Nigerian Air Force Ranks and Salary Structure in 2024

If you want to serve the nation and earn good money, the Nigerian Air Force is one of the best organizations you can join. The Nigerian Air Force also known as NAF is the air branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces; we have the land branch which is the Nigerian Army and the sea branch which is the Nigerian Navy.

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The Nigerian Air Force is made up of about 15,000 personnel, and aircraft which include 8 Chinese Chengdu F-7s, 13 Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jets, Helicopter gunships, armed attack drones and military transport aircraft. This makes the Nigerian Air Force one of the largest units in Africa.

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In this post, we will tell you all you need to know about Nigerian Air Force ranks, salary structure, logo and the key things you need to know about them.

Nigerian Air Force Bases

  • NAF Abuja (based within Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja)
  • NAF Kaduna (Old Kaduna Airport), Kaduna State
  • NAF Port Harcourt – Rivers State
  • NAF Benin – Edo State
  • NAF Maiduguri – Borno State
  • NAF Minna (within Minna Airport), Niger State
  • NAF Makurdi (within Makurdi Airport), Benue State
  • NAF Kano (within Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport), Kano State
  • NAF Enugu (within Akanu Ibiam International Airport), Enugu State
  • NAF Jos, Plateau State
  • NAF Ipetu-Ijesha, Osun State
  • NAF Shasha, Lagos State
  • NAF Kanji, Niger State
  • NAF Katsina, Katsina State
  • NAF Yola, Adamawa State
  • NAF Mando, Kaduna State
  • NAF Unguwan – Kaduna State

The Nigerian Air Force Logo and Representation

The logo combines the Nigerian Coat of Arms, an eagle, the Nigerian flag and some other elements to shape its own unique logo. At the base is the inscription “NIGERIAN AIR FORCE” and its motto which says “WILLING ABLE READY”.

nigerian air force ranks emblem

At the top, the National Coat of Arms sits above an eagle, the Nigerian flag tucked in between V-shaped two pairs of leaves. The logo maintains a yellow colour except for the Coat of Arms and the National Flag.

Nigerian Air Force Ranks for Commissioned Officers

There is a total of 11 ranks for commissioned officers in the Nigerian Air Force, they are listed below:

  • Marshal of the Nigerian Air Force
  • Air Chief Marshal
  • Air-Vice Marshal
  • Air Commodore
  • Group Captain
  • Wing Commander
  • Squadron Leader
  • Flight Lieutenant
  • Flying Officer
  • Pilot Officer

Nigerian Air Force Ranks for Non-Commissioned Officers

  • Air Warrant Officer
  • Master Warrant Officer
  • Warrant Officer
  • Flight Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Lance-Corporal
  • Aircraftman
  • Recruit

Nigerian Air Force Salary Structure for Commissioned Officers

  • Air Chief Marshal – N1,724,283 monthly
  • Air Marshal – N1,486,451 monthly
  • Air-Vice Marshal – N1,376,343 monthly
  • Air Commodore – N677, 895 monthly
  • Group Captain – N352, 631 monthly
  • Wing Commander – N342, 586 monthly
  • Squadron Leader – N248, 004 monthly
  • Flight Lieutenant – N232, 484 monthly
  • Flying Officer – N218,400 monthly
  • Pilot Officer – N187, 159 monthly

Nigerian Air Force Salary Structure for Non-Commissioned Officers

  • Air Warrant Officer – N171,793 monthly
  • Master Warrant Officer – N165,697 monthly
  • Warrant Officer – N101,974 monthly
  • Flight Sergeant – N87,119 monthly
  • Sergeant – N69,261 monthly
  • Corporal – N58,634 monthly
  • Lance-Corporal – N55,832 monthly
  • Aircraftman – N53,892 monthly
  • Recruit (Trainee) – N44,564 monthly

The structure of the Nigerian Air Force is similar to that of the British Royal Air Force since Nigeria was colonized by Britain. Nigerian Airforce was established in April, 1964 after the 1964 Air Force Act was passed into law by the National Assembly.


Concerning Air operations, the Chief of Air Staff acts as the presidential adviser on defence matters. He works with the Minister of Defence and also the Chief of Defence Staff.

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