CHAPTER 1 DEFINITIONS AND GENERAL PROVISIONS In this document, except where otherwise provided, the following definitions shall apply:

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DEFINITIONS AND GENERAL PROVISIONS GENERAL

01.01. In this document, except where otherwise provided, the following definitions shall apply:

a. President. The President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

b. Minister of Defence. The Minister charged with responsibility for matters relating to defence.

c. Chief of Defence Staff. The officer appointed by the President, vested with day-to-day command and general superintendence of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

d. Chief of Army Staff. The officer appointed by the President to have the command, direction and general superintendence of the Nigerian Army.

e. Chief of the Naval Staff. The officer appointed by the President to have the command, direction and general superintendence of the Nigerian Navy.

f. Chief of Air Staff. The officer appointed by the President to have the command, direction and general superintendence of the Nigerian Air Force.

g. Active Service. The expression ‘Active Service’, means the period of service of a soldier/rating/airman which includes war, operations and official duties.

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h. Airman/Airwoman. An airman/airwoman is an enlisted person in the Nigerian Air Force not holding a commission.

i. Boy. Boy is a male student attending the Nigerian Military School.

j. Commissioned Officer. A person granted a commission by the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

k. Date of Birth. Date of Birth is the date a soldier/rating/airman was born, as given on the day of attestation and recorded in the individual’s Service Record. This date shall not be subject to any change or alteration in any form.

l. Death on Active Service. Death on Active Service applies to any soldier/rating/airman killed in action during operation or who died while performing routine duties.

m. Executive/Special Duty/Branch Commission. The Executive/ Special Duty/Branch Commission is a promotion outlet for soldiers/ratings/airmen who by their experience and ability are fit for a commission in the particular field for which they are qualified.

n. Free Service Elements. Free Service Elements are the estimated values of free facilities, e.g. lodging, clothing, medical and exemption from income tax.

o. Foreigner. A foreigner is a person belonging to or owing allegiance to a foreign country.

p. Home Place. A soldier/rating/airman’s home or village is the Nigerian home place of the soldier/rating/airman, as recorded at the time of attestation.

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q. Junior Airman. Junior airman is a male student attending the Nigerian Air Force Military School.

r. Military Service. Military Service of a soldier/rating/airman is a period of unbroken service in the Armed Forces of Nigeria from the date of enlistment to the date of discharge from the Service. It excludes period of imprisonment, desertion and AWOL for more than 28 days.

s. Missing Personnel. Missing personnel refers to a soldier/rating/airman whose whereabouts cannot be ascertained in circumstances other than AWOL. A Board of Inquiry is to be set up to determine whether the missing personnel is to be presumed dead or otherwise after one year of such disappearance.

t. Name of a Soldier/Rating/Airman. The name of a soldier/rating/airman shall be governed by the following provisions:

(1) Name(s). The name(s) of a soldier/rating/airman shall be the name(s) given at attestation and shall not be subject to change or alteration unless as specified in sub-section (2) below.

(2) Change of Name(s). Personnel desiring of change of

name(s) shall apply through the Commanding

Officer/Commander for approval. The application must be accompanied by the relevant documents.

(3) Use of ‘He’ & ‘Man’. The use of the word ‘he’ & ‘man’ apply to both male and female personnel except where specifically stated.

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u. Non Commissioned Officer (NCO). NCO refers to a personnel of the Nigerian Armed Forces on the ranks of Pte/Equivalent to AWO/NWO/AWO. The term NCO will be used for these categories of personnel in all joint service concerns. For the purpose of categorization, NCOs shall be grouped as follows:

(1) Pte/Equivalent - Cpl/Equivalent(Junior NCOs). (2) Sgt/Equivalent - AWO/Equivalent (Senior NCOs). v. Next-of-Kin. Next-of-Kin is a person (s) documented by soldier/rating/airman on attestation or thereafter amended in Service records to whom pensionable emoluments, real or personal estates are entrusted for administration in the event of death or incapacitation of the soldier/rating/airman without making a Will.

w. Non-Reckonable Service. Non-Reckonable Service is the period(s) of service forfeited due to sentence of a court-martial or by a summary award.

x. Nigerian Citizen. A Nigeria Citizen shall be as provided for in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as Amended).

y. Pensionable Emoluments. Pensionable Emoluments are the total annual consolidated salary and allowances earned by a soldier/rating/airman at the time of discharge from Service.

z. Rating. A rating is an enlisted person in the Nigerian Navy not holding a commission.

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aa. Reckonable Service. Reckonable service is the same as pensionable service.

ab. Recruit/Trainee. A recruit/trainee is an enlisted person in the Armed Forces undergoing initial training.

ac. Reserve. Reserve shall include non-active personnel, units or formations earmarked to be used on mobilization.

ad. Soldier. A soldier is an enlisted person in the Nigerian Army not holding a commission.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

01.02. The Armed Forces of Nigeria Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service for Soldiers/Ratings/Airmen short titled HTACOS Soldiers/Ratings/Airmen 2017 (Revised) is a revised edition of HTACOS for Soldiers, Ratings, and Airmen 2012, which became effective 10th day of July 2012 (Revised). It contains regulations governing conditions of service for Soldiers/Ratings/Airmen in the Armed Forces of Nigeria. Whenever the provisions of these regulations are silent over a particular subject, the provisions of the Public Service Rules (PSR) and the Financial Regulations shall apply.

01.03. In this document, the following shall apply:

a. Child. The child of a soldier/rating/airman means a child who is under the age of 18 years and must be any of the following:

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(2) The soldier/rating/airman’s stepchild, being the biological off-spring of a spouse of the soldier/rating/airman. (3) A child adopted by the soldier/rating/airman in accordance with any statutory provision.

b. Discharge to Commission. Discharge to Commission applies to soldiers/ratings/airmen that are granted Short Service, Direct Regular, Direct Short Service or Executive/Special Duty/Branch Commission. On grant of commission, their military service as soldiers/ratings/airmen shall be merged, in which case, their length of service shall commence from the date of enlistment; for pension purpose only.

c. Family. The family of a soldier/rating/airman shall be his/her spouse under the Marriage Act, Islamic Law or Native Law and Custom and children under 18 years subject to a maximum of 4. However, for record purposes, a serving soldier/rating/airman can register all his wives and children.

d. Pensionable Service. Pensionable service is military service, in which:

(1) Service of a soldier/rating/airman counts in full subject to the individual being commissioned immediately after such service without a break.

(2) Unbroken service as a soldier/rating/airman counts in full.

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ENLISTMENT AND ENGAGEMENT PART I

ENLISTMENT

02.01. Qualification. A candidate for enlistment into the Armed Forces of Nigeria shall:

a. Be a Nigerian citizen by birth as defined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as Amended).

b. Not less than 18 years and not more than 22 years of age

for non tradesmen and not less than 18 years and not more than 25 years of age for tradesmen, at the time of enlistment.

c. Possess at least Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent with minimum of 5 credits in not more than 2 sittings.

d. Be medically and physically fit in accordance with medical standards for the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

e. Be unmarried and have no children at the time of enlistment. f. Be of good character and will be required to produce a certificate of good conduct from an official of the Local Government Council where he/she resides, Magistrate, Council Secretary, Superior Police Officer, Clergy or an officer not below the rank of Lt Col/Cdr/Wg Cdr from the candidate’s state of origin.

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g. Be free of any previous conviction on criminal grounds by a court of law.

h. Undergo training for a period not less

than 6 months except otherwise decided by the respective Service Headquarters.

02.02. Any candidate who conceals his nationality as a foreigner during enlistment is liable and shall have his recruitment process terminated. Any person who conceals the foreign identity of a candidate shall be prosecuted.

02.03. Upon general mobilization, any of the above provisions may be waived.

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ENGAGEMENT & RE-ENGAGEMENT PERIODS

02.05. Initial Engagement. Initial engagement for all soldiers/ratings/airmen shall be for a period of 10 years regular service, after which the soldier/rating/airman could voluntarily discharge.

02.06. Re-engagement. Re-engagement period shall be 5 years, renewable up to a maximum of 5 times during the service life of a soldier/rating/airman.

02.07. Extension of Service. Request for extension of service from 30 years and above would be for 2 years as approved by the respective Service Chiefs.

02.08. Condition for Re-engagement/Extension of Service. The following conditions are to be fulfilled for re-engagement of service:

a. Be medically fit in accordance with the rules laid down in ‘Medical Standards’ for the respective Services.

b. Be recommended by ASA.

02.09. Prolongation of Service. A soldier/rating/ airman shall not be entitled to discharge to reserve at any time when he has become liable as a person subject to Service Law, to be tried, by Court Martial for an offence under the Armed Forces Act.

02.10. Extension of Service on Attending Specified Course(s). A soldier/rating/airman who attends any of the courses

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listed at Annex A will automatically vary their terms of service to complete the periods specified with the Colours. Before the course, the soldier/rating/airman shall be made aware of his liability under this Section by his ASA and will be required to sign the form of declaration at Part IV of Annex A.

02.11. Concealment of Foreign Nationality. Any person who conceals or aids in concealing the foreign nationality of any member of the Armed Forces of Nigeria is liable and shall be prosecuted.

02.12 – 02.13. Reserved.

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PART III GENERAL

MAXIMUM SERVICE WITH COLOURS

02.14. Except with the approval of the relevant Service Headquarters, the service of a soldier/rating/airman shall not exceed 35 years.

02.15. On attestation, all recruits/trainees shall be required to sign a General Service Attestation paper for service in any part of the world.

MEDICAL STANDARD

02.16. The standard of medical assessment for enlistment, re-enlistment, extension, re-engagement and continuance in the Service shall be in accordance with the Medical Standard of the Services.

RANK AND TRADE STATUS ON RE-ENLISTMENT

02.17. An individual who has previously served in the Armed Forces of Nigeria may be permitted to re-enlist, at the discretion of the respective Services under the following conditions:

a. Rank. Rank previously held at the time of discharge may be re-granted subject to:

(1) Re-enlistment within 12 months of discharge. (2) Availability of vacancy to such rank.

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(3) Acceptance of a lower rank by the

soldier/rating/airman concerned where there is no vacancy in the rank previously held by him.

b. Trade Classification.

(1) If re-enlistment takes place within six months of discharge, trade classification held on discharge may be re-granted without test.

(2) If re-enlistment takes place more than six months after discharge, testing will be necessary.

c. Any other conditions that may be specified by the Services.

DISCHARGE FROM THE COLOURS AND TRANSFER TO THE RESERVE

02.18. A soldier/rating/airman may be recommended for discharge or transfer to reserve by ASA at any time during his current terms of engagement under any of the following circumstances:

a. When pronounced by a Medical Board to be unfit for further service.

b. If within 6 months of service, post initial training, he is considered by his Commanding Officer/Commander as unfit to become an efficient soldier/rating/airman.

c. If he has been irregularly enlisted. d. On reduction of establishment.

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A soldier/rating/airman discharged involuntarily shall be entitled to 3 months’ salary in lieu of notice.

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03.01. All soldiers/ratings/airmen are subject to military and civil laws as provided in the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 LFN 2004.

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PROMOTIONS/ADVANCEMENTS GENERAL

04.01. Promotion/Advancement is a privilege. It is awarded by the Service in recognition of hard work and efficiency. There are no acting ranks for soldiers/ratings/airmen in the Armed Forces of Nigeria and promotion is therefore only to a substantive rank. The rank structure of soldiers/ratings/airmen is at Annex B.

04.02. Promotion to Higher Rank. Promotion to the next rank may be for the following reasons:

a. To fill vacancies in establishments or as otherwise authorised by the Service Chief.

b. As a special reward for act of gallantry or exceptional performance.

c. In accordance with the rules for time promotion. d. Time promotion is reviewed as follows:

(1) Pte/equivalent – LCpl/equivalent – 5 years (2) LCpl/equivalent – Cpl/equivalent – 5 years (3) Cpl/equivalent – Sgt/equivalent – 6 years (4) Sgt/equivalent – SSgt/equivalent – 5 years

(5) SSgt/equivalent – WO – 5 years

(6) WO – MWO – 3 years

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04.03. A MWO must have served a minimum of 32 years to qualify for promotion to the rank of AWO/NWO/AWO.

CRITERIA FOR PROMOTION

04.04. All soldiers/ratings/airmen have the opportunity to attain the rank of AWO and its equivalent. The following general criteria, without prejudice to Service exigencies shall apply:

a. Promotion from Private to LCpl/Equivalent. For a soldier/ rating/airman to be promoted from the rank of Pte/equivalent – LCpl/equivalent, he MUST satisfy the following criteria:

(1) Has served in the AFN for a period of 5 years.

(2) Has 2 years current Performance Reports from his/her Commanding Officer/Commander.

(3) Has completed and passed his Professional Course at Third

Grade Courses (eg A3 Courses).

(4) Be screened and certified fit for promotion and be recommended by a Promotion Board of the respective Services.

(5) Any other criteria as may be directed in the respective Services.

b. Promotion from LCpl/Equivalent to Cpl/Equivalent. For a soldier/rating/airman to be promoted from the rank of

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LCpl/equivalent to Cpl/equivalent, he MUST satisfy the following criteria:

(1) Has served in the AFN for a period of 5 years as LCpl/equivalent.

(2) Has 4 years Performance Reports from the soldier/rating/airman’s Commanding Officer/Commander. (3) Has completed and passed his Professional Course at Second Grade Courses (eg A2 Courses).

(4) Be screened and certified fit for promotion; be recommended by a Promotion Board of the respective Services.

(5) Any other criteria as may be directed in the respective Services.

c. Promotion from Cpl/Equivalent to Sgt/Equivalent. For a soldier/rating/airman to be promoted from the rank of Cpl/equivalent to Sgt/equivalent, he MUST satisfy the following criteria:

(1) Has served in AFN for a period of 6 years as Cpl/equivalent.

(2) Has 5 years Performance Reports from his Commanding Of ficer/Commander.

(3) Has up to date records of his Service documents. (4) Must be medically fit.

(5) Has completed and passed his Professional Course at First Grade Courses (eg A1 Courses).

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(6) Must be recommended for promotion by the respective Service Board.

(7) Any other criteria as may be directed in the respective Services.

d. Promotion from Sgt/Equivalent to SSgt/Equivalent. For a soldier/rating/airman to be promoted from the rank of Sgt/equivalent to SSgt/equivalent, he MUST satisfy the following criteria:

(1) Has served in AFN for a period of 5 years as a Sgt/Equivalent.

(2) Has 4 years Performance Reports from his Commanding Officer/Commander.

(3) Has up to date records of his Service documents. (4) Be medically fit.

(5) Has completed all courses relevant to his Trade.

(6) Be recommended for promotion by the respective Service Board.

(7) Any other criteria as may be directed in the respective Services.

e. Promotion from SSgt/Equivalent to WO. For a soldier/rating/airman to be promoted from the rank of SSgt/equivalent to WO, he MUST satisfy the following criteria:

(1) Has served in AFN for a period of 5 years as SSgt/equivalent.

(2) Has 4 years Performance Reports from his Commanding Officer/Commander.

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(4) Be medically fit.

(5) Has completed all courses relevant to his trade.

(6) Be recommended for promotion by the respective Service Board.

(7) Any other criteria as may be directed in the respective Services.

f. Promotion from WO to MWO. For a soldier/rating/ airman to be promoted from the rank of WO to MWO, he MUST satisfy the following criteria:

(1) Has served in AFN for a period of 3 years as WO.

(2) Has 2 years Performance Reports from his Commanding Officer/Commander.

(3) Has up to date records of his Service documents. (4) Be medically fit.

(5) Has completed all courses relevant to his trade.

(6) Be recommended for promotion by the respective Service Board.

g. Promotion from MWO to AWO/Equivalent. For a soldier/rating/airman to be promoted from the rank of MWO to AWO/equivalent, he MUST satisfy the following criteria:

(1) Has served meritoriously for 32 years in the AFN.

(2) Has 2 years Performance Reports from his Commanding Officer/Commander.

(3) Has distinguished himself with good conduct, character and valour.

(4) Has up to date records of his Service documents. (5) Be medically fit.

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(6) Has completed all courses relevant to his trade.

(7) Be recommended for promotion by the respective Service Board.

(8) Any other criteria as may be directed in the respective Services.

04.05. All promotions shall be in accordance with the regulations of the respective Services.

04.06 – 04.09. Reserved.

REDUCTION AND RESTORATION OF RANK

04.10. Where a soldier/rating/airman is sentenced either by Court Martial or Summary Trial to forfeit his rank, he will revert to the rank determined by the sentence.

04.11. Restoration of Forfeited Rank. Where a

soldier/rating/airman forfeits his rank in accordance with Paragraph 04.10, the forfeited rank may be restored by ASA. This shall

be so, provided such restoration does not grant a higher rank than that which the soldier/rating/airman would have held before forfeiture. The procedure for restoration shall be as follows:

a. Forfeited rank shall not be considered for restoration earlier than 3 years after the effective date of the award and could thereafter be reconsidered at intervals of 6 months if not restored.

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b. The ASA will state when next consideration (if any) will take place if the rank is not restored at the first consideration.

c. Consideration by ASA under this subject will take into account the following:

(1) The gravity of the offence.

(2) Conduct of the soldier/rating/airman since he forfeited the rank, whether he has or has not overcome the fault for which he was punished.

(3) Effect of the forfeiture on his pay and morale.

d. Notwithstanding Paragraph 04.11, a forfeited rank could be restored immediately on act of gallantry. However, restoration of rank shall not attract any arrears of pay.

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TRAINING AND EDUCATION

GENERAL

05.01. The main objectives of training and education in the Armed Forces of Nigeria could be classified into 3:

a. Self-Improvement Training. A self-improvement effort in education enhances the general level of understanding and

absorption of knowledge, which should stand a

soldier/rating/airman well in learning the complicated and intricate trades in the Armed Forces.

b. Higher Productivity Training. Higher level of education promotes higher productivity and better trained force.

c. Resettlement Training. Training and education enhance better preparation for resettlement at the end of a military career.

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05.03. Two types of training are available for soldiers/ratings/airmen in the Armed Forces of Nigeria:

a. Professional Training. Professional training prepares soldiers/ratings/airmen for their specialist trades.

b. Academic Training. Academic training enhances the general knowledge and qualification of a soldier/rating/airman in preparation for better professional service.

TYPES OF PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

05.04. In order to earn promotion within the Armed Forces of Nigeria, a soldier/rating/airman is to successfully undergo professional training commensurate to his rank/rate as follows:

a. Trade Classes III, II, I.

b. Type-rating Training (NN and NAF only).

c. Pre-commissioning training for promotion to EC/SD/BC officers cadre.

05.05. No soldier/rating/airman is to be promoted without passing the professional course for the next grade, conducted by an appropriate professional school.

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05.07. All soldiers/ratings/airmen are to be encouraged to avail themselves of the opportunities available for educational or academic training offered by the Armed Forces of Nigeria. Success at these educational training may enhance promotion prospects. The following opportunities are available:

a. In-Service educational training; including: (1) Online Courses.

(2) Part Time Programmes.

(3) Organized courses for higher rank/rate educational examination.

b. Sponsorship by the Service/Corporate bodies/NGOs for a soldier/rating/airman who gains admission into any accredited higher institution in the country.

05.08. University Cadetship. Any serving soldier/rating/ airman with requisite officer-like qualities/bearing (to be decided by an appropriate board set up by respective Services Headquarters for the purpose) who gains admission under Section 05.07 above may be granted university cadetship. Such a soldier/rating/airman upon successful completion of the programme shall be considered for commissioning in line with extant regulations to be decided by an appropriate board set up by Services Headquarters for the purpose.

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05.11. Conditions for Sponsorship. For a soldier/rating/ airman to be sponsored for a course of 2 years and above, he must:

a. Have gained admission into an accredited institution of higher learning.

b. On application, be recommended by the Commanding Officer/Commander.

c. Be of the rank/rate of Cpl/equivalent and above with good conduct.

d. Have at least 5 years of service left after the completion of the course.

05.12. Penalty for Failure. A soldier/rating/airman will lose 4 months seniority for every session spent on a course subject to a cumulative period of one year for failing a sponsored course. Where a soldier/rating/airman is withdrawn for poor performance, he will lose one year seniority, provided that no personnel shall be penalised on both grounds.

05.13. Professional Courses. Professional Courses shall

be sponsored in accordance with the determined scales by the respective Services.

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LEAVE GENERAL

06.01. The leave year is from 1st January to 31st December every year. Soldiers/ratings/airmen will complete their leave (including any travelling time allowed) within the leave year.

ANNUAL LEAVE

06.02. Twenty-one (21) working days leave shall be granted to serving soldiers/ratings/airmen within the leave year.

06.03. A soldier/rating/airman may be required to return to duty, before the expiration of any leave granted. He may however, be allowed to complete the leave at any other time during the year when the conditions which necessitated his recall no longer exist.

06.04. A soldier/rating/airman who join the Colours during the leave year will be eligible to leave calculated on pro-rata basis, but such leave will be added to leave taken in the following year.

06.05. Reserved.

TERMINAL LEAVE

06.06. Ninety days terminal leave may be granted to a soldier/rating/airman before completion of his period of service with the Colours, or on his being pronounced by a Medical Board to be unfit for

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further military service, or at the instance of the Service Chief, if his services are no longer required.

06.07. All leave period not enjoyed for the year calculated on pro-rata basis may be added to terminal leave.

06.08. All leave will be completed before the date of termination of a soldier/rating/airman’s Colour service. Travel to his home place will be at public expense.

06.09. Reserved.

COMPASSIONATE LEAVE

06.10. On extreme compassionate ground, Commanding Officers/ Commanders may grant up to 14 days leave with one free transport fair. This will not count against privileged Leave. Where essential, extension of compassionate leave for up to a maximum of 21 days, may be granted by the ASA. In all cases the compassionate circumstance will be verified before the grant of leave is approved.

06.11. Before a soldier/rating/airman leaves active service, all accumulated leave must be consumed. Where this is not possible, the soldier/rating/airman’s entitlement shall be added to his terminal leave.

06.12. A soldier/rating/airman who requires extension of his pass while on leave should report to the nearest military barrack for notification to his unit.

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06.13. The conditions for the grant of maternity leave to female soldiers/ratings and airwomen are as those applicable in the Public Service Rules. A female soldier/rating and airwoman who is pregnant is entitled to 16 weeks maternity leave at a stretch with full pay. A medical certificate showing the expected date of confinement

must be presented not less than 2 months

before that date. The annual leave for that year will, however, be regarded as part of the maternity leave.

06.14. Where the annual leave has already been availed before the grant of maternity leave, that part of the maternity leave equivalent to annual leave would still be granted with pay. Female soldiers/ratings and airwomen who are undergoing basic military training shall not be pregnant. Where this happens they shall be withdrawn from the training and shall face disciplinary action.

06.15. Reserved.

SICK LEAVE

06.16. A soldier/rating/airman may be granted sick leave subject to the following conditions:

a. On recommendation of a competent medical authority, a soldier/rating/airman may be granted sick leave not exceeding 21 days by his Commanding Officer/Commander.

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b. A soldier/rating/airman on sick parade who is recommended for sick leave by a medical officer should, before going home, report to his Commanding Officer/Commander and be formally granted sick leave as per Sub- Paragraph (a) above. It is an offence for a soldier/rating/airman to go home from the hospital because he has been granted sick leave by a medical officer without being formally permitted to do so by his Commanding Officer/Commander.

c. Where total sick leave granted a soldier/rating/airman in a leave year is in excess of 21 days and the soldier/rating/airman is still genuinely sick, his Commanding Officer/Commander should not refuse granting the leave, but may commence Medical Board procedure immediately.

d. The maximum 21 days leave does not apply where a soldier/rating/airman is on hospital admission. However, the Commanding Officer/Commander of the hospital may use his discretion to recommend the soldier/rating/airman to be medically boarded where, in the opinion of the CO Medical; he is unfit for continued military service.

DISEMBARKATION LEAVE

06.17. Any soldier/rating/airman who has been within or outside Nigeria on course or attachment for a continuous period as stated below may be granted disembarkation leave as follows:

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b. Courses above 6 months duration - 14 days.

c. 1 year and above and PSO - 21 days.

The soldier/rating/airman is entitled to single return fare.

SPECIAL LEAVE/PASS

06.18. Special leave may be granted in circumstances not covered by the forms of leave already mentioned in Paragraphs 06.02 – 06.17.

06.19. Reserved.

LEAVE OUTSIDE NIGERIA WHILE ON COURSE/ATTACHMENT 06.20. Soldiers/ratings/airmen granted leave outside Nigeria when on course or attachment shall be treated as follows:

a. Soldiers/ratings/airmen may be permitted to travel subject to a maximum of 7 days leave being granted in each case. A maximum of 3 such journeys may be authorised for a soldier/rating/airman in a year.

b. Air travel within the country during such leave will be by economy class.

06.21. Soldiers/ratings/airmen on overseas courses or attachment lasting more than 2 years will be allowed to travel home on leave at government expense every other year. Air travel in respect of such leave will be economy class.

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07.01. A soldier/rating/airman is eligible for travel at public expense in the following circumstances:

a. In accordance with current recruiting regulations. b. On change of permanent duty station.

c. On discharge or transfer to reserve (to his permanent home).

d. On temporary duty (official tour).

e. On leave, in accordance with the provisions in Chapter 6. f. On the authority of his Commanding Officer/Commander, where not covered by the above conditions.

WITHIN NIGERIA

07.02. Duty Tour Allowance. Duty Tour Allowance for soldiers/ratings/airmen within Nigeria shall be as provided from time to time in the Manual of Financial Administration for Armed Forces of Nigeria (MFAAFN).

07.03. First 28 Days Allowance. First 28 days allowance for a soldier/rating/airman shall be in line with MFAAFN.

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07.04. Estacode Allowance. Estacode Allowance for soldiers/ratings/airmen travelling outside Nigeria shall be as provided in the MFAAFN.

FAMILY TRAVEL AT PUBLIC EXPENSE

07.05. A soldier/rating/airman’s family, as defined in Section 01.03(c) is entitled to travel at public expense within Nigeria on:

a. Joining the soldier/rating/airman for the first time at his station, after his first year of service.

b. The change of permanent duty station of a

soldier/rating/airman.

c. Changing station on temporary duty, other than to attend a course of instruction or operations for more than six months.

d. Discharge or transfer to Reserve.

e. The authority of his Commanding Officer/Commander where not covered by the above rules.

07.06. Within Nigeria.

a. Rail. For any journey by rail, soldiers/ratings/airmen are to travel economy class.

b. By Road or Water. The form of free transport authorised will be the most economical for the class applicable for which government warrants are not admissible.

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c. By Air. Soldiers/ratings/airmen will travel in economy class when exigencies of Service demand.

07.07. In all cases where government warrants are not acceptable and official receipts not issued by transporters, mileage rate will be claimed in accordance with existing regulations.

07.08. Families will travel in the class of transportation applicable to the soldier/rating/airman.

07.09. Outside Nigeria.

a. By Rail. For any journey by rail outside Nigeria, soldiers/ratings/airmen are to travel economy class.

b. By Air. Air travel by a soldier/rating/airman will be by economy class.

c. Other Means. Any other means of transportation will be by economy class.

FAMILIES

07.10. A soldier/rating/airman’s family is not expected to accompany him while on a course outside Nigeria. But if he is on attachment to a Nigerian Mission, lasting more than one year, the family shall travel in the class applicable to the soldier/rating/airman.

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CHAPTER 8

PAY AND ALLOWANCES

08.01. The Consolidated Armed Forces Salary Structure (CONAFSS) approved by Federal Government National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission Circular Reference Number SWC/S/04/VIII/301 dated 1 July 2010 shall apply, with necessary modifications, alterations and replacements from time to time as may be approved by the Federal Government.

08.02. Details of harmonised allowances for soldiers/ratings/airmen are as promulgated in the MFAAFN.

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MEDICAL MEDICAL ATTENTION

09.01. Soldiers/ratings/airmen, whether on duty or leave, are entitled to receive medical attention in military or government hospitals at public expense.

09.02. A soldier/rating/airman (except when on leave out of military station) will have medical attention in the first instance at the unit medical centre, where attention from a military medical officer or other authorised medical practitioner is available.

09.03. A soldier/rating/airman on leave, out of military medical centre, shall receive medical attention from the nearest government hospital. Only when a military or a government hospital is not available shall a soldier/rating/airman attend a private hospital.

HOSPITAL TREATMENT

09.04. Hospital treatment, whether provided in a military, government or private hospital, shall be at public expense including boarding and lodging. However, treatment in private hospital shall not be paid for where the soldier/rating/airman had ample opportunity to avail himself of treatment in a military or public hospital. For the purpose of clarification, government hospitals include mission hospitals

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and medical institutions run by other voluntary non-profit oriented agencies as opposed to purely private hospitals.

ANNUAL MEDICAL TEST

09.05. All soldiers/ratings/airmen are to undergo compulsory Comprehensive Annual Medical Test once a year. Such medical test must be in line with respective Services Medical Standard. Medical report to be compiled and verified by the respective Medical Services taking cognizance of the following:

a. Body Fat Index. In line with global practices, Body Fat Index (BFI) of a person is the amount of tissue mass around the neck, waist and hips. The points of measurement and age variance may be used to determine for both sexes.

b. Body Mass Index. The Body Mass Index (BMI) is the amount of tissue mass viz muscle, fat and bone used to categorise a person as underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese.

MEDICAL SPECIAL APPLIANCES

09.06. The supply, repair and replacement of special appliances which are necessary for the military efficiency of a soldier/rating/airman shall be at public expense. Supply, repair and replacement of special appliances shall be on repayment, at cost price,

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where not necessary for military efficiency, or where damage or loss is the fault of the soldier/rating/airman.

SPECIAL APPLIANCES

09.07. Artificial Limbs. Where limb(s) is lost as a result of an accident, the supply, repair and replacement of the artificial limb shall be at the public expense.

09.08. Blood Bank. All formation Medical Facilities shall maintain a blood bank for the benefit of soldiers/ratings/airmen and their families.

09.09. Dental Treatment. A soldier/rating/airman with any dental condition will be treated in any military or government hospital at public expense.

09.10. Denture.

a. Initial issue of dentures will be free. However, dentures will not be provided free where the conditions were brought about through negligence or fault of the soldier/rating/airman.

b. Subsequent issues will be paid for only when the wearing of denture was brought about in the course of duty.

09.11. Spectacles. Initial and subsequent issue, repair and renewal of spectacle will be free except where the condition was occasioned through the soldier/rating/airman’s negligence.

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09.12. Other Appliances. The provision of other appliances such as hearing aids, wheel chair, crutches, walking sticks, artificial eyes etc shall be at public expense. However, this is only applicable when the injury leading to the use of such an appliance occurred while on official duty.

TREATMENT AFTER DISCHARGE

09.13. Soldiers/ratings/airmen who are discharged from Service shall continue to receive free medical treatment at public expense until death.

MEDICAL TREATMENT OVERSEAS

09.14. Medical treatment outside Nigeria will be approved by Service Chiefs on the recommendation of the respective Service Medical Board. If the respective Service Medical Board considers that the treatment outside Nigeria is necessary, its recommendation shall be subject to approval by the head of each Service Medical Corp who shall personally certify the case.

09.15. The treatment of soldiers/ratings/airmen including those wounded in action is covered by NHIS, while gunshot and other ballistic related treatment shall be the responsibility of the respective Services.

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FAMILIES OF SOLDIERS/RATINGS/AIRMEN GENERAL

09.17. The family of a soldier/rating/airman for the purpose of this Chapter shall be as defined in Paragraph 01.03 (c) of this document.

09.18. Reserved.

MEDICAL ATTENTION

09.19. The family of a soldier/rating/airman is entitled to receive medical treatment in a military or government hospital at public expense. The family should attend and receive medical attention from a military medical officer or other authorised medical practitioner. The family, where there is no unit medical centre, may receive medical attention from the nearest government medical officer.

HOSPITAL TREATMENT

09.20. The conditions for admission to hospital shall be as follows:

a. Members of the family of a soldier/rating/airman shall be admitted in a military hospital. However, where there is no military hospital, they will be admitted in a government hospital.

b. Hospital treatment, including maternity cases, whether provided in a military or government hospital, shall be at public expense.

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MEDICAL EVACUATION OUTSIDE NIGERIA

09.21. The conditions for medical evacuation outside Nigeria shall be as follows:

a. Where recommended by a Medical Board and approved by the Service Chief, spouses of a soldier/rating/airman shall receive medical treatment overseas at government expense, i.e., government shall evacuate, pay hospital bills and while convalescing out of hospital on the doctor’s advise, the government shall pay hotel bills and cost of drugs purchased, including incidental expenses.

b. All the recorded children of a soldier/rating/airman (not more than 4) shall receive medical treatment overseas when recommended by a medical board and approved by the Service Chief, at government expense, i.e., government shall settle bills, and while convalescing out of hospital, on the doctor’s advise, the government shall pay hotel bills and cost of drugs purchased, including incidental expenses.

09.22. The Services shall pay 100% for treatment of spouses and children of soldiers/ratings/airmen who fall sick while on overseas leave.

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MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR THE FAMILIES OF DISCHARGED SOLDIERS/RATINGS/AIRMEN

09.23. The spouse and only children not exceeding 18 years old of a discharged soldier/rating/airman shall be entitled to free medical treatment at public expense in military and government hospital.

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LEGAL POSITION AND LIABILITIES GENERAL

10.01. A civilian joining the Armed Forces of Nigeria shall, in addition to Civil Laws, be subject to military law under, the AFA CAP 20 LFN 2004 as Amended. When a soldier/rating/airman is outside Nigeria on operations, training or exchange programme, his legal position shall be determined by the agreement entered into between Nigeria and the host country or responsible body.

10.02. The provisions regarding the discipline of soldiers/ratings/airmen in the Armed Forces Act shall also apply to all soldiers/ratings/airmen in a Foreign Service.

LEGAL AID

10.03. Legal Aid shall be provided to a soldier/rating/airman who, while carrying out official duties or any other duty sanctioned by the Service authority, incurs a civil or criminal liability. The soldier/rating/airman must be seen to be acting within the scope of his duty. He shall be entitled to free legal aid subject to the following conditions:

a. Legal aid can only be approved on behalf of the Service Chief by:

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(2) Comd TRADOC – (NA Only). (3) GOC/FOC/AOC

(4) Comdts of NDC, AFCSC, NDA, NAFRC, DG of DICON and Comds of Direct Reporting Units/Fmns of the respective Services.

b. Legal aid sought after determination of a case may not be approved except where the case was determined within such a short time that allowed no reasonable time for application.

c. Where a soldier/rating/airman is fined, he shall be liable to be surcharged the whole or part of the fine by his Commanding Officer/Commander depending on the circumstances of the case. If the offence is committed during the normal course of duty, the fine will be paid by the affected Service.

10.04. Redress. A soldier/rating/airman is entitled to redress when he feels he has been wrongly or unfairly treated at any time by any superior rank. The seeking of redress by such a soldier/rating/airman shall be through the laid down channels of communication and in accordance with the provisions of the Armed Forces Act.

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44 RESTRICTED CHAPTER 11 ACCOMMODATION ELIGIBILITY

11.01. Soldiers/ratings/airmen who are not married shall live in single accommodation in the barracks. Where a single accommodation in the barracks is not available, a soldier/rating/airman may, on the authority of his Commanding Officer/Commander be allowed to live outside the barracks and be granted the appropriate rate of lodging allowance. Soldiers/ratings/airmen that claim married status and have completed one year of service are eligible for allocation of married quarters. If quarters are not available and their families are in the station, they may live outside the barracks and be granted the appropriate rate of lodging allowance. Where a soldier/rating/airman goes outside Nigeria on a course or attachment, the spouse shall continue to occupy his quarters.

SCALE OF FURNISHING

11.02. All soldiers/ratings/airmen are entitled to hard and soft furnishing. Hard furnishing shall be paid every 4 years, while soft furnishing shall be paid annually.

LODGING/RENT SUBSIDY

11.03. Where government quarters are not provided and it is not feasible to rent private accommodation, soldiers/ratings/airmen

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could rent a private accommodation on their own. The lodging/rent subsidy allowance is 40% of annual salary.

ALLOTMENT

11.04. Scale. The authorised scale of quarters is as follows:

a. WO and above - A living room and 3 bedrooms.

b. LCpl/equivalent to SSgt/equivalent - A living room and 2 bedrooms.

c. Pte/equivalent - A living room and 1 bedroom.

11.05. A soldier/rating/airman will not be allowed to occupy quarters larger than that for which he is eligible unless no smaller quarters are available in the station. In such case, he will be allotted the quarters on temporary basis, and on being given a minimum of one month notice, will be required to vacate it when:

a. Quarters appropriate to his rank can be made available for his use, or

b. The quarters are required for a soldier/rating/airman eligible for its allocation.

HOUSING SCHEME

11.06. All soldiers/ratings/airmen should be encouraged to own a house. In order to facilitate loans for soldiers/ratings/airmen, the various Services’ Housing Schemes or the Federal Mortgage Bank shall be used to supplement the Federal Government Staff Housing Loan

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Scheme. Where a soldier/rating/airman obtains loan from other sources for the purpose of building a house and such sources including mortgage banks etc, require guarantors, each Service HQ may guarantee such loan.

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CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT GENERAL

12.01. Clothing and equipment shall be issued free to all

soldiers/ratings/airmen on enlistment or re-enlistment.

Soldiers/ratings/airmen are entitled to 2 pairs of uniform annually; to be issued in January and July respectively. While soldiers/ratings/airmen on operations within or outside Nigeria are entitled to 2 pairs each; to be issued on deployment and after 6 months . Other scales of uniform and equipment are to be as laid down in the respective Services Regulations.

REPLACEMENT

12.02. Replacement of clothing and equipment, rendered unsuitable through wear and tear shall be free. Losses of or damage to clothing and equipment due to misuse and neglect shall be treated under the provisions of the Armed Forces Act.

ISSUE OF CIVILIAN CLOTHING

12.03. A soldier/rating/airman travelling outside Nigeria shall be paid civilian clothing allowance as approved in the various Services Orders. This allowance is paid once in 3 years.

12.04. Military personnel who by the nature of their daily work need to wear civilian clothing in place of uniforms shall be given civilian clothing allowance as approved in various Services Orders.

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RETENTION OF ARTICLES OF CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

12.05. Soldiers/ratings/airmen on discharge or transfer to reserve shall be allowed to retain service items in their possession. The scales of such items shall be in accordance with Regulations for Clothing and Equipment in the respective Services. All soldiers/ratings/airmen are to retain only ceremonial dress for ceremonies, but all other articles of uniform are to be submitted on discharge.

PAYMENT FOR LOST CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

12.06. A soldier/rating/airman will be required, in accordance with Regulations for Clothing and Equipment in the Armed Forces of Nigeria, to pay for any article of clothing and equipment under the following conditions:

a. During his Service he will pay for all the items which he has been issued with, but lost due to his negligence.

b. On discharge, he will pay for all the items which he should have handed in to his unit, but failed to do so.

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FEMALE SOLDIERS/FEMALE RATINGS/AIRWOMEN GENERAL

13.01. Females are eligible for enlistment into the Armed Forces of Nigeria, and all Service conditions applicable to men shall apply to them unless otherwise specified.

DISCIPLINE

13.02. The discipline for the female soldier/rating and airwoman is the same as for the male soldier/rating or airman. She is only allowed to marry or get pregnant after 3 years of initial military Service. Female soldiers/ratings and airwomen shall not be pregnant while undergoing basic military training. Where this happens, they shall be withdrawn from the training and face disciplinary action.

TRAINING IN NIGERIA

13.03. Training for female soldiers/ratings and airwomen is the same as for their male counterparts except that the peculiarities and normal conditions and restrictions applicable to female soldiers/ratings and airwomen in such training establishment will be strictly applied.

UNIFORMS

13.04. Uniforms for female soldiers/ratings and airwomen shall be as prescribed in the respective Service Dress Regulations.

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13.05. Irrespective of marital status, female soldiers/ratings and airwomen shall be posted/drafted anywhere according to exigencies of Service. However, where a husband and wife are not in the same location, efforts should be made to ensure that they are posted to serve in the same location.

LODGING ALLOWANCES

13.06. Female soldiers/ratings and airwomen are eligible to accommodation as per their male counterparts commensurate with their ranks. However, female soldiers/ratings and airwomen whose spouses are not serving personnel may reside outside the barracks and claim lodging allowance.

ACCOMMODATION IN TRAINING INSTITUTIONS

13.07. Female soldiers/ratings and airwomen under training will be accommodated separately in any military institution and all instructions normally applicable to women under such conditions will be strictly adhered to.

13.08 – 13.10. Reserved.

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PENSION AND OTHER BENEFITS GENERAL

14.01. The payment of pensions and gratuity is covered by the Armed Forces Pensions Act in force or as may be amended from time to time.

14.02. The actual payment including other non-effective awards is the responsibility of MPB.

14.03. Pension and/or Retirement Benefits awarded under the Armed Forces Pension Act cannot be assigned or transferred except it is intended to satisfy a debt due to any Government in the Federation, Authority, Institution or any agencies declared as the public service.

14.04. Whenever a pensioner is unable to attend verification as may be required from time to time due to incapacitation, a medical certification should be issued by a certified military or government hospital, which shall be presented by his NOK during verification

14.05. The basis for computation of pensions and gratuity should be full CONAFSS rather than DCONAFSS.

ENTITLEMENTS

14.06. All soldiers/ratings/airmen duly discharged from service are entitled to retirement benefits as stipulated in the Armed Forces Pensions Act in force or as may be amended from time to time.

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14.07. The period served by a soldier/rating/airman during an officially declared war, civil or external, shall count as double for purposes of calculating his pensions and gratuity. War service means any or all of the following;

a. Service in the Armed Forces after 27 May 1967 and ending before 16 January 1970.

b. Any other service as may be so declared from time to time by an Order made by the President of the Federal Republic Nigeria .

14.08. Reserved.

AWOL

14.09. If a soldier/rating/airman goes on AWOL, absents or deserts from his duty station, the AWOL procedure will apply.

14.10. For the purpose of pension and gratuity, all absence without duly authorized leave shall on conviction and publication be deducted before determining the period of payment.

LEAVE WITHOUT PAY

14.11. Leave without pay shall not be allowed during the period of service of a soldier/rating/airman.

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53 RESTRICTED MISSING IN ACTION

14.12. A Board of Inquiry shall be convened to investigate the case of a soldier/rating/airman who, after one year is still declared missing. The Board shall establish the circumstances surrounding the soldier/rating/airman’s disappearance and make recommendation for the soldier/rating/airman to be presumed dead or otherwise. Where the board concludes that the soldier/rating/airman is presumed dead, his NOK shall be paid all his benefits in accordance with the provision of Paragraph 14.14 of this document. However, if the soldier/rating/airman is found alive after payment of his/her benefits to the NOK, another Board could be constituted by the Service to determine the suitability of such soldier/rating/airman remaining in Service or otherwise subject to the approval of the Service Council/Board.

PRISONER OF WAR

14.13. If a soldier/rating/airman is taken Prisoner of War or declared MIA, his monthly salary shall be paid to his immediate family until his case is finally disposed of. If he is ultimately declared dead, the NOK shall be paid all his entitlements together with other entitlements in accordance with Para 14.14. However, if the soldier/rating/airman is found alive after payment of his/her benefits to the NOK, another Board could be constituted by the Service to determine the suitability of such soldier/rating/airman remaining in Service or otherwise subject to the approval of the Service Council/Board.

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14.14. Death of a soldier/rating/airman resulting from any of the circumstances listed below shall be regarded as Death on Active Service:

a. War including civil war if officially declared by the legitimate government.

b. Civil commotion, uprising, if officially deployed.

c. Official sport, e.g. boxing, football, wrestling etc during the respective Service’s authorized competition.

d. Motor or other forms of accident while on official duty.

e. Handling, testing and storage of ammunition, explosives, mines, electrical appliances and other military equipment.

f. Fire fighting.

g. Involvement in collapsing structure or trenches including buildings and bridges during official assignments.

h. Diving, climbing during official duty or in the course of official engineering duty.

i. Sea faring during official duty.

j. Exposure to radio-active and NBC agents.

k. Intelligence service, rescue operations and other special assignments.

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l. Military exercises and operations. m. Flying duties.

n. Any other cases that will be considered on its merit.

14.15. Pension and gratuity paid to NOK where a soldier/rating/airman is killed in the course of duty or action shall be as follows:

a. Without prejudice to Sub-section ‘b’ below, where, during his period of service, a soldier/rating/airman dies as a result of injuries received in the course of his duties:

(1) Without his own fault;

(2) On account of circumstance specifically attributable to the nature of his duty, they shall be paid to his NOK, where there is no NOK to any person being a trustee or heir of such a soldier/rating/airman, a gratuity which the soldier/rating/airman would have been entitled to on the date of his death, whichever is higher.

b. In addition to the gratuity payable under sub-paragraph (a) above, there shall be granted:

(1) If the deceased soldier/rating/airman leaves a widow, a pension to her, for life, while unmarried and of good character, at a rate not exceeding one-third of his accrued pension at the date of his death.

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(2) If the deceased soldier/rating/airman leaves a widow, to whom a pension is granted, under sub-section (1) above and a child or children, a pension, in respect of each child, until such child, attains the age of 18 years, of an amount not exceeding one-third of the pension prescribed in that paragraph; but where the deceased leaves only one child, that child shall be entitled to two-third of the deceased soldier/rating/airman’s accrued pension until he/she attains the age of 18 years, or if engaged in full-time course of studies at an institution of higher learning, until he/she attains the age of 25 years.

(3) If the deceased soldier/rating/airman leaves a child or children, but does not leave a widow or no pension is granted to the widow, a pension in respect of each child until such child attains the age of 18 years, or double the amount prescribed by Sub-Paragraph (2) above.

BURIAL BENEFITS

14.16. In addition to the existing facilities provided for deceased military personnel on active service, the following facilities are to be provided:

a. Preparation or embalmment of a corpse and settlement of

mortuary bills, provision of coffin or casket for

soldiers/ratings/airmen at the rate of 10% of the soldier’s/rating’s/airman’s annual consolidated salary.

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b. Allowing members of the family of deceased

soldier/rating/airman who live in government quarters to remain there for 6 months or until his death benefits are paid whichever comes first.

c. The NOK shall be entitled to 30% of the annual consolidated salary of the deceased soldier/rating/airman to assist the family to relocate from the barracks.

d. Soldier/rating/airman’s family as defined in Paragraph 01.03 (c) of this document are entitled to burial at government expense.

14.17. The above facilities are not intended to put an end to the practice whereby colleagues of deceased soldiers/ratings/airmen make voluntary contributions to be given to the family or dependant of the deceased.

EDUCATION WITHIN NIGERIA FOR CHILDREN OF SOLDIERS/RATINGS/AIRMEN WHO DIE ON ACTIVE SERVICE 14.18. In addition to the provisions in Paragraphs 14.14 to 14.16 above, respective Services will be responsible for the training of the children of a deceased soldier/rating/airman within Nigeria except where such trainings are not available within the country; provided they are under 18 years of age. However, where such children gain admission into any higher institution before they attain the age of 18 years, children will be allowed to complete the course irrespective of age. For the purpose of training, the children are to be treated as

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Federal Government Scholars and all the conditions applicable to Federal Scholarship students will apply.

14.19. Before the payment of gratuity, the spouse shall be paid maintenance allowance by the Services calculated at 1/3 of the soldier/rating/airman’s monthly pay. The amount involved will be deducted from the deceased soldier/rating/airman’s entitlement once it is determined.

CASUALTY BENEFITS

14.20. Without prejudice to the provisions of this HTACOS or any other law in existence, every soldier/rating/airman who is killed or dies as a result of injuries sustained in Active Service within or outside Nigeria shall be entitled to casualty benefits. The benefits payable to the NOK shall be in line with the prevailing UN standards.

14.21. In case of death resulting from participation in sub-regional, regional or United Nations Peace keeping operations,

casualty benefits shall be borne by such bodies.

14.22. Reserved.

DISABILITY PENSION

14.23. Irrespective of length of service, any soldier/rating/airman who discharges from Service as a result of injury sustained during official duty shall be entitled to disability pension. Rates will be determined by the rules/degree of injury as stated by the Medical Board under the rules contained in the Armed Forces Pensions Act No.

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103, 1979 (CAP 23) of the LFN. Tables A and B of Schedule 2 below as amended from time to time. Where, however, because of the soldier/rating/airman’s length of service, the disability pension is not likely to be as much as the soldier/rating/airman’s normal pension and gratuity had he retired normally, the higher of the two will be paid to the soldier/rating/airman but he cannot get both. However, where the disability award is lower or deemed as the normal service gratuity, 10% of the percentage disability should be paid to the soldier/rating/airman as compensation in addition to the gratuity.

TABLE A

DISABILITY PENSION PAYABLE Serial Category Degree of

Disability % Disability Pension Payable % Remarks

(a) (b) (c) (d) (e)

1. A Not less

than 66% 100 per cent of last pay (ATE)

2. B Less than

66% but

not less

than 20%

60 per cent of last pay (ATE)

3. C Less than

20%

20 per cent of last pay (ATE)

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ASSESSMENT OF DISABLEMENT DUE TO SPECIFIED INJURIES AND CERTAIN OTHER DISABLEMENTS

Serial Description of Injury Assessment Percentage Right Arm (%) Left Arm (%)

(a) (b) (c) (d)

1. Amputation Cases

Upper Limbs 100 100

2. Loss of hands or

amputation at higher sites

100 100

3. Amputation at shoulder or below shoulder with stump less than 8 inches from tip of acromion

80 70

4. Amputation from 8

inches from tip of acromiun to less than 4½ inches from tip of olecranon

70 60

5. From 4½ inches below

tip of olecranon 60 50

6. Loss of thumb 40 30

7. Loss of three fingers 30 20

8. Loss of two fingers 20 20

9. Loss of terminal

phalange right thumb 20 Nil

10. Any other form of

disfigurement or

disability that affect part of the body

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In the case of a left handed person certified to be such, the degree of disablement appropriate to an injury specified above affecting the left arm, hand, etc shall be that indicated above as appropriate to an injury affecting the right arm, hand, etc, and vice versa. The loss of thumb and four fingers of hand have the same assessment as the loss of that hand.

OTHER SPECIFIC INJURIES

Serial Description of injury Assessment Percentage (%)

(a) (b) (c)

1. Loss of one eye, the

other being normal

40 2. Loss of vision of one eye,

the other being normal 30

3. Loss of hand and a foot 100

4. Loss of sight 100

OTHER DISABLEMENTS

Serial Description of injury Assessment Percentage

(%)

(a) (b) (c)

1. Very severe 100

2. Absolute facial

disfigurement 100

3. Mental illness as

determined by a Medical Board

100

4. Post Traumatic Stress

Disorder/Syndrome

Illness as determined by a Medical Board

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