Belgian military ranks

The following are the ranks and insignia of the Belgian Armed Forces. [1]

The ranks are given in English, Dutch, and French (two of the three main official languages of Belgium).

Officers

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the army, navy, air force and Medical component respectively.

NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
Opperofficieren - Officiers généraux Hoofdofficieren - Officiers supérieurs Lagere officieren - Officiers subalternes
Belgium Belgium
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No equivalent Army-BEL-OF-09.svg Army-BEL-OF-08.svg Army-BEL-OF-07.svg Army-BEL-OF-06.svg Army-BEL-OF-05.svg Army-BEL-OF-04.svg Army-BEL-OF-03.svg Army-BEL-OF-02a.svg Army-BEL-OF-02b.svg Army-BEL-OF-01a.svg Army-BEL-OF-01b.svg No equivalent
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Commandant Captain Lieutenant Sub-lieutenant
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Brigadegeneraal Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein-commandant Kapitein Luitenant Onderluitenant
Général Lieutenant général Général-major Général de Brigade Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Capitaine-commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant
Belgium Belgium
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No equivalent Generic-Navy-O11.svg Generic-Navy-O10.svg Generic-Navy-O9.svg Generic-Navy-O8.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O6.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O2.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg No equivalent No insignia
Admiraal Vice-admiraal Divisieadmiraal Flottieljeadmiraal Kapitein-ter-zee Fregatkapitein Korvetkapitein Luitenant-ter-zee 1ste klasse Luitenant-ter-zee Vaandrig-ter-zee Vaandrig-ter-zee 2de klasse Aspirant der marine
Amiral Vice-amiral Amiral de division Amiral de flottille Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau de 1re classe Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe Aspirant de marine
Belgium Belgium
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No equivalent BE-Air Force-OF9.svg BE-Air Force-OF8.svg BE-Air Force-OF7.svg BE-Air Force-OF6.svg BE-Air Force-OF5.svg BE-Air Force-OF4.svg BE-Air Force-OF3.svg BE-Air Force-OF2a.svg BE-Air Force-OF2b.svg BE-Air Force-OF1a.svg BE-Air Force-OF1b.svg No equivalent
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Commandant Captain Lieutenant Sub-lieutenant
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Brigadegeneraal Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein-commandant Kapitein Luitenant Onderluitenant
Général Lieutenant général Général-major Général de Brigade Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Capitaine-commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant
Belgium Belgium No equivalent
OF-7 BEL Med comp Generaal-majoor.gif OF-6 BEL Med comp Brigade-generaal.gif OF-5 BEL Med comp Kolonel.gif OF-4 BEL Med comp Luitenant-kolonel.gif OF-3 BEL Med comp majoor.gif OF-3 BEL Med comp kapiteincommandant.gif OF-2 BEL Med comp kapitein.gif OF-1 BEL Med comp luitenant.gif OLt-MC.jpg
Generaal-majoor Brigadegeneraal Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein-commandant Kapitein Luitenant Onderluitenant
Général-major Général de brigade Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Capitaine-commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant
NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer

Note:

  • Officer-cadets at the Royal Military Academy wear the ranks of second lieutenant with the insignia of the Academy above the rank insignia.
  • The highest rank in the military police is colonel.
  • The ranks of navy admiral and air force general were created in 2002

Non-commissioned officers

NATO
code
Land component Air component Marine component Medical component
Senior non-commissioned officers - Hoofdonderofficieren - Sous-officiers supérieurs
OR-9 Chief warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-majoor
French: Adjudant-major

Army-BEL-OR-09a.svg Chief warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-majoor
French: Adjudant-major

BE-Air Force-OR9a.svg Chief principal master
Dutch: Oppermeester-chef
French: Maître-principal-chef

Navy-BEL-OR-09a maitre principal chef.svg Chief warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-majoor
French: Adjudant-major

OR-9 BEL med comp adjudant-major.png
OR-9 Master warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-chef
French: Adjudant-chef

Army-BEL-OR-09b.svg Master warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-chef
French: Adjudant-chef

BE-Air Force-OR9b.svg Principal master
Dutch: Oppermeester
French: Maître-principal

Navy-BEL-OR-09b maitre principal.svg Master warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-chef
French: Adjudant-chef

OR-9 BEL med comp adjudant-chef.png
Elite non-commissioned officers - Keuronderofficieren - Sous-officiers d'élite
OR-8 Warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant
French: Adjudant

Army-BEL-OR-08.svg Warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant
French: Adjudant

BE-Air Force-OR8.svg 1st master chief
Dutch: 1ste meester-chef
French: 1e maître-chef

Navy-BEL-OR-08 1er maitre-chef.svg Warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant
French: Adjudant

OR-8 BEL med comp adjudent.gif
OR-7 1st sergeant-major
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-majoor
French: 1e sergent-major

Army-BEL-OR-07.svg 1st sergeant-major
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-majoor
French: 1e sergent-major

BE-Air Force-OR7.svg 1st master
Dutch: 1ste meester
French: 1e maître

Navy-BEL-OR-07 1er maitre.svg 1st sergeant major
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-majoor
French: 1e sergent-major

OR-7 BEL med comp sergeantmajoor.gif
Junior non-commissioned officers - Lagere onderofficieren - Sous-officiers subalternes
OR-6 1st master sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-chef
French: 1e sergent-chef

Army-BEL-OR-06a.svg 1st master sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-chef
French: 1e sergent-chef

BE-Air Force-OR6a.svg Master chief
Dutch: Meester-chef
French: Maître-chef

Navy-BEL-OR-06a maitre chef.svg 1st master sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-chef
French: 1e sergent-chef

OR-6 BEL med comp &stesergeantchef.gif
OR-6 1st sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant
French: 1e sergent

Army-BEL-OR-06b.svg 1st sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant
French: 1e sergent

BE-Air Force-OR6b.svg Master
Dutch: Meester
French: Maître

Navy-BEL-OR-06b maitre.svg 1st sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant
French: 1e sergent

OR-6 BEL med comp 1stesergeant.gif
OR-5 Sergeant
Dutch: Sergeant
French: Sergent

Army-BEL-OR-05.svg Sergeant
Dutch: Sergeant
French: Sergent

BE-Air Force-OR5.svg 2nd master
Dutch: 2de meester
French: 2e maître

Navy-BEL-OR-05 2e maitre.svg Sergeant
Dutch: Sergeant
French: Sergent

OR-5 BEL Med comp sergant.gif

Volunteers

NATO
code
Land component Air component Marine component Medical component
Elite volunteers - Keurvrijwilligers - Volontaires d'élite
OR-4 1st master corporal
Dutch: 1ste korporaal-chef
French: 1e caporal-chef

Army-BEL-OR-04a.svg 1st master corporal
Dutch: 1ste korporaal-chef
French: 1e caporal-chef

BE-Air Force-OR4a.svg 1st chief quartermaster
Dutch: 1ste kwartiermeester-chef
French: 1er quartier-maître-chef

Navy-BEL-OR-04a 1er quartier-maitre-chef.svg 1st master corporal
Dutch: 1ste korporaal-chef
French: 1e caporal-chef

OR-4 BEL med comp 1stekorporaalchef.gif
OR-4 Master corporal
Dutch: Korporaal-chef
French: Caporal-chef

Army-BEL-OR-04b.svg Master corporal
Dutch: Korporaal-chef
French: Caporal-chef

BE-Air Force-OR4b.svg Chief quartermaster
Dutch: Kwartiermeester-chef
French: Quartier-maître-chef

Navy-BEL-OR-04b quartier-maitre-chef.svg Master corporal
Dutch: Korporaal-chef
French: Caporal-chef

OR-4 BEL med comp korporaalchef.gif
Junior volunteers - Lagere vrijwilligers - Volontaire subalternes
OR-3 Corporal
Dutch: Korporaal
French: Caporal

Army-BEL-OR-03.svg Corporal
Dutch: Korporaal
French: Caporal

BE-Air Force-OR3.svg Quartermaster
Dutch: Kwartiermeester
French: Quartier-maître

Navy-BEL-OR-03 quartier-maitre.svg Corporal
Dutch: Korporaal
French: Caporal

OR-3 BEL med comp korporaal.gif
OR-2 1st private
Dutch: 1ste soldaat
French: 1er soldat

Army-BEL-OR-02.svg 1st private
Dutch: 1ste soldaat
French: 1er soldat

BE-Air Force-OR2.svg 1st seaman
Dutch: 1ste matroos
French: 1er matelot

Navy-BEL-OR-02 1er matelot.svg 1st private
Dutch: 1ste soldaat
French: 1er soldat

BE-Medical-OR2x.png
OR-1 Private
Dutch: Soldaat
French: Soldat

Private
Dutch: Soldaat
French: Soldat

Seaman
Dutch: Matroos
French: Matelot

Navy-BEL-OR-01 matelot.svg Private
Dutch: Soldaat
French: Soldat

BE-Medical-OR1x.png

The rank names relating to corporal and sergeant are replaced with "brigadier" and "maréchal des logis/wachtmeester" in application to personnel of units whose traditions are related to or descend from horse units. These include the cavalry, artillery, and logistics units. Similarly, in the cavalry units, the lowest rank is named "cavalier/ruiter", they are addressed the title "Monsieur/Mijnheer", a remnant of the aristocratic origins of horse mounted units; it was sought to remove these names in March 2013, retaining only the generic rank names.

Corps Corporal (Caporal de corps/korpskorporaal) is an appointment at the Corps level for individuals with the rank of 1st master corporal, its insignia is that of the 1st master corporal with a crown at the top.

Caporal de corps

Caporal de corps / Korpskorporaal of korpsbrigadier

Medical Component rank variations

Grades de dentistes

Dentist Ranks of the medical component.

Grades de médecins

Doctor Ranks of the medical component.

Grades de pharmaciens

Pharmacist Ranks of the medical component.

Grades de Vétérinaires

Veterinarian Ranks of the medical component.

Grades du Corps de Support Médical

Medical Support Corps Ranks of the medical component.

References

  1. ^ Belgian official journal 10.
Belgian Armed Forces

The Belgian Defense Forces (Dutch: Defensie; French: La Défense) is the national military of Belgium. The Belgian Armed Forces was established after Belgium became independent in October 1830. Since that time Belgian armed forces have fought in World War I, World War II, the Cold War (Korean War and army of occupation of the Federal Republic of Germany), Kosovo, Somalia and Afghanistan. The ParaCommando Brigade intervened several times in Central-Africa, for maintaining public order and evacuation of Belgian citizens. The Armed Forces comprise four branches: the Land Component, the Air Component, the Naval Component and the Medical Component.

Belgian Land Component

The Land Component (Dutch: Landcomponent, French: Composante terre) is the land branch of the Belgian Armed Forces. The current chief of staff of the Land Component is Major-General Marc Thys.

For a detailed history of the Belgian Army from 1830 to post 1945 see Belgian Armed Forces.

Ranks in use by the Belgian Army are listed at Belgian military ranks.

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