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Today in history

West African Frontier Force (WAFF) became the Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) on this day in accordance with Ordinance 39 of 1928. There was no corresponding change in composition or duties of the Nigerian Regiment to match the name change. It was an integral part of the RWAFF but a separate component designated as the Nigerian Military Forces Royal West Africa Frontier Force. It remained so till Nigerian administration assumed command and it was re-named under the Nigerian Military Forces (Change of Title) Ordinance 1956. In 1960, the Royal Nigerian Military Forces was designated as the Nigerian Military Forces under Ordinance No. 26 of 1960 after independence. After Nigeria became a Republic, the Royal Nigerian Army became the Nigerian Army pursuant to the Nigeria Army Act No. 8 of 1963. This law also re-designated the Royal Nigerian Army Act 1960 as the Nigerian Army Act 1960. Most of these name changes was accompanied by a change in uniform which evolved from the Zouave jacket worn over shirt and shorts in colonial times to the Khaki green uniform with long sleeved shirts, trousers, boots a peaked cap and new emblems adopted in 1963. Nigerian Army issues five standard uniforms for different occasions namely the ceremonial dress, the mass kit (or dinner dress), service dress, working out dress and combat dress.