Are you interested in joining the Nigerian Navy? This post highlights the guidelines, requirements, and application portal for recruitment into the Nigerian Navy through the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School.

About Nigerian Navy

The Nigerian Navy (NN) is the Nigerian Armed Forces naval branch that operates in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Navy has a fleet of 75 warships, including the Thunder and Aradu frigates. It is ranked as the fifth strongest navy in Africa, following South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, and Morocco.

In 1957, the HMNS Quorra became the first Basic Training establishment for the Nigerian Navy. It began with 60 junior ratings who underwent a six-month Basic Seamanship course. Two years later, in July 1959, Queen Elizabeth II granted the Nigerian Naval Force permission to use the title “Royal Nigerian Navy,” making it a full-fledged Navy. However, after Nigeria became a republic in 1963, the title was changed to the “Nigerian Navy.”

Recruitment Process

The Nigerian Navy Basic Training School recruitment process consists of an online application and a screening process. It begins with print and electronic media advertisements to create awareness among the general public.

Applicants can then fill out their applications through an online registration process.

After completing the online registration, successful applicants are invited to take Recruitment Examinations. Those who pass the exams are invited for an interview before the final shortlisting of qualified candidates.

Has The Nigerian Navy Recruitment Started?

The previous NNBTS Batch 36 recruitment has been concluded, and the new batch, NNBTS Batch 37 recruitment, is yet to be announced.

The NNBTS Batch 36 recruitment was concluded on 17 February 2024, when the recruitment examination was held. As of 20 April 2024, the shortlisted candidate has been interviewed.

NNBTS Batch 37 will likely follow the same calendar, so bookmark this page to stay updated.

Requirement For Nigerian Navy Basic Training School Recruitment

  • The applicant must be a citizen of Nigeria at birth.
  • Applicants for entry categories A5, B1, B2, B3, C1, D1, D7, E2, E3, E4, and F1 must have a School Certificate and be between 18 and 22 years old by the end of the application period.
  • Applicants who are interested in entry categories such as A1, A2, A3, A4, C2, C3, D2, E5, F2, J, K, and N, which require NCE, Diploma (OND), Registered Nurse/Midwife qualifications, as well as categories D3 (Sportsmen and Sportswomen), D5 (Chaplain Assistants), D6 (Imam Assistants), and H (Drivers/Mechanics), must be between the ages of 18 and 26 years old by the end of the application period.
  • Applicants who possess higher qualifications are required to submit their statement of results.
  • Must not be married or have children.
  • Must be free from any previous criminal conviction by a court of law.
  • You must not have tattoos.
  • Must not have any medical/physical challenges, such as sight problems, ear problems, infectious diseases, mental problems, stammering, or any physical disability.
  • Must not be below the height of 1.69 meters for males and 1.65 meters for females.
  • You must provide the National Identification Number (NIN) and Bank Verification Number (BVN).

Educational Requirement

Applicants are required to possess any of the following educational/professional qualifications. Not more than two sittings and not older than six years from the date of application. Applicants with other qualifications higher than those stated below should not apply.

  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination Certificate
  • General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level.
  • National Examination Council (NECO).
  • National Business and Technical Examinations (NABTEB).
  • WAEC City and Guilds or London City and Guild.
  • Ordinary National Diploma (OND).
  • Primary school leaving certificate at the selection interview.

Applicants are warned that presenting false or forged documents for the Recruitment is an offense.

How To Apply

The portal to commence your application is here https://portal.joinnigeriannavy.com/Identity/Account/Register

There are several categories while applying for the Nigerian Navy, so be sure to select the proper category you are qualified for.

Good luck.


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