2021 Nigerian Air Force Direct Short Service Cadets (DSSC) Recruitment

The Nigerian Air Force is the air branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces. Our Headquarters comprises of seven staff branches which formulate policies.

The Air Secretary Branch is responsible for the establishment of guidelines for the recruitment, career management and maintenance of a balanced force structure for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

Applications are invited from interested and qualified candidates to apply for 2021 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Direct Short Service Cadets Recruitment

Job Specifications:

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  • Nationality: Applicant must be of Nigerian origin.
  • Age: Applicants must be between the ages of 20 and 30 years by 30 September 2022 (25 – 40 years for Medical Consultants). Please note the following:

     a. Candidates born before 29 September 1992 are not eligible, while    candidates born before 29 September 1982are not eligible for medical consultants. For Chaplains/Imams, candidates born before 29 September 1990 are ineligible.

     b. The Exercise is not for serving personnel desiring Branch Commission. Therefore, personnel above 30 years of age (born before 29 September 1992)need not apply.

  • Marital Status: All applicants must be single.
  • Height: Minimum height is1.66 metres or 5.4ft for males and 1.63metres or 5.3ft for females.
  • Medical Fitness: All applicants must be medically fit and meet the Nigerian Air Force medical and employment standards.
  • Local Government Area Attestation Forms:Applicants’ Local Government Area Attestation Form must be signed by a military officer from the same State as the applicants not below the rank of Wing Commander in the Nigerian Air Force or equivalent in the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Navy or a Police Officer of the rank of Assistant Commissioner and above, or Local Government Area Chairmen/Secretaries and Magistrates from the Local Government Area of the applicants. The Local Government Area Attestation Form must be accompanied by the passport photograph and photocopy of the signees’ Drivers Licence or National ID Card or International Passport. The signee is also to authenticate behind the applicants’ passport photograph.
  • Presentation of Original Credentials: Successful applicants will be required tosubmit their original credentials for scrutiny at the Selection Board Interview Exercise. The credentials include the following:
    a. Two recent passport size photographs to be stamped and countersigned by the officer of appropriate rank as specified in Paragraph 6.
    b. Original and Photocopy of Birth Certificate or Declaration of Age.
    c. Original and Photocopy of Educational Certificates.
    d. Original and Photocopy of Indigeneship Certificate from applicant’s Local Government/State of Origin.
    e. Original and Photocopy of Attestation of Good Character signed by Officer of appropriate rank as specified in Paragraph 6.
  • Any applicant suspected to have impersonated or submitted false document(s) shall be disqualified from the Selection Exercise. Also, any false declaration detected later may lead to withdrawal from training. Such applicants will be handed over to the Nigerian Police for prosecution. The Nigerian Air Force will not entertain any enquiries in respect of applicants whose applications have been rejected. Interested applicants are to note that the online registration is FREE OF CHARGE. Applicants are required to fill in valid email addresses and telephone numbers in the appropriate space provided in the Application Form.
  • Attestation Forms: On completion of the application forms, applicants must print out the underlisted documents:

     a. Acknowledgement Slip.
     b. Attestation of Parent/Guardians Form.
     c. Local Government Area Attestation Form.

  • Successful applicants would be invited for Selection Board Interview Exercise through the portal.

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Qualifications and Requirements:

Interested applicants must possess

  • Minimum of Second Class Upper Division for holders of the first degree and Upper Credit for HND holders.
  • In addition, applicants must possess credit in English Language and Mathematics and 3 additional credits in subjects related to the degree course of study.
  • Computer literacy will be an added advantage.
  • Applicants must possess NYSC Discharge Certificate or Letter of Exemption from NYSC at the time of applying for DSSC.
  • Applicants must possess certificates of full registration with their respective statutory professional bodies in Nigeria where applicable.

Note: Applicants are advised to carefully read the specific disciplines required below before filling the form:

Aircraft Engineering: HND/B.Eng/BSc

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Metallurgy and Material Technology
  • Automobile Engineering.

Armament Technology: HND/B.Eng

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • BSc Industrial Chemistry
  • BSc Applied Mathematics
  • BSc Physics
  • HND/BSc Explosive Chemistry
  • BSc Rocket Science.

Operations: BSc/HND Statistics, Data Analyst.

Communication, Information and Space Technology: BSc/MSc/M.Eng/B.Eng/HND

  • Communication Engineering
  • Telecommunication Engineering
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Computer& Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Cyber Security
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • PGD Satellite Communication
  • PGD Satellite Ground Station Engineering
  • PGD/BSc Remote Sensing
  • PGD/BSc Geographic Information System
  • PGD/BSc Rockery
  • PGD/BSc Astronomy
  • PGD/BSc Space Engineering
  • BSc Geography
  • BSc Geo-Physics
  • BSc Physics.
  • Possession of professional certificates such as PHP, Python, MS Azure, CSS cert, Web App Devcer (HTML, CSS, Java Script), CNDA, MCDBA, OCA, MCSA, CEH, CHFI, CISSP, LPT, OSCP, CAIE. PGD and MSc would be added advantages.

Logistics: BSc/HND

  • Economics
  • Purchasing and Supply
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Possession of professional certificates such as CIPSM and CILT is required PGD and MSc would be added advantage.

Works and Services: BSc/HND

  • Architecture
  • Building Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Land Surveyor
  • Urban and Regional Planning.

Air Intelligence: BSc/HND

  • Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Information System
  • Cartography
  • Photogrammetry
  • Geography
  • Land Surveying
  • Telecommunication Engineering
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science (Comitia A+ Ethical hacking and advantage)
  • Cyber Security
  • Computer Engineering
  • Robotic Engineering
  • Computer Forensic
  • Mandarin Language
  • Arabic Language
  • Criminology
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Intelligence and Security Studies
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • History.

Administration: BSc Physical and Health Education, BSc/HND Hotel Management.

Air Provost: BSc Sociology, Criminology, Psychology, LLB, BL.

Public Relations: B.A/BSc/HND Mass Communication, Journalism, Public Relations.

Legal Services: LLB, BL. (Law)

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Education: B.A (Ed) Fine Arts, BSc (Ed)/B Tech (Ed)/B.Ed Computer Education/Education Information Technology, BSc (Ed)/B.Ed Biology, B.Tech/BSc (Ed) Technical Education, BSc (Ed)/B.Ed Mathematics, B.A( Ed)/B.Ed English, BSc (Ed)/B.Ed Business Studies.

Chaplain: BSc/B.A/HND Theology Chaplain.

Imam: B.A Islamic Studies, Arabic Language and Literature.

Music: B.A Music/HND Music Technology.

Personnel Services: BSc/HND Public Administration, Statistics.

Account and Budget: BSc Accounting, Economics.

Medicals: MBBS, MBChB, or equivalent. Must be fully registered by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and must possess a current practicing license in any of the following specialist areas:

  • Medical Officer
  • Consultant –General Surgeon
  • Consultant –Oncologist
  • Consultant – Pediatrics
  • Consultant – O & G
  • Consultant – Radiologist
  • Consultant – Endocrinologist
  • Consultant – Anesthetist
  • Consultant – Internal Medicine
  • Consultant – Ophthalmologist
  • Consultant – ENT
  • Consultant – Neurologist
  • Consultant – Nephrologist
  • Consultant – Urologist
  • Consultant – Dental

Professional Allied to Medicine: Must have specialist qualifications or their equivalent. Must be fully registered by its specialists Council of Nigeria and possess a current practicing license in any of the following specialist areas:

  • Optometrist: BSc in Optometry or B.Optom. and must be fully registered by the Optical Council of Nigeria.
  • Radiographer: BSc in Medical Imaging Science or Radiography and must be fully registered with the Radiographers Council of Nigeria.
  • Pharmacist: Must possess a B.Pharm degree and be fully registered with the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria.
  • Medical Lab Scientist: Must possess either a BMLS or AIMLS and its equivalent and be fully registered with the Medical Laboratory Scientist Council of Nigeria.
  • Dietician/Nutrition Science: B.Sc or HND Dietician/Nutrition. Must be registered with the Dietetics Council of Nigeria.
  • Clinical Psychologist: Must possess an MSc in Clinical Psychology and BSc in General and Applied Psychology.
  • Community/Environmental Health Officer: Must possess either a BSc or HND in either Environmental Health or Community Health. Must be fully registered with the Environmental Health Council of Nigeria.
  • Medical Records Officer: Must possess a BSc or HND Health Records and Biostatistics and must be fully registered with the Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria.
  • Biomedical Engineer: Must possess a BSc or HND in Biomedical Engineering.
  • Physiotherapist: Must possess either B. Physiotherapy or BMR (Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation). Must be registered with the Medical Rehabilitation Therapist Registration Board of Nigeria (MRTB).
  • Dental Therapist/Technologist: BDS or its equivalent. Must be fully registered by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

Nurses: B.Sc/RN and RM (Double Qualification) Must be registered and have a current practicing license from the Nigerian Nursing and Midwifery Council. Also hold a post-basic qualification in any of the specialties listed.

  • Oncology Nurse
  • Dental Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Anesthetist Nurse
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Intensive Care Nurse
  • Trauma Nurse
  • Disaster Nurse
  • Peri-Operative Nurse
  • Burns and Plastic Nurse
  • Orthopedic Nurse
  • Ophthalmic Nurse
  • Cardio Pulmonary Nurse
  • Bachelor of Nursing Science

Museum and Archives: BA History and BA Archeology/Anthropology.

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Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidate for “2021 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Direct Short Service Cadets Recruitment” should click the APPLY HERE button below.


  • Applicants are advised to carefully read the specific disciplines required before filling the form
  • Applicants are to print out the underlisted documents after completion of application online:
    • Attestation Form
    • Parent/Guardian Consent Form.
    • Acknowledgment Form.
  • Online Registration Starts on 26 July 2021 and closes on 30 August 2021.
  • Applicants are to please NOTE that NAF online Registration and all other enlistment processes are FREE OF CHARGE. No payment should be made at any point throughout the Exercise.
  • The Local Government /lndigeneship certificate and Attestation Form must be accompanied by the passport photograph and photocopy of the signee’s driver’s licence or international passport. The signee is also to authenticate the passport photograph of the applicant behind.
  • For further information see the instruction page on the website from 26 July 2021 or call the following support lines from 9:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday: 09064432351, 08043440802 and 09055840142 or e-mail: careers@airforce.mil.ng

Deadline: August 30, 2021

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