Nigerian Defence Academy Short Service Course (SSC) Requirement

The Nigerian Defence Academy Short Service Course is a 9 month intensive military training exclusively targeted at beefing up the officer requirement of the Nigerian Army from time to time. Cadets trained could be deployed to the combat as well as non combat arms of the Army.

Other arms of the Armed Forces, presently do not subscribe to this course. Some sister African countries utilise the programme to fill gaps in their combatant officer requirement.

Who is Qualified For The Nigerian Defence Academy Short Service

Entry qualifications for the NDA SSC are as follows:

1. Applicant must be a Nigerian as defined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

2. Applicant must be a male or female between the age of 24 and 29 years

3. Candidate must possess at least a first degree of not less than Second Class Lower Division or HND of not less than Lower Credit in the arts, sciences or humanities from any recognized University or Polytechnic.

4. Applicant must measure at least 1.68m in height.

5. Applicant must be medically and physically fit.

6.  Applicants (less serving members of the Armed Forces) must possess the NYSC discharge certificate or a valid exemption as the case may be.

7. Applicant must possess valid birth certificate endorsed by the National Population Commission, hospital or local government council of birth or valid age declaration.

8. Applicant must possess a valid certificate of state of origin.

9. Applicant must not have been convicted by any competent court of law.

10. Applicant must be recommended by at least 2 recognizable referees who must attest to the applicant’s character and integrity.  Serving military personnel must be recommended by their commanding officers.

Number of Intake Candidate | Vacanies

The Short Service Course has an intake of about 100 cadets annually. This may however be subject to review from time to time by the Army Headquarters. Chances are also reserved for cadets of sister African countries.

 Date for NDA Short Service Course

The Nigerian Defence Academy Short Service Course assembles in July/August of every year.

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