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The NDA was established in 1964 and charged with the role of training military officers for the Defence need of independent Nigeria. From its establishment in 1964, the graduates of the NDA were awarded National Certificates of Education (NCE) apart from being commissioned into the officer cadre of the Nigerian Armed Forces. The examination was prepared and conducted` by the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. In 1985 the academy was upgraded to a degree awarding institution. Apart from the regular cadet, the institution also runs Short Service and Direct Short Service for holders of Degree and Higher National Diploma from Universities and Polytechnics. In 2005 president Olusegun Obasanjo commissioned the post-graduate school which commenced its activities in the 2005/2006 academic session.
The institution also recorded tremendous achievement by producing many prominent military officers in Nigeria who contributed to the maintenance of peace in the country and abroad. Moreover, some of the products of NDA wrote a number of textbooks that are being used in Nigerian tertiary institutions. The contribution of NDA was thus beyond military training but also in the intellectual arena. Despite the achievement of NDA, the institution has faced numerous problems, Such as favoritism in the recruitment of candidates. This research was carried out with primary and secondary sources. Until 2011 this course used to be excessively for men, the first set of female cadets commenced training in September 2011. As of 2018, its total cadet class is around 2000. The current Commandant is Major General Adeniyi Oyebade.
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Vision Statement of NDA
Mission Statement of NDA
light sleeper, heavy dreamer.