Directorate of Military Training

OVERVIEW

The Directorate of Military Training (DMT) is the hub of cadets training in the Academy. It is responsible for training of the cadets in military subjects aimed at equipping them with the right military skills and values necessary for their commission as officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN). The Directorate is headed by a Director of the rank of Brigadier General who is responsible to the Commandant. The current Director of the Directorate of Military Training is Brigadier General OJ Akpor. The roles of DMT and training objectives, organization as well as facilities available for training in the DMT are highlighted in succeeding paragraphs.

ROLES OF DIRECTORATE OF MILITARY TRAINING AND TRAINING OBJECTIVES

  • The DMT is responsible for providing the required military training to cadets leading to their commission as officers of the AFN. This is achieved through meticulous planning and coordination of all cadets training in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Short Service and Training Support Wings under the Directorate. The DMT conducts training on military subjects aimed at achieving set objectives. These objectives are:
  • To equip the cadets with the basic military skills needed to develop their intuition as military leaders.
  • To lay a sufficient foundation for the transformation of the cadets into courageous junior military leaders with the spirit to fight and win.
  • To empower the cadets to accept responsibility thereby enhancing their leadership potentials.
  • To transform the cadets into mentally agile, physically robust individuals with the required attitude and endurance needed to meet the rigours of military profession upon commission.
  • To provide professional knowledge and skills to the Army cadets in a 5 year programme in order to enable them command a platoon effectively upon commission.
  • To provide elementary professional knowledge and skills to Naval and Air Force cadets in a 4-year programme so as to prepare them for further training at the appropriate Naval and Air Force establishments.
  • To provide basic professional knowledge within 9 and 6 months period to Short Service and Direct Regular Cadets respectively.

ORGANISATION OF DIRECTORATE OF MILITARY TRAINING

In order to meet the training needs of the Academy, the DMT is structured into 5 Wings; Army, Naval, Air Force, Short Service and Training Support Wings, which are headed by Chief Instructors. In addition, there is a Naval Simulation Centre, Training Support Team and Demonstration Battalion. Each of the wings/departments carries out specific training/supporting functions for the training of cadets as stated below:

  • Army Wing.   The Army Wing is responsible for training of Army cadets. It also coordinates the training of cadets of other Services in Common to Service subjects in conjunction with various departments in Training Support Wing. The Army Wing also handles Peculiar to Service subjects and outdoor military exercises for Army cadets. The Wing is the largest, it holds over 55 percent of cadets in the Academy.
  • Naval Wing. The Naval Wing is responsible for initiating the training of naval cadets in naval subjects. The Wing also plans and executes naval training requirements.
  • Air Force Wing. The Air Force Wing plans and executes Air Force training requirements for Air Force Cadets in the Academy, particularly in the area of ground training.
  • Short Service Wing.   The Short Service Wing provides basic military training for Short Service cadets for a period of 9 months. The Wing also trains Direct Regular and Direct Short Service Cadets when requested by any of the Services. The Wing had also trained personnel for the para-military organizations such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Such training assistance to the para-military have however been stopped by the Academy Council. We are expecting Army Short Service Course 47 who would soon report to the Academy for training preparations are in top gear.
  • Training Support Wing. The Training Support Wing is the technical training wing of the DMT. It provides technical support to all the other wings and directorates including HQ NDA. The Wing has the following departments:

Weapon Training Department. The Weapon Training (WT) Dept is essentially responsible for the training of all cadets on basic infantry platoon weapons. The training covers weapon characteristics, development of weapon handling skills and shooting ability. The training schedule also encompasses range practices and field firing.

Signals Squadron.  The Signals Sqn is responsible for training of cadets in communication skills as well as recognition, handling and operation of radio sets. Additionally, the Department handles the forward and rear link communication of NDA for all routine messages and also provides communication support during outdoor exercises.

Physical Training Department The primary objective of the Physical Training Department is to ensure that cadets are physically and mentally fit through various aspects of physical training. The Department also organizes sports competitions among cadet battalions.

Engineer Training Team. The Engineer Training Team imparts basic military engineering training to cadets through demonstration, lectures and handling simple pyrotechnics. The team also form part of the demonstration troops acting as controlled enemy with the task of simulating battle noises during field exercises.

  • Nigerian Navy Simulation Centre.  The Nigerian Navy Simulation Centre is a Nigerian Navy asset located at the NDA for training of Naval cadets and simulation of naval exercises in maritime environment. On some occasions, naval personnel from NN training schools also visit the facility for simulation exercises.
  • NDA Demonstration Battalion. The NDA Demo Bn is an independent unit. However, it has the primary role to provide demonstration troops to reinforce classroom teaching and act as a controlled adversary during field exercises. The battalion often carries out security and routine administrative duties within and outside the NDA as may be required. The structure of the Demo Bn is similar to an Infantry battalion. Additionally, Navy and Air Force support elements under the Demo Bn provide the needed support for Naval and Air Force training respectively.
  • Training Support Team. The Training Support Team serves as the think tank of the DMT on military training. It is an integral unit of the Directorate charged with the responsibility of monitoring all forms of military training, reviewing of cadets’ précis where necessary or as may be directed by the Director. The Team also provides institutional memory on training activities to enable improvement based on lessons learnt. The Team is currently made up of 8 retired Army, Naval and Air Force officers.
  • Drill and Equitation Wings. The Drill Wing is responsible for conducting drill lessons for both Regular and Short Service Course cadets. The Wing also coordinates Drill Square Tests, Drill Competitions, POP Rehearsals and Drill examinations for cadets. The Equitation Wing handles and maintains the NDA stable. In particular it organizes the training of cadets on military uses of horses, imparts theoretical and practical knowledge on horsemanship. The Wing provides horses for all ceremonial and training functions requiring the use of horses in NDA. Both wings are being supervised by the Academy Adjutant on behalf of the DMT.

CHRONICLE OF NDA CHIEF INSTRUCTORS/DIRECTORS OF MILITARY TRAINING

Serial Rank Name From To
(a) (b) (c ) (d) (e)
CHIEF INSTRUCTORS
1. CDR PC       RAJKHOWA 1965 1968
2. Lt Col PA       EROMOBOR Sep 68 1970
3. Lt Col ADS    WYA 1970 Jul 72
4. Col SE        TUOYO Jul 72 1974
5. Lt Col AB       UMARU 1974 Feb 75
6. Lt Col RS        THAPAR Mar 75 Dec 76
7. Col JO       Oni Jan 77 Oct 78
8. Col JA       NENEGER Nov 78 Sep 80
9. Lt Col AA      ABUBUKAR Sep 80 Aug 82
10. Lt Col CC      IWEZE AUG 82 JAN 84
11. Lt Col PA       AROKOYO JAN 84 SEP 84
DIRECTORS OF MILITARY TRAINING
12. COL PA       AROKOYO SEP 84 JAN 86
13. LT COL PN       AZIZA JAN 86 JUN 87
14. COL PN       AZIZA JUN 87 16 AUG 89
15. COL COE    OGUNSONA FSS psc 16 AUG 89 11 DEC 89
16. COL EO       MBEH FSS psc mni 11 DEC 89 07 AUG 91
17. BRIG ASI      UKPO FSS psc USAWC 07 AUG 91 21 MAR 94
18. BRIG GEN JM       MADAKI FSS psc MSS NDC 21 MAR 94 24 APR 95
19. BRIG GEN E          ARCHIBONG psc(+) MSS mni 24 APR 95 10 MAY 96
20. BRIG GEN DO      ENAHORO FSS MSS psc(+) fwc mni 10 MAY 96 14 OCT 96
21. BRIG GEN B          ASUQUO FSS MSS DSS psc fwc 14 OCT 96 15 AUG 97
22. BRIG GEN ML       AGWAI FSS MSS psc(+) fwc 15 AUG 97 02 AUG 99
23. COL BT        AKE FSS MSS psc 03 AUG 99 12 DEC 99
24. BRIG GEN PA       AKPA psc(+) fwc mni 13 DEC 99 18 DEC 00
25. MAJ GEN PA       AKPA psc(+) fwc mni 18 DEC 00 13 MAR 01
26. BRIG GEN UJ        UWUIGBE FSS MSS DSS psc(+) fwc 13 MAR 01 13 AUG 01
27. BRIG GEN AG      ADEWUYI MSS psc(+) fwc 13 AUG 01 07 MAR 03
28. BRIG GEN JA       IYODO FSS MSS psc(+) fwc 07 MAR 03 06 JUN 06
29. BRIG GEN O         AKINYEMI DSS psc(+) fwc MILD 06 JUN 06 07 DEC 06
30 MAJ GEN O         AKINYEMI DSS psc(+) fwc MILD 07 DEC 06 13 JAN 07
31. BRIG GEN OAC   ARIAHU DSS psc(+) fwc MSc 13 JAN 07 29 OCT 07
32. BRIG GEN JG       YAKUBU DSS psc(+) fwc MSc 29 OCT 07 22 SEP 08
33. BRIG GEN KA       VIGO DSS psc(+) mni OON 18 NOV 08 21 OCT 10
34. BRIG GEN IG        BAUKA DSS psc fwc CCS PGCPA LLB BL MILD MSc 28 JAN 11 31 DEC 11
35. BRIG GEN MA      HASSAN DSS psc(+) fwc MSc 14 FEB 12 10 AUG 13
36 BRIG GEN OO      ADELEKE DSS psc(+) fndc MOSS 26 DEC 13 04 JUN 14
37 MAJ GEN OO      ADELEKE DSS psc(+) fndc MOSS 04 JUN 14 29 JAN 15
38. BRIG GEN OF       AZINTA DSS psc FSWC Fcm BSc pgd 29 JAN 15 31 DEC 16
39. BRIG GEN MG     KANGYE DSS psc asdc nds (Bd) cm MSDS MLS 31 DEC 16 13 JUN 18
40. BRIG GEN SG       MOHAMMED MSS psc(+) CM mni MIAD 13 JUN 18 22 MAR 19
41. BRIG GEN EV       ONUMAJURU DSS FCM psc(+) psc (J) fdc(+) PhD MNIM 22 MAR 19 12 SEP 19
42. MAJ GEN EV       ONUMAJURU DSS FCM psc(+) psc (J) fdc(+) PhD MNIM 12 SEP 19 09 JAN 20
43. BRIG GEN OJ       AKPOR DSS psc FCM BSc MSc MNIM 09 JAN 20