Military ranks of Republic of the Congo

The Military ranks of Republic of the Congo are the military insignia used by the Armed Forces of the Republic of the Congo. Being a former colony of France, Republic of the Congo shares a rank structure similar to that of France.

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
Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo
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No equivalent
16-ROCongo Army-LG.svg 15-ROCongo Army-MG.svg 14-ROCongo Army-BG.svg 13-ROCongo Army-COL.svg 12-ROCongo Army-LTC.svg 11-ROCongo Army-MAJ.svg 10-ROCongo Army-CPT.svg 09-ROCongo Army-1LT.svg 08-ROCongo Army-2LT.svg Unknown
Général de corps d'armée Général de division Général de brigade Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant
Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo
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No equivalent
16-ROCongo Navy-VADM.svg 15-ROCongo Navy-RADM.svg 14-ROCongo Navy-CDRE.svg 13-ROCongo Navy-CAPT.svg 12-ROCongo Navy-CDR.svg 11-ROCongo Navy-LCDR.svg 10-ROCongo Navy-LT.svg 09-ROCongo Navy-SLT.svg 08-ROCongo Navy-ENS.svg No equivalent
Vice-amiral d'escadre Vice-amiral Contre-amiral Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe
Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo
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No equivalent
16-ROCongo Air Force-LG.svg 15-ROCongo Air Force-MG.svg 14-ROCongo Air Force-BG.svg 13-ROCongo Air Force-COL.svg 12-ROCongo Air Force-LTC.svg 11-ROCongo Air Force-MAJ.svg 10-ROCongo Air Force-CPT.svg 09-ROCongo Air Force-1LT.svg 08-ROCongo Air Force-2LT.svg None.svg
Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet
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
Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo
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07-ROCongo Army-CWO.svg 06-ROCongo Army-WO.svg No equivalent 05-ROCongo Army-CSG.svg 04-ROCongo Army-SGT.svg 03-ROCongo Army-MCPL.svg 02-ROCongo Army-CPL.svg 01-ROCongo Army-PFC.svg No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Master Corporal
Caporal-chef
Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo
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07-ROCongo Navy-MCPO.svg 06-ROCongo Navy-SCPO.svg No equivalent 05-ROCongo Navy-CPO.svg 04-ROCongo Navy-PO1.svg 03-ROCongo Navy-PO2.svg 02-ROCongo Navy-PO3.svg 01-ROCongo Navy-SMN.svg No insignia
Master Chief Petty Officer
Maitre-principal
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Premier maitre
Chief Petty Officer
Maitre
Petty Officer 1st Class
Second maitre
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Quartier-maitre de 1ere classe
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Quartier-maitre de 2eme classe
Seaman
Matelot brevet
Seaman Apprentice
Matelot
Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo
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07-ROCongo Air Force-CWO.svg 06-ROCongo Air Force-WO.svg No equivalent 05-ROCongo Air Force-CSG.svg 04-ROCongo Air Force-SGT.svg 03-ROCongo Air Force-MCPL.svg 02-ROCongo Air Force-CPL.svg 01-ROCongo Air Force-PFC.svg No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat de première classe
Private
Soldat
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

References

Armed Forces of the Republic of the Congo

The Armed Forces of the Republic of the Congo (French: Forces armées de la République du Congo), also less formally denoted as the Forces armées congolaises or its acronym FAC, are the military forces of the Republic of the Congo. They consist of the Congolese Army, the Congolese Air Force, the Congolese Marine (Navy), and the Congolese National Gendarmerie. The dissolution of French Equatorial Africa in 1958, and France's impending military withdrawal from the Congo in August 1960, provided the impetuous for the formation of the FAC. The FAC and state paramilitary agencies are headed by an Armed Forces Chief of General Staff, usually appointed by the President of the Republic of the Congo. Major General Guy Blanchard Okoï has served as chief of staff since 2012.

The Congolese military was created on January 16, 1961, and reflected the nature of the colonial security forces, which recruited among the country's northern ethnic groups and were staffed by junior Bakongo officers and a handful of French senior commissioned officers. President Alphonse Massamba-Débat, who seized power in 1963, expelled all the French personnel and sidelined the military in favor of independent political militias, which were trained by Cuban troops. The militias and the Congo's civil defense corps were later integrated with the FAC as the Armée Nationale Populaire.

Under the People's Republic of the Congo, the FAC was again reorganized, with Mbochi career soldiers making up the bulk of the new officer corps; its effectiveness and standards, however, were gradually eroded by draconian political purges throughout the 1970s. A second major setback occurred during the 1990s, when mass desertions led to many FAC officers and enlisted troops joining regional militias. The FAC was reformed for the third time after the Second Congo War, incorporating many former rebels and militia combatants.

On 5 February 2012, there were munitions explosions at a tank regiment (seemingly 'Regiment Blinde') barracks located in Brazzaville's fifth arrondissement, Ouenze. Some 206 people were initially reported killed. There are five military barracks in the city, and after the explosion officials said the government had promised to move all munitions out of the capital.

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.

Military ranks and insignia by country
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