How To Become A Military Officer In Ghana

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A military officer is a member of an armed force or uniformed service who holds a position of authority. In its broadest sense, the term “officer” refers to commissioned officers, non-commissioned officers, and warrant officers.

Below is How To Become A Military Officer In Ghana

Eligible applicants should:

  1. Be a Ghanaian citizen by birth.
  2. Be of good character.
  3. Be not less than 20 years and not more than 25 years, for Regular Commission and not more than 30 years , for Short Service Commission. For Medical Corps Only – Be not more than 35 years for Doctors, 33 years for Nurses and 30 years for Paramedical personnel by 17 May 2019 or otherwise specified.
  4. Be medically fit by Ghana Armed Forces standard.
  5. Be not bonded.
  6. Be not married (for Regular Officer Candidates only).
  7. Be of minimum height of 1.68m (5’6’’) for males and 1.60m (5’ 4”) for females.

For Military Police only; the minimum height for male applicants should be 1.75m (5’9”) and 1.70m (5’ 7”) for females.

Must have the following:

BECE.  Must have Six (6) Credits (Not less than 6) including English and Mathematics.

 WASSCE.  Must have Six (6) Credits (Not less than C6) including Core English and Core Mathematics.

                                                                        Or

SSSCE.  Must have Six (6) Credits (Not less than D) including Core English and Mathematics.

                                                                        Or

GCE ‘O’ Level.  Must have Five (5) Credits (Not less than 6) including English and Mathematics.

                                                                       And

GCE ‘A’ Level.  Must have Credits in all Three (3) subjects (Not less than D) and General Paper

DEGREE.  Must have First Degree (Not below) Second Class Lower from a recognized University

REGULAR COMMISSION FOR OFFICER CADET

ARMY

Infantry/Armour/Artillery.  In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a first Degree from a recognized University.

Signal Corps.    In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a first Degree from a recognized University in any of the following:

(1)       Telecommunication Engineering.

(2)       Computer Engineering.

(3)       Physics.

Engineer Corps   In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a first Degree from a recognized University in any of the following:

(1)       Civil Engineering (Structural or Water/Sanitation Engineer).

(2)       Electrical Engineering.

(3)       Mechanical Engineer with Building Service Capability.

(4)       Building Technology.

(5)       Preference will be given to applicants with additional certificates in tele, mobile, satellite, and wireless communication.

Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME Corps).   In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree from a recognized University/Institution in any of the following:

(1)       Physics.

(2)       Mechanical Engineering.

(3)       Chemical Engineering.

(4)       Electrical Engineering.

(5)       Electronics Engineering.

(6)       Materiel Engineering.

(7)       Bio-Medical Engineering Technology.

(8)       Agricultural Engineering.

Military Police. In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree from a recognized University/Institution in any of the following:

(1)       Social Sciences – (History, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Economics).

(2)       Pure Sciences – (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics).

(3)       Arts.

(4)       Administration.

Ordnance Service.   In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree from a recognized University/Institution in any of the following:

(1)       Chemical Engineering.

(2)       Chemistry.

(3)       Physics.

Supply and Transport Corps.   In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree from a recognized University/Institution in any of the following:

(1)       Supply Chain Management.

(3)       Purchasing and Supply.

(5)       Administration.

Forces Pay Corps.   In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree from a recognized University/Institution in any of the following:

(1)       Accounting.

(2)       ACCA Part II or Higher.

(3)       ICA Part II or Higher.

(4)       CIMA Part II or Higher.

(5)       ICA (GH) Part II or Higher.

Information Technology.   In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree from a recognized University/Institution in any of the following:

(1)       Computer Science.

(2)       Computer Engineering.

(3)       Information Technology.

(4)       Computer Security.

(5)       Network Engineering.

(6)       Preference would be given to applicants with in-depth knowledge in Website Designing (CMS’s, PHP, HTML, CSS), SQL and My SQL, CCNA, ORACLE, LINUX, VISUAL BASIC, Network Administration, Ethical Hacking or Computer Forensic.

Education Corps.  In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree from a recognized University/Institution in any of the following:

(1)       Humanities (Arts & Social Sciences).

(2)       Pure Science.

(3)       Education.

(4)       English/French.

Public Relations. In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have Bachelor’s Degree (BA, BFA, BSc, etc.) in any of the following from a recognized University/Institution, plus one (1) year of working experience:

(1)       Film Sound Production.

(2)       Film Directing.

(3)       Television Production.

(4)       Broadcast Journalism.

Physical Training (PT) and Sports.  In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree from a recognized University/Institution in any of the following:

(1)       Physical Education.

(2)       Health/Physical Education and Recreation.

Band.

In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a first Degree in Music from a recognized University.  Knowledge in the following is an advantage:

(1)       Staff – Reading.

(2)       Conducting.

(3)       Orchestrating.

(4)       Brass and Wind Instruments.

NAVY

 Technical BranchIn addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree in any of the following from a recognized University/Institution:

(1)     Marine Engineering.

(2)     Mechanical Engineering.

(3)     Electrical Engineering.

(4)     Marine Electrical/Electronic Engineering.

Supply and Secretarial BranchIn addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree in any of the following from a recognized University or equivalent Professional Institution in any of the following:

(1)       Administration (HR/Accounting/Marketing/Banking & Fin).

(2)       Commerce.

(3)       Port and Shipment Administration.

(4)       Management Studies.

(5)       Procurement and Supply Chain Management.

(6)       Economics.

(7)       Preference will be given to applicants with the additional certificates in the following;

(a)       Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administration (ICSA) – Final Part.

(b)       Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) – Level 5.

(c)       Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) – Final Part.

AIR FORCE

Air Crew. In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Geography, Statistics, Computer Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Private/Commercial/Air Transport Pilot License, or any other Pilot cert from a recognized University.

ATC Operations. In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Geography, Statistics, Computer Science, and Environmental Science.

Supply Branch. In addition to the general eligibility applicants must have a Degree in any of the following from a recognized University or equivalent professional institution in the following:

(1)       Administration (Finance, Accounting, and Marketing).

(2)       Economics.

(3)       Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) – Final Part.

(4)       Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport – Final Part.

(5)       Supply Chain Management.

(6)       Commerce.

Administration Branch. In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree in any of the following from a recognized University or equivalent professional institution in any of the following:

(1)       Administration. (HR/Accts/Banking & Finance).

(2)       Arts or Social Science.

(3)       Management Studies.

(4)       Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administration (ICSA) – Final part.

Engineering Branch.

(1)       Mechanical.   In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree from a recognized University in the following:

(a)       Aerospace Engineering.

(b)       Mechanical Engineering.

(c)       Aeronautical Engineering.

(d)       Agricultural Engineering.

(2)       Avionics.    In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree from a recognized University in the following:

(a)       Electrical/Electronic Engineering.

(b)       Computer Engineering.

(c)       Tele Communication Engineering.

SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION (ARMY/AIR FORCE CANDIDATES ONLY)

 ENGINEER CORPS.

 Architecture. In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree from a recognized University/Institution in Architecture (Registered member of Ghana Institute of Architects and must not be more than thirty-five (35) years of age by 17 May 2019.

MEDICAL (ARMY Candidates Only). In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must have a Degree in any of the following from a recognized University or equivalent Professional Institution in any of the following:

Clinical Specialist. In addition to the general eligibility, the applicant must have MB ChB/BDS or its equivalent from an accredited institution plus a relevant post-graduate qualification to the level of Membership/Fellowship (GCPS/WACS/WACP or its equivalent from an accredited College. Must have permanent registration with the Ghana Medical and Dental Council and not more than 40 years of age.

Medical officer & Dental Surgeon. In addition to the general eligibility, the applicant must have MB ChB/BDS or its equivalent from an accredited institution. Must have permanent registration with the Ghana Medical and Dental Council. At least one (1) year of working experience after horsemanship in a recognized health facility and not more than 35 years of age.

General Nurse. In addition to the general eligibility, the applicant must have a BSc/BA degree in Nursing from an accredited institution and must have completed the mandatory clinical rotation or national service. At least two (2) years of working experience are required. Must be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Ghana and not more than 33 years of age.

Midwifery Officer. In addition to the general eligibility, the applicant must have a BSc degree in Midwifery from an accredited institution. Must have completed the mandatory clinical rotation. At least two (2) years of working experience is required and not more than 33 years of age. Must be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Ghana.

Physician Assistant (Medical).   Applicant must have a BSc degree in Physician Assistantship or its equivalent from an accredited institution with at least two (2) years working experience after housemanship in an accredited health facility. Must have permanent registration with the Ghana Medical and Dental Council and not more than 33 years of age by 17 May 2019.

Audiologist. Applicant must have an MSc degree in Audiology or its equivalent. At least one (1) year of working experience as an audiologist. Must be registered with the Allied Health Professions Council and not more than 33 years of age.

Specialized Nurses. In addition to the general eligibility, applicants must be Registered General Nurse and have Certificates in any of the following specialties: Critical Care, ENT, perioperative, Emergency Care, Plastic & Burns, and Pediatrics Nursing. At least two (2) years of working experience in a recognized health facility is required. Must have registered with the Nurses and Midwives council of Ghana and not more than 33 years of age. A degree in any of the related fields is an advantage.

Nursing Tutor. In addition to the general eligibility, the applicant must have MPhil in Nursing/Midwifery or MSc/MA in Nursing/Midwifery with a postgraduate certificate in Education. Must be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Ghana. At least one (1) year teaching experience in an accredited Nursing/Midwifery institution is required and not more than 35 years of age by 17 May 2019.

Chaplains (ARMY/AIRFORCE Candidates Only). In addition to the general eligibility applicants must have any of the following:

Must have been ordained as a minister of the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, Evangelical Presbyterian, SDA, and the Church of Pentecost.

He/she must have a minimum of 4 years of pastoral working experience including a probation/internship period.

Applicant must have GCE ‘O’ Level/SHS/WASSCE with aggregate 24 or better in 6 subjects including English and Mathematics or GCE ‘A’ Level passes in 3 subjects.

He/she must not be more than forty (40) years of age before the commission.

Must be a holder of Degree (in Theology or Religion ie BA)

He/she must be recommended by the Head of the Church who must be prepared to release him to the Ghana Armed Forces.

He/she must have the ability to speak English fluently and at least one of the main vernaculars of Ghana.

Imam (ARMY/AIR FORCE Candidates Only). In addition to the general eligibility applicants must have any of the following:

He must have practiced as an Imam for four (4) years, recognized by an Islamic Religious Institution/Body.

He must be fluent in spoken and written Arabic and English.

He must be an Alim Phedeen (Islamic Theologian).

He must be recommended by a recognized Islamic body in Ghana i.e the office of the National Chief Imam, the Ghana Muslim Mission, the Muslim Representative Council, the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Islamic Research, and the Ahmadiya Muslim Mission.

He must have a good GCE ‘O’ Level/SSSCE/WASSCE with an aggregate of 24 or better in 6 subjects including English and Mathematics or GCE ‘A’ Level passes including Islamic Studies Arabic Language.

He must be a holder of a 1st Degree and a Diploma in Islamic studies from a recognized Islamic Institute, Local or Foreign. A degree in Islamic Theology or Religious from a recognized University may be an advantage.

Must not be more than 40 years of age at the time of enlistment.

How much do soldiers earn in Ghana?

But with information reaching us from a reliable source, the least ranking officer of the Ghana Army earns about GHC1000 monthly.

This does not include bonuses and allowance.

Every Ghanaian Soldier is entitled to allowances and bonuses. The higher the rank, the higher the bonus taken home.