Each year the Nigerian Airforce runs its recruitment exercise offering jobs to graduates in its Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) programme. Maybe you fancy yourself as Nigeria’s next Top Gun but if you want to join the ranks of the Nigerian Airforce, you’re going to first need to complete the Nigerian Airforce application form. That is where we come in. Below is your ESSENTIAL guide to completing the recruitment form and enrolling as a cadet in the Nigerian Airforce.
Perhaps you’re wondering when the Nigerian Airforce recruitment form comes out each year? The truth is that it’s difficult to give exact dates as the recruitment process changes from year to year. However, if 2015 is any guide, the application process was open from 23 April 2015 – 9 June 2015. We would recommend that you continue to check the Nigerian Airforce Career Website at the beginning of the new year. Another good option would be to subscribe to the mailing list offered by our friends at Premium Jobs NG.
The next step in the application process is to make sure you’re eligible. There are some basic requirements which tend not to change each year. These are as follows:
Assuming you’re eligible, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. The first real step you need to take is completing the Nigerian Airforce recruitment form which can be found at the Nigerian Airforce Career Website (see link above). Now, there are many sites offering past questions and answers for this form but we recommend against pursuing such offers. Aside from it being dishonest, the recruiters in the Nigerian airforce will be able to recognize template answers. The key is to answer the questions as honestly as you can and familiarize yourself as much as you can with the airforce’s history and traditions, which you do by looking at our page on the top 10 must know facts about the Nigerian Airforce.
Once you’ve completed the recruitment form, you should print out the Pay4Me Acknowledgement by clicking on the “Pay Application Fee” button. Take this print-out to any one of the designated banks in order to pay the application fee which during the 2015 process was 1000 Naira. The banks which would accept payment were United Bank for Africa, Sterling Bank, Diamond Bank, Fidelity Bank, Union Bank, Main Street Bank, Zenith Bank, Unity Bank and Skye Bank. Perhaps you think 1000 Naira is a lot of money for making an application. Well, we agree but it gets worse. This fee does not include banking charges which could cost in the region of 200 Naira.
Once paid, the bank will hand you a slip with a validation number on it. Whatever you do, don’t loose this slip! It contains your Applicant ID which you will need in order to login to the Nigerian Airforce Recruitment Portal.
A lucky few applicants will be invited to take part in what is called the “Zonal Recruitment Exercise”. Sounds scary but it shouldn’t be. This is the day on which the airforce’s assessors will meet you face-to-face. You’ll also be required to bring certain documents such as passport size photographs, photocopies of your birth certificate etc. In 2015, the exercise took place at 12 centers across Nigeria including Akure, Makurdi, Ilorin, Lagos, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Benin, Kaduna, Kano, Maiduguri, Sokoto and Yola.
Once the recruitment process is over, the recruitment result will be posted on the Nigerian Airforce Careers Website (see link above). If you are one of the lucky cadets selected, you will have beaten off competition from thousands of applicants and soon the hard work begins. We’ve been asked many times about the Nigerian Airforce salary structure. While there’s very little publicly available information on cadets’ salaries, we understand that the pay is competitive and of course depends on the exact role for which you have been recruited.
Perhaps you applied to the Nigerian Airforce in 2015 or hope to do so in 2016? If so, please leave us a comment below with any tips or questions which you might have.