Air force officer rank insignia

To assist in the comparison of different countries' air force officer rank insignia, NATO rank codes have been used. These are established codes for determining the seniority of officer and other ranks in NATO countries for a particular joint task group or command structure, although specific appointments designate a higher level of seniority over other equivalent rank codes in a given situation. Officer ranks go from OF-1 up to OF-10; OF(D) being a special category for trainee officers awaiting a commission. The system should not be confused with the pay grades used in the US military. While countries outside the NATO command structure (including some NATO member countries such as France) do not strictly fall into this classification structure and there may be instances of overlap the codes still provide a useful gauge in determining what ranks are broadly 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
Argentina Argentina
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No equivalent Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Brigadier General.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Brigadier Mayor.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Brigadier.svg No equivalent Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Comodoro.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Vicecomodoro.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Mayor.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Capitán.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Primer Teniente.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Teniente.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Alférez.svg Unknown
Brigadier General
(Brigadier General)
Brigadier Mayor
(Brigadier-Major)
Brigadier
(Brigadier)
Comodoro
(Commodore)
Vicecomodoro
(Vice-Commodore)
Mayor
(Major)
Capitán
(Captain)
Primer Teniente
(First Lieutenant)
Teniente
(Lieutenant)
Alférez
(Ensign)

Australia Australia
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Australia RAAF OF-10.svg Australia RAAF OF-9.svg Australia RAAF OF-8.svg Australia RAAF OF-7.svg Australia RAAF OF-6.svg Australia RAAF OF-5.svg Australia RAAF OF-4.svg Australia RAAF OF-3.svg Australia RAAF OF-2.svg Australia RAAF OF-1b.svg Australia RAAF OF-1a.svg Australia RAAF OF (D).svg
Marshal of the RAAF Air chief marshal Air marshal Air vice-marshal Air commodore Group captain Wing commander Squadron leader Flight lieutenant Flying officer Pilot officer Officer cadet

Bangladesh Bangladesh
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No equivalent British RAF OF-9.svg British RAF OF-8.svg British RAF OF-7.svg British RAF OF-6.svg British RAF OF-5.svg British RAF OF-4.svg British RAF OF-3.svg British RAF OF-2.svg British RAF OF-1b.svg British RAF OF-1a.svg None.svg
Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice-Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer Officer cadet

Belgium Belgium
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No equivalent BE-Air Force-OF9.svg BE-Air Force-OF8.svg BE-Air Force-OF7.svg BE-Air Force-OF6.svg BE-Air Force-OF5.svg BE-Air Force-OF4.svg BE-Air Force-OF3.svg BE-Air Force-OF2a.svg BE-Air Force-OF2b.svg BE-Air Force-OF1a.svg BE-Air Force-OF1b.svg No equivalent Belgium Air Component OF(D).png
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Commandant Captain Lieutenant Sub-lieutenant Officer Cadet
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Brigadegeneraal Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein-commandant Kapitein Luitenant Onderluitenant Aspirant
Général Lieutenant général Général-major Général de Brigade Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Capitaine-commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant Aspirant
General Generalleutnant Generalmajor Brigadegeneral Oberst Oberstleutnant Major Stabshauptmann Hauptmann Leutnant Unterleutnant Aspirant

Brazil Brazil
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Brazilian Air Force marshal of the air rank insignia.svg Brazilian Air Force Lieutenant-Brigadier rank insignia.svg Brazilian Air Force Major-Brigadier rank insignia.svg Brazilian Air Force Brigadier rank insignia.svg No equivalent CoronelFAB-V.png Tenente-Coronel FAB.gif Major-vertical fab.gif Capitão FAB.png Primeiro-Tenente FAB.gif AspiranteFABrasil.png
Marechal-do-ar
(Marshal of the Air)
Tenente-brigadeiro
(Lieutenant-Brigadier)
Major-brigadeiro
(Major-Brigadier)
Brigadeiro-do-ar
(Brigadier)
Coronel
(Colonel)
Tenente-coronel
(Lieutenant-Colonel)
Major
(Major)
Capitão
(Captain)
Primeiro-tenente
(First Lieutenant)
Segundo-tenente
(Second Lieutenant)
Aspirante
(Aspirant)

Canada Royal Canadian Air Force
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No equivalent Canada-Air force-OF-9-collected.svg Canada-Air force-OF-8-collected.svg Canada-Air force-OF-7-collected.svg Canada-Air force-OF-6-collected.svg Canadian RCAF OF-5.svg Canadian RCAF OF-4.svg Canadian RCAF OF-3.svg Canadian RCAF OF-2.svg Canadian RCAF OF-1b.svg Canadian RCAF OF-1a.svg Canadian RCAF OF (D).svg No equivalent
General Lieutenant-general Major-general Brigadier-general Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second lieutenant Officer cadet
Général Lieutenant-général Major-général Brigadier-général Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant Élève-officier

Chile Chile
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No equivalent Air General Aviation General Air Brigade General Commodore Aviation Colonel Group Commander Squadron Commander Flight Captain Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant Ensign Cadet
Air General
General de Aire
Aviation General
General de Aviación
Air Brigade General
General de Brigada Aérea
Commodore
Comodoro
Aviation Colonel
Coronel de Aviación
Group Commander
Comandante de Grupo
Squadron Commander
Comandante de Escuadrilla
Flight Captain
Capitán de Bandada
Lieutenant
Teniente
Sublieutenant
Subteniente
Ensign
Alférez
Officer Cadet
Cadete

Czech Republic Czech Republic
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No equivalent Czech-Airforce OF-9.svg Czech-Airforce OF-8.svg Czech-Airforce OF-7.svg Czech-Airforce OF-6.svg Czech-Airforce OF-5.svg Czech-Airforce OF-4.svg Czech-Airforce OF-3.svg Czech-Airforce OF-2.svg Czech-Airforce OF-1b.svg Czech-Airforce OF-1a.svg No equivalent
Armádní generál Generálporučík Generálmajor Brigádní generál Plukovník Podplukovník Major Kapitán Nadporučík Poručík

Denmark Denmark
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No equivalent RDAF Gen.svg RDAF Lt Gen.svg RDAF Maj Gen.svg RDAF Brig Gen.svg RDAF Col.svg RDAF Lt Col.svg RDAF Maj.svg RDAF Capt.svg RDAF 1st Lt.svg RDAF Fly Off.svg RDAF 2nd Lt.svg No equivalent
General Generalløjtnant Generalmajor Brigadegeneral Oberst Oberstløjtnant Major Kaptajn Premierløjtnant Løjtnant Sekondløjtnant

Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
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No equivalent
Teniente General Mayor General General de Brigada Coronel Teniente Coronel Mayor Capitan Primer Teniente Segundo Teniente Cadete
Teniente General Mayor General General de Brigada Coronel Teniente Coronel Mayor Capitan Primer Teniente Segundo Teniente Cadete

France France
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No equivalent French Air Force-général d'armée aérienne.svg French Air Force-général de corps aérien.svg French Air Force-général de division aérienne.svg French Air Force-général de brigade aérienne.svg French Air Force-colonel.svg French Air Force-lieutenant-colonel.svg French Air Force-commandant.svg French Air Force-capitaine.svg French Air Force-lieutenant.svg French Air Force-sous-lieutenant.svg French Air Force-aspirant.svg French Air Force-élève officier.svg
Général d´armée aérienne Général de corps aérien Général de division aérienne Général de brigade aérienne Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant Aspirant Élève-officier

Greece Greece
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No equivalent 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
Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice-Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer
Πτέραρχος Αντιπτέραρχος Υποπτέραρχος Ταξίαρχος Σμήναρχος Αντισμήναρχος Επισμηναγός Σμηναγός Υποσμηναγός Ανθυποσμηναγός

India India
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India-AirForce-OF-10-collected.svg India-AirForce-OF-9-collected.svg India-AirForce-OF-8-collected.svg India-AirForce-OF-7-collected.svg India-AirForce-OF-6-collected.svg British RAF OF-5.svg British RAF OF-4.svg British RAF OF-3.svg British RAF OF-2.svg British RAF OF-1b.svg None.svg
Marshal of the Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Flight Cadet

Iran Iran
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No equivalent 21- ارتشبد--IRIAF.png 20- سپهبد--IRIAF.png 19- سرلشگر--IRIAF.png 18- سرتیپ--IRIAF.png 17- سرتیپ دوم--IRIAF.png 16- سرهنگ--IRIAF.png 15- سرهنگ دوم--IRIAF.png 14- سرگرد--IRIAF.png 13- سروان--IRIAF.png 12- ستوان یکم--IRIAF.png 11- ستوان دوم--IRIAF.png 10- ستوان سوم--IRIAF.png 04. IRIAF-4Y-OC.svg 03. IRIAF-3Y-OC.svg 02. IRIAF-2Y-OC.svg 01. IRIAF-1Y-OC.svg
General
ارتشبد
Lieutenant General
سپهبد
Major General
سرلشکر
Brigadier General
سرتیپ
Second Brigadier General
سرتیپ دوم
Colonel
سرهنگ
Lieutenant Colonel
سرهنگ دوم
Major
سرگرد
Captain
سروان
First Lieutenant
ستوان یکم
Second Lieutenant
ستوان دوم
Third Lieutenant
ستوان سوم
Officer Cadet
دانشجوی دانشگاه هوایی

Italy Italy
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IT-Airforce-OF-10.png IT-Airforce-OF-9s.png IT-Airforce-OF-9.png IT-Airforce-OF-8.png IT-Airforce-OF-7.png IT-Airforce-OF-5.png IT-Airforce-OF-4.png IT-Airforce-OF-3.png IT-Airforce-OF3s.png IT-Airforce-OF3.png IT-Airforce-OF2.png IT-Airforce-OF1.png No equivalent
Generale
awarded only to the Chief of Defense Staff
Generale di Squadra Aerea con Incarichi Speciali Generale di Squadra Aerea Generale di Divisione Aerea Generale di Brigata Aerea Colonnello Tenente Colonnello Maggiore Primo capitano Capitano Tenente Sottotenente

Malaysia Malaysia
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Malaysia-Air Force-OF-10.svg Malaysia-Air Force-OF-9.svg Malaysia-Air Force-OF-8.svg Malaysia-Air Force-OF-7.svg Malaysia-Air Force-OF-6.svg Colonel of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png Lieutenant Colonel of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png Major of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png Captain of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png Lieutenant of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png 2nd Lieutenant of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png No insignia
Marshal of the Air Force General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second lieutenant Officer Cadet
Marsyal Tentera Udara Jeneral TUDM Leftenan Jeneral TUDM Mejar Jeneral TUDM Brigedier Jeneral TUDM Kolonel TUDM Leftenan Kolonel TUDM Mejar TUDM Kapten TUDM Leftenan TUDM Leftenan Muda TUDM Pegawai Kadet

Mexico Mexico
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No equivalent
General de División General de Ala General de Grupo Coronel Teniente Coronel Mayor Capitan Primero Capitán Segundo Teniente Subteniente
General de División General de Ala General de Grupo Coronel Teniente Coronel Mayor Capitan Primero Capitán Segundo Teniente Subteniente

Netherlands Netherlands
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No equivalent Netherlands-AirForce-OF-9.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-8.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-7.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-6.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-5.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-4.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-3.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-2.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-1b.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-1a.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-(D).svg No equivalent
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Commodore Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein Eerste-luitenant Tweede-luitenant Vaandrig

New Zealand New Zealand
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Marshal of the RNZAF No equivalent Air marshal Air vice-marshal Air commodore Group captain Wing commander Squadron leader Flight lieutenant Flying officer Pilot officer None.svg
Marshal of the RNZAF Air marshal Air vice-marshal Air commodore Group captain Wing commander Squadron leader Flight lieutenant Flying officer Pilot officer Officer cadet

Poland Poland
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Army-POL-OF-10.svg Rank insignia of generał of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of generał broni of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of generał dywizji of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of generał brygady of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of pułkownik of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of podpułkownik of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of major of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of kapitan of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of porucznik of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of podporucznik of the Air Force of Poland.svg No equivalent Various
Marszałek Polski1 Generał Generał broni Generał dywizji Generał brygady Pułkownik Podpułkownik Major Kapitan Porucznik Podporucznik Podchorąży

Portugal Portugal
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Portugal-AirForce-OF-10.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-9.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-8.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-7.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-6.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-5.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-4.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-3.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-2.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-1b.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-1a.svg Portugal-AirForce-OF-(D).svg Various
Marechal1 General Tenente General Major General Brigadeiro General Coronel Tenente Coronel Major Capitão Tenente Alferes Aspirante-a-Oficial Cadete Aluno

Romania Romania
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Romania-Army-OF-10.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-9.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-8.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-7.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-6.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-5.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-4.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-3.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-2.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-1b.svg Romania-AirForce-OF-1a.svg No equivalent
Mareșal1 General General-Locotenent General-Maior General de Flotilă Aeriană Comandor Căpitan-Comandor Locotenent-Comandor Căpitan Locotenent Sublocotenent

Thailand Thailand
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Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer None.svg
จอมพลอากาศ พลอากาศเอก พลอากาศโท พลอากาศตรี พลอากาศจัตวา นาวาอากาศเอก นาวาอากาศโท นาวาอากาศตรี เรืออากาศเอก เรืออากาศโท เรืออากาศตรี นักเรียนนายเรืออากาศ
Marshal of the Air Force Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer Air Cadet

Sweden Sweden
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No equivalent Sweden-AirForce-OF-9.svg Sweden-AirForce-OF-8.svg Sweden-AirForce-OF-7.svg Sweden-AirForce-OF-6.svg OF-5 Överste FV hylsa.jpg OF-4 Överstelöjtnant FV hylsa.jpg OF-3 Major FV hylsa.jpg OF-2 Kapten FV hylsa.jpg OF-1 Löjtnant FV hylsa.jpg OF-1 Fänrik FV hylsa.jpg None.svg
General Generallöjtnant Generalmajor Brigadgeneral Överste Överstelöjtnant Major Kapten Löjtnant Fänrik Kadett

Ukraine Ukraine
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No equivalent UAAF shoulder mark 21.svg UAAF shoulder mark 20.svg UAAF shoulder mark 19.svg UAAF shoulder mark 18.svg UAAF shoulder mark 17.svg UAAF shoulder mark 16.svg UAAF shoulder mark 15.svg UAAF shoulder mark 14.svg UAAF shoulder mark 13.svg UAAF shoulder mark 12.svg UAAF shoulder mark 11.svg None.svg
Генерал-полковник Генерал-лейтенант Генерал-майор Бригадний генерал Полковник Підполковник Майор Капітан Старший лейтенант Лейтенант Хорунжий Курсант
Colonel General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Senior Lieutenant Lieutenant Junior Lieutenant Cadet

United Kingdom United Kingdom
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United Kingdom-Air force-OF-10-collected.svg United Kingdom-Air force-OF-9-collected.svg United Kingdom-Air force-OF-8-collected.svg United Kingdom-Air force-OF-7-collected.svg United Kingdom-Air force-OF-6-collected.svg British RAF OF-5.svg British RAF OF-4.svg British RAF OF-3.svg British RAF OF-2.svg British RAF OF-1b.svg British RAF OF-1a.svg UK-RAF-OFD.svg No equivalent
Marshal of the RAF1 Air chief marshal Air marshal Air vice-marshal Air commodore Group captain Wing commander Squadron leader Flight lieutenant Flying officer Pilot officer
/acting pilot officer
Officer cadet

United States United States
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US Air Force O11 shoulderboard with seal.svg US Air Force O10 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O9 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O8 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O7 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O6 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O5 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O4 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O3 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O2 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O1 shoulderboard.svg Various Various
General of the Air Force1 General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier general Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain First lieutenant Second lieutenant Officer trainee Officer cadet
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
  • 1 Honorary/War time rank.
  • 2 Rank no longer in use.

Note that the NATO officer rank codes (OF-1 to OF-10) are differently numbered from the US officer rank codes (O-1 to O-11).

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