How to Become a Public Relations Officer in the Nigerian Army

Becoming the Army Public Relations Officer is the dream of many communication and journalism students. Well, anyone with a degree could be a Public Relations Officer with a diploma or professional course in public relations. But becoming Army Public Relations Officer requires a process which you need to know in order to actualize your dream. You actually work in the Directorate of Army Public Relations. You then grow on the job to become the Director of Army Public Relations.
So how do you become a public relations officer in the Nigerian Army as a graduate of communication and related disciplines or someone with a different degree but has requisite professional certificate in public relations? First you have to join the Nigerian Army. And how can you do that?
Entry Requirements
Applicants must possess a minimum of B.Sc, BA (Second Class Lower) degree or HND (Lower Credit) in Journalism, Printing, Radio and Television Broadcasting, Radio Operation and Performance, Graphic Design, Public Relations and Advertising.
Applicants must have evidence of Membership to any Professional body in relation to media operation and journalism.
Entry Requirements
All applicants must satisfy the following conditions:
Be a Nigerian as defined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Be a male or female between the ages of 20 and 30 years, while medical consultants be not more than 40 years of age by January 2019.
Be medically, mentally and physically fit according to NA standards.
Be recommended by at least 2 recognizable referees who must attest to the applicant’s character and integrity. These could be by a Local Government Chairman/Secretary or an officer of the Armed Forces not below the rank of a Lieutenant Colonel and equivalent or an Assistant Commissioner of Police and above who must hail from the state of the applicant. Passport 1photographs of referees must be affixed to the letter of attestation.
Candidates must submit a letter of Attestation from their former institutions.
Measure at least 1.68m (for male) and 1.65m (for female) in height.
Must not have been convicted by any court of law. Military personnel must be free from any disciplinary case (This is to be endorsed by the Commanding Officer/Commander).
Possess at least a first degree with not less than Second Class Lower Division or HND of not less than Lower Credit from any recognized institution of learning.
Possess valid birth certificate endorsed by the National Population Commission, Hospital or Local Government Council or valid age declaration.
Possess a valid certificate of state of origin.
Applicants must possess NYSC discharge certificate or a valid exemption as the case may be.
Graduates with professional qualifications must be duly registered by relevant bodies recognized by Nigerian Laws at the commencement of cadet training.
Only academic credentials obtained from 2009 to date will be considered.
Candidates must present contact addresses and telephone numbers of parent/guardians and Next of Kin.
Candidates must not have any body inscriptions or tattoos.
Candidates must tender all original copies of educational certificates (primary to post secondary).
Service personnel must present valid military identity cards and letters of recommendations by their Commanding Officers/Commanders. They must also present valid letter(s) of NA sponsorship in tertiary academic institutions. Additionally, they must have served for a period of not less than 5 years in the unit.
Candidates must not be members of any cult/society/fraternity.
All female applicants are advised to seek for commission into specialist corps e.g Medical, Legal Service, Supply and Transport or Army Public Relations.
Conditions Of Service
Direct Short Service Commission will be granted for 15 years, for an initial period of 8 years, renewable yearly for another period of 7 years. Direct Regular Commission may be granted on conversion after 3 years as a commissioned officer.
Conversion to Direct Regular Commission is not automatic. It is based on availability of vacancy and other criteria that are or will be in force from time to time.
All graduating officer cadets must sign an acceptance on the terms and conditions governing the Direct Short Service Commission before they are granted commission into the Nigerian Army.
The reckonable period of service will be based on the date of commencement of cadet training of both civilian and military personnel entrants.
N.B: Medical Consultants Officers on successful completion of military training shall be granted the rank of Major.
N.B: Officer Cadets who successfully complete the military training shall be granted the rank of Lieutenant with no advantage of seniority.
Method of Application
You have to monitor the Nigerian Army website to know when application request is on. Once that is open, you will see a link you can click on to to start application process
Follow the Application Guide below:
Log on to: to create an account.
From the home page, select “DSSC Criteria”.
Read the qualification criteria.
Click on “Apply Online”
Click on ‘Register’ to fill the registration form.
On successful registration, you will receive an email notification containing your login details.
Click on ‘Login’ to complete the Application Form.
Ensure all required documents are uploaded:
Passport photograph.
Educational certificates.
Evidence of membership of any professional body.
Certificate of state of origin.
Birth certificate or age declaration.
Print Out
Applicants must print out their online generated photo-slip on completion of their application. The first page is to be signed by a Court of Law while the second page is to be signed by the Local Government Chairman/Secretary or any military officer of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or equivalent and above who hails from your state. Successful applicants would be required to present their printed photo-slips to the selection board during interview.
Further Information
For further information, you may call 08179269294 and 08109959294, or visit
Army Headquarters,
Department of Military Secretary,
Mambilla Barracks,
Asokoro – Abuja.

So this is the process of becoming a public relations officer in the Nigerian Army. Remember you can become a public relations officer even if you didn’t study Mass communication or related disciplines. All you need do is go for a diploma in public relations or advertising after having a degree in any other discipline of your choice. Then move on to join the Nigerian Army to actualize your dream. One day you might even rise to become the Director of Nigerian Army Public Relations.

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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