Ranks and insignia of NATO air forces officers

The following table lists the ranks and insignia of officers in NATO air forces.

Officers (OF 1 - 10)

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
Albania Albania
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No equivalent
ALB-Airforce-OF-8.svg ALB-Airforce-OF-7.svg ALB-Airforce-OF-6.svg ALB-Airforce-OF-5.svg ALB-Airforce-OF-4.svg ALB-Airforce-OF-3.svg ALB-Airforce-OF-2.svg ALB-Airforce-OF-1b.svg ALB-Airforce-OF-1a.svg Unknown
Gjenerallejtnant Gjeneralmajor Gjeneralbrigad Kolonel Nënkolonel Major Kapiten Toger Nëntoger
Belgium Belgium
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No equivalent BE-Air Force-OF9.svg BE-Air Force-OF8.svg BE-Air Force-OF7.svg BE-Air Force-OF6.svg BE-Air Force-OF5.svg BE-Air Force-OF4.svg BE-Air Force-OF3.svg BE-Air Force-OF2a.svg BE-Air Force-OF2b.svg BE-Air Force-OF1a.svg BE-Air Force-OF1b.svg No equivalent
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Commandant Captain Lieutenant Sub-lieutenant
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Brigadegeneraal Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein-commandant Kapitein Luitenant Onderluitenant
Général Lieutenant général Général-major Général de Brigade Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Capitaine-commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant
Bulgaria Bulgaria
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No equivalent Rank insignia of Генерал of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Генерал-лейтенант of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Генерал-майор of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Бригаден генерал of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Полковник of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Подполковник of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Майор of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Капитан of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Старши лейтенант of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Лейтенант of the Bulgarian Air forces.png No equivalent
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Senior Lieutenant Lieutenant
Генерал Генерал-лейтенант Генерал-майор Бригаден генерал Полковник Подполковник Майор Капитан Старши лейтенант Лейтенант Младши лейтенант
Canada Canada
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No equivalent Canada-Air force-OF-9-collected Canada-Air force-OF-8-collected Canada-Air force-OF-7-collected Canada-Air force-OF-6-collected Canadian RCAF OF-5.svg Canadian RCAF OF-4.svg Canadian RCAF OF-3.svg Canadian RCAF OF-2.svg Canadian RCAF OF-1b.svg Canadian RCAF OF-1a.svg Canadian RCAF OF (D).svg No equivalent
General Lieutenant-general Major-general Brigadier-general Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second lieutenant Officer cadet
Général Lieutenant-général Major-général Finnigan-général Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant Élève-officier
Croatia Croatia
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Naramenica službene odore stožernog generala HRZ i PZO.svg Naramenica službene odore generala zbora HRZ i PZO.svg Naramenica službene odore generala pukovnika HRZ i PZO.svg Naramenica službene odore generala bojnika HRZ i PZO.svg Naramenica službene odore brigadnog generala HRZ i PZO.svg Naramenica službene odore brigadira HRZ i PZO.svg Naramenica službene odore pukovnika HRZ i PZO.svg Naramenica službene odore bojnika HRZ i PZO.svg Naramenica službene odore satnika HRZ i PZO.svg Naramenica službene odore natporučnika HRZ i PZO.svg Naramenica službene odore poručnika HRZ i PZO.svg No equivalent
Stožerni general General zbora General pukovnik General bojnik Brigadni general Brigadir Pukovnik Bojnik Satnik Natporučnik Poručnik
Czech Republic Czech Republic
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No equivalent Czech-Airforce OF-9.svg Czech-Airforce OF-8.svg Czech-Airforce OF-7.svg Czech-Airforce OF-6.svg Czech-Airforce OF-5.svg Czech-Airforce OF-4.svg Czech-Airforce OF-3.svg Czech-Airforce OF-2.svg Czech-Airforce OF-1b.svg Czech-Airforce OF-1a.svg No equivalent
Armádní generál Generálporučík Generálmajor Brigádní generál Plukovník Podplukovník Major Kapitán Nadporučík Poručík
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
Denmark Denmark
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No equivalent RDAF Gen.svg RDAF Lt Gen.svg RDAF Maj Gen.svg RDAF Brig Gen.svg RDAF Col.svg RDAF Lt Col.svg RDAF Maj.svg RDAF Capt.svg RDAF 1st Lt.svg RDAF Fly Off.svg RDAF 2nd Lt.svg No equivalent
General Generalløjtnant Generalmajor Brigadegeneral Oberst Oberstløjtnant Major Kaptajn Premierløjtnant Løjtnant Sekondløjtnant
Estonia Estonia
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No equivalent Estonia-AirForce-OF-9.svg Estonia-AirForce-OF-8.svg Estonia-AirForce-OF-7.svg Estonia-AirForce-OF-6.svg Estonia-AirForce-OF-5.svg Estonia-AirForce-OF-4.svg Estonia-AirForce-OF-3.svg Estonia-AirForce-OF-2.svg Estonia-AirForce-OF-1b.svg Estonia-AirForce-OF-1a.svg Estonia-AirForce-OF-(D).svg No equivalent
Kindral Kindralleitnant Kindralmajor Brigaadikindral Kolonel Kolonelleitnant Major Kapten Leitnant Nooremleitnant Lipnik
France France
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No equivalent French Air Force-général d'armée aérienne.svg French Air Force-général de corps aérien.svg French Air Force-général de division aérienne.svg French Air Force-général de brigade aérienne.svg French Air Force-colonel.svg French Air Force-lieutenant-colonel.svg French Air Force-commandant.svg French Air Force-capitaine.svg French Air Force-lieutenant.svg French Air Force-sous-lieutenant.svg French Air Force-aspirant.svg French Air Force-élève officier.svg
Général d´armée aérienne Général de corps aérien Général de division aérienne Général de brigade aérienne Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant Aspirant Élève-officier
Germany Germany
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No Equivalent LD B 64 General.svg LD B 63 Generalleutnant.svg LD B 62 Generalmajor.svg LD B 61 Brigadegeneral.svg LD B 53 Oberst.svg LD B 52 Oberstleutnant.svg LD B 51 Major.svg LD B 44 Stabshauptmann.svg LD B 43 Hauptmann.svg LD B 42 Oberleutnant.svg LD B 41 Leutnant.svg LD B 33a Oberfähnrich.svg LD B 31a Fähnrich.svg LD B 21a Fahnenjunker.svg Enlisted rank plus bottom thin silver
cord indicating cadet's career
General Generalleutnant Generalmajor Brigadegeneral Oberst Oberstleutnant Major Stabshauptmann Hauptmann Oberleutnant Leutnant Oberfähnrich Fähnrich Fahnenjunker
Greece Greece
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No equivalent Hellenic Air Force OF-9.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-8.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-7.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-6.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-5.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-4.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-3.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-2.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-1A.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-1B.svg No equivalent
Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice-Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer
Πτέραρχος Αντιπτέραρχος Υποπτέραρχος Ταξίαρχος Σμήναρχος Αντισμήναρχος Επισμηναγός Σμηναγός Υποσμηναγός Ανθυποσμηναγός
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
Hungary Hungary
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No equivalent Rank Army Hungary OF-09.svg Rank Army Hungary OF-08.svg Rank Army Hungary OF-07.svg Rank Army Hungary OF-06.svg Rank Army Hungary OF-05.svg Rank Army Hungary OF-04.svg Rank Army Hungary OF-03.svg Rank Army Hungary OF-02.svg Rank Army Hungary OF-01b.svg Rank Army Hungary OF-01a.svg No equivalent No insignia
Colonel General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
Vezér­ezredes Altáb­ornagy Vezér­őrnagy Dandár­tábornok Ezredes Alezredes Őrnagy Százados Főhadnagy Hadnagy Honvéd­tisztje­lölt
 Iceland No air force
Italy Italy
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IT-Airforce-OF-10.png IT-Airforce-OF-9s.png IT-Airforce-OF-9.png IT-Airforce-OF-8.png IT-Airforce-OF-7.png IT-Airforce-OF-5.png IT-Airforce-OF-4.png IT-Airforce-OF-3.png IT-Airforce-OF3s.png IT-Airforce-OF3.png IT-Airforce-OF2.png IT-Airforce-OF1.png No equivalent
Generale
awarded only to the Chief of Defense Staff
Generale di Squadra Aerea con Incarichi Speciali Generale di Squadra Aerea Generale di Divisione Aerea Generale di Brigata Aerea Colonnello Tenente Colonnello Maggiore Primo capitano Capitano Tenente Sottotenente
Latvia Latvia
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No equivalent
17.LVAF-LG.svg 16.LVAF-MG.svg 15-LVAF-BG.svg 14.LVAF-COL.svg 13.LVAF-LTC.svg 12.LVAF-MAJ.svg 11.LVAF-CPT.svg 10.LVAF-1LT.svg 9.LVAF-2LT.svg No equivalent
Ģenerālleitnants Ģenerālmajors Brigādes Ģenerālis Pulkvedis Pulkvežleitnants Majors Kapteinis Virsleitnants Leitnants
Lithuania Lithuania
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No equivalent
21-Lithuania Air Force-LG.svg 20-Lithuania Air Force-MG.svg 19-Lithuania Air Force-BG.svg 18-Lithuania Air Force-COL.svg 17-Lithuania Air Force-LTC.svg 16-Lithuania Air Force-MAJ.svg 15-Lithuania Air Force-CPT.svg 14-Lithuania Air Force-1LT.svg 13-Lithuania Air Force-2LT.svg No equivalent None.svg
Generolas leitenantas Generolas majoras Brigados generolas Pulkininkas Pulkininkas leitenantas Majoras Kapitonas Vyresnysis leitenantas Leitenantas Kariūnas
 Luxembourg No air force
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
Montenegro Montenegro
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No equivalent 19-Montenegro Air Force-GEN.svg 18-Montenegro Air Force-LG.svg 17-Montenegro Air Force-MG.svg 16-Montenegro Air Force-BG.svg 15-Montenegro Air Force-COL.svg 14-Montenegro Air Force-LTC.svg 13-Montenegro Air Force-MAJ.svg 12-Montenegro Air Force-CPT.svg 11-Montenegro Air Force-1LT.svg 10-Montenegro Air Force-2LT.svg No equivalent
General Pukovnik General Potpukovnik General Major Brigardir General Pukovnik Potpukovnik Major Kapetan Poručnik Potporučnik
Netherlands Netherlands
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No equivalent Netherlands-AirForce-OF-9.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-8.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-7.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-6.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-5.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-4.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-3.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-2.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-1b.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-1a.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-(D).svg No equivalent
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Commodore Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein Eerste-luitenant Tweede-luitenant Vaandrig
Norway Norway
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No equivalent Norway-air force-OF-9.svg Norway-air force-OF-8.svg Norway-air force-OF-7.svg Norway-air force-OF-6.svg Norway-air force-OF-5.svg Norway-air force-OF-4.svg Norway-air force-OF-3.svg Norway-air force-OF-2.svg Norway-air force-OF-1b.svg Norway-air force-OF-1a.svg No equivalent
General Generalløytnant Generalmajor Brigader Oberst Oberstløytnant Major Kaptein Løytnant Fenrik
Poland Poland
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Army-POL-OF-10.svg Rank insignia of generał of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of generał broni of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of generał dywizji of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of generał brygady of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of pułkownik of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of podpułkownik of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of major of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of kapitan of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of porucznik of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of podporucznik of the Air Force of Poland.svg No equivalent Various
Marszałek Polski1 Generał Generał broni Generał dywizji Generał brygady Pułkownik Podpułkownik Major Kapitan Porucznik Podporucznik Podchorąży
Portugal Portugal
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Portugal-AirForce-OF-10.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-9.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-8.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-7.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-6.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-5.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-4.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-3.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-2.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-1b.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-1a.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-(D).svg Various
Marechal1 General Tenente General Major General Brigadeiro General Coronel Tenente Coronel Major Capitão Tenente Alferes Aspirante-a-Oficial Cadete Aluno
Romania Romania
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Romania-Army-OF-10.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-9.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-8.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-7.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-6.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-5.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-4.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-3.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-2.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-1b.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-1a.svg No equivalent
Mareșal1 General General-Locotenent General-Maior General de Flotilă Aeriană Comandor Căpitan-Comandor Locotenent-Comandor Căpitan Locotenent Sublocotenent
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
Slovakia Slovakia
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No equivalent SVK-Air Force-OF-09.svg SVK-Air Force-OF-08.svg SVK-Air Force-OF-07.svg SVK-Air Force-OF-06.svg SVK-Air Force-OF-05.svg SVK-Air Force-OF-04.svg SVK-Air Force-OF-03.svg SVK-Air Force-OF-02.svg SVK-Air Force-OF-01b.svg SVK-Air Force-OF-01a.svg No equivalent
Generál Generálporučík[note 1] Generálmajor Brigádny Generál Plukovník Podplukovník Major Kapitán Nadporučík Poručík
Slovenia Slovenia
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No equivalent 21-Slovenian Air Force-GEN.svg 20-Slovenian Air Force-LG.svg 19-Slovenian Air Force-MG.svg 18-Slovenian Air Force-BG.svg 17-Slovenian Air Force-COL.svg 16-Slovenian Air Force-LTC.svg 15-Slovenian Air Force-MAJ.svg 14-Slovenian Air Force-CPT.svg 13-Slovenian Air Force-1LT.svg 12-Slovenian Air Force-2LT.svg No equivalent
General polkovnik Generalpodpolkovnik Generalmajor Brigadir General Polkovnik Podpolkovnik Major Stotnik Nadporočnik Poročnik
Spain Spain
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SP-10 Capitán General del Aire.svg SP-09 General del Aire.svg SP-08 Teniente General EA.svg SP-07 General de Division EA.svg SP-06 General de Brigada EA.svg SP-05 Coronel EA.svg SP-04 Teniente Coronel EA.svg SP-03 Comandante EA.svg SP-02 Capitán EA.svg SP-01 Teniente EA.svg SP-01 Alférez EA.svg Alférez Alumno de Quinta EA.svg Alférez Alumno de Cuarta EA.svg Alférez Alumno de Tercera EA.svg Cadete de Segunda EA.svg Cadete de Primera EA.svg
Capitán General[note 2] General del Aire Teniente General General de División General de Brigada Coronel Teniente Coronel Comandante Capitán Teniente Alférez Oficial Cadete Alumno
Turkey Turkey
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Turkey-army-OF-10.svg Turkey-air-force-OF-9a.svg Turkey-air-force-OF-8.svg Turkey-air-force-OF-7.svg Turkey-air-force-OF-6.svg Turkey-air-force-OF-5.svg Turkey-air-force-OF-4.svg Turkey-air-force-OF-3.svg Turkey-air-force-OF-2.svg Turkey-air-force-OF-1b.svg Turkey-air-force-OF-1a.svg Turkey-air-force-OF-(D).svg Various [note 3]
Mareşal Orgeneral Korgeneral Tümgeneral Tuğgeneral Albay Yarbay Binbaşı Yüzbaşı Üsteğmen Teğmen Asteğmen Harbiyeli
United Kingdom United Kingdom
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United Kingdom-Air force-OF-10-collected United Kingdom-Air force-OF-9-collected United Kingdom-Air force-OF-8-collected United Kingdom-Air force-OF-7-collected United Kingdom-Air force-OF-6-collected British RAF OF-5.svg British RAF OF-4.svg British RAF OF-3.svg British RAF OF-2.svg British RAF OF-1b.svg British RAF OF-1a.svg UK-RAF-OFD.svg No equivalent
Marshal of the RAF1 Air chief marshal Air marshal Air vice-marshal Air commodore Group captain Wing commander Squadron leader Flight lieutenant Flying officer Pilot officer
/acting pilot officer
Officer cadet
United States United States
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US Air Force O11 shoulderboard with seal.svg US Air Force O10 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O9 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O8 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O7 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O6 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O5 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O4 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O3 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O2 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O1 shoulderboard.svg Various Various
General of the Air Force1 General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier general Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain First lieutenant Second lieutenant Officer trainee Officer cadet
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
  • 1 Honorary/War time rank.

Note that the NATO officer rank codes (OF-1 to OF-10) are differently numbered from the US officer rank codes (O-1 to O-10).

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The appropriate branch of service badge is pinned just under the top button of the for all ranks excluding full General.
  2. ^ The King only
  3. ^ Student officer insignia denotes school grade rather than military seniority.

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Air force officer rank insignia

To assist in the comparison of different countries' air force officer rank insignia, NATO rank codes have been used. These are established codes for determining the seniority of officer and other ranks in NATO countries for a particular joint task group or command structure, although specific appointments designate a higher level of seniority over other equivalent rank codes in a given situation. Officer ranks go from OF-1 up to OF-10; OF(D) being a special category for trainee officers awaiting a commission. The system should not be confused with the pay grades used in the US military.

While countries outside the NATO command structure (including some NATO member countries such as France) do not strictly fall into this classification structure and there may be instances of overlap the codes still provide a useful gauge in determining what ranks are broadly equivalent.

1 Honorary/War time rank.

2 Rank no longer in use.Note that the NATO officer rank codes (OF-1 to OF-10) are differently numbered from the US officer rank codes (O-1 to O-11).

Comparative air force enlisted ranks of the Commonwealth

Rank comparison chart of air forces of Commonwealth of Nations states.

Comparative air force officer ranks of Africa

Rank comparison chart of air forces of African states.

Comparative air force officer ranks of Europe

Rank comparison chart of all air forces of European states.

Comparative air force officer ranks of the Commonwealth

Rank comparison chart of air forces of Commonwealth of Nations states.

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.

Ranks and insignia of NATO

Ranks and insignia of NATO are combined military insignia used by the member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The rank scale is used for specifying posts within NATO.

Ranks and insignia of NATO air forces enlisted

The following are the ranks and insignia of NATO Air Forces Enlisted personnel for each member nation.

Ranks and insignia of NATO armies enlisted

This page lists the enlisted ranks and insignia of NATO member armies.

For the comparison chart of the commissioned officers, see:

Ranks and insignia of NATO armies officers

Ranks and insignia of NATO armies officers

Commissioned officers' rank comparison chart of all land forces of NATO member states.

For the comparison chart of the enlisted, non-commissioned officers (NCO), see:

Ranks and insignia of NATO armies enlisted

Ranks and insignia of NATO navies' officers

Each officer rank in the navy of a NATO country may be compared with the ranks used by any military service in other NATO countries, under a standardized NATO rank scale. This is useful, for instance, in establishing seniority amongst officers serving alongside each other within multinational command structures.

The grades, prefixed OF- (commissioned officers) and WO- (warrant officers) were established in the document STANAG 2116, formally titled NATO Codes for Grades of Military Personnel.

In many navies, two separate ranks fall within the OF-1 grade. These particular ranks, known by various names in different navies, are commonly given the less formal grades of "OF-1a" (more senior) and "OF-1b" (less senior).

Ranks and insignia of NATO navies enlisted

This table shows the ranks and insignia of NCOs and Seaman in the navies of member countries of NATO. NATO maintains a "standard rank scale" in an attempt to match every member country's military rank to corresponding ranks used by the other members. The rank categories were established in the document STANAG 2116, formally titled NATO Codes for Grades of Military Personnel.

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