Army ranks and insignia of Mexico

This is a table of the ranks and insignia of the Mexican Army. Spanish language ranks are in italics, with English translations. Rank insignia of the Mexican Air Force and Mexican Army are identical, as are the ranks, with the exception of two general ranks. Currently the ranks are supported with the Fuerza Aerea (air force) ranks for the air force itself only, with special titles in the army for all ranks per their respective specialty.


Secretario SEDENA Gral division Gral brigada Gral brigadier
Secretary of
national defense
Divisional general Brigade general Brigadier general
Secretario de la
defensa nacional
General de división General de brigada General brigadier
Air force:
Wing general
General de ala
Air force:
Group general
General de grupo


Mexican Military Coronel Mexican Military Teniente-coronel Mexican Military Mayor
Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major
Coronel Teniente coronel Mayor


Mexican Military Capitan-primero Mexican Military Capitan-segundo Mexican Military Teniente Mexican Military Subteniente
First captain Second captain Lieutenant Sub-lieutenant
Capitán primero Capitán segundo Teniente Subteniente


Mexican Military Sargento-primero Mexican Military Sargento-segundo Mexican Military Cabo Soldado de Primera FAM Mexican Military Soldado
First sergeant Second sergeant Corporal Private first class Private
Sargento primero Sargento segundo Cabo Soldado de primera Soldado


Rank badges have a band of colour indicating branch:

  • Mexico-branch-colour Med&Vet(yellow)
    Gold: generals
Mexico-branch-colour Med&Vet(yellow)
Gral sedena.gif Gral divn.gif Gral bgda.gif Gral bgdr.gif
General de division FAM.gif General brigadier FAM.gif
  • Mexico-branch-colour Staff(lt-brown)
    Light brown: general staff; Presidential Guards Corps, Presidential High Command
  • Mexico-branch-colour Infantry(red)
    Scarlet: infantry
Mexico-branch-colour Staff(lt-brown)
Mexico-branch-colour Infantry(red)
Corl ejer.png Tnte corl.gif Mayr ejer.gif Capt 1ero.png Capt 2ndo.png Tnte ejer.gif Sub- tnte.gif
  • Mexico-branch-colour Artillery(burgundy)
    Burgundy: artillery
  • Mexico-branch-colour Quartermaster(red-brown)
    Red-brown: Quartermaster Command ("Materiales de Guerra")
  • Mexico-branch-colour Transport(lt-orange)
    Light orange-brown: transportation
  • Mexico-branch-colour Legal(aqua)
    Green: Judicial Corps(Justicia); military police
  • Mexico-branch-colour Engineers&Sigs(blue)
    Blue: engineers; signals and communications (transmisiones)
  • Mexico-branch-colour Cavalry(blue)
    Light blue: cavalry
  • Mexico-branch-colour Cartography(lt-blue-grey)
    Light gray-blue: cartography
  • Mexico-branch-colour Air(purple)
    Purple: army aviation; Parachutist Fusiliers (includes air force)
Mexico-branch-colour Artillery(burgundy)
Mexico-branch-colour Quartermaster(red-brown)
Mexico-branch-colour Transport(lt-orange)
Mexico-branch-colour Legal(aqua)
Mexico-branch-colour Engineers&Sigs(blue)
Mexico-branch-colour Cavalry(blue)
Mexico-branch-colour Cartography(lt-blue-grey)
Mexico-branch-colour Air(purple)
Coronel FAM.png Teniente Coronel FAM.gif Mayor FAM.GIF Capitan Primero FAM.png Capitan Segundo FAM.png Teniente de la FAM.gif Subteniente FAM.gif Sargento Primero FAM.gif Sargento Segundo FAM.gif Cabo del Aire FAM.png Soldado de Primera FAM.gif Soldado del Aire FAM.gif
Teniente coronel FAM.gif Capitan primero FAM.png Teniente FAM.gif
  • Mexico-branch-colour Musicians(grey)
    Gray: military bands and drummers and buglers
  • Mexico-branch-colour Armour(lt-grey)
    Light gray: armour
  • Mexico-branch-colour Intelligence(v-lt-grey)
    Very light gray: intelligence
  • Mexico-branch-colour ServiceCorps(buff)
    Brownish gray: service corps (administracion e intendencia)
  • Mexico-branch-colour Med&Vet(yellow)
    Yellow: medical; veterinary service
Mexico-branch-colour Musicians(grey)
Mexico-branch-colour Armour(lt-grey)
Mexico-branch-colour Intelligence(v-lt-grey)
Mexico-branch-colour ServiceCorps(buff)
Mexico-branch-colour Med&Vet(yellow)

See also

External links

General (Mexico)

The military rank in Mexico of the general is divided in 4 categories:

-General Brigadier: equivalent to the Brigadier and between "Coronel" (Colonel) and "General de Brigada" (Brigade General).

-General de Brigada: Brigade General.

-General de Division: Divisional General.

-General Secretario de la Defensa Nacional: The highest military rank in the Mexican army - the "Secretary of Defense." The only one above him is the President of Mexico.

List of comparative military ranks

This article is a list of various states' armed forces ranking designations. Comparisons are made between the different systems used by nations to categorize the hierarchy of an armed force compared to another. Several of these lists mention NATO reference codes. These are the NATO rank reference codes, used for easy comparison among NATO countries. Links to comparison charts can be found below.

Mexican Armed Forces

The Mexican Armed Forces (Fuerzas Armadas de México) are composed of two independent entities: the Mexican Army and the Mexican Navy. The Mexican Army includes the Mexican Air Force (FAM). The Presidential Guard, Military Police, and Special Forces are part of the Army, but have their own chain of command. The Mexican Navy includes the Naval Infantry Force (Marine Corps) and the Naval Aviation (FAN).

The Army and Navy are controlled by two separate government departments, the National Defense Secretariat and the Naval Secretariat, and maintain two independent chains of command, with no joint command except the President of Mexico.

Naval ranks and insignia of Mexico

This is a table of the ranks and insignia of the Mexican Navy. Spanish language ranks are in italics. Ranks of the Mexican Air Force and Mexican Army are almost identical.

Rank insignia have the executive curl only for officers who graduated from the naval academy, other officers have no curl at all.

Military ranks and insignia by country
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