Military ranks of Ethiopia

The Military ranks of Ethiopia are the military insignia used by the Ethiopian Armed Forces. Being a Landlocked country, Ethiopia does not have a navy.

Commissioned Officers

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the army and air force respectively.

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
Ethiopia Ethiopia
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No equivalent 18.EA-GEN.svg 17.EA-LG.svg 16.EA-MG.svg 15.EA-BG.svg 14.EA-COL.svg 13.EA-LTC.svg 12.EA-MAJ.svg 11.EA-CAPT.svg 10.EA-1LT.svg 09.EA-LT.svg 08.EA-2LT.svg Unknown
General Lieutenant
General
Major
General
Brigadier
General
Colonel Lieutenant
Colonel
Major Captain 1st
Lieutenant
Lieutenant 2nd
Lieutenant
Ethiopia Ethiopia
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No equivalent
17.EAF-LG.svg 16.EAF-MG.svg 15.EAF-BG.svg 14.EAF-COL.svg 13.EAF-LTC.svg 12.EAF-MAJ.svg 11.EAF-CAPT.svg 10.EAF-1LT.svg 09.EAF-LT.svg 08.EAF-2LT.svg Unknown
Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain 1st Lieutenant 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
None

Field Marshal
(Never awarded)

None

Marshal of the Air Force
(Never awarded)

Enlisted

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

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Ethiopia Ethiopia
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07.EA-SGM.svg 06.EA-MSG.svg No equivalent 05.EA-SSG.svg 04.EA-SGT.svg 03.EA-CPL.svg 02.EA-LCPL.svg 01.EA-PFC.svg No insignia
Sergeant Major Master Sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private First 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
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

References

Ethiopian National Defense Force

The Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) is the military of Ethiopia. Civil direction of the military is carried out through the Ministry of Defense, which oversees the ground forces, air force, as well as the Defense Industry Sector. The current minister of defense is Lemma Megersa.

The size of the ENDF has fluctuated significantly since the end of the Ethiopia-Eritrea war in 2000. In 2002 the Ethiopian Defense Forces had a strength of approximately 400,000 troops. This was roughly the same number maintained during the Derg regime that fell to the rebel forces in 1991. However, that number was later reduced, and in January 2007, during the War in Somalia, Ethiopian forces were said to comprise about 300,000 troops. In 2012, the IISS estimated that the ground forces had 135,000 personnel and the air force 3,000.As of 2012, the ENDF consists of two separate branches: the Ground Forces and the Ethiopian Air Force. Ethiopia has several defense industrial organisations that produce and overhaul different weapons systems. Most of these were built under the Derg regime which planned a large military industrial complex. The ENDF relies on voluntary military service of people above 18 years of age. Although there is no compulsory military service, armed forces may conduct call-ups when necessary and compliance is compulsory.Being a landlocked country, Ethiopia today has no navy. Ethiopia reacquired a coastline on the Red Sea in 1950 and created the Ethiopian Navy in 1955. Eritrea's independence in 1991 left Ethiopia landlocked again, but the Ethiopian Navy continued to operate from foreign ports until it finally was disbanded in 1996.

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