Military ranks of Argentina

The Military ranks of Argentina are the military insignia used by the Armed Forces of the Argentine Republic.

Commissioned officers

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the army, navy and air force 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) and student officer
Argentina Argentina
No equivalent Argentina-Army-OF-9.svg Argentina-Army-OF-8.svg Argentina-Army-OF-7.svg Argentina-Army-OF-6.svg Argentina-Army-OF-5.svg Argentina-Army-OF-4.svg Argentina-Army-OF-3.svg Argentina-Army-OF-2.svg Argentina-Army-OF-1a.svg Argentina-Army-OF-1b.svg Argentina-Army-OF-(D).svg
Teniente General General de División General de Brigada Coronel Mayor Coronel Teniente Coronel Mayor Capitán Teniente Primero Teniente Subteniente
Argentina Argentina
No equivalent Armada Argentina - Almirante.svg Armada Argentina - Vicealmirante.svg Armada Argentina - Contraalmirante.svg Armada Argentina - Comodoro de Marina.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O2.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg POR-Navy-OFD.svg
Almirante Vicealmirante Contralmirante Comodoro de Marina Capitán de Navío Capitán de Fragata Capitán de Corbeta Teniente de Navío Teniente de Fragata Teniente de Corbeta Guardiamarina
Argentina Argentina
No equivalent Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Brigadier General.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Brigadier Mayor.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Brigadier.svg No equivalent Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Comodoro.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Vicecomodoro.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Mayor.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Capitán.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Primer Teniente.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Teniente.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Alférez.svg Unknown
Brigadier General
(Brigadier General)
Brigadier Mayor
Primer Teniente
(First 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) and student officer


The rank insignia for enlisted personnel for the army, navy and air force respectively.

NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Argentina Argentina
Ejercito Argentino - Suboficial Mayor.svg Ejercito Argentino - Suboficial Principal.svg Ejercito Argentino - Sargento Ayudante.svg Ejercito Argentino - Sargento Primero.svg Ejercito Argentino - Sargento.svg Ejercito Argentino - Cabo Primero.svg Ejercito Argentino - Cabo.svg VP-EA.svg VS-EA.svg VS-ec-EA.svg
Suboficial Mayor Suboficial Principal Sargento Ayudante Sargento Primero Sargento Cabo Primero Cabo Voluntario Primero Voluntario Segundo Soldado de Segunda en Comisión
Argentina Argentina
Armada Argentina - Suboficial Mayor.svg Armada Argentina - Suboficial Principal.svg Armada Argentina - Suboficial Primero.svg Armada Argentina - Suboficial Segundo.svg Armada Argentina - Cabo Principal.svg Armada Argentina - Cabo Primero.svg Armada Argentina - Cabo Segundo.svg Armada Argentina - Marinero Primero.svg Armada Argentina - Marinero Segundo.svg
Suboficial Mayor Suboficial Principal Suboficial Primero Suboficial Segundo Cabo Principal Cabo Primero Cabo Segundo Marinero Primero Marinero Segundo
Argentina Argentina
Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Suboficial Mayor.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Suboficial Principal.svg SA-FAA.svg SX-FAA.svg CP-FAA.svg CI-FAA.svg CB-FAA.svg VP-FAA.svg VS-FAA.svg
Suboficial Mayor Suboficial Principal Sargento Ayudante Suboficial Auxiliar Cabo Principal Cabo Primero Cabo Voluntario Primero Voluntario Segundo
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1


Alférez (rank)

Alférez is a junior officer rank in the militaries of Spain, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. The Portuguese variant alferes is used in Portugal, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and East Timor and was also formerly used in Brazil. The naval rank of alférez de fragata is used in Spain, Dominican Republic and Peru.

Alférez and alferes are often translated as ensign, but are also sometimes translated as sub-lieutenant or second lieutenant. These translations are approximate. As a military rank, it corresponds usually to NATO rank code is OF-1.

The Spanish word alférez and the Portuguese word alferes were both derived from the Arabic الفارس (al-fāris), meaning "the knight", "the horseman" or "the conqueror".

The rank of alférez / alferes was first used by Iberian armies during the reconquista in the middle ages, being associated to the officer responsible for the carrying of a unit flag. During that time alférez was the leader of the retinue of a king or high-ranking nobleman. The famous warrior El Cid was the alférez of King Alfonso VI of Castile and Alfonso Núñez was the alférez of Duke Raymond of Galicia.

Argentine Army officer rank insignia

Argentine Army officers wear their rank insignia in shoulderboards. Generals and Senior Colonels may be distinguished for the red trim of their shoulderboards and around the suns denoting their rank; they also wear golden wreath leaves in their coat lapels. The suns for officers below the rank of Senior Colonel are metallic; Senior Colonels and Generals have gold-braid suns.

The highest rank an Army officer may reach is Teniente General (Lieutenant General(Argentine Army)). This rank is held only by the Chief of the General Staff of the Army. The only exception is the Chief of the Joint General Staff, if he should be an Army officer. There are mentions of the rank of Capitán General (Captain General), but it is a purely honorific rank bestowed posthumously upon José de San Martín.

The rank of Senior Colonel is an honorary rank for long-serving colonels who have not been promoted to Brigade General; the rank is considered inferior to Brigade General but superior to Colonel. Senior Colonels may be further promoted to general ranks.

The following table displays the rank insignia worn by officers of the Argentine Army.

Armed Forces of the Argentine Republic

The Armed Forces of the Argentine Republic, in Spanish: Fuerzas Armadas de la República Argentina, are controlled by the Commander-in-Chief (the President) and a civilian Minister of Defense. In addition to the Army, Navy and Air Force, there are two security forces, controlled by the Ministry of Security, which can be mobilized in occasion of an armed conflict: the National Gendarmerie, a gendarmerie used to guard borders and places of strategic importance; and the Naval Prefecture, a coast guard used to protect internal major rivers and maritime territory.

Traditionally, Argentina maintains close defense cooperation and military-supply relationships with the United States and to a lesser extent, with Israel, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Belarus, Italy, and Russia.

Index of Argentina-related articles

The following is an alphabetical list of topics related to the Argentine Republic.

Jorge Rafael Videla

Jorge Rafael Videla (; Spanish: [ˈxoɾxe rafaˈel biˈðela]; August 2, 1925 – May 17, 2013) was a senior commander in the Argentine Army and dictator of Argentina from 1976 to 1981.

He came to power in a coup d'état that deposed Isabel Martínez de Perón. In 1985, two years after the return of a representative democratic government, he was prosecuted in the Trial of the Juntas for large-scale human rights abuses and crimes against humanity that took place under his rule, including kidnappings or forced disappearance, widespread torture and extrajudicial murder of activists and political opponents as well as their families at secret concentration camps. An estimated 13,000-30,000 political dissidents vanished during this period. Videla was also convicted of the theft of many babies born during the captivity of their mothers at the illegal detention centres and passing them on for illegal adoption by associates of the regime. In his defence, Videla maintained the female guerrilla detainees allowed themselves to fall pregnant in the belief they wouldn't be tortured or executed. On 5 July 2010, Videla took full responsibility for his army's actions during his rule. "I accept the responsibility as the highest military authority during the internal war. My subordinates followed my orders," he told an Argentine court. Videla also sheltered many Nazi fugitives as did Juan Perón before him, Alfredo Stroessner from Paraguay and Hugo Banzer from Bolivia. He was under house arrest until 10 October 2008, when he was sent to a military prison.Following a new trial, on 22 December 2010, Videla was sentenced to life in a civilian prison for the deaths of 31 prisoners following his coup. On 5 July 2012, Videla was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the systematic kidnapping of children during his tenure. The following year, Videla died in the Marcos Paz civilian prison five days after suffering a fall in a shower.

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.

Outline of Argentina

The following outline is provided as an overview of, and introduction to Argentina:

Argentina – country in South America, the continent's second largest by land area, after Brazil. It is constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city, Buenos Aires. It is the eighth-largest country in the world by land area and the largest among Spanish-speaking nations.

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