Ranks and insignia of Royal Danish Army

The Ranks and insignia of Royal Danish Army follows the NATO system of ranks and insignia, as does the rest of the Danish Defence.

Current ranks

The current insignia for the Royal Danish Army was introduced along with the introduction of the MultiCam uniform. This sand coloured insignia replaced the older standard green slip-on and all other special slip-ons.[1]

Officers

The highest officer's rank is OF-9 (General) which is reserved for the Chief of Defence (only when this seat is occupied by an army officer). Similarly, OF-8 (Lieutenant general) is reserved for the Vice Chief of Defence). OF-7 (Major general) is used by the Chief of the Royal Danish Army and OF-6 (Brigadegeneral) by the chief of a brigade as well as keepers of high-office positions.

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 Denmark-Army-OF-9-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-8-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-7-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-6-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-5-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-4-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-3-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-2-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-1b-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-1a-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-(D)-M11.svg No equivalent
General Generalløjtnant Generalmajor Brigadegeneral Oberst Oberstløjtnant Major Kaptajn Premierløjtnant Løjtnant Sekondløjtnant
Danish Pay Grade[2] M406 M405 M404 M403 M402 M401 M332
M331
M322
M321 M312 M311 M310

Medical personnel

Insignia used by physicians, dentists and veterinarians.[3]

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
Shoulder straps No equivalent
Denmark-Army-OF-6-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-5-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-4-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-3-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-2-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-1b-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-1a-M11.svg
Position Surgeon general Staff physician 1st class
Staff veterinarian
Staff physician 2nd class
Staff veterinarian
Chief Physician Staff Specialist Resident 1st class Resident 2nd class Resident 3rd class
Rank designation Brigadegeneral Oberst Oberstløjtnant Major Kaptajn Premierløjtnant Løjtnant

Enlisted

The Danish OR's also follow the NATO system, though there are no OR-6's. OR-4 (Korporal) is the highest of the M100-level ranks and is not considered a NCO-rank.

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Denmark Denmark
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Denmark-Army-OR-9c-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OR-9a-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OR-8a-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OR-7-M11.svg No equivalent Denmark-Army-OR-5-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OR-5a-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OR-4-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OR-3-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OR-2-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OR-1-M11.svg
Hærchefsergenten Chefsergent Seniorsergent Oversergent Sergent Officerselev
Sergent
Korporal Overkonstabel af 1. grad Overkonstabel Konstabel
Danish Pay Grade[2] M232 M231 M221 M212 M211 M113 M112
Other rank insignia
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-5 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Shoulder board Denmark-Army-OR-9b-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OR-8b-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OR-5(D)-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OR-3b-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OR-2b-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OR-1c-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OR-(D)-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OR-1a-M11.svg
Danish Regiments-, brigade- og skole Chefsergent Regiments- og brigade-, Seniorsergent Sergentelev Overkonstabel 1. grad, gruppefører Overkonstabel, gruppefører Konstabel, gruppefører Konstabel elev Værnepligtig menig, gruppefører
English Command sergeant major Command sergeant major Sergeant trainee Lance corporal, section commander Private first class, section commander Private, section commander Private recruit Conscript, section commander

Clerical personnel

Denmark-Army-Dean-M58

Army Dean

Denmark-Army-Chaplain-M58

Army Chaplain

Denmark-Army-ConscriptChaplain-M58

Army Conscript Chaplain

Types of ranks

Rank Flag of NATO.svg
NATO
Rank insignia
M/58 M/69 TAN499 M/06 M/11
Woodland Desert
Chefsergent OR-9 Rank insignia of chefsergent of the Royal Danish Army.svg Army DK OR 09 M69.png Denmark-Army-OR-9a-TAN499.svg Army DK OR 09 M48.jpeg Army DK OR 09 M01.png Denmark-Army-OR-9a-M11.svg

Historical ranks

Danske-Uniformer-fra-Hær-og-Flaade-14
Army insignia from around 1911
Denmark-Army-CoD

Chief of Defence insignia between 1984-85[4]

Seniorsergent af 1. grad
(Warrant Officer Class 1)

Seniorsergent af 2. grad
(Warrant Officer Class 2)

Oversergent
(Sergeant first class)

Historical rank insignia of Værnepligtig Korporal of the Royal Danish Army

Værnepligtig Korporal
(Conscripted corporal)

Timeline of change

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
1915-1923
[5][6]
No equivalent Danish-Army-OF-9-M15 Danish-Army-OF-8-M15 Danish-Army-OF-7-M15 No equivalent Danish-Army-OF-5-M15 Danish-Army-OF-4-M15 No equivalent Danish-Army-OF-2-M15 Danish-Army-OF-1b-M15 Danish-Army-OF-1a-M15 Danish-Army-OF-(D)-M15
General Generalløjtnant Generalmajor Oberst Oberstløjtnant Kaptajn Premierløjtnant Løjtnant af Reserven Sekondløjtnant
1923-1958
[7]
Danish-Army-OF-9-M23.svg Danish-Army-OF-8-M23.svg Danish-Army-OF-7-M23.svg Danish-Army-OF-5-M23.svg Danish-Army-OF-4-M23.svg Danish-Army-OF-2b-M23.svg Danish-Army-OF-2a-M23.svg Danish-Army-OF-1b-M23.svg Danish-Army-OF-1a-M23.svg Danish-Army-OF-(D)-M23.svg
General Generalløjtnant Generalmajor Oberst Oberstløjtnant Kaptajn Kaptajnløjtnant Premierløjtnant Løjtnant af Reserven Sekondløjtnant
1958-1962
[8]
Danish-Army-OF-9-M58.svg Danish-Army-OF-8-M58.svg Danish-Army-OF-7-M58.svg Danish-Army-OF-5-M58.svg Danish-Army-OF-4-M58.svg Danish-Army-OF-2b-M58.svg Danish-Army-OF-2a-M58.svg Danish-Army-OF-1b-M58.svg Danish-Army-OF-1a-M58.svg Danish-Army-OF-(D)-M58.svg
General Generalløjtnant Generalmajor Oberst Oberstløjtnant Kaptajn Kaptajnløjtnant Premierløjtnant Løjtnant af Reserven Sekondløjtnant
1962-1983 Rank insignia of generalløjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of generalmajor of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of brigadegeneral of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of oberst of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of oberstløjnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of major of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of kaptajn of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of premierløjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of Løjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of sekondløjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg
General Generalløjtnant Generalmajor Oberst Oberstløjtnant Major Kaptajn Premierløjtnant Løjtnant af Reserven Sekondløjtnant
1983-1986 Denmark-Army-CoD.svg Rank insignia of generalløjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of generalmajor of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of brigadegeneral of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of oberst of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of oberstløjnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of major of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of kaptajn of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of premierløjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of Løjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of sekondløjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg
1986-1989
[9]
Denmark-Army-CoD.svg Rank insignia of generalløjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of generalmajor of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of brigadegeneral of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of oberst of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of oberstløjnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of major of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of kaptajn of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of premierløjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of Løjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg No equivalent
1989-2009 Rank insignia of general of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of generalløjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of generalmajor of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of brigadegeneral of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of oberst of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of oberstløjnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of major of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of kaptajn of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of premierløjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of Løjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg
2009-2018 Rank insignia of general of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of generalløjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of generalmajor of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of brigadegeneral of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of oberst of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of oberstløjnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of major of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of kaptajn of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of premierløjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of Løjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg Rank insignia of sekondløjtnant of the Royal Danish Army.svg
2018-present Denmark-Army-OF-9-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-8-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-7-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-6-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-5-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-4-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-3-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-2-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-1b-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-1a-M11.svg Denmark-Army-OF-(D)-M11.svg
General Generalløjtnant Generalmajor Brigadegeneral Oberst Oberstløjtnant Major Kaptajn Premierløjtnant Løjtnant Sekondløjtnant

References

  1. ^ Hærchefsergent (July 2018). "Gradstegn og anden distinktionering". Uniformsbestemmelser for hæren (UBH) Jul 2018 (in Danish).
  2. ^ a b "Historik". forpers.dk (in Danish). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  3. ^ Hærchefsergent (July 2018). "Gradstegn og anden distinktionering". Uniformsbestemmelser for hæren (UBH) Jul 2018 (in Danish). p. 17.
  4. ^ Hedegaard, Ole A. (1 January 1986). "Nyt militært gradstegn - en ny/gammel tradition!". Krigsvidenskab.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  5. ^ Finsted, Per. "Supplement til Danske Uniformer for Hær og Flaade, 1916". chakoten.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Royal Danish Army - 1915 field uniform". Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  7. ^ Hillmos, Finn. "Hærens grads tegn 1923" (PDF). chakoten.dk. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Kaptajn". Den Danske Ordbog (in Danish). Det Danske Sprog- og Litteraturselskab. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Sekondløjtnant". Den Danske Ordbog. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
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