Uniforms, Ranks, and Insignia
Each component service fosters allegiance through its
distinctive uniforms and its system of ranks and insignia.
1963 the Nigerian army discarded the ceremonial dress of
RWAFF in favor of a uniform of indigenous design. Since
peaked cap, a dark green tunic with patrol collar, and
lightcolored trousers have comprised the army's ceremonial
The field and service uniforms follow the British pattern,
does the service cap with its use of gold braid. In late
reports indicated that new uniforms were to be introduced
1991. Badges of rank were patterned on those of the
except that the Nigerian eagle had replaced the British
the insignia of majors and higher ranking officers
(see fig. 16
and fig. 17).
Rank titles in the Nigerian navy generally follow
of the Royal Navy. The Nigerian air force originally
titles identical to those of the army for officers below
general officer grades. In 1976 this system was discarded
favor of the rank titles used in the Royal Air Force.
Figure 16. Officer Ranks and Insignia, 1990
Figure 17. Enlisted Ranks and Insignia, 1990
Data as of June 1991