Military ranks of the Lao People's Armed Forces

The following tables present the ranks of the Lao People's Armed Forces, which, as a former French dominion, follow a rank system similar to those used by the French Armed Forces. The design closely follows the Soviet pattern, with two important exceptions: 1) senior officers have a broad coloured stripe instead of two narrow stripes used in the Soviet model; 2) stars are of equal size for all the ranks.

Laos land forces

Officers
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) & Student officer
Laos Laos
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No equivalent 14.LPAF-GEN.png 13.LPAF-LG.png 12.LPAF-MG.png 11.LPAF-BG.png 10.LPAF-COL.png 9.LPAF-LTCOL.png 8.LPAF-MAJ.png 7.LPAF-CPT.png 6.LPAF-LT.png 5.LPAF-2LT.png Unknown
General
(ພົນເອກ)
Lieutenant general
(ພົນໂທ)
Major general
(ພົນຕີ)
Brigadier general
(ພົນຈັດຕະວາ)
Colonel
(ພັນເອກ)
Lieutenant Colonel
(ພັນໂທ)
Major
(ພັນຕີ)
Captain
(ຮ້ອຍເອກ)
Lieutenant
(ຮ້ອຍໂທ)
Second Lieutenant
(ຮ້ອຍຕີ)
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Laos Laos
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No equivalent
4.LPAF-SGT.png 3.LPAF-CPL.png No equivalent 2.LPAF-PFC.png 1.LPAF-PV.png
Sergeant
ສິບເອກ
Corporal
ສິບໂທ
Private First Class
ສິບຕຣີ
Private
ພົນທະຫານ

Laos riverine force

Officers
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
Laos Laos No equivalent 14.LPRF-GEN.png 13.LPRF-LG.png 12.LPRF-MG.png 11.LPRF-BG.png 10.LPRF-COL.png 9.LPRF-LTCOL.png 8.LPRF-MAJ.png 7.LPRF-CPT.png 6.LPRF-LT.png 5.LPRF-2LT.png Unknown
General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier general Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
Lao ພົນເອກ ພົນໂທ ພົນຕີ ພົນຈັດຕະວາ ພັນເອກ ພັນໂທ ພັນຕີ ຮ້ອຍເອກ ຮ້ອຍໂທ ຮ້ອຍຕີ
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Laos Laos No equivalent
4.LPRF-SGT.png 3.LPRF-CPL.png No equivalent 2.LPRF-PFC.png 1.LPRF-PV.png
Sergeant
ສິບເອກ
Corporal
ສິບໂທ
Leading Seaman
ສິບຕຣີ
Seaman
ພົນທະຫານ

Laos air force

Officers
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
Laos Laos
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No equivalent 14.LPLAAF-GEN.png 13.LPLAAF-LG.png 12.LPLAAF-MG.png 11.LPLAAF-BG.png 10.LPLAAF-COL.png 9.LPLAAF-LTCOL.png 8.LPLAAF-MAJ.png 7.LPLAAF-CPT.png 6.LPLAAF-LT.png 5.LPLAAF-2LT.png Unknown
General
(ພົນເອກ)
Lieutenant general
(ພົນໂທ)
Major general
(ພົນຕີ)
Brigadier general
(ພົນຈັດຕະວາ)
Colonel
(ພັນເອກ)
Lieutenant Colonel
(ພັນໂທ)
Major
(ພັນຕີ)
Captain
(ຮ້ອຍເອກ)
Lieutenant
(ຮ້ອຍໂທ)
Second Lieutenant
(ຮ້ອຍຕີ)
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Laos Laos
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No equivalent
4.LPLAAF-SGT.png 3.LPLAAF-CPL.png No equivalent 2.LPLAAF-PFC.png 1.LPLAAF-PV.png
Sergeant Corporal Private
First Class
Private

References

Lao People's Armed Forces

The Lao People's Armed Forces (LPAF) is the name of the armed forces of the Lao People's Democratic Republic and the institution of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, who are charged with protecting the country.

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.

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