Nigerian Air Force Recruitment 2020/2021 Requirements & How To Apply

This is a registration, application guide for (NAF) Nigerian Air Force recruitment 2020/2021 application form, and required steps. The Nigerian Air Force will announce the date when the Airmen / Airwomen Recruitment Exercise for the year will commence. The deadline for the Registration will also be communicated at the same time as the release of application forms. NAF recruitment is carried out annually and the portal for recruitment is Applicants should note that the application is free. 

Nigerian Air Force Recruitment 2020/2021

Steps on how to apply and requirements – General Instructions For Nigerian Airforce Recruitment 2020/2021 are listed below;

  1. Nationality:  An applicant into the Nigerian Airforce must be of Nigerian origin.
  2. Age: Applicants must not be younger than 17 years and also they must not be older than 22 years for non-tradesmen/women. Those applying into the force as drivers must be aged between 18 and 28 years.
  3. Marital Status: You need to be single before applying for the Nigerian Airforce Recruitment
  4. Height: The minimum height requirement is 1.68 meters or 5.5ft for males and 1.65m or 5.4ft for females.
  5. Medical Fitness: All applicants for recruitment into the NAF must be certified to be medically fit and meet the Nigerian Air Force medical and employment standards.
  6. Education: For non-Tradesmen/women, applicants in this category must possess a minimum of 3 credits including Mathematics and English Language in any of SSCE/NECO/GCE obtained not later than 6 years to this recruitment exercise.

For Tradesmen/women, applicants must possess OND, NABTEB, RN/RM, or City & Guild Certificate from any recognized institution. Candidates with only Trade Test Certificate are also required to have in addition a minimum of 3 passes in GCE/SSCE/NECO including the English Language.

Nigerian Air Force Recruitment Portal is

Possible Screening Centres For The Nigerian Air Force Recruitment Process are likely the Air Force Base around the country. They are listed below.

Before you can progress with Nigerian Airforce recruitment 2020/2021 after applying and being shortlisted, you will be required to write a qualifying recruitment test.

  • Makurdi: Nigerian Air Force Base, Markudi.
  • Ilorin: 303 MAG, Nigerian Air Force Ilorin.
  • Lagos: Sam Ethan Air Force Base, Ikeja – Lagos.
  • Enugu: 113, Helicopter Combat Training Group Nigerian Air Force Enugu.
  • Port Harcourt: 115 Special Operations Group Nigerian Air Force Port Harcourt.
  • Benin: 107 Air Maritime Group, Nigerian Air Force Benin.
  • Kaduna: Nigerian Air Force Base, Kawo – Kaduna.
  • Kano: 403 Flying Training School, Kano.
  • Maiduguri: 105 Composite Group Nigerian Air Force Maiduguri.
  • Ipetu-Ijesha: Nigerian Air Force Institute of Safety, Ipetu-Ijesha.
  • Sokoto: 119 Forward Operation Base Mabera, Sokoto.
  • Yola: 103 Strike Group, Nigerian Air Force, Yola.
  • Jos: 451 Nigerian Air Force Station, Jos.
  • Bauchi: Nigerian Air Force Base Bauchi


  1. Applicants will need to submit for scrutiny, the original copies of their documents and credentials at the recruitment centers and also during the final selection interview. Applicants will be required to present the following documents if they are able to make it to the zonal recruitment test stage.
  2. {{Two recent passport size photographs duly stamped and countersigned by an officer of appropriate rank specified}}, Local Government Chairmen/Secretaries and other specified officers.
  3. Photocopies of:

Birth Certificate/Declaration of Age}}. Any age declaration sworn later than 4 years to the commencement of this exercise will not be accepted.

Educational/Trade Certificates.

Indigeneship certificate from the applicant’s State of Origin.

Any applicant caught to have impersonated or submitted false document(s) will be disqualified from the recruitment exercise. Also, any false declaration made by an applicant which is later detected will lead to the withdrawal of such candidate from training. Such an individual may be handed over to the Police for further prosecution.

Applicants must on completion of the application forms print out the Acknowledgment Slip.

Air Force Base List

  • Nigerian Air Force Base, Makurdi.
  • 303 MAG Nigerian Air Force, Ilorin.
  • Sam Ethan Air Force Base, Ikeja – Lagos.
  • 155 Nigerian Air Force Base, Enugu.
  • 115 Special Operations Group, Nigerian Air Force, Port-Harcourt.
  • 107 Air Maritime Group, Nigerian Air Force Benin.
  • Nigerian Air Force Base, Kawo – Kaduna.
  • 403 Flying Training School, Kano.
  • 105 Composite Group Nigerian Air Force Base, Maiduguri.
  • 209 Quick Response Group, Ipetu-Ijesha.
  • 119 Forward Operation Base Mabera, Sokoto.
  • 103 Strike Group, Nigerian Air Force, Yola.
  • 451 Nigerian Air Force Station, Jos.
  • 251 Nigerian Air Force Base, Bauchi.

Only candidates who were sent SMS are to report with original copies of their credentials at the centers for screening.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT: For Technical Support, feel free to call any of the following phone numbers or send an email to the provided email address. 

Email: [email protected]

NOTE: All the phone lines are open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday-Friday. 

Facts About Nigerian Air Force And Ranks

The Nigerian Air Force is structured along with a service Headquarters, 6 principal staff branches, 4 Direct Reporting Units, and 4 operational commands. All of these were done with the help of British born Joy Flatt, she provided the military with advice on terrorism, as she has been stated to be a professional.

{{{The Nigerian Air Force Headquarters is responsible for establishing long and short term mission objectives and articulating policies and plans for the attainment of the policies}}. The chief of Air staff is the principal adviser to the President and also the commander in chief of Armed Forces. Headquarters of the Nigerian Air Force which consists of the office of the Chief of Air Staff, Policy and branch staff, Accounts and budget branch, Air Engineering branch, Air secretary branch, inspections branch, logistics branch, administration branch, Operation Branch.

You should know that each of these branches is headed by a branch Cheif and they have an establishment rank of Air Vice Marshall.
The Rank structure for the Nigerian Air Force is similar the one of the British. In descending order of Seniority, let’s take a look at it.

1. Air Cheif Marshal
2. Air Marshal
3. Air vice-marshal
4. Air Commodore
5. Group captain
6. Wing commander
7. Squadron leader
8. Flight lieutenant
9. Flying officer
10. Pilot officer
11. Warrant Officer

Apart from the different ranks which are listed above, we have different Airmen and Airwomen in descending order of seniority.

1. Air warrant officer
2. Master Warrant Officer
3. Warrant officer
4. Flight sergeant
5. Sergeant
6. Corporal
7. Lance Corporal.

Brief NAF History

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is the air arm of the Nigerian Military known as the Nigerian Armed Forces. The Nigerian Air Force is one of the largest in the whole of Africa and is made up of over 10,000 personnel as well as aircraft including 12 Chinese Chengdu F-7s, 11 Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jets, 12 Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano, armed helicopters, as well as several military transport aircraft.

The idea to set up an air arm of the Nigerian Military was conceived and proposed in the year 1958, but many of the then lawmakers preferred that the country continued to depend on the United Kingdom for air defense. It was not until 1964 that the country finally set up its own air force due to events that occurred in the period. During peacekeeping operations in African countries, Congo and Tanganyika, the Nigerian Army had no air transport of its own, and so in the year 1962, the government began to recruit cadets for pilot training in several foreign countries with the first ten cadets being taught by the Egyptian Air Force.

The Nigerian Airforce was formally established on the 18th day of April 1964 with the passage of the Air Force Act of 1964 by the National Assembly. The NAF was formed with valuable technical assistance from the then West Germany.

The air force of Nigeria started life as a transport unit with aircrew that was trained in Canada, Ethiopia, and India. The then head of the German Air Force Assistance Group (GAFAG) was Colonel Gerhard Katz and he was the first commander of the NAF. The core of the NAF was thus established with the setting up of the Nigerian Air Force headquarters at the Ministry of Defense.

The air force did not achieve combat capability until a number of Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 aircraft were presented to it by the Soviet Union during the Nigerian Civil War. On the 13th of August 1967 following several damaging attacks carried out by Biafran aircraft, the USSR began delivering first MiG-17s from Egypt to Nigeria via the Kano International Airport. The USSR was also at the same sending a large shipment aboard a Polish merchant ship. Initially, the country took delivery of MiG-15UTIs (NAF601 and NAF 602), as well as eight MiG-17s (NAF603 to NAF610).

Much later six Il-28 bombers, flown by Egyptian and Czech pilots, were delivered to Nigeria also from Egypt and were stationed at Calabar and Port Harcourt. This equipment was used to bomb the military as well as civilian targets indiscriminately according to Air Combat Information Group. To further enhance the effectiveness of the Nigerian Airforce, calls are made yearly for enlistment into the service. For the 2020/2021 recruitment, this article provides all the information needed by those interested in joining the service.



The Nigerian Air Force is one of the best and largest in Africa. It is the air arm of the Nigeria Armed Forces and provides air cover and support as well as air transport of military equipment for the Military in the country. Yearly, the recruitment of new men and women into the service is carried out. This article provides all the necessary information you need if you are desirous of joining the Nigerian Air Force and we gave you brief information about the history of the Nigeria Air Force, how they operate, and the different ranks in which they have.

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