Ranks of the People's Liberation Army Air Force

The ranks in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force are similar to those of the Chinese Army, formally known as the People's Liberation Army Ground Force, except that those of the PLA Air Force are prefixed by 空军 (Kong Jun) meaning Air Force. See Ranks of the People's Liberation Army or the article on an individual rank for details on the evolution of rank and insignia in the PLAAF. This article primarily covers the existing ranks and insignia.

Currents ranks

Ranks of officers

The current system of officer ranks and insignia dates from 1988 and is a revision of the ranks and insignia used from 1955 to 1965. The rank of Kong Jun Yi Ji Shang Jiang (First Class General) was never held and was abolished in 1994.

Title 空军学员
Kong Jun Xue Yuan
Kong Jun Shao Wei
Kong Jun Zhong Wei
Kong Jun Shang Wei
Kong Jun Shao Xiao
Kong Jun Zhong Xiao
Kong Jun Shang Xiao
Kong Jun Da Xiao
Kong Jun Shao Jiang
Kong Jun Zhong Jiang
Kong Jun Shang Jiang
Usual Translation Air Force Officer Cadet
Air Force 2nd Lieutenant
Air Force 1st Lieutenant
Air Force Captain
Air Force Major
Air Force Lieutenant Colonel
Air Force Colonel
Air Force Senior Colonel
Air Force Major General
Air Force Lieutenant General
Air Force General
Shoulder Insignia PLAAF-0710-CDT PLAAF-0711-2LT PLAAF-0712-1LT PLAAF-0713-CPT PLAAF-0714-MAJ PLAAF-0715-LTC PLAAF-0716-COL PLAAF-0717-SNC PLAAF-0718-MG PLAAF-0719-LTG PLAAF-0720-GEN
Collar Insignia PLAAF-Collar-0710-CDT PLAAF-Collar-0711-2LT PLAAF-Collar-0712-1LT PLAAF-Collar-0713-CPT PLAAF-Collar-0714-MAJ PLAAF-Collar-0715-LTC PLAAF-Collar-0716-COL PLAAF-Collar-0717-SNC PLAAF-Collar-0718-MG PLAAF-Collar-0719-LTG PLAAF-Collar-0720-GEN

Ranks of Enlisted Personnel

The current system of enlisted ranks and insignia dates from 2009.[1]

Title 空军列兵
Kong Jun Lie Bing
Kong Jun Shang Deng Bing
Kong Jun Xia Shi
Kong Jun Zhong Shi
Kong Jun Shang Shi
Kong Jun Da Shi
Kong Jun San Ji Jun Shi Zhang
Kong Jun Er Ji Jun Shi Zhang
Kong Jun Yi Ji Jun Shi Zhang
Usual Translation Airman
Airman 1st Class
Senior Airman
Staff Sergeant
Technical Sergeant
Master Sergeant
Senior Master Sergeant
Chief Master Sergeant
Command Chief Master Sergeant
Shoulder Insignia PLAAF-0701-PVT PLAAF-0702-PFC PLAAF-0703-CPL PLAAF-0704-SGT PLAAF-0705-SSG PLAAF-0706-4CSGT PLAAF-0707-3CSGT PLAAF-0708-2CSGT PLAAF-0709-1CSGT
Collar Insignia PLAAF-Collar-0701-PVT PLAAF-Collar-0702-PFC PLAAF-Collar-0703-CPL PLAAF-Collar-0704-SGT PLAAF-Collar-0705-SSG PLAAF-Collar-0706-4CSGT PLAAF-Collar-0707-3CSGT PLAAF-Collar-0708-2CSGT PLAAF-Collar-0709-1CSGT

Historical rank insignia

Type 55


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
China China No equivalent
General of the Air Force
Lieutenant General
Major General
Senior Colonel
Lieutenant colonel
1st lieutenant
2nd Lieutenant
Junior Lieutenant
Warrant Officer

Enlisted and NCOs

Rank category Rank Shoulder board insignia Collar insignia
NCOs Technical Sergeant No shoulder insignia San Ji Shi Guan collar (PLAGF OR-6 Type 2000)
Staff Sergeant Er Ji Shi Guan collar (PLAGF OR-5 Type 55)
Senior Airman Yi Ji Shi Guan collar (PLAGF OR-4 Type 55)
Airmen Airman First Class Shang Deng Bing (PLAGF OR-3 Type 55)
Airman Lie Bing (PLAGF OR-2 Type 55)


  1. ^ 全军和武警部队年底前将全面施行新的士官制度

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See also

Jiang (rank)

Jiang (simplified Chinese: 将; traditional Chinese: 將; pinyin: jiàng; Wade–Giles: chiang) is the rank held by general officers in the militaries of both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China on Taiwan. The People's Liberation Army and the People's Armed Police use three levels at present while the Republic of China Armed Forces use four.

The same rank names are used for all services, prefixed by haijun (simplified Chinese: 海军; traditional Chinese: 海軍; literally: 'naval force') or kongjun (simplified Chinese: 空军; traditional Chinese: 空軍; literally: 'air force').

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.

Outline of China

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to China:

The People's Republic of China is the most extensive country in East Asia and the third or fourth most extensive country in the world. With a population of over 1,300,000,000, it is the most populous country in the world.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) has led the PRC under a one-party system since the state's establishment in 1949. The PRC is involved in a dispute over the political status of Taiwan. The CPC's rival during the Chinese Civil War, the Kuomintang (KMT), fled to Taiwan and surrounding islands after its defeat in 1949, claiming legitimacy over China, Mongolia, and Tuva while it was the ruling power of the Republic of China (ROC). The term "Mainland China" is often used to denote the areas under PRC rule, but sometimes excludes its two Special Administrative Regions: Hong Kong and Macau.

Because of its vast population, rapidly growing economy, and large research and development investments, China is considered an "emerging superpower". It has the world's second largest economy (largest in terms of purchasing power parity.) China is also a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. Since 1978, China's market-based economic reforms have brought the poverty rate down from 53% in 1981 to 8% by 2001. However, China is now faced with a number of other socioeconomic problems, including an aging population, an increasing rural-urban income gap, and rapid environmental degradation.China plays a major role in international trade. The country is the world's largest consumer of steel and concrete, using, respectively, a third and over a half of the world's supply of each. Counting all products, China is the largest exporter and the second largest importer in the world.

Ranks of the People's Liberation Army

Ranks of the People's Liberation Army may refer to the following:

Ranks of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force

Ranks of the People's Liberation Army Navy

Ranks of the People's Liberation Army Air Force

Wei (rank)

Wei (Chinese: 尉) is the rank held by company-grade officers in the militaries of China and Taiwan. It currently exists in three grades, shao wei (少尉), zhong wei (中尉) (chung wei using Wade–Giles), and shang wei (上尉). An additional grade, da wei (大尉), formerly existed in the Chinese military (PLA) from 1955 to 1965. However, when the use of rank and insignia was restored in 1988, this rank was not re-established. As opposed to the Western tradition of using different names for equivalent ranks in the army and navy, the Chinese armed forces use the same rank names for all services, prefixed in the case of the PLA by hai jun (海军, naval force) or kong jun (空军, air force).

Xiao (rank)

Xiao (Chinese: 校, Wade–Giles: Hsiao) is the rank held by field officers in the militaries of China and Taiwan. The Chinese military (PLA) uses four grades while the Taiwanese military uses only three, with the rank equivalent to the fourth being treated as a general officer rank. This difference is found in other militaries as well: in the British Army a brigadier is considered a field officer, while the equivalent rank in the United States Army, brigadier general, is considered a general officer. The Chinese use the same rank names for all services, prefixed by hai jun (海军, Naval Force) or kong jun (空军, Air Force). While the Taiwanese military (ROC) does the same for enlisted ranks and company-grade officers, it has distinct names for the higher naval ranks.

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