Rank and insignia of the Tanzanian Armed Forces

The military ranks of Tanzania are the military insignia used by the Tanzania People's Defence Force. Being a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, Tanzania shares a rank structure similar to that of the United Kingdom, however the Army and Air Force both use the British Army rank system, with differences in the enlisted ranks.

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
Tanzania Tanzania
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No equivalent 17-Tanzania Army-GEN.svg 16-Tanzania Army-LG.svg 15-Tanzania Army-MG.svg 14-Tanzania Army-BG.svg 13-Tanzania Army-COL.svg 12-Tanzania Army-LTC.svg 11-Tanzania Army-MAJ.svg 10-Tanzania Army-CPT.svg 09-Tanzania Army-1LT.svg 08-Tanzania Army-2LT.svg 07-Tanzania Army-OC.svg
General
Jenerali
Lieutenant General
Luteni Jenerali
Major General
Meja Jenerali
Brigadier General
Brigedia Jenerali
Colonel
Kanali
Lieutenant Colonel
Luteni Kanali
Major
Meja
Captain
Kapteni
Lieutenant
Luteni
2nd lieutenant
Luteni usu
Officer candidate
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No equivalent
Generic-Navy-O10.svg Generic-Navy-O9.svg Generic-Navy-O8.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 No equivalent
Vice admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Ensign
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No equivalent 17-Tanzania Air Force-GEN.svg 16-Tanzania Air Force-LG.svg 15-Tanzania Air Force-MG.svg 14-Tanzania Air Force-BG.svg 13-Tanzania Air Force-COL.svg 12-Tanzania Air Force-LTC.svg 11-Tanzania Air Force-MAJ.svg 10-Tanzania Air Force-CPT.svg 09-Tanzania Air Force-1LT.svg 08-Tanzania Air Force-2LT.svg 07-Tanzania Air Force-OC.svg
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer candidate
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
Tanzania Tanzania
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06-Tanzania Army-WO1 05-Tanzania Army-WO2 04-Tanzania Army-SSG 03-Tanzania Army-SGT No equivalent 02-Tanzania Army-CPL 01-Tanzania Army-LCPL No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Afisa Mteule Daraja la Kwanza
Warrant Officer Class 2
Afisa Mteule Daraja la Pili
Staff Sergeant
Sajinitaji
Sergeant
Sajenti
Corporal
Koplo
Lance Corporal
Koplo Usu
Private
(or equivalent)
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06-Tanzania Navy-WO1 05-Tanzania Navy-WO2 04-Tanzania Navy-SSG 03-Tanzania Navy-SGT No equivalent 02-Tanzania Navy-CPL 01-Tanzania Navy-LCPL No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Afisa Mteule Daraja la Kwanza
Warrant Officer Class 2
Afisa Mteule Daraja la Pili
Chief petty officer
Sajinitaji
Petty officer, first class
Sajenti
Petty officer, second class
Koplo
Leading seaman
Koplo Usu
Seaman
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06-Tanzania Air Force-WO1 05-Tanzania Air Force-WO2 04-Tanzania Air Force-SSG 03-Tanzania Air Force-SGT No equivalent 02-Tanzania Air Force-CPL 01-Tanzania Air Force-LCPL No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Maafisa Wateule 1
Warrant Officer Class 2
Maafisa Wateule 2
Flight Sergeant
Sajenti Kuruka
Sergeant
Sajenti
Corporal
Koplo
Lance Corporal
Koplo Mdogo
Aircraftsman
Mtu Ndege
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

References

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.

Tanzania People's Defence Force

The Tanzania People’s Defence Force (TPDF) (Kiswahili: Jeshi la Wananchi wa Tanzania (JWTZ)) is the armed forces of Tanzania. They were set up in September 1964, following a mutiny by the former colonial military force: the Tanganyika Rifles. From its inception, it was ingrained in the troops of the new TPDF that they were a people’s force under civilian control. Unlike some of its neighbors, Tanzania has never suffered a coup d'état or civil war.

The TPDF was given a specific mission: to defend Tanzania and everything Tanzanian, especially the people and their political ideology. Tanzanian citizens are able to volunteer for military service from 15 years of age, and 18 years of age for compulsory military service upon graduation from secondary school. Conscript service obligation was 2 years as of 2004.

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