South Vietnamese military ranks and insignia

South Vietnamese military ranks and insignia was used by the Republic of Vietnam Military Forces, specifically the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. Originally, visually based around the French ranks, the ranks were changed in 1967 to resemble the US ranks more closely.

Officer ranks

The following were the rank insignia for commissioned officers for the army, navy, marine division and 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) & Student officer
South Vietnam South Vietnam
(1955-1963)
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No equivalent A ARVN-OF-9.svg A ARVN-OF-8.svg A ARVN-OF-7.svg A ARVN-OF-6B.svg A ARVN-OF-6A.svg A ARVN-OF-5.svg A ARVN-OF-4.svg A ARVN-OF-3.svg A ARVN-OF-2.svg A ARVN-OF-1B.svg A ARVN-OF-1A.svg A ARVN-OF(D).svg A ARVN-Student Officer.svg
Army
General

(Thống tướng)
Corps
General

(Đại tướng)
Divisional
General

(Trung tướng)
Brigadier
General

(Thiếu tướng)
Brigadier
General Second Class

(Chuẩn tướng)
Colonel
(Đại tá)
Lieutenant
Colonel

(Trung tá)
Major
(Thiếu tá)
Captain
(Đại úy)
First
Lieutenant

(Trung úy)
Second
Lieutenant

(Thiếu úy)
Aspirant
(Chuẩn úy)
Officer
Cadet

(Sinh viên Sĩ quan)
South Vietnam South Vietnam
(1964-1975)
B ARVN-OF-10.svg B ARVN-OF-9.svg B ARVN-OF-8.svg B ARVN-OF-7.svg B ARVN-OF-6.svg B ARVN-OF-5.svg B ARVN-OF-4.svg B ARVN-OF-3.svg B ARVN-OF-2.svg B ARVN-OF-1B.svg B ARVN-OF-1A.svg B ARVN-OF(D).svg B ARVN-Student Officer.svg
General
of the Army

(Thống tướng)
General
(Đại tướng)
Lieutenant
General

(Trung tướng)
Major
General

(Thiếu tướng)
Brigadier
General

(Chuẩn tướng)
Colonel
(Đại tá)
Lieutenant
Colonel

(Trung tá)
Major
(Thiếu tá)
Captain
(Đại úy)
First
Lieutenant

(Trung úy)
Second
Lieutenant

(Thiếu úy)
Aspirant
(Chuẩn úy)
Officer
Cadet

(Sinh viên Sĩ quan)
South Vietnam South Vietnam
(1955-1963)
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No equivalent A VNN-OF-9.svg A VNN-OF-8.svg A VNN-OF-7.svg A VNN-OF-6b.svg A VNN-OF-6.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg A VNN-OF-2.svg A VNN-OF-1B.svg A VNN-OF-1A.svg A VNN-OF(D).svg A VNN-Student Officer.svg
Fleet Admiral
(Thủy sư Đô đốc)
Admiral
(Đô đốc)
Vice
Admiral

(Phó đô đốc)
Rear
Admiral

(Đề đốc)
Commodore
(Phó đề đốc)
Captain
(Đại tá)
Commander
(Trung tá)
Lieutenant
Commander

(Thiếu tá)
Lieutenant
(Đại úy)
Lieutenant
Junior Grade

(Trung úy)
Ensign
(Thiếu úy)
Midshipman
(Chuẩn úy)
Officer
Cadet

(Sinh viên Sĩ quan)
South Vietnam South Vietnam
(1964-1975)
B VNN-OF-10.svg B VNN-OF-9.svg B VNN-OF-8.svg B VNN-OF-7.svg B VNN-OF-6.svg B VNN-OF-5.svg B VNN-OF-4.svg B VNN-OF-3.svg B VNN-OF-2.svg B VNN-OF-1B.svg B VNN-OF-1A.svg B VNN-OF(D).svg B VNN-Student Officer.svg
Admiral
of the Fleet

(Thủy sư Đô đốc)
Admiral
(Đô đốc)
Vice
Admiral

(Phó đô đốc)
Rear
Admiral

(Đề đốc)
Commodore
(Phó đề đốc)
Captain
(Đại tá)
Commander
(Trung tá)
Lieutenant
Commander

(Thiếu tá)
Lieutenant
(Đại úy)
Lieutenant
Junior Grade

(Trung úy)
Ensign
(Thiếu úy)
Midshipman
(Chuẩn úy)
Officer
Cadet

(Sinh viên Sĩ quan)
South Vietnam South Vietnam
(1955-1963)
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No equivalent
A RVNMD-OF-7.svg A RVNMD-OF-6b.svg A RVNMD-OF-6.svg A RVNMD-OF-5.svg A RVNMD-OF-4.svg A RVNMD-OF-3.svg A RVNMD-OF-2.svg A RVNMD-OF-1B.svg A RVNMD-OF-1A.svg RVNMD-OF(D).svg RVNMD-Student Officer.svg
Divisional
General

(Trung tướng)
Brigadier
General

(Thiếu tướng)
Brigadier General
Second Class

(Tiểu Chuẩn Tướng)
Colonel
(Đại tá)
Lieutenant
Colonel

(Trung tá)
Major
(Thiếu tá)
Captain
(Đại úy)
First
Lieutenant

(Trung úy)
Second
Lieutenant

(Thiếu úy)
Aspirant
(Chuẩn úy)
Officer
Cadet

(Sinh viên Sĩ 1uan)
South Vietnam South Vietnam
(1964-1975)
No equivalent
B RVNMD-OF-8.svg B RVNMD-OF-7.svg B RVNMD-OF-6.svg B RVNMD-OF-5.svg B RVNMD-OF-4.svg B RVNMD-OF-3.svg B RVNMD-OF-2.svg B RVNMD-OF-1B.svg B RVNMD-OF-1A.svg RVNMD-OF(D).svg RVNMD-Student Officer.svg
Lieutenant
General

(Trung tướng)
Major
General

(Thiếu tướng)
Brigadier
General

(Chuẩn tướng)
Colonel
(Đại tá)
Lieutenant
Colonel

(Trung tá)
Major
(Thiếu tá)
Captain
(Đại úy)
First
Lieutenant

(Trung úy)
Second
Lieutenant

(Thiếu úy)
Aspirant
(Chuẩn úy)
Officer
Cadet

(Sinh viên Sĩ quan)
South Vietnam South Vietnam
(1955-1963)
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No equivalent
A VNAF-OF-8.svg A VNAF-OF-7.svg A VNAF-OF-6B.svg A VNAF-OF-6A.svg A VNAF-OF-5.svg A VNAF-OF-4.svg A VNAF-OF-3.svg A VNAF-OF-2.svg A VNAF-OF-1B.svg A VNAF-OF-1A.svg A VNAF-OF(D).svg A VNAF-Student Officer.svg
Corps
General

(Đại tướng)
Divisional
General

(Trung tướng)
Brigadier
General

(Thiếu tướng)
Brigadier General
Second Class

(Tiểu Chuẩn Tướng)
Colonel
(Đại tá)
Lieutenant
Colonel

(Trung tá)
Major
(Thiếu tá)
Captain
(Đại úy)
First
Lieutenant

(Trung úy)
Second
Lieutenant

(Thiếu úy)
Aspirant
(Chuẩn úy)
Air
Cadet
(Sinh viên Sĩ quan)
South Vietnam South Vietnam
(1964-1975)
B VNAF-OF-10.svg B VNAF-OF-9.svg B VNAF-OF-8.svg B VNAF-OF-7.svg B VNAF-OF-6.svg B VNAF-OF-5.svg B VNAF-OF-4.svg B VNAF-OF-3.svg B VNAF-OF-2.svg B VNAF-OF-1B.svg B VNAF-OF-1A.svg B VNAF-OF(D).svg B VNAF-Student Officer.svg
General
of the Air Force

(Thống tướng)
General
(Đại tướng)
Lieutenant
General

(Trung tướng)
Major
General

(Thiếu tướng)
Brigadier
General

(Chuẩn tướng)
Colonel
(Đại tá)
Lieutenant
Colonel

(Trung tá)
Major
(Thiếu tá)
Captain
(Đại úy)
First
Lieutenant

(Trung úy)
Second
Lieutenant

(Thiếu úy)
Aspirant
(Chuẩn úy)
Air
Cadet
(Sinh viên Sĩ quan)
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) & Student officer

Enlisted

The rank insignia for enlisted personnel for the army, navy, marine, and air force respectively.

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
South Vietnam South Vietnam
(1954-1967)
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A ARVN-OR-9.svg A ARVN-OR-8.svg No equivalent ARVN-OR-6 ARVN-OR-5 ARVN-OR-4 ARVN-OR-3 ARVN-OR-2 No insignia
Sergeant
Major

(Thượng Sĩ Nhất)
First
Sergeant

(Thượng Sĩ)
Sergeant
First Class

(Trung Sĩ Nhất)
Sergeant
(Trung Sĩ)
Corporal
First Class

(Hạ Sĩ Nhất)
Corporal
(Hạ Sĩ)
Private
First Class

(Binh Nhất)
Private
(Binh Nhì)
South Vietnam South Vietnam
(1967-1975)
B ARVN-OR-9.svg B ARVN-OR-8.svg No equivalent ARVN-OR-6 ARVN-OR-5 ARVN-OR-4 ARVN-OR-3 ARVN-OR-2 No insignia
Sergeant
Major

(Thượng Sĩ Nhất)
First
Sergeant

(Thượng Sĩ)
Sergeant
First Class

(Trung Sĩ Nhất)
Sergeant
(Trung Sĩ)
Corporal
First Class

(Hạ Sĩ Nhất)
Corporal
(Hạ Sĩ)
Private
First Class

(Binh Nhất)
Private
(Binh Nhì)
South Vietnam South Vietnam
(1954-1967)
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A VNN-OR-9.svg A VNN-OR-7.svg No equivalent A VNN-OR-6.svg A VNN-OR-5.svg VNN-OR-4 VNN-OR-3 VNN-OR-2 No insignia
Warrant
Officer

(Thượng Sĩ Nhất)
Chief
Petty Officer

(Thượng Sĩ)
Petty Officer
First Class

(Trung Sĩ Nhất)
Petty Officer
Second Class

(Trung Sĩ)
Leading
Seaman

(Hạ Sĩ Nhất)
Able
Seaman

(Hạ Sĩ)
Seaman
(Binh Nhất)
Seaman recruit
(Binh Nhì)
South Vietnam South Vietnam
(1967-1975)
B VNN-OR-9.svg B VNN-OR-7.svg No equivalent B VNN-OR-6.svg B VNN-OR-5.svg VNN-OR-4 VNN-OR-3 VNN-OR-2 No insignia
Warrant
Officer

(Thượng Sĩ Nhất)
Chief
Petty Officer

(Thượng Sĩ)
Petty Officer
First Class

(Trung Sĩ Nhất)
Petty Officer
Second Class

(Trung Sĩ)
Leading
Seaman

(Hạ Sĩ Nhất)
Able
Seaman

(Hạ Sĩ)
Seaman
(Binh Nhất)
Seaman recruit
(Binh Nhì)
South Vietnam South Vietnam
(1954-1967)
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RVNMD-OR-9.svg RVNMD-OR-8.svg No equivalent RVNMD-OR-6.svg RVNMD-OR-5.svg RVNMD-OR-4 RVNMD-OR-3 RVNMD-OR-2 No insignia
Sergeant
Major

(Thượng Sĩ Nhất)
First
Sergeant

(Thượng Sĩ)
Sergeant
First Class

(Trung Sĩ Nhất)
Sergeant
(Trung Sĩ)
Corporal
First Class

(Hạ Sĩ Nhất)
Corporal
(Hạ Sĩ)
Private
First Class

(Binh Nhất)
Private
(Binh Nhì)
South Vietnam South Vietnam
(1967-1975)
RVNMD-OR-9.svg RVNMD-OR-8.svg No equivalent RVNMD-OR-6.svg RVNMD-OR-5.svg RVNMD-OR-4 RVNMD-OR-3 RVNMD-OR-2 No insignia
Sergeant
Major

(Thượng Sĩ Nhất)
First
Sergeant

(Thượng Sĩ)
Sergeant
First Class

(Trung Sĩ Nhất)
Sergeant
(Trung Sĩ)
Corporal
First Class

(Hạ Sĩ Nhất)
Corporal
(Hạ Sĩ)
Private
First Class

(Binh Nhất)
Private
(Binh Nhì)
South Vietnam South Vietnam
(1954-1967)
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A VNAF-OR-9.svg A VNAF-OR-8.svg No equivalent A VNAF-OR-6.svg A VNAF-OR-5.svg A VNAF-OR-4 A VNAF-OR-3 A VNAF-OR-2 A VNAF-OR-1
Sergeant
Major

(Thượng Sĩ Nhất)
First
Sergeant

(Thượng Sĩ)
Sergeant
First Class

(Trung Sĩ Nhất)
Sergeant
(Trung Sĩ)
Corporal
First Class

(Hạ Sĩ Nhất)
Corporal
(Hạ Sĩ)
Airman
First Class

(Binh Nhất)
Airman
(Binh Nhì)
South Vietnam South Vietnam
(1967-1975)
B VNAF-OR-9.svg B VNAF-OR-8.svg No equivalent B VNAF-OR-6.svg B VNAF-OR-5.svg B VNAF-OR-4.svg B VNAF-OR-3.svg B VNAF-OR-2.svg B VNAF-OR-1.svg
Sergeant
Major

(Thượng Sĩ Nhất)
First
Sergeant

(Thượng Sĩ)
Sergeant
First Class

(Trung Sĩ Nhất)
Sergeant
(Trung Sĩ)
Corporal
First Class

(Hạ Sĩ Nhất)
Corporal
(Hạ Sĩ)
Airman
First Class

(Binh Nhất)
Airman
(Binh Nhì)
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

References

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.

Republic of Vietnam Military Forces

The Republic of Vietnam Military Forces (RVNMF; Vietnamese: Quân lực Việt Nam Cộng hòa – QLVNCH), were the official armed defense forces of South Vietnam, a state that existed from 1955 to 1975 in the southern half of what is now Vietnam. The RVNMF was responsible for the defense of South Vietnam since the state's independence from France in October 1955 to its demise in April 1975.

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