Comparative air force enlisted ranks of Africa

Rank comparison chart of enlisted rank for Air Forces of African states.

Enlisted

Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Algeria Algeria
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06.AlgAF-SGM.svg 05.AlgAF-MSG.svg No equivalent 04.AlgAF-SSG.svg 03.AlgAF-SGT.svg 02.AlgAF-CPL.svg No equivalent 01.AlgAF-AFC.svg No insignia
Sergeant Major Master Sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Airman 1st Class Airman
Angola Angola
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No equivalent 06.ANAF-MSG.svg No equivalent 05.ANAF-SFC.svg 04.ANAF-SSG.svg 03.ANAF-SGT.svg 02.ANAF-CPL.svg 01.ANAF-PFC.svg No insignia No equivalent
Chief Master Sergeant
Sargent-chefe
Master Sergeant
Primeiro-sargento
Staff Sergeant
Segundo-sargento
Sergeant
Furriel
Corporal
Primeiro-cabo
Airman 1st Class
Segundo-cabo
Airman
Soldado
Benin Benin No air force
Botswana Botswana
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06.Botswana Air Force-WO1 05.Botswana Air Force-WO2 04.Botswana Air Force-SSG 03.Botswana Air Force-SGT No equivalent 02.Botswana Air Force-CPL 01.Botswana Air Force-PFC No equivalent No insignia
Warrant Officer Class I Warrant Officer Class II Flight Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Leading Aircraftsman Aircraftsman
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso
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07.Burkina Faso Air Force-MCWO.svg 06.Burkina Faso Air Force-CWO.svg 05.Burkina Faso Air Force-WO.svg No equivalent 04.Burkina Faso Air Force-MSG.svg 03.Burkina Faso Air Force-SGT.svg No equivalent 02.Burkina Faso Air Force-CPL.svg 01.Burkina Faso Air Force-PFC.svg No insignia
Chief Warrant Officer
Adjudant-chef Major
Warrant Officer Class I
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class II
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private
First Class

Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Burundi Burundi No air force
Cameroon Cameroon
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07.Cameroon Air Force-CWO.svg 06.Cameroon Air Force-WO.svg No equivalent 05.Cameroon Air Force-MSG.svg 04.Cameroon Air Force-SGT.svg 03.Cameroon Air Force-MCPL.svg 02.Cameroon Air Force-CPL.svg 01.Cameroon Air Force-PFC.svg No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Flight sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Leading aircraftman
Soldat Première
Aircraftman
Soldat
Cape Verde Cape Verde No air force
Central African Republic Central African Republic
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09.CAAF-CWO.svg 08.CAAF-WO.svg 07.CAAF-SGM.svg 06.CAAF-MSG.svg 05.CAAF-CSG.svg 04.CAAF-SGT.svg 03.CAAF-MCPL.svg 02.CAAF-CPL.svg 01.CAAF-PFC.svg No insignia
Chief Warrant
Officer

Adjudant-chef
Warrant
Officer

Adjudant
Sergeant
Major

Sergent-major
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
CareerSergeant
Sergent
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private
First Class

Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Chad Chad
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No equivalent
05.Chadian Air Force-MSG.svg 04.Chadian Air Force-SSG.svg 03.Chadian Air Force-SGT.svg No equivalent 02.Chadian Air Force-CPL.svg 01.Chadian Air Force-AFC.svg No insignia
Sergeant Major
Sergent-major
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Comoros Comoros No air force
Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo
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09.DRCAF-CWO.svg 08.DRCAF-WO1.svg 07.DRCAF-WO2.svg 06.DRC-SGMFC.svg 05.DRC-SGM.svg 04.DRC-SFC.svg 03.DRC-SGT.svg No equivalent 02.DRCAF-CPL.svg 01.DRCAF-PFC.svg No insignia
Chief Warrant Officer
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class I
Adjudant Première Classe
Warrant Officer Class II
Adjudant
Sergeant Major First Class
Première Sergent-major
Sergeant Major
Sergent-major
Sergeant First Class
Première Sergent
Sergeant
Sergent
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo
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07-ROCongo Air Force-CWO.svg 06-ROCongo Air Force-WO.svg No equivalent 05-ROCongo Air Force-CSG.svg 04-ROCongo Air Force-SGT.svg 03-ROCongo Air Force-MCPL.svg 02-ROCongo Air Force-CPL.svg 01-ROCongo Air Force-PFC.svg No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat de première classe
Private
Soldat
Djibouti Djibouti
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Djibouti-Airforce-OR-9.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OR-8.svg No equivalent Djibouti-Airforce-OR-6.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OR-5.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OR-4.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OR-3.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OR-2.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OR-1.svg
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Egypt Egypt
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None.svg None.svg No equivalent Raqib Awwal - Egyptian Air Force Raqib - Egyptian Air Force Arif - Egyptian Air Force No equivalent None.svg No equivalent
Chief Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Flight Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Aircraftman
Mosa'id awwal
(مساعد أول)
Mosa'id
(مساعد)
Raqib awwal
(رقيب أول)
Raqib
(رقيب)
'arif
(عريف)
Jondi
(جندي)
Eritrea Eritrea
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No equivalent 05. EAF-MSG.svg No equivalent 04. EAF-SSG.svg 03. EAF-SGT.svg 02. EAF-CPL.svg No equivalent 01. EAF-PFC.svg No insignia
Master Sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Private 1st Class Private
Ethiopia Ethiopia
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07.EAF-SGM.svg 06.EAF-MSG.svg No equivalent 05.EAF-SSG.svg 04.EAF-SGT.svg 03.EAF-CPL.svg 02.EAF-LCPL.svg 01.EAF-PFC.svg No insignia
Sergeant Major Master Sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private 1st Class Private
Gabon Gabon
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08.GAF-CWO.svg 07.GAF-WO1.svg 06.GAF-WO2.svg No equivalent 05.GAF-SGM.svg 04.GAF-SGT.svg 03.GAF-CPL.svg 02.GAF-LCPL.svg 01.GAF-PFC.svg 00.GAF-PVT.svg
Chief Warrant Officer
Adjudant-chef Major
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
The Gambia Gambia No air force
Ghana Ghana
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06.Ghana Air Force-WO1 05.Ghana Air Force-WO2 04.Ghana Air Force-FSG 03.Ghana Air Force-SGT No equivalent 02.Ghana Air Force-CPL No equivalent 01.Ghana Air Force-LACM No insignia
Warrant Officer Class I Warrant Officer Class II Flight Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Leading Aircraftsman Aircraftsman
Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau No air force
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
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08.Ivory Coast Air Force-CMSG.svg 07.Ivory Coast Air Force-SMSG.svg No equivalent 06.Ivory Coast Air Force-MSG.svg 05.Ivory Coast Air Force-SGT.svg 04.Ivory Coast Air Force-MCPL.svg 03.Ivory Coast Air Force-CPL.svg 02.Ivory Coast Air Force-PFC.svg 01.Ivory Coast Air Force-PVT.svg
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldad Première
Private
Soldad
Kenya Kenya
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None None Kenya-AirForce-OR-7 Kenya-AirForce-OR-6 No equivalent Kenya-AirForce-OR-4 Kenya-AirForce-OR-3 No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Flight Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Aircraftman
Lesotho Lesotho No air force
Liberia Liberia No air force
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Libya Libya
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No equivalent 05.Libyan Air Force-MSG.svg No equivalent 04.Libyan Air Force-SSG.svg 03.Libyan Air Force-SGT.svg 02.Libyan Air Force-CPL.svg No equivalent 01.Libyan Air Force-PFC.svg No insignia
Master sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Airman Airman basic
Madagascar Madagascar
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09.Madagascar Air Force-MWO.svg 08.Madagascar Air Force-CWO.svg 07.Madagascar Air Force-WO.svg 06.Madagascar Air Force-SGM 05.Madagascar Air Force-MSG 04.Madagascar Air Force-SGT 03.Madagascar Air Force-MCPL 02.Madagascar Air Force-CPL 01.Madagascar Air Force-AFC No insignia
Chief Warrant Officer
Adjudant-chef Major
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Sergeant major
Sergent Major
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Mali Mali
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No equivalent
None None None None None No insignia
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Mauritania Mauritania
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Mauritania-AirForce-OR-9.svg Mauritania-AirForce-OR-8.svg No equivalent Mauritania-AirForce-OR-6.svg Mauritania-AirForce-OR-5.svg No equivalent Mauritania-AirForce-OR-3.svg No equivalent Mauritania-AirForce-OR-1.svg
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private
Soldat 2e classe
Mauritius Mauritius No air force
Morocco Morocco
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08.Moroccan Air Force-CWO.svg 07.Moroccan Air Force-WO.svg 06.Moroccan Air Force-SGM.svg 05.Moroccan Air Force-SSG.svg 04.Moroccan Air Force-SGT.svg 03.Moroccan Air Force-SCPL 02.Moroccan Air Force-CPL 01.Moroccan Air Force-PFC No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Sergeant
Major

Sergent-major
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Mozambique Mozambique
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No equivalent
Mozambique-AirForce-OR-7.svg Mozambique-AirForce-OR-6.svg Mozambique-AirForce-OR-5.svg Mozambique-AirForce-OR-4.svg Mozambique-AirForce-OR-3.svg Mozambique-AirForce-OR-2.svg No equivalent
Sergeant major
Intendente
First Sergeant
Primeiro-sargento
Second Sergeant
Segundo-sargento
Third Sergeant
Terceiro-sargento
Corporal
Cabo
Private First Class
Primeiro soldado
Namibia Namibia
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06-Namibia Air Force-WO1 05-Namibia Air Force-WO2 04-Namibia Air Force-FSG 03-Namibia Air Force-SGT No equivalent 02-Namibia Air Force-SAC 01-Namibia Air Force-LAC No insignia
Warrant officer 1st class Warrant officer 2nd class Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private
(or equivalent)
Niger Niger
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None.svg None.svg No equivalent None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat de première classe
Private
Soldat
Nigeria Nigeria
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None None None None None No equivalent None None No insignia
Air Warrant Officer Master Warrant Officer Warrant officer Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Aircraftman
Rwanda Rwanda
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06-Rwanda Air Force-WO1.svg 05-Rwanda Air Force-WO2.svg 04-Rwanda Air Force-SGM.svg 03-Rwanda Air Force-SSG.svg 02-Rwanda Air Force-SGT.svg No equivalent 01-Rwanda Air Force-CPL.svg No equivalent No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Sergeant Major
Sergent-major
First Sergeant
1er Sergeant
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal
Private
Soldate
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe No air force
Senegal Senegal
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Senegal-AirForce-OR-9.svg Senegal-AirForce-OR-8.svg No equivalent Senegal-AirForce-OR-6 Senegal-AirForce-OR-5 Senegal-AirForce-OR-4 Senegal-AirForce-OR-3 Senegal-AirForce-OR-2 No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat de première classe
Private
Soldat
Seychelles Seychelles No air force
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone No air force
Somalia Somalia
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07-Somali Air Force-CWO.svg 06-Somali Air Force-WO3.svg 05-Somali Air Force-WO2.svg 04-Somali Air Force-WO1.svg 03-Somali Air Force-SGT No equivalent 02-Somali Air Force-CPL 01-Somali Air Force-PFC No insignia
Chief Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Warrant Officer Class 3 Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Aircraftman
South Africa South Africa
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SAA-OR-9 SAA-OR-8 SAAF-OR-7.svg SAAF-OR-6.svg No equivalent SAAF-OR-4.svg SAAF-OR-3.svg No equivalent No insignia
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Flight sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Aircraftman
Sudan Sudan
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Sudan Air Force - OR08.svg None No equivalent Sudan Air Force - OR06.svg Sudan Air Force - OR05.svg Sudan Air Force - OR04.svg None Sudan Air Force - OR02.svg No insignia
Musaid awwal
Musaid
Raqib awwal
Raqib
Arif
Wakil arif
Jundi
Mustajidd
Eswatini Swaziland No air force
Tanzania Tanzania
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06-Tanzania Air Force-WO1 05-Tanzania Air Force-WO2 04-Tanzania Air Force-SSG 03-Tanzania Air Force-SGT No equivalent 02-Tanzania Air Force-CPL 01-Tanzania Air Force-LCPL No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Maafisa Wateule 1
Warrant Officer Class 2
Maafisa Wateule 2
Flight Sergeant
Sajenti Kuruka
Sergeant
Sajenti
Corporal
Koplo
Lance Corporal
Koplo Mdogo
Aircraftsman
Mtu Ndege
Tunisia Tunisia
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Grade Marine tunisienne E8.png Grade Marine tunisienne E7.png Grade Marine tunisienne E6.png No equivalent Grade Marine tunisienne E5.png Grade Marine tunisienne E4.png Grade Marine tunisienne E3.png Grade Marine tunisienne E2.png Grade Marine tunisienne E1.png Grade Marine tunisienne E0.png
Sergeant Major
Adjudant-chef Major
Master Sergeant
Adjudant-chef
Sergeant 1st class
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Zambia Zambia
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None None None None No equivalent None None No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Staff sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private
(or equivalent)
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
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None None None None British RAF OR-6 No equivalent British RAF OR-4 No equivalent British RAF OR-3 British RAF OR-2b No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Master sergeant Flight sergeant Sergeant Corporal Senior aircraftman Leading aircraftman Aircraftman
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

See also

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.

Military ranks and insignia by country
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