Ranks in the French Air Force

Rank insignia in the French air force are worn on the sleeve or on shoulder marks of uniforms

Officers

Although they all wear the same insignia and titles, officers are divided into:

  • Regular officers of the air force
  • Officers of the Armed Forces Commisariat Corps
  • Officers of the technical and administrative corps of the armed forces

Généraux - general officers

Officiers supérieurs - senior officers

Colonel

French Air Force-colonel.svg
The word colonel originates in the medieval term capitaine colonel, "the head (officer) of a column" (=regiment). Lieutenant-colonel is the one who can "hold the place" of a colonel in his absence (lieu-tenant, from tenir lieu which means to hold the place). The word chef or "chief" in English comes from the Latin word caput meaning "head".

Lieutenant-colonel

French Air Force-lieutenant-colonel.svg
The lieutenant-colonel has the same responsibilities as a colonel. They were called major during the First French Empire.

Commandant

French Air Force-commandant.svg
Commandant is equivalent to a major in most English-speaking countries.

Officiers subalternes - junior officers

Capitaine

French Air Force-capitaine.svg
A capitaine is in command of a company (compagnie).

Lieutenant

French Air Force-lieutenant.svg
A lieutenant (lieutenant or first lieutenant) commands a platoon (section).

Sous-lieutenant

French Air Force-sous-lieutenant.svg
A Sous-lieutenant (sub-lieutenant or second lieutenant) commands at the same level as a lieutenant, but is a more junior officer rank.

Aspirant

  • Aspirant An Officer Designate rank, it is used in the Armée de Terre (Army), the Armée de l'Air (Air Force), the Marine Nationale (Navy) and the Gendarmerie Nationale. Technically it is not a commissioned rank but it is still treated in all respects as one. Aspirants are either officers in training in military academies or voluntaries, serving as temporary officers. The aspirant must have been previously élève officier (Officer Cadet). S/He can afterwards be commissioned as a sous-lieutenant or enseigne de vaisseau de deuxième classe. The insignia is a single curl of gold lace, disrupted by "flashes" of wool. It was widely used during both World Wars for providing young educated people with an officer's authority.
    • French Air Force-aspirant.svg
  • Eleve officier ("officer cadet"); a rank held during the first years at the officer academies.
    • French Air Force-aspirant non-élève.svg

aspirant élève de l'École de l'air (EA)
(officer candidate, air force academy)

aspirant élève de l'École militaire de l'air (EMA)
(officer candidate, military flight school)

élève officier de l'École de l'air (EA)
(officer cadet, air force academy)

Elève officier du personnel navigant (EOPN)
(navigation officer cadet)

Sous-officiers - sub-officers, i.e. non-commissioned officers

  • Major, the senior sub-officer rank, since 1 January 2009 this grade is attached to the sous-officiers. Prior to this date it was an independent corps between the sous-officiers and the officiers. There are relatively few majors in the army, about one per regiment or brigade. As they could hold equivalent administrative tasks as officiers they are more common in the Armée de l'Air.
    • French Air Force-major.svg

Note the difference with many army rank systems of other countries where the term major is used for a rank above that of captain. For example, the rank of "major" in the US Army or British army is equivalent to the rank of "commandant" in the French army.

  • Adjudant-chef: "Chief adjutant"; often same responsibilities as the lieutenant.
    • French Air Force-adjudant-chef.svg adjudant-chef (infantry arms)
  • Adjudant: Adjutant; often same responsibilities as an adjutant-chef.
    • French Air Force-adjudant.svg
  • Sergent-chef (infantry), addressed as "chef". Typically a platoon second-in-command (equivalent to a Commonwealth sergeant or a US sergeant first class).
    • French Air Force-sergeant-chef.svg Sergent-chef: Chief sergeant
  • Sergent (infantry): Typically in command of a "group" (i.e. squad; equivalent to a commonwealth corporal or US staff sergeant)
  • Élève sous-officier NCO candidates at the EOPN.
    • French Air Force-aspirant EOPN.svg


Etymologically the adjudant is the adjoint ("joint (assistant)") of an officer, and the sergeant "serves" (Latin: serviens = English: servant).

Aspirants are cadet officers still in training. Sous-lieutenants are junior officers and are often aided by adjudants or adjudants-chefs, who are experienced NCOs/warrant officers.

Full lieutenants are experienced junior officers, served by sergeants when commanding their unit.

A four chevron sergent-chef-major rank existed until 1947. It was a ceremonial rank usually given to the most senior or experienced NCO in a unit, similar to a colour sergeant in the British Army. It was discontinued in the post-war army due to its redundancy.

Militaires du rang - Troop ranks

  • French Air Force-caporal-chef.svg Caporal-chef: in command of an équipe (literally a team).
  • French Air Force-caporal.svg Caporal: in command of an équipe.
  • French Air Force-aviateur de première classe.svg Aviateur de première classe.
  • French Air Force-aviateur.svg Aviateur de deuxième classe.

There are also distinctions to distinguish volunteers and conscripts, and bars for experience (one for five years, up to four can be obtained).

Other armies

As the following national air forces were trained by French Air Force personnel, these wear insignia similar to those used in this service:

Tables

Officers

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
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
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
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso
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No equivalent 18.Burkina Faso Air Force-GEN 17.Burkina Faso Air Force-LG 16.Burkina Faso Air Force-MG 15.Burkina Faso Air Force-BG 14.Burkina Faso Air Force-CM.svg 13.Burkina Faso Air Force-COL.svg 12.Burkina Faso Air Force-LTC.svg 11.Burkina Faso Air Force-MAJ.svg 10.Burkina Faso Air Force-CPT.svg 09.Burkina Faso Air Force-1LT.svg 08.Burkina Faso Air Force-2LT.svg No equivalent
Général d'armée Général de corps Général de division Général de brigade Colonel Major Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant
Cambodia Cambodia
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No equivalent
General
Lieutenant General
Major General
Brigadier
Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel
Major
Captain
Lieutenant
Sub Lieutenant
No equivalent
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain 1st Lieutenant 2nd Lieutenant
Cameroon Cameroon
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No equivalent 17.Cameroon Air Force-GEN 16.Cameroon Air Force-LG 15.Cameroon Air Force-MG 14.Cameroon Air Force-BG 13.Cameroon Air Force-COL.svg 12.Cameroon Air Force-LTC.svg 11.Cameroon Air Force-MAJ.svg 10.Cameroon Air Force-CPT.svg 09.Cameroon Air Force-1LT.svg 08.Cameroon Air Force-2LT.svg No equivalent
Général d'armée aérienne Général de corps aérien Général de division aérienne Général de brigade aérienne Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant
Central African Republic Central African Republic
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No equivalent
17.CAAF-MG.svg 16.CAAF-BG.svg 15.CAAF-COL.svg 14.CAAF-LTC.svg 13.CAAF-MAJ.svg 12.CAAF-CAPT.svg 11.CAAF-1LT.svg 10.CAAF-2LT.svg Unknown
Général de division Général de brigade Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant
Chad Chad
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No equivalent
11.Chadian Air Force-COL.svg 10.Chadian Air Force-LTC.svg 09.Chadian Air Force-MAJ.svg 08.Chadian Air Force-CPT.svg 07.Chadian Air Force-1LT.svg 06.Chadian Air Force-2LT.svg No equivalent
Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant
Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo
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No equivalent
16-ROCongo Air Force-LG.svg 15-ROCongo Air Force-MG.svg 14-ROCongo Air Force-BG.svg 13-ROCongo Air Force-COL.svg 12-ROCongo Air Force-LTC.svg 11-ROCongo Air Force-MAJ.svg 10-ROCongo Air Force-CPT.svg 09-ROCongo Air Force-1LT.svg 08-ROCongo Air Force-2LT.svg None.svg
Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet
Djibouti Djibouti
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No equivalent
Djibouti-Airforce-OF-6.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OF-5.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OF-4.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OF-3.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OF-2.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OF-1b.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OF-1a.svg Unknown
Général de brigade Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant
Gabon Gabon
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No equivalent 23.GAF-GEN.svg 22.GAF-LG.svg 21.GAF-MG.svg 20.GAF-BG.svg 19.GAF-1COL.svg 18.GAF-COL.svg 17.GAF-1LTC.svg 16.GAF-LTC.svg 15.GAF-1MAJ.svg 14.GAF-MAJ.svg 13.GAF-1CPT.svg 12.GAF-CPT.svg 11.GAF-1LT.svg 10.GAF-LT.svg 09.GAF-2LT.svg Unknown
Général d´armée Général de corps d´armée Général de division Général de brigade Colonel Major Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Major Commandant Capitaine Major Capitaine Lieutenant Major Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant
Guinea Guinea
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No equivalent None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg No equivalent
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
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No equivalent 18.Ivory Coast Air Force-GEN.svg 17.Ivory Coast Air Force-LG.svg 16.Ivory Coast Air Force-MG.svg 15.Ivory Coast Air Force-BG.svg 14.Ivory Coast Air Force-COL.svg 13.Ivory Coast Air Force-LTC.svg 12.Ivory Coast Air Force-MAJ.svg 11.Ivory Coast Air Force-CPT.svg 10.Ivory Coast Air Force-1LT.svg 09.Ivory Coast Air Force-2LT.svg No equivalent
Général d'armée Général de corps d'armée Général de division Général de brigade Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant
Madagascar Madagascar
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No equivalent 19.Madagascar Air Force-GEN.svg 18.Madagascar Air Force-LG.svg 17.Madagascar Air Force-MG.svg 16.Madagascar Air Force-BG.svg 15.Madagascar Air Force-COL.svg 14.Madagascar Air Force-LTC.svg 13.Madagascar Air Force-MAJ.svg 12.Madagascar Air Force-CPT.svg 11.Madagascar Air Force-1LT.svg 10.Madagascar Air Force-2LT.svg No equivalent
Général d'armée Général de corps d'armée Général de division Général de brigade Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant
Mali Mali
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No equivalent
13.Mali Air Force-MG.svg 12.Mali Air Force-BG.svg 11.Mali Air Force-COL.svg 10.Mali Air Force-LTC.svg 09.Mali Air Force-MAJ.svg 08.Mali Air Force-CPT.svg 07.Mali Air Force-1LT.svg 06.Mali Air Force-2LT.svg No equivalent
Général de division Général de brigade Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant
Mauritania Mauritania
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No equivalent
14.Mauritania Air Force-MG.svg 13.Mauritania Air Force-BG.svg Mauritania-AirForce-OF-5.svg Mauritania-AirForce-OF-4.svg Mauritania-AirForce-OF-3.svg Mauritania-AirForce-OF-2.svg Mauritania-AirForce-OF-1b.svg Mauritania-AirForce-OF-1a.svg Unknown
Général de division
لواء
Général de brigade
عميد
Colonel
عقيد
Lieutenant-Colonel
مقدم
Commandant
رائد
Capitaine
نقيب
Lieutenant
ملازم أول
Sous-Lieutenant
ملازم
Morocco Morocco
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No equivalent 19.Moroccan Air Force-GEN.svg 18.Moroccan Air Force-LG.svg 17.Moroccan Air Force-MG.svg 16.Moroccan Air Force-BG.svg 15.Moroccan Air Force-CM.svg 14.Moroccan Air Force-COL.svg 13.Moroccan Air Force-LTC.svg 12.Moroccan Air Force-MAJ.svg 11.Moroccan Air Force-CPT.svg 10.Moroccan Air Force-1LT.svg 09.Moroccan Air Force-2LT.svg No equivalent
Général d'armée Aerienne Général de corps Aerienne Général de division Aerienne Général de brigade Aerienne Colonel Major Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant
Niger Niger
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No equivalent
Senegal-AirForce-OF-5.svg Senegal-AirForce-OF-4.svg Senegal-AirForce-OF-3.svg Senegal-AirForce-OF-2.svg Senegal-AirForce-OF-1b.svg Senegal-AirForce-OF-1a.svg No equivalent
Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
Senegal Senegal
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No equivalent
None.svg None.svg Senegal-AirForce-OF-5.svg Senegal-AirForce-OF-4.svg Senegal-AirForce-OF-3.svg Senegal-AirForce-OF-2.svg Senegal-AirForce-OF-1b.svg Senegal-AirForce-OF-1a.svg Unknown
Général de division Général de brigade Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant
Togo Togo
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No equivalent
None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg No equivalent
Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
Tunisia Tunisia
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No equivalent
Grade Terre tunisienne O10.png Grade Terre tunisienne O9.png Grade Terre tunisienne O8.png Grade Terre tunisienne O7.png Grade Terre tunisienne O6.png Grade Terre tunisienne O5.png Grade Terre tunisienne O4.png Grade Terre tunisienne O3.png Grade Terre tunisienne O2.png Grade Terre tunisienne O1.png Unknown
Army corps general Major general Brigadier General Major Colonel Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Major Captain 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

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
France France
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French Air Force-major.svg French Air Force-adjudant-chef.svg French Air Force-adjudant.svg No equivalent French Air Force-sergeant-chef.svg French Air Force-sergeant.svg French Air Force-caporal-chef.svg French Air Force-caporal.svg French Air Force-aviateur de première classe.svg French Air Force-aviateur.svg
Major Adjudant-chef Adjudant Sergent-chef Sergent Caporal-chef Caporal Aviateur 1e classe Aviateur 2e classe
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso
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07.Burkina Faso Air Force-MCWO.svg 06.Burkina Faso Air Force-CWO.svg 05.Burkina Faso Air Force-WO.svg No equivalent 04.Burkina Faso Air Force-MSG.svg 03.Burkina Faso Air Force-SGT.svg No equivalent 02.Burkina Faso Air Force-CPL.svg 01.Burkina Faso Air Force-PFC.svg No insignia
Chief Warrant Officer
Adjudant-chef Major
Warrant Officer Class I
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class II
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private
First Class

Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Cambodia Cambodia
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Cambodian Air Force OR-09b.svg Cambodian Air Force OR-09a.svg Cambodian Air Force OR-08.svg Cambodian Air Force OR-07.svg Cambodian Air Force OR-06.svg Cambodian Air Force OR-05.svg Cambodian Air Force OR-04.svg Cambodian Air Force OR-03.svg Cambodian Air Force OR-02.svg Cambodian Air Force OR-01.svg
Chief Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Command Sergeant Major Master Sergeant Staff Sergeant Chief Corporal Corporal Airman 1st Class Airman 2nd Class Airman
Cameroon Cameroon
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07.Cameroon Air Force-CWO.svg 06.Cameroon Air Force-WO.svg No equivalent 05.Cameroon Air Force-MSG.svg 04.Cameroon Air Force-SGT.svg 03.Cameroon Air Force-MCPL.svg 02.Cameroon Air Force-CPL.svg 01.Cameroon Air Force-PFC.svg No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Flight sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Leading aircraftman
Soldat Première
Aircraftman
Soldat
Central African Republic Central African Republic
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09.CAAF-CWO.svg 08.CAAF-WO.svg 07.CAAF-SGM.svg 06.CAAF-MSG.svg 05.CAAF-CSG.svg 04.CAAF-SGT.svg 03.CAAF-MCPL.svg 02.CAAF-CPL.svg 01.CAAF-PFC.svg No insignia
Chief Warrant
Officer

Adjudant-chef
Warrant
Officer

Adjudant
Sergeant
Major

Sergent-major
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
CareerSergeant
Sergent
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private
First Class

Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Chad Chad
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No equivalent
05.Chadian Air Force-MSG.svg 04.Chadian Air Force-SSG.svg 03.Chadian Air Force-SGT.svg No equivalent 02.Chadian Air Force-CPL.svg 01.Chadian Air Force-AFC.svg No insignia
Sergeant Major
Sergent-major
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo
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07-ROCongo Air Force-CWO.svg 06-ROCongo Air Force-WO.svg No equivalent 05-ROCongo Air Force-CSG.svg 04-ROCongo Air Force-SGT.svg 03-ROCongo Air Force-MCPL.svg 02-ROCongo Air Force-CPL.svg 01-ROCongo Air Force-PFC.svg No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat de première classe
Private
Soldat
Djibouti Djibouti
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Djibouti-Airforce-OR-9.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OR-8.svg No equivalent Djibouti-Airforce-OR-6.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OR-5.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OR-4.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OR-3.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OR-2.svg Djibouti-Airforce-OR-1.svg
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Gabon Gabon
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08.GAF-CWO.svg 07.GAF-WO1.svg 06.GAF-WO2.svg No equivalent 05.GAF-SGM.svg 04.GAF-SGT.svg 03.GAF-CPL.svg 02.GAF-LCPL.svg 01.GAF-PFC.svg 00.GAF-PVT.svg
Chief Warrant Officer
Adjudant-chef Major
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
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08.Ivory Coast Air Force-CMSG.svg 07.Ivory Coast Air Force-SMSG.svg No equivalent 06.Ivory Coast Air Force-MSG.svg 05.Ivory Coast Air Force-SGT.svg 04.Ivory Coast Air Force-MCPL.svg 03.Ivory Coast Air Force-CPL.svg 02.Ivory Coast Air Force-PFC.svg 01.Ivory Coast Air Force-PVT.svg
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldad Première
Private
Soldad
Madagascar Madagascar
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09.Madagascar Air Force-MWO.svg 08.Madagascar Air Force-CWO.svg 07.Madagascar Air Force-WO.svg 06.Madagascar Air Force-SGM 05.Madagascar Air Force-MSG 04.Madagascar Air Force-SGT 03.Madagascar Air Force-MCPL 02.Madagascar Air Force-CPL 01.Madagascar Air Force-AFC No insignia
Chief Warrant Officer
Adjudant-chef Major
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Sergeant major
Sergent Major
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Mali Mali
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No equivalent
None None None None None No insignia
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Mauritania Mauritania
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Mauritania-AirForce-OR-9.svg Mauritania-AirForce-OR-8.svg No equivalent Mauritania-AirForce-OR-6.svg Mauritania-AirForce-OR-5.svg No equivalent Mauritania-AirForce-OR-3.svg No equivalent Mauritania-AirForce-OR-1.svg
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private
Soldat 2e classe
Morocco Morocco
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08.Moroccan Air Force-CWO.svg 07.Moroccan Air Force-WO.svg 06.Moroccan Air Force-SGM.svg 05.Moroccan Air Force-SSG.svg 04.Moroccan Air Force-SGT.svg 03.Moroccan Air Force-SCPL 02.Moroccan Air Force-CPL 01.Moroccan Air Force-PFC No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Sergeant
Major

Sergent-major
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Niger Niger
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None.svg None.svg No equivalent None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat de première classe
Private
Soldat
Senegal Senegal
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Senegal-AirForce-OR-9.svg Senegal-AirForce-OR-8.svg No equivalent Senegal-AirForce-OR-6 Senegal-AirForce-OR-5 Senegal-AirForce-OR-4 Senegal-AirForce-OR-3 Senegal-AirForce-OR-2 No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat de première classe
Private
Soldat
Togo Togo
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None.svg None.svg No equivalent None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent de Carriere
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Tunisia Tunisia
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Grade Marine tunisienne E8.png Grade Marine tunisienne E7.png Grade Marine tunisienne E6.png No equivalent Grade Marine tunisienne E5.png Grade Marine tunisienne E4.png Grade Marine tunisienne E3.png Grade Marine tunisienne E2.png Grade Marine tunisienne E1.png Grade Marine tunisienne E0.png
Sergeant Major
Adjudant-chef Major
Master Sergeant
Adjudant-chef
Sergeant 1st class
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

See also

References

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France has deactivated all land-based nuclear missiles. On 27 January 1996, France conducted its last nuclear test (in the South Pacific) before signing the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in September 1996. In March 2008, President Nicolas Sarkozy confirmed reports giving the actual size of France's nuclear arsenal and he announced that France would reduce its French Air Force-carried nuclear arsenal by 30%, leaving the Force de Frappe with 290 warheads.In addition to its nuclear military programme, France has a large peaceful nuclear programme and ranks as one of the world's largest generators of nuclear power.

French Air Force

The French Air Force (French: Armée de l'Air Française) [aʀme də lɛʀ], literally Army of the Air) is the air force of the French Armed Forces. It was formed in 1909 as the Service Aéronautique, a service arm of the French Army, then was made an independent military arm in 1934. The number of aircraft in service with the French Air Force varies depending on source, however sources from the French Ministry of Defence give a figure of 658 aircraft in 2014. The French Air Force has 225 combat aircraft in service, with the majority being 117 Dassault Mirage 2000 and 108 Dassault Rafale. As of early 2017, the French Air Force employs a total of 41,160 regular personnel. The reserve element of the air force consisted of 5,187 personnel of the Operational Reserve.The Chief of Staff of the French Air Force (CEMAA) is a direct subordinate of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CEMA).

French Armed Forces

The French Armed Forces (French: Forces armées françaises) encompass the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the National Guard and the Gendarmerie of the French Republic. The President of France heads the armed forces as chef des armées.

France has the fifth largest defence budget in the world and the first in the European Union (EU). It has the largest armed forces in size in the European Union.

French Navy

The French Navy (French: Marine Nationale, lit. National Navy), informally "La Royale", is the maritime arm of the French Armed Forces. Dating back to 1624, the French Navy is one of the world's oldest naval forces. It has participated in conflicts around the globe and played a key part in establishing the French colonial empire.

The French Navy consists of six main branches and various services: the Force d'Action Navale, the Forces Sous-marines (FOST, ESNA), the Maritime Force of Naval Aeronautics, the Fusiliers Marins (including Commandos Marine), the Marins Pompiers, and the Maritime Gendarmerie.

As of June 2014, the French Navy employed a total of 36,776 personnel along with 2,800 civilians. Its reserve element consisted of 4,827 personnel of the Operational Reserve. As a blue-water navy, it operates a wide range of fighting vessels, which include the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, various aeronaval forces, attack submarines and ballistic missile submarines, frigates, patrol boats and support ships.

Lieutenant-General (France)

Lieutenant-Général (French: Lieutenant-Général) in France, was a title and rank across various military and security institutions with history dating back well beyond the 18th century. The official historic succession of the "Lieutenant-Général of France" corresponded to Général de division for the French Army, and Vice-Amiral (Vice-Admiral) for the French Navy.

While the French Navy's equivalent of a Lieutenant General is a Vice-Admiral, the equivalent of today's Lieutenant-Général in the French Armed Forces would be partially that of Général de corps d'armée (French: Général de corps d'armée), such was due to the fact that the concept of an Army Corps (French: Corps d'Armée) wasn't adopted first until November 19, 1873 by a Presidential Decree, and the actual rank of Général de corps d'armée was not officially formed until a Law Decree on June 6, 1939.For the French Army and French Navy during the Ancien Régime, the rank corresponded to Lieutenant-General of the Armies (French: Lieutenant-Général des Armées), and Lieutenant-General of the Naval Armies (French: Lieutenant-Général des Armées Navales) for the Navy, such as in the Levant Fleet and Flotte du Ponant.

Major (France)

Major (French: Major) in France, is a senior superior military rank (French: grade militaire) across various military and security institutions with history dating back well beyond the 18th century.

Typically, the contemporary rank of Major is situated differently in the military hierarchy of each country and corresponds in general to the rank of Major, whose French official equivalent is Commandant in the French Army and French Air Force, Chef d'Escadron in the National Gendarmerie and Capitaine de corvette in the French Navy.

The official rank and designation of Major of France (French: Major de France) is unique.

While the rank functions of Major (French: Major) in France, can be similarly compared to that of a Sergeant Major, it is higher (rank of Major) than a Chief Warrant Officer (French: Adjudant-Chef), and similar to a Master Chief (depending on the service branch of the respective country); the rank of Major (French: Major) is still different.

Major was a senior superior Officer rank first, with a history of various military traditions in various corps, then recently in time became attached to the sub-officer (non-commissioned) corps as of 2009.

The rank of Major (French: Major) of the French Armed Forces can be the closest equivalent in terms of authenticity, and even still different, to the American referral of Mustang officers, since the rank of "Major" was already a superior Officer (French: Officier Supérieur) (a superior combat military officer rank ascended through the enlisted corps by service or promotions in combat units until 2009) which was part of the "Corps of Majors", situated between the French Officer Corps and the French Non-Commissioned Officer Corps. However, the history rank of the Majors of France (French: Les Majors de France) is still very different.

In the French Armed Forces, the official rank and referral of Major (French: Major) included the same rank designation across the board, this time however as of 2009, attached to the non-commissioned ranks (sub-officer corps) of the French Army, the ranks of the French Navy, the ranks of the French Air Force and ranks of the National Gendarmerie.

The title is also often associated with another rank, which can be that of the general (French: général) or a senior warrant officer (French: Adjudant).

Military Fuel Service (France)

The Service des essences des armées (SEA), which translates as the Fuel Service of the Armies is an inter-service branch of the French Army subordinate to the head of the defence staff. Recruits are taken both from the French military as a whole and from civilian life. Ranks are based on training.

National Gendarmerie

The National Gendarmerie (French: Gendarmerie nationale [ʒɑ̃daʁməʁi nasjɔnal]) is one of two national police forces of France, along with the National Police. It is a branch of the French Armed Forces placed under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Interior—with additional duties to the Ministry of Defense. Its area of responsibility includes smaller towns, rural and suburban areas, while the Police Nationale—a civilian force—is in charge of cities and downtowns. Due to its military status, the Gendarmerie also fulfills a range of military and defense missions. The Gendarmes also have a cybercrime division. It has a strength of more than 100,000 personnel as of 2014.The Gendarmerie is heir to the Maréchaussée (Marshalcy—see below), the oldest police force in France, dating back to the Middle Ages. It has influenced the culture and traditions of gendarmerie forces all around the world—and especially in the former French colonial empire.

National Guard (France)

The National Guard (French: Garde nationale) is a French military, gendarmerie, and police reserve force, active in its current form since 2016 but originally founded in 1789 after the French Revolution.

For most of its history the National Guard, particularly its officers, has been widely viewed as loyal to middle-class interests. It was founded as separate from the French Army and existed both for policing and as a military reserve. However, in its original stages from 1792 to 1795, the National Guard was perceived as revolutionary and the lower ranks were identified with sans-culottes. It experienced a period of official dissolution from 1827 to 1830, but was reestablished. Soon after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71, the National Guard in Paris again became viewed as dangerously revolutionary, which contributed to its dissolution in 1871.In 2016, France announced the reestablishment of the National Guard in response to a series of terrorist attacks in the country.

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