Military ranks of Namibia

The Military ranks of Namibia are the military insignia used by the Namibian Defence Force. Being a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, Namibia shares a rank structure similar to that of both the United Kingdom and South Africa.

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
Namibia Namibia
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No equivalent 16-Namibia Army-GEN.svg 15-Namibia Army-LG.svg 14-Namibia Army-MG.svg 13-Namibia Army-BG.svg 12-Namibia Army-COL.svg 11-Namibia Army-LTC.svg 10-Namibia Army-MAJ.svg 09-Namibia Army-CPT.svg 08-Namibia Army-1LT.svg 07-Namibia Army-2LT.svg Unknown
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant 2nd lieutenant
Namibia Namibia
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No equivalent
14-Namibia Navy-RADM.svg 13-Namibia Navy-RAJG.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 07.RNO-MIDN.svg
Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Ensign Midshipman
Namibia Namibia
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No equivalent
14-Namibia Air Force-AVM.svg 13-Namibia Air Force-AIRCDRE.svg 12-Namibia Air Force-GPCAPT.svg 11-Namibia Air Force-WGCDR.svg 10-Namibia Air Force-SQNLDR.svg 09-Namibia Air Force-FLTLT.svg 08-Namibia Air Force-FLGOFF.svg 07-Namibia Air Force-PLTOFF.svg No equivalent
Air vice marshal Air commodore Group captain Wing commander Squadron leader Flight lieutenant Flying officer Pilot officer
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
Namibia Namibia
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06-Namibia Army-WO1 05-Namibia Army-WO2 04-Namibia Army-SSG 03-Namibia Army-SGT No equivalent 02-Namibia Army-CPL 01-Namibia Army-LCPL No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Staff sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private
(or equivalent)
Namibia Namibia
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06-Namibia Navy-WO1 05-Namibia Navy-WO2 04-Namibia Navy-CPO 03-Namibia Navy-PO No equivalent 02-Namibia Navy-LS 01-Namibia Navy-AB No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Staff sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private
(or equivalent)
Namibia Namibia
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06-Namibia Air Force-WO1 05-Namibia Air Force-WO2 04-Namibia Air Force-FSG 03-Namibia Air Force-SGT No equivalent 02-Namibia Air Force-SAC 01-Namibia Air Force-LAC No insignia
Warrant officer 1st class Warrant officer 2nd class Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private
(or equivalent)
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

See also

References

Comparative Ranks of Apartheid States in Southern Africa

Rank comparison charts of armies/ land forces of apartheid states and territories in Southern Africa.

Namibian Defence Force

The Namibian Defence Force was created when South West Africa gained full independence from South Africa in 1990. The constitution of Namibia defines the role of the military as "defending the territory and national interests."

Namibia's military was born from the integration of the formerly belligerent People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), military wing of the South West African People's Organization, and the South West African Territorial Force (SWATF) - a security arm of the former South African administration. The British formulated the force integration plan and began training the NDF, which consists of five battalions and a small headquarters element. The United Nations Transitional Assistance Group (UNTAG)'s Kenyan infantry battalion remained in Namibia for three months after independence to assist in training the NDF and stabilize the north. Martin Shalli and Charles 'Ho Chi Minh' Namoloh were involved in the negotiations that allowed the Kenyan infantry battalion to remain for that period.

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