As of January 2015, the requirements for joining the Nigerian Navy include age, educational/professional, nationality, health and background requirements. In addition, an applicant cannot be married and must obtain parental consent.
All applicants are required to show proof they left primary school. They must also possess at least one of the following: a certificate from a West African or Senior Secondary School, a General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level, proof of completion at WAEC City and Guilds or London City and Guild, an Ordinary National Diploma, or proof of other educational equivalent.
General applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 21. Those with higher educational qualifications must not be older than 24. All applicants to the Nigerian Navy must have been born in Nigeria and possess a birth certificate, which must be submitted with an identity form (or equivalent). Applicants must not have any criminal convictions. A local government attestation form must also be completed and submitted.
Applicants generally do not qualify if they have a disability, have had orthopedic surgery, have suffered a fracture, have ear problems, are short-sighted, have flat feet or stammer. The minimum height requirements are 1.70 meters for a male and 1.67 meters for a female. In feet, 1.70 meters is equivalent to 5 feet and 6 inches tall, while 1.67 meters is equivalent to 5 feet and 5 inches tall.