Italian Air Force ranks

The rank insignia of the Italian Air Force are worn on jackets and mantels sleeves.

Rank structure

Officers

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
Role Generals Senior officers Junior officers Officer cadets
Italy Italy
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IT-Airforce-OF-10.png IT-Airforce-OF-9s.png IT-Airforce-OF-9.png IT-Airforce-OF-8.png IT-Airforce-OF-7.png IT-Airforce-OF-5.png IT-Airforce-OF-4.png IT-Airforce-OF-3.png IT-Airforce-OF3s.png IT-Airforce-OF3.png IT-Airforce-OF2.png IT-Airforce-OF1.png No equivalent
Generale
awarded only to the Chief of Defense Staff
Generale di Squadra Aerea con Incarichi Speciali Generale di Squadra Aerea Generale di Divisione Aerea Generale di Brigata Aerea Colonnello Tenente Colonnello Maggiore Primo capitano Capitano Tenente Sottotenente
English rank name translation General Air squadron general (s.a.) Air squadron general Air divisional general Air brigade general Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major First captain Captain Lieutenant Second lieutenant

Notes:
1 The rank of "generale" (general) is assigned to the only air force officer promoted as marshal of the defense staff.

2 The rank of "generale di squadra aerea con incarichi speciali" (air squadron general with special assignments) is assigned to the air force officer promoted as marshal of the air force staff and/or as secretary of defense.

Non-commissioned officers and ratings

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Role Marshals Sergeants Permanent service volunteers Temporary service volunteers
Italy Italy
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Rank insignia of primo maresciallo luogotenente of the Italian Air Force.svg Rank insignia of primo maresciallo of the Italian Air Force.svg Rank insignia of maresciallo di prima classe of the Italian Air Force.svg Rank insignia of maresciallo di seconda classe of the Italian Air Force.svg Rank insignia of maresciallo di terza classe of the Italian Air Force.svg Rank insignia of sergente maggiore capo of the Italian Air Force.svg Rank insignia of sergente maggiore of the Italian Air Force.svg Rank insignia of sergente of the Italian Air Force.svg Rank insignia of primo aviere capo scelto of the Italian Air Force.svg Rank insignia of primo aviere capo of the Italian Air Force.svg Rank insignia of primo aviere scelto of the Italian Air Force.svg Rank insignia of aviere capo of the Italian Air Force.svg Rank insignia of primo aviere of the Italian Air Force.svg Rank insignia of aviere scelto of the Italian Air Force.svg No insignia
Luogotenente Primo Maresciallo Maresciallo di Prima Classe Maresciallo di Seconda Classe Maresciallo di Terza Classe Sergente Maggiore Capo Sergente Maggiore Sergente Primo aviere Capo Scelto Primo Aviere Capo Primo Aviere Scelto Aviere Capo Primo Aviere Aviere Scelto Aviere
English rank name translation sub-lieutenant
first
marshal
marshal
1st
class
marshal
2nd
class
marshal
3rd
class
chief
sergeant
major
sergeant
major
sergeant 1st senior chief
airman
1st chief airman 1st chosen airman chief airman airman first class chosen airman airman

Notes:
1 The function of "luogotenente" (sub-lieutenant) is not a rank but a position attributed only to NCO's with the rank of "primo maresciallo" (first marshal) with at least 15 years of permanence in it.

2 No rank insignia, airmen just wears category or specialty badge.

Enlisted ranks introduced in 2018

Other rank insignia
NATO Code OR-9 OR-7 OR-4
Shoulder board None.svg Rank insignia of sergente maggiore capo qualif sp of the Italian Air Force.svg Rank insignia of primo aviere capo scelto qualif sp of the Italian Air Force.svg
Italian Primo luogotenente q.s.[1][2] Sergente maggiore capo q.s. Primo aviere capo scelto q.s.
English Sub-lieutenant first class Chief Sergeant Major
(special class)
1st senior chief airman
(special class)

References

  1. ^ q.s. - (qualifica speciale - special rank)
  2. ^ "Riordino delle carriere del 27/02/2018" (PDF).

Bibliography

  • Decreto legislativo 15 marzo 2010 n.66
  • NATO – STANAG 2116 ed. 6, 25 February 2010

See also

Italian Armed Forces

The Italian Armed Forces (Italian: Forze armate italiane) encompass the Italian Army, the Italian Navy and the Italian Air Force. A fourth branch of the armed forces, known as the Carabinieri, take on the role as the nation's military police and are also involved in missions and operations abroad as a combat force. Despite not being a branch of the armed forces, the Guardia di Finanza is part of the military and operates a large fleet of ships, aircraft and helicopters, enabling it to patrol Italy's waters and to eventually participate in warfare scenarios. These five forces have military status and are all organized along military lines, comprising a total of 346,800 men and women with the official status of active military personnel, of which 171,050 are in the Army, Navy and Air Force. The President of the Italian Republic heads the armed forces as the President of the High Council of Defence established by article 87 of the Constitution of Italy. According to article 78, the Parliament has the authority to declare a state of war and vest the necessary powers in the Government.

The Italian Armed Forces are in eighth place as best armed forces.

Italian Navy ranks

The rank insignia of the Italian Navy are worn on epaulettes of shirts and white jackets, and on sleeves for navy jackets and mantels.

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.

Rank insignia of the Carabinieri

The rank insignia of the Carabinieri are worn on jackets and shoulder boards of the dress uniform and on collar badges in the combat or patrol uniforms.

Rank insignia of the Guardia di Finanza

The rank insignia of the Guardia di Finanza are worn on jackets and shoulder epaulettes.

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