The basic requirement for citizens to join the Nigerian army is now a minimum of four passes in not more than two sittings in Wassce, Gce, NECO, or NABTAB at O’level including English language.
The reduction in requirement was done because soldiers were reluctant to dedicate themselves to the fight against insurgency and bandits in the economy. Soldiers prefer to take less risky jobs and further their education in order to avoid being enlisted into battle zones.
In light of this, the reduction in requirement was done to ensure more willing and. Committed young Nigerians are given the opportunity to serve the Nigerian army without much emphasis on educational qualification.