Military ranks and insignia of Norway

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Military ranks and rank insignia of Norway were changed June 1, 2016, with the reintroduction of the Non-Commissioned Officer Corps, and the abolishment of the one-tier officer system in place since 1975.[1]

New system of 2016

The Storting adopted in 2015 the new scheme for military personnel, Militærordningen.[1] From 2016, the Norwegian Defence Forces have two career ladders for the military personnel; one officer scheme for personnel who with a degree from the military academy, or a university degree and qualification courses, and a non-commissioned officer scheme for personnel with non-commissioned officer school.[2][3]

Enlisted

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

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Norway Norway
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Norway-Army-OR-9b.svg Norway-Army-OR-9a.svg Norway-Army-OR-8.svg Norway-Army-OR-7.svg Norway-Army-OR-6.svg Norway-Army-OR-5b.svg Norway-Army-OR-5a.svg Norway-Army-OR-4b.svg Norway-Army-OR-4a.svg Norway-Army-OR-3.svg Norway-Army-OR-2.svg Norway-army-OR-1b.svg Norway-army-OR-1a.svg
Sjefssersjant Sersjantmajor Kommandersersjant Stabssersjant Oversersjant Sersjant 1. klasse Sersjant Korporal 1. klasse Korporal Visekorporal 1. klasse Visekorporal Ledende Menig Menig
Translation Sergeant Major of the Army Sergeant Major Master Sergeant Sergeant 1st class Staff Sergeant Senior Sergeant Sergeant Corporal 1st class Corporal Specialist 1st class Specialist Private 1st class Private
Norway Norway
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None.svg OR9 sjo.png Or8 sjø.png Or7 sjø.png Or6 sjø.png Or5 2 sjø.png Or5 1 sjø.png OR4 NOR - Seniorkonstabel NY.png OR4 NOR - Konstabel.png OR3 NOR - Ledende visekonstabel NY.png OR2b NOR - Visekonstabel.png Norway-Navy-OR-1b.svg Norway-Navy-OR-1a.svg
Sjefsmester Flaggmester Orlogsmester Flotiljemester Skvadronmester Senior Kvartermester Kvartermester Ledende Konstabel Konstabel Senior Visekonstabel Visekonstabel Ledende menig Menig
Translation Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer First Class Petty Officer Second Class Petty Officer Third Class Master seaman Leading seaman Able seaman Seaman Seaman apprentice Seaman recruit
Norway Norway
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None.svg OR9 NOR - Sersjantmajor Luft.png OR8 NOR - Kommandersersjant Luft.png OR7 NOR - Stabssersjant Luft.png OR6 NOR - Vingsersjant.png Norway-airforce-OR-5b.svg Norway-airforce-OR-5a.svg OR4 NOR - Vingkorporal Luft.png OR4 NOR - Korporal Luft NY.png OR3 NOR - Ledende vingsoldat Luft.png OR2 NOR - Vingsoldat Luft.png Norway-airforce-OR-1b.svg Norway-airforce-OR-1a.svg
Sjefssersjant Sersjantmajor Kommandérsersjant Stabssersjant Oversersjant Vingsersjant Sersjant Seniorspesialist Ledende spesialist Spesialist Visespesialist Ledende Flysoldat Flysoldat
Translation Sergeant Major of the Air Force Sergeant Major Master Sergeant Sergeant 1st class Staff Sergeant Senior Sergeant Sergeant Corporal 1st class Corporal Specialist 1st class Specialist Aircraftman 1st class Aircraftman
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Commissioned officers

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the army, navy and air force respectively.

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
Norway Norway
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No equivalent Norway-army-OF-9.svg Norway-army-OF-8.svg Norway-army-OF-7.svg Norway-army-OF-6.svg Norway-army-OF-5.svg Norway-army-OF-4.svg Norway-army-OF-3.svg Norway-army-OF-2.svg Norway-army-OF-1b.svg Norway-army-OF-1a.svg No equivalent
General Generalløytnant Generalmajor Brigader Oberst Oberstløytnant Major Kaptein/
Rittmester
Løytnant Fenrik


Norway Norway
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No equivalent Of9 sjø.png Of8 sjø.png Of7 sjø.png Of6 sjø.png Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O6.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg No equivalent
Admiral Viseadmiral Kontreadmiral Flaggkommandør Kommandør Kommandørkaptein Orlogskaptein Kapteinløytnant Løytnant Fenrik


Norway Norway
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No equivalent Norway-air force-OF-9.svg Norway-air force-OF-8.svg Norway-air force-OF-7.svg Norway-air force-OF-6.svg Norway-air force-OF-5.svg Norway-air force-OF-4.svg Norway-air force-OF-3.svg Norway-air force-OF-2.svg Norway-air force-OF-1b.svg Norway-air force-OF-1a.svg No equivalent
General Generalløytnant Generalmajor Brigader Oberst Oberstløytnant Major Kaptein Løytnant Fenrik


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

System 1975-2016

Norway did not have a non-commissioned officer system and thus Sergeant and Petty officer are grouped with the officers under the common designation befal. The officers are divided into three groups: The befal (company officers, ranks Ensign to Captain inclusive), the staff officers (stabsoffiser, ranks Major to brigadier inclusive), and the generals (Major General to General inclusive).

Fenrik (Ensign) used to be referred to as Second Lieutenant (Norwegian: Fenrik), while the rank of lieutenant went by First Lieutenant. The rank of Brigadier is not an old tradition in the Norwegian armed forces and was instated as a replacement for Oberst I (First Colonel); what is now Oberst used to be Oberst II (Second Colonel). As shown, the Cavalry have two ranks which differ from the regular Army: Dragon (Dragoon) instead of Menig (Private), and Rittmester (Rittmeister) instead of Kaptein (Captain).

The ranks of Grenader and Matros were bestowed upon soldiers who have finished the 12 months compulsory service and had signed one or more three-year contracts to continue serving. The ranks of Visekorporal/Visekonstabel/Vingsoldat (Corporal/Leading Rate) were usually ascribed to soldiers with long and/or outstanding service, though may be bestowed on soldiers with extra responsibilities (e.g. the shift-commander among a group of soldiers on guard-duty). A UB-Korporal/Kvartermesteraspirant (Rate Corporal/Petty Officer-in-training) was a soldier who has finished the UB course (Utskrevet Befalskurs), a course intended to prepare conscripted soldiers for non-commissioned officer duties, but still under training in "the field". After one-year course and service these soldiers were qualified for the rank of Sersjant or Kvartermester.

Enlisted

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

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Norway Norway No equivalent
OR5.png GrenOR4.png OR3.png Gren OR2.png Visekorporal OR2.png Menig OR1.png
Sersjant Korporal Visekorporal 1. klasse Visekorporal Menig
Sergeant Corporal Master Lance Corporal Lance Corporal Private
Norway Norway No equivalent
NOR NavyOR5.png NOR NavyOR4.png No equivalent NOR NavyOR2.png NOR NavyOR1.png
Kvartermester Konstabel Visekonstabel Menig
Sergeant Corporal Seaman Junior Seaman
Norway Norway No equivalent
FlyOR5.png GrenKorp.png FlyOR4.png GrenVingsoldat1.png GrenVingsoldat.png FlyOR2.png FlyOR1.png
Sersjant Korporal Visekorporal 1. klasse Visekorporal Flysoldat
Sergeant Corporal Master Lance Corporal Lance Corporal Aircraftman

Officers

Army Air Force Navy NATO
FenrikOF1.png
Fenrik
Second Lieutenant
Generic-Navy-O1.svg
Fenrik
Sub-lieutenant
OF1
NOR OF1.png
Løytnant
Lieutenant
Generic-Navy-O3.svg
Løytnant
Lieutenant
OF1
NOR OF2.png
Kaptein
Captain
Generic-Navy-O4.svg
Kapteinløytnant
Lieutenant Commander
OF2
NOR OF3.png
Major
Major
Generic-Navy-O5.svg
Orlogskaptein
Commander
OF3
NOR OF4.png
Oberstløytnant
Lieutenant Colonel
Generic-Navy-O6.svg
Kommandørkaptein
Commander, Senior grade
OF4
NOR OF5.png
Oberst
Colonel
Generic-Navy-O7.svg
Kommandør
Captain (Navy)
OF5
NOR OF6.png
brigadier
Brigadier
NOR NavyOF6.png
Flaggkommandør
Commodore
OF6
NOR OF7.png
Generalmajor
Major General
NOR NavyOF7.png
Kontreadmiral
Rear Admiral
OF7
NOR OF8.png
Generalløytnant
Lieutenant General
NOR NavyOF8.png
Viseadmiral
Vice Admiral
OF8
NOR OF9.png
General
General
NOR NavyOF9.png
Admiral
Admiral
OF9

References

  1. ^ a b "Forsvaret innfører ny personellordning" (norsk). Regjeringen. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  2. ^ "Her er de nye gradene" (norsk). Forsvaret (2015-12-11). Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  3. ^ "TJ 12-3-2 Bestemmelse for Hærens distinksjoner og andre uniformstegn, s. 10" (norsk). Forsvaret (2016-04-26). Retrieved 2017-02-01.
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