Kingdom of Greece Army Ranks

This article contains the rank insignia of the Royal Hellenic Army (until 1968).

Dress uniform, 1868–1924 ranks

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
Greece Kingdom of Greece No equivalent None.svg None.svg None.svg No equivalent None.svg None.svg None.svg GR-Army-OF2-1900 GR-Army-OF1b-1900 GR-Army-OF1-1900 No equivalent
General
Στρατηγός
Lieutenant general
Αντιστράτηγος
Major general
Υποστράτηγος
Colonel
Συνταγματάρχης
Lieutenant colonel
Αντισυνταγματάρχης
Major
Ταγματάρχης
Captain
Λοχαγός
Lieutenant
Υπολοχαγός
Second lieutenant
Ανθυπολοχαγός

Other ranks

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Greece Kingdom of Greece No equivalent GR-Army-WO1-1900 None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg No equivalent No insignia
Warrant officer
Ανθυπασπιστής
Staff sergeant
Επιλοχίας
First sergeant
Λοχίας Α'
Second sergeant
Λοχίας Β'
Corporal
Δεκανέας
Private
Στρατιώτης

1908–1936 ranks

Adopted for the khaki field uniform and the blue service/dress uniform in 1908, replaced in 1936–1937 by British-style ranks.

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
Greece Kingdom of Greece None.svg GR-Army-OF9-1912.svg GR-Army-OF8-1912.svg GR-Army-OF7-1912.svg No equivalent GR-Army-OF5-1912.svg GR-Army-OF4-1912.svg GR-Army-OF3-1912.svg GR-Army-OF2-1912.svg GR-Army-OF1b-1912.svg GR-Army-OF1-1912.svg No equivalent
Field marshal1
Στρατάρχης
General2
Στρατηγός
Lieutenant general
Αντιστράτηγος
Major general
Υποστράτηγος
Colonel
Συνταγματάρχης
Lieutenant colonel
Αντισυνταγματάρχης
Major
Ταγματάρχης
Captain
Λοχαγός
Lieutenant
Υπολοχαγός
Second lieutenant
Ανθυπολοχαγός

1 Created in 1913 for King Constantine I for his leadership during the Balkan Wars.

2 Rank only held by the kings of Greece.

Other ranks

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Greece Kingdom of Greece No equivalent GR-Army-WO1-1912.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg No equivalent No insignia
Warrant officer
Ανθυπασπιστής
Staff sergeant
Επιλοχίας
First sergeant
Λοχίας Α'
Second sergeant
Λοχίας Β'
Corporal
Δεκανέας
Private
Στρατιώτης

1937–1959 ranks

In 1937, the old service uniform and rank insignia for officers, based on French and Russian models, were discarded in favour of British-inspired designs.

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
Greece Kingdom of Greece GR-Army-OF10 (1937).svg GR-Army-OF9-1937.svg GR-Army-OF8-1937.svg GR-Army-OF7-1937.svg No equivalent GR-Army-OF5-1937.svg GR-Army-OF4-1937.svg GR-Army-OF3-1937.svg GR-Army-OF2-1937.svg GR-Army-OF1a-1937.svg GR-Army-OF1b-1937.svg No equivalent
Field marshal1
Στρατάρχης
General2
Στρατηγός
Lieutenant general3
Αντιστράτηγος
Major general
Υποστράτηγος
Colonel
Συνταγματάρχης
Lieutenant colonel
Αντισυνταγματάρχης
Major
Ταγματάρχης
Captain
Λοχαγός
Lieutenant
Υπολοχαγός
Second lieutenant
Ανθυπολοχαγός

1 Field marshal rank was re-introduced for King George II in 1939, and borne by his successors. It was only awarded once to a career officer: Alexandros Papagos (1883–1955) in 1949. The version illustrated here is that of Paul (r. 1947–1964), with the royal cypher of his brother, George II.

2 During this period, only members of the royal family held the rank of full general (and equivalent). Again, only Papagos was awarded the rank among career officers (in 1947).

3 Rank officially adopted in 1946.

Other ranks

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Greece Kingdom of Greece No equivalent None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg No equivalent No insignia
Warrant officer
Ανθυπασπιστής
Staff sergeant
Επιλοχίας
First sergeant
Λοχίας Α'
Second sergeant
Λοχίας Β'
Corporal
Δεκανέας
Private
Στρατιώτης

1959–1968 ranks

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
Greece Kingdom of Greece GR-Army-OF10 (1965).svg GR-Army-OF9-1959.svg GR-Army-OF8-1959.svg GR-Army-OF7-1959.svg GR-Army-OF6-1959.svg GR-Army-OF5-1937.svg GR-Army-OF4-1937.svg GR-Army-OF3-1937.svg GR-Army-OF2-1937.svg GR-Army-OF1a-1937.svg GR-Army-OF1b-1937.svg No equivalent
Field marshal1
Στρατάρχης
General
Στρατηγός
Lieutenant general
Αντιστράτηγος
Major general
Υποστράτηγος
Brigadier
Ταξίαρχος
Colonel
Συνταγματάρχης
Lieutenant colonel
Αντισυνταγματάρχης
Major
Ταγματάρχης
Captain
Λοχαγός
Lieutenant
Υπολοχαγός
Second lieutenant
Ανθυπολοχαγός

1 Field marshal rank was used by the reigning King of Greece.

Other ranks

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Greece Kingdom of Greece No equivalent GR-Army-OR9 (1965).svg GR-ARMY-OR7 (1965) GR-ARMY-OR6 (1965) Army-GRE-OR-04 (1965) GR-ARMY-OR3 (1965) No equivalent No insignia
Warrant officer
Ανθυπασπιστής
Staff sergeant
Επιλοχίας
First sergeant
Λοχίας Α'
Second sergeant
Λοχίας Β'
Corporal
Δεκανέας
Private
Στρατιώτης

Royal Guard insignia

Royal Guard (Evzones) insignia during Paul's reign

GR-royalguard
1947–1964

See also

Hellenic Army officer rank insignia

This article describes the military rank insignia used by the Hellenic Army. The current insignia date back to the late 1930s, when British-style insignia were adopted. Since then, they have undergone minor changes to reflect the changes of regime, from the monarchy to the military regime and, since 1974, the current Republic.

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