Military ranks of Somalia

The Military ranks of Somalia are the military insignia used by the Somali Armed Forces, whose rank insignia combine those used by Italy and the United Kingdom, which both maintained colonial possessions in this country. Rank insignia follow thus the British pattern, but has four warrant officer ranks following the US model. The highest rank is lieutenant general. The current person known to be holding this rank is Lt. Gen Bashir Mohamed Jama, head of the Custodial Corps (Somali: Ciidamada Asluubta).

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
Somalia Somalia
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No equivalent
15-Somali Army-MG.svg 14-Somali Army-BG.svg 13-Somali Army-COL.svg 12-Somali Army-LTC.svg 11-Somali Army-MAJ.svg 10-Somali Army-CPT.svg 09-Somali Army-1LT.svg 08-Somali Army-2LT.svg Unknown
Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
Somalia Somalia
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No equivalent
15-Somali Navy-MG.svg 14-Somali Navy-BG.svg 13-Somali Navy-COL.svg 12-Somali Navy-LTC.svg 11-Somali Navy-MAJ.svg 10-Somali Navy-CPT.svg 09-Somali Navy-1LT.svg 08-Somali Navy-2LT.svg Unknown
Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Ensign
Somalia Somalia
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No equivalent
15-Somali Air Force-MG.svg 14-Somali Air Force-BG.svg 13-Somali Air Force-COL.svg 12-Somali Air Force-LTC.svg 11-Somali Air Force-MAJ.svg 10-Somali Air Force-CPT.svg 09-Somali Air Force-1LT.svg 08-Somali Air Force-2LT.svg No equivalent
Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second 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

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
Somalia Somalia
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07-Somali Army-CWO.svg 06-Somali Army-WO3.svg 05-Somali Army-WO2.svg 04-Somali Army-WO1.svg 03-Somali Army-SGT No equivalent 02-Somali Army-CPL 01-Somali Army-PFC No insignia
Chief Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Warrant Officer Class 3 Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private
(or equivalent)
Somalia Somalia
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07-Somali Navy-CWO.svg 06-Somali Navy-WO3.svg 05-Somali Navy-WO2.svg 04-Somali Navy-WO1.svg 03-Somali Navy-SGT No equivalent 02-Somali Navy-CPL 01-Somali Navy-PFC No insignia
Chief Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Class 3 Warrant Officer Class 2 Warrant Officer Class 1 Petty officer, first class Petty officer, second class Leading seaman Seaman
Somalia Somalia
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07-Somali Air Force-CWO.svg 06-Somali Air Force-WO3.svg 05-Somali Air Force-WO2.svg 04-Somali Air Force-WO1.svg 03-Somali Air Force-SGT No equivalent 02-Somali Air Force-CPL 01-Somali Air Force-PFC No insignia
Chief Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Warrant Officer Class 3 Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Aircraftman
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

References

Somali Armed Forces

The Somali Armed Forces are the military forces of Somalia, officially known as the Federal Republic of Somalia. Headed by the President as Commander in Chief, they are constitutionally mandated to ensure the nation's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. Before the Somali civil war broke out, Somalia had the largest and strongest army in the African continent until the collapse of the central government during 1991.

The SAF was initially made up of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police Force. In the post-independence period, it grew to become among the larger militaries in Africa. Due to Barre's increasing reliance on his own clans, repressive policies, and the Somali Rebellion, the military had by 1988 begun to disintegrate. By the time President Siad Barre fled in 1991, the armed forces had dissolved. As of January 2014, the security sector is overseen by the Federal Government of Somalia's Ministry of Defence, Ministry of National Security, and Ministry of Interior and Federalism. The Somaliland, Puntland and Galmudug regional governments maintain their own security and police forces.

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