Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Primary 6

The Military

Week 7

Subject: Vocational Aptitude

Topic: The Military

Reference: Effective vocational aptitude guide for primary schools book 6.

Previous knowledge: Pupils are familiar with Aviation.

Objective: At the end of the lesson, pupils should be able

  1. Define/know the work of the military.
  2. Know the equipment/weapons used in the military.
  3. Know the different ranks in the Nigerians armed forces.


The work of the military of a nation is to protect and defend the nation from external forces. The military is also called “Armed forces” which include:


  • The Army: responsible for defending the country against enemy forces in the territorial land boundaries.
  • The Navy: responsible for protecting the nation against enemy forces on the sea and waterways.
  • The Air force: responsible to protect the country’s airspace against the enemy forces.


To have a vocation in the military, one needs to study the profession by attending Nigeria Defense Academy. Alternatively, one can apply directly to a particular arm of the military when vacancy is advertised.

Popularly, one who joins the Army is called a soldier, one who joins the Navy is either a “Blue Jacket” or a “Sailor Boy”.

Equipment/weapons used in the Military

  1. Fighter jet
  2. Armored tank
  3. Artillery
  4. Piston
  5. Rifle
  6. Bomb

Different Ranks in the Nigerian Armed forces



Air force

  1. Field marshal

Admiral of the fleet

Marshal of the Royal air 


  1. General


Air chief marshal.

  1. Lieutenant

Vice Admiral

Air marshal.

  1. Major-General

Rear Admiral

Air vice marshal

  1. Brigadier


Air commodore

  1. Colonel


Group captain


Step I: Teacher revises previous lesson with pupils

Step II: Teacher introduces and explain new topic to pupils

Step III: Pupils are allowed to ask questions

Step IV: Teacher writes note on the boards for pupils


  1. What is another name for military?
  2. A person that joins the Navy is called the _____________________.
  3. A country’s airspace is protected by _________________________.
  4. To study military as a profession, you need to attend _____________________.

Conclusion: Teacher moves round for inspection, marking and correction of notes where necessary.


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