Ranks of the Afghan Armed Forces

The Afghan Armed Forces is composed of personnel of various ranks which span three pay-grade brackets, those being on-Commissioned Officers, Commissioned Officers and the General Staff. The highest official rank within the AAF is Marshal, which has not been used since Mohammed Fahim,[1] who left the position in 2002.

Commissioned officers

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the Afghan National Army, and Afghan 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
Afghanistan Afghanistan
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Marshal General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Junior Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Junior Second Lieutenant
Marshal
مارشال
Setar jenral
ستر جنرال
Dagar jenral
ډگرجنرال
Turan jenral
تورن جنرال
Brid jenral
برید جنرال
Dagarwal
ډگروال
Dagarman
ډگرمن
Jagran
جگرن
Jag turan
جگتورن
Turan
تورن
Lomri baridman
لمړی بريدمن
Dvahomi baridman
دوهم بریدمن
Dreyom baridman
دریم بریدمن
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General of the Air Force
مارشال
General
ستر جنرال
Lieutenant General
ډګر جنرال
Major General
تورن جنرال
Brigadier General
برید جنرال
Colonel
ډګروال
Lieutenant Colonel
ډګرمن
Major
جګړن
Captain
جګ تورن
Junior Captain
تورن
First Lieutenant
لومړی بریدمن
Second Lieutenant
دويم بریدمن
Junior Second Lieutenant
دريم بریدمن

Enlisted

The rank insignia for enlisted personnel for the Afghan National Army and Afghan Air Force respectively.

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
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No equivalent
ANA SFC.png ANA SSGT.png ANA SGT.png ANA CPL.png No equivalent ANA PFC.png No insignia
Sergeant
first class

سرپرگمشر قدمدار
Staff
Sergeant

معاون سرپرگمشر قدمدار
Sergeant
سرپرگمشر
Corporal
معاون سرپرگمشر
Private
first class

پرگمشر
Private
جندي‎‎
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No equivalent
06. AAF-SFC.svg 05. AAF-SSG.svg 04. AAF-SGT.svg 03. AAF-CPL.svg No equivalent 02. AAF-PV1.svg 01. AAF-PV.svg
Sergeant First Class Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Private First Class Private

References

  1. ^ Kevin Sieff and Sayed Salahuddin (11 March 2004). "Mohammad Qasim Fahim: The first vice-president of Afghanistan, whose career was dogged by allegations of atrocities and corruption". Obituary. The Independent. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
Afghan Armed Forces

The Afghan Armed Forces are the military forces of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. They consist of the Afghan National Army and the Afghan Air Force. The President of Afghanistan is the Commander-in-Chief of the Afghan Armed Forces, which is administratively controlled through the Ministry of Defense. The National Military Command Center in Kabul serves as the headquarters of the Afghan Armed Forces. The Afghan Armed Forces currently has approximately 300,000 active duty soldiers and airmen, which are expected to reach 360,000 soldiers and airmen in the coming year.The current Afghan military originates in 1709 when the Hotaki dynasty was established in Kandahar followed by the Durrani Empire. The Afghan military fought many wars with the Safavid dynasty and Maratha Empire from the 18th to the 19th century. It was re-organized by the British in 1880, when the country was ruled by Amir Abdur Rahman Khan. It was modernized during King Amanullah Khan's rule in the early 20th century, and upgraded during King Zahir Shah's forty-year rule. From 1978 to 1992, the Soviet-backed Afghan Armed Force fought with multi-national mujahideen groups who were being backed by the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. After President Najibullah's resignation in 1992 and the end of Soviet support, the military dissolved into portions controlled by different warlord factions and the mujahideen took control over the government. This era was followed by the rise of the Pakistan-backed Taliban regime, who established a military force on the basis of Islamic sharia law.

After the removal of the Taliban and the formation of the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan in late 2001 and 2002, respectively, the Afghan Armed Forces was gradually rebuilt by NATO forces in the country, primarily by the United States Armed Forces. Despite early problems with recruitment and training, it is becoming effective in fighting against the Taliban insurgency. As of 2014, it is becoming able to operate independently from the NATO International Security Assistance Force. As a major non-NATO ally of the United States, Afghanistan continues to receive billions of dollars in military assistance.

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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