Royal Hellenic Air Force ranks

This article contains the rank insignia of the Royal Hellenic Air Force (until 1973).

Officer ranks

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
Kingdom of Greece Kingdom of Greece Royal Hellenic Air Force OF-10.svg 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
Marshal of the air force
Αιθεράρχης
Air Chief Marshal
Πτέραρχος
Air Marshal
Αντιπτέραρχος
Air Vice-Marshal
Υποπτέραρχος
Air Commodore
Ταξίαρχος
Group Captain
Σμήναρχος
Wing Commander
Αντισμήναρχος
Squadron Leader
Επισμηναγός
Flight Lieutenant
Σμηναγός
Flying Officer
Υποσμηναγός
Pilot Officer
/Acting Pilot Officer
Ανθυποσμηναγός

1 The rank was instituted in the 20th century for King George II, and was held only by his successors, King Paul and King Constantine II.

See also

Greek military ranks

Modern Greek military ranks are based on Ancient Greek and Byzantine terminology, even though the ranks correspond to those of other Western armies. For example, ancient hoplite unit of approximately 100 men, the lochos, is today the name for a company of soldiers; its commander, as in ancient times, is a lochagos, while his lieutenants are called ypolochagoi — literally, "sub-captains" — a modern neologism. A sergeant is known as a lochias. A tagmatarchis (major) commands a tagma (battalion) and so forth. Thus, every officer or non-commissioned officer is in the land and air forces is generally named after the type of unit he commands, with the suffix -agos (from agein, "to lead") or -archos / -arches (from archein, "to rule").

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