Military ranks of Kuwait

The military ranks of Kuwait are the military insignia used by the Kuwait Military Forces. Being a former British protectorate, Kuwait shares a rank structure similar to that of the United Kingdom.

Commissioned Officers

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the army, navy 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
Kuwait Kuwait
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No equivalent 16. KLF-GEN.svg 15. KLF-LG.svg 14. KLF-MG.svg 13. KLF-BG.svg 12. KLF-COL.svg 11. KLF-LTC.svg 10. KLF-MAJ.svg 09. KLF-CAPT.svg 08. KLF-1LT.svg 07. KLF-2LT.svg No equivalent
General
(فريق أول)
Lieutenant General
(فريق)
Major General
(لواء)
Brigadier General
(عميد)
Colonel
(عقيد)
Lieutenant Colonel
(مقدم)
Major
(رائد)
Captain
(نقيب)
First Lieutenant
(ملازم أول)
Second Lieutenant
(ملازم)
Kuwait Kuwait
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No equivalent 16. KNF-GEN.svg 15. KNF-LG.svg 14. KNF-MG.svg 13. KNF-BG.svg 12. KNF-COL.svg 11. KNF-LTC.svg 10. KNF-MAJ.svg 09. KNF-CAPT.svg 08. KNF-1LT.svg 07. KNF-2LT.svg No equivalent
Admiral
(فريق أول)
Vice Admiral
(فريق)
Rear Admiral
(لواء)
Rear Admiral (lower half)
(عميد)
Captain
(عقيد)
Commander
(مقدم)
Lieutenant Commander
(رائد)
Lieutenant
(نقيب)
Lieutenant Junior Grade
(ملازم أول)
Ensign
(ملازم)
Kuwait Kuwait
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No equivalent 16. KAF-GEN.svg 15. KAF-LG.svg 14. KAF-MG.svg 13. KAF-BG.svg 12. KAF-COL.svg 11. KAF-LTC.svg 10. KAF-MAJ.svg 09. KAF-CAPT.svg 08. KAF-1LT.svg 07. KAF-2LT.svg No equivalent
General
(فريق أول)
Lieutenant General
(فريق)
Major General
(لواء)
Brigadier General
(عميد)
Colonel
(عقيد)
Lieutenant Colonel
(مقدم)
Major
(رائد)
Captain
(نقيب)
First Lieutenant
(ملازم أول)
Second Lieutenant
(ملازم)
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

Enlisted

The rank insignia for enlisted personnel for the army, navy 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
Kuwait Kuwait
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06. KLF-CWO 05. KLF-WO No equivalent 04. KLF-SFC 03. KLF-SGT 02. KLF-CPL No equivalent 01. KLF-PFC No insignia
Chief Warrant Officer
وکیل اول
Warrant Officer
وکیل
Sergeant First Class
رقیب اول
Sergeant
رقیب
Corporal
عریف
Private 1st Class
وکیل عریف
Private
جندي‎‎
Kuwait Kuwait
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06. KNF-CWO 05. KNF-WO No equivalent 04. KNF-SFC 03. KNF-SGT 02. KNF-CPL No equivalent 01. KNF-PFC No equivalent
Chief Warrant Officer
وکیل اول
Warrant Officer
وکیل
Chief petty officer
رقیب اول
Petty officer
رقیب
Leading seaman
عریف
Seaman
وکیل عریف
Kuwait Kuwait
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06. KAF-CWO 05. KAF-WO No equivalent 04. KAF-SFC 03. KAF-SGT 02. KAF-CPL No equivalent 01. KAF-PFC No insignia
Chief Warrant Officer
وکیل اول
Warrant Officer
وکیل
Sergeant First Class
رقیب اول
Sergeant
رقیب
Corporal
عریف
Airman 1st Class
وکیل عریف
Airman
جندي‎‎
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

References

Kuwait Military Forces

The Kuwait Military Forces consists of several joint forming defense forces. The governing bodies are the Kuwait Ministry of Defense, the Kuwait Ministry of Interior, the Kuwait National Guard and the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate. The Emir of Kuwait is the commander-in-chief of all defense forces and the Crown Prince is the deputy commander.

The early military structured organization which first dealt with security and the military following the engagements of Kuwait Army's infantry and cavalry protecting the three mounted defensive walls (third defensive wall mounted in 1920) of Kuwait prior and following to World War I, was the Directorate of Public Security Force, formed during the Interwar period and mainly after World War II. The Directorate of Public Security Force already included the partnership integration of the Kuwait Army and Directorate of Police as independent forces following the formation of the first cabinet on June 17, 1962 after the independence. In 1953, the Kuwait Army split from the Directorate of Public Security Force; the latter merged with the Directorate of Police in 1959, giving formation to the newly established Kuwait Ministry of Interior. The Ministry of Interior includes the Kuwait Coast Guard and has several military commanders, designated by government protocol as assistant ministers undersecretaries, each reporting to the Minister of Interior who is designated by protocol as Deputy Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait.

Upon splitting from the Directorate of Public Security Force in 1953, the Kuwait Army acted as the de facto command leadership of the available armed forces since establishment. The Kuwait Army was founded in 1949, thirteen years prior the enacting of the ministry and partly mainly at the time composed almost entirely of land force components with the Kuwait Air Force being founded four years later in 1953. With the establishment of the Kuwait Armed Forces in 1963, the Kuwait Ministry of Defense eventually became and is the governing body of the Kuwait Armed Forces, which includes the Kuwait Land Force, the Kuwait 25th Commando Brigade, the Kuwait Military Police Authority, the Kuwait Emiri Guard Authority, the Kuwait Air Force, the Kuwait Naval Force, the Kuwait Military Fire Service Directorate and others. Each armed force at disposition of the respective combat commander, reports to the Chief of General Staff of the Kuwait Armed Forces who later reports to the Minister of Defense, designated also by protocol as Deputy Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait.

The Kuwait National Guard however, is an independent combat institution from the Ministry of Defense and Interior and acts independently under the guidance, discretion and disposition of the respective leadership, supporting the Military of the State of Kuwait as needed and required.The Kuwait Fire Service Directorate, is also an independent public fire fighting body with military ranks and ribbons identifications.

Outline of Kuwait

Kuwait is a sovereign emirate located on the coast of the Persian Gulf in Southwest Asia and the Middle East. Kuwait is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south and Iraq to the north and west. The name of Kuwait is a diminutive of an Arabic word meaning "fortress built near water." It has a population of 4.1 million and an area of 17,818 km². Kuwait is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government and Kuwait City serves as its political and economic capital.

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