Our Alma Mater
Since the establishment of the Nigerian Military School, the institution has contributed in all walks of life and remains the center of excellence in its distinct role of training and molding Nigeria children just coming out of primary schools into intelligent, disciplined, Industrious, patriotic and hard working young boys.
The Nigeria Military School came into being on 20th May 1954 with an initial intake of thirty boys known as the “First Platoon” who were sons and ward of serving military personnel. However it’s military history can be traced to 1951 when the idea of establishing “Boys Company” along the same pattern of the Boys Wing of British Army was conceived for each of the West African Colonies Namely: the Gambia, Gold Cost (Ghana), Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
In May 1954 this idea came into being in Nigeria and the Boys Company was established as full fledged training institution under the regimentation and administration of the defunct Nigeria Regimental Training Centre (NRTC) Now DEPORT NA and under the command of Captain WU Bassey (Late), later Brigadier General one of the first Nigerian Commissioned Military Officer. Two year later, the student’s population rose to 200. by January 1957, the aim of the school became the production of ‘middle cadre skilled manpower’ to replace the departing British Colonial NCOs. Thus a lot of emphases was shifted and laid on academics. A year later, that is in 1958 ten boys from the school sat for the overseas Armed Forces General Certificate Examination. Their performance was impressive and the School following that changed to School Certificate Status.
In 1960, the name “Boys Company” was changed to “Nigerian Military School” with four houses namely; Enugu, Ibadan, Kaduna, and Lagos House. To boost academic Excellency, Major Wakeman, a graduate, was appointed from the British Army Education Corps as Commanding Officer in 1962. The School therefore commenced five set years training program as a secondary school. In 1965 the first set of boys wrote the WAEC Examination in which they performed creditably well. Since then, the school’s performance in such examination has been good.
With the introduction of the New National policy on education, the school now runs six years training program broken into Junior and Senior Secondary school of three years duration each. All the subjects required by this policy are been taught in the school by able and qualified Officers, Soldiers, Civilian Staff and Youth Corp members. To enhance its status, the Board of Governors was established to oversee the running of the school.
The school from its establishment to date has produced numerous Senior Military officers and Senior Staff in both Government and Private sectors. In contributions to economic and socio – political development in Nigeria can be seen by its products in all fields of our lives.
The Nigerian Military School as a symbol of Identification has a distinct LOGO Comprising of a Shield upon which there are three stars on a green background. The stars apart from signifying light, each of them is an eagle, which is noted to its gracefulness, strength and very good eyesight.
In its determined efforts of molding the boys in the school both militarily and academically into intelligent, hardworking boys, the Nigerian Military School has a motivating and inspiring Motto of Discipline, Knowledge and Patriotism
Board of Governors
The Nigerian Military School Board of Governors oversees the affairs of the School. Its composition is as follows:
- Chief of Administration (Army) Chairman
- Commandant Nigeria Army Education Corps and School Member
- Director of Army Finance and Accounts Member
- Commandant Nigeria Military School Member
- Representative of Chief of Operations (Army) Member
- Representative of Chief of Logistics (Army) Member
- Representative of 1 Mechanised Division Nigerian Army Member
- Representative of Nigerian Army Engineers Member
- Representative of Depot Nigerian Army Member
- Adjutant Nigeria Military School Secretary
To run the affairs of this unique Military Institution, it has been stratified into the Headquarters, Military Wing, Education Wing, Boys Battalion and Administrative Company each accountable to the Commandant.
The headquarters is the pivot around which the whole school rests. It coordinates the functions of both Military and Academic Wings, Boys Battalion as well as Admin Company. The Headquarters is headed by the Commandant assisted by the Deputy Commandant, Adjutant, Finance Officer, the Orderly Room and the School RSM. Apart from coordination, the Headquarters also caters for the overall administration, welfare and discipline of the officers, Soldiers, the Boys and Civilian workers as well as the NYSC members attached to the School.
The Military Wing as the name implies is responsible for the military and physical training required to transform the students into rugged, disciplined and loyal soldiers. The Wing is headed by a Chief Instructor, assisted by a Senior Instructor, a GSO3 Training, and a team of Instructors.
The Education Wing has the enormous responsibility of providing the boys with academic education. The Wing is headed by the Chief Instructor Education, assisted by an SO3 Education, Guidance/Counsellor, Heads of Departments and competent Instructors.
The Boys Battalion is the branch of the Nigerian Military School that see directly the administration of the Boys and also coordinates, the affairs of the Boys in conjunction with both the Military and Education Wings. It is also directly responsible to Commandant. The Boys Battalion is commanded by the Boys Battalion Commander (BBC) who is assisted by the Administrative Officer. The seven Boys Company Commander are directly responsible to the Boys Battalion Commander and each is commanded by an Officer Commanding.
The Administrative Company caters for the welfare, discipline and the general administration of the soldiers under command. The Coy is headed by an Officer Commanding. Since its establishment, Nigerian Military School has never relented in its noble role of training children coming out of primary schools into intelligent, industrious, loyal and disciplined young Boy Soldiers. The success of this institution could therefore be summed up in the overwhelmingly visible number of its products that have distinguished themselves in the Armed Forces, Political and Economic Sphere of this nation. It is to be noted here that the 48th Passing Out Parade witnessed a lot of remarkable changes in the school by the present Commandant. The School is highly indebted to Commandant and those who gave him maximum support that made these achievements possible.