4 years of academic studies and 1 year of military training.
The Cadet Brigade is responsible for the cadets’ administration, character building and welfare. The Brigade is commanded by an Army officer usually a Brigadier General. This commander is called the Cadets Brigade Commander (CBC). Usually, there are five cadets’ battalions under the Cadet Brigade. The cadets’ battalions are:
- Abyssinia Battalion
- Ashanti Battalion
- Burma Battalion
- Dalet Battalion
- Mogadishu Battalion
Usually, the NDA has an annual cadets’ intake of 175 for the regular course. This is made up of 155 males and 20 females. There are vacancies reserved for cadets from other West African countries.
In 1978 the NDA grew to become an all Nigerian training institute. Three years later, in 1981; the institution had begun bilateral training of foreign militaries.
By 1985 the NDA had started offering undergraduate programmes to Military Officers in Training. Presently, they offer postgraduate studies both for MSc and Ph.D. The postgraduate studies are for both military and civilian students.
NDA Ranks and Salary structure
In every organization, there is a chain of command and salary structure. The NDA is not an exception. We’ve highlighted the NDA ranks below from the entry-level position of a private soldier to the highest position of General. Their monthly and annual salary have also been included in a table below. However, it is important to note that this salary excludes bonus and allowances.
|Lance Corporal||N55, 000||N660,000|
|Master Warrant Officer||N90,000||N1, 080,000|
|Second Lieutenant||N120,000||N1, 440,000|
|Lieutenant Colonel||N350,000||N4, 200,000|
|Brigadier General||N750,000||N9, 000,000|
|Major General||N950,000||N11, 400,000|
|Lieutenant General||N1, 000,000||N12, 000,000|
The desire to serve one’s nation should not be greeted with discouragement. Individuals should be encouraged to serve their country without regrets. A good pay and salary structure is one of the motivating factors. When individuals are motivated, the result becomes unprecedented.