List of comparative military ranks

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Navies Armies Air forces
Commissioned and Non-commissioned officers
Admiral of
the fleet
Marshal or
Field marshal
Marshal of
the air force
Admiral General Air chief marshal
Vice admiral Lieutenant general Air marshal
Rear admiral Major general Air vice-marshal
Commodore Brigadier or
Brigadier general
Air commodore
Captain Colonel Group captain
Commander Lieutenant colonel Wing commander
Lieutenant
commander
Major or
Commandant
Squadron leader
Lieutenant Captain Flight lieutenant
Sub-lieutenant Lieutenant or
First lieutenant
Flying officer
Ensign Second lieutenant Pilot officer
Midshipman Officer cadet Flight cadet
Enlisted grades
Warrant officer or
Chief petty officer
Warrant officer or
Sergeant major
Warrant officer
Petty officer Sergeant Sergeant
Leading seaman Corporal Corporal
Seaman Private Aircraftman

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 amongst NATO countries. Links to comparison charts can be found below.

References to modern military

NATO

Albania

Algeria

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Bangladesh

Belgium

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brazil

Canada

People's Republic of China

Colombia

Croatia

Cuba

Democratic Kampuchea

Denmark

Dominican Republic

Egypt

Estonia

Ethiopia

Finland

France

Gabon

Germany

Greece

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Laos

Lebanon

Luxembourg

Lithuania

Malaysia

Mexico

Mozambique

Nepal

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea

South Korea

Norway

Pakistan

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Singapore

Slovakia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Sweden

Switzerland

Republic of China (Taiwan)

Tanzania

Thailand

Turkey

Uganda

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States

Venezuela

Vietnam

South Vietnam

Previous eras

Miscellaneous

First and Second World War comparisons

Other comparisons

External links

  • World Rank Insignia
  • Dave VE7CNV Current Military Ranks of the World
  • US Department of Defense rank insignia page
  • Australian Defence Force Badges of Rank
  • British Army Badges of Rank
  • Canadian Forces Badges of Rank
  • Irish Defence Force Army Badges of Rank
  • New Zealand Defence Force Badges of Rank
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