Comparative Ranks of Apartheid States in Southern Africa

Rank comparison charts of armies/ land forces of apartheid states and territories in Southern Africa.

Officers

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer
Bophuthatswana Bophuthatswana
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No equivalent
BDF Brigadier Rank.jpg BDF Colonel Rank.jpg BDF Lt Colonel Rank.jpg BDF Major Rank.jpg BDF Captain rank.jpg BDF 1st Lieutenant Rank.jpg BDF 2nd Lieutenant Rank.jpg BOP Rank Candidate Officer.jpg
Brigadier
Colonel
Lieutenant
Colonel

Major
Captain
Lieutenant
2nd Lieutenant
Officer
Candidate
Ciskei Ciskei
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No equivalent
Ciskei Defence Force Brigadier.jpg Ciskei Defence Force Colonel slip on rank.jpg Ciskei Defence Force Lt Colonel slip on rank.jpg Ciskei Defence Force Major Rank.jpg Ciskei Defence Force Captain rank.jpg Ciskei Defence Force Lieutenant Rank.jpg Ciskei Defence Force 2nd Lieutenant Rank.jpg Unknown
Brigadier
Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel
Major
Captain
Lieutenant
2nd Lieutenant
South Africa
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No equivalent South Africa-Army-OF-9-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-8-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-7-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-6-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-5-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-4-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-3-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-2-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-1b-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-1a-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-(D)-1961.svg
General
Generaal
Lieutenant general
Luitenant generaal
Major general
Generaal-majoor
Brigadier
Brigadier
Colonel
Kolonel
Commandant
Kommandant
Major
Majoor
Captain
Kaptein
Lieutenant
Luitenant
2nd lieutenant
Tweede luitenant
Candidate officer
Kandidaat offisier
South Africa South West Africa
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No equivalent
South West Africa-Army-OF-8.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-7.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-6.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-5.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-4.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-3.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-2.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-1b.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-1a.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-(D).svg
Lieutenant general
Major general
Brigadier
Colonel
Commandant
Major
Captain
Lieutenant
2nd Lieutenant
Officer candidate
Transkei Transkei
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No equivalent Transkei-Army-OF-9.svg Transkei-Army-OF-8.svg Transkei-Army-OF-7.svg No equivalent Transkei-Army-OF-5.svg Transkei-Army-OF-4.svg Transkei-Army-OF-3.svg Transkei-Army-OF-2.svg Transkei-Army-OF-1b.svg Transkei-Army-OF-1b.svg Unknown
General
Lieutenant general
Major general
Colonel
Lieutenant colonel
Major
Captain
Lieutenant
2nd lieutenant
Venda Venda
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No equivalent
VDF Brigadier rank.jpg VDF Colonel slip on rank.jpg VDF Lt Colonel slip on rank.jpg VDF Major rank.jpg VDF Captain rank.jpg VDF Lieutenant rank.jpg VDF 2nd Lieutenant rank.jpg Unknown
Brigadier
Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel
Major
Captain
Lieutenant
2nd Lieutenant
Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer

Other ranks

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Bophuthatswana Bophuthatswana
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BDF Rank Warrant Officer class 1
BDF Rank Warrant Officer class 2
BDF Rank Staff Sergeant Brassard
BDF Rank Sergeant Brassard
No equivalent
BDF Rank Corporal Brassard
BDF Rank L Corporal Brassard
No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Warrant Officer Class 2
Staff Sergeant
Sergeant
Corporal
Lance Corporal
Private
Ciskei Ciskei
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Ciskei Defence Force Warrant Officer Class 1 badge Ciskei Defence Force Warrant Officer Class 2 badge None Ciskei Defence Force Sergeant badge No equivalent Ciskei Defence Force Corporal badge Ciskei Defence Force Lance Corporal badge No insignia
Chief Warrant Officer
Warrant Officer
Staff Sergeant
Sergeant
Corporal
Lance Corporal
Private
South Africa South Africa
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PRE 1994 SOUTH AFRICAN WO1 BADGE
PRE 1994 SOUTH AFRICAN WO2 BADGE
SAArmyRankStructurePre1994SSgt
SAArmyRankStructurePre1994Sgt
No equivalent
SAArmyRankStructurePre1994Cpl
SAArmyRankStructurePre1994LCpl
No insignia
Warrant officer class 1
Warrant officer class 2
Staff sergeant
Sergeant
Corporal
Lance corporal
Private
South Africa South West Africa
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SWATF Warrant Officer Chief Formation
SWATF Warrant officer Class 1 RSM
SWATF Warrant Officer Class 2
SWATF Brassard Staff Sergeant
SWATF Brassard Sergeant
No equivalent
SWATF Brassard Corporal
SWATF Brassard Lance Corporal
No insignia
Formation warrant officer
Warrant officer class 1
Warrant officer class 2
Staff sergeant
Sergeant
Corporal
Lance corporal
Private
Transkei Transkei
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TDF Rank Warrant Officer class 1 TDF Rank Warrant Officer Class 2 TDF Rank Brassard Staff Sergeant TDF Rank Brassard Sergeant No equivalent TDF Rank Brassard Corporal TDF Rank Brassard L Corporal No insignia
Chief warrant officer
Warrant officer
Staff sergeant
Sergeant
Corporal
Lance corporal
Private
Venda Venda
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Venda Defence Force Warrant Officer Class 1 VDF Warrant Officer class 2 rank Venda Defence Force Staff Sergeant India-Army-OR-6 No equivalent India-Army-OR-4 India-Army-OR-3 No insignia
Chief Warrant Officer
Warrant Officer
Staff Sergeant
Sergeant
Corporal
Lance Corporal
Private
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

See also

Military ranks and insignia by country
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Europe
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