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List of comparative military ranks

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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.

Navies Armies Air forces
Commissioned officers
Admiral of
the fleet
Field marshal or
General of the army
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
Lieutenant
junior grade
or
sub-lieutenant
Lieutenant or
first lieutenant
Flying officer
Ensign or
midshipman
Second lieutenant Pilot officer
Officer cadet Officer cadet Flight cadet
Enlisted grades
Warrant officer or
chief petty officer
Warrant officer or
sergeant major
Warrant officer
Petty officer Sergeant Flight sergeant
Leading seaman Corporal or
bombardier
Corporal
Seaman Private or
gunner or
trooper
Aircraftman or
airman
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References to modern militaryEdit

AfghanistanEdit

AlgeriaEdit

AngolaEdit

ArgentinaEdit

AustraliaEdit

AustriaEdit

BangladeshEdit

BelgiumEdit

BhutanEdit

BoliviaEdit

Bosnia and HerzegovinaEdit

BrazilEdit

CabindaEdit

CanadaEdit

ChileEdit

People's Republic of ChinaEdit

ColombiaEdit

CongoEdit

Congo-BrazzavilleEdit

CroatiaEdit

CubaEdit

DenmarkEdit

EgyptEdit

EcuadorEdit

EstoniaEdit

FinlandEdit

FranceEdit

GabonEdit

GeorgiaEdit

GermanyEdit

GreeceEdit

HungaryEdit

IndiaEdit

IndonesiaEdit

IranEdit

IraqEdit

IrelandEdit

IsraelEdit

ItalyEdit

JapanEdit

JordanEdit

KosovoEdit

LaosEdit

LebanonEdit

LithuaniaEdit

MalaysiaEdit

MexicoEdit

MongoliaEdit

MyanmarEdit

NepalEdit

NetherlandsEdit

New ZealandEdit

NicaraguaEdit

North KoreaEdit

NorwayEdit

PakistanEdit

PeruEdit

PhilippinesEdit

PolandEdit

PortugalEdit

RomaniaEdit

RussiaEdit

Saudi ArabiaEdit

SerbiaEdit

SingaporeEdit

SlovakiaEdit

SloveniaEdit

South AfricaEdit

South KoreaEdit

SpainEdit

Sri LankaEdit

SwedenEdit

SwitzerlandEdit

SyriaEdit

Republic of China (Taiwan)Edit

TanzaniaEdit

ThailandEdit

TunisiaEdit

TurkeyEdit

UkraineEdit

United Arab EmiratesEdit

United KingdomEdit

United StatesEdit

VenezuelaEdit

VietnamEdit

Continental comparisonsEdit

Other comparisonsEdit

Previous erasEdit