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Irish Defence Forces rank insignia

Rank insignia in the Irish Defence Forces are an indication of the wearer's military rank, and worn by officers and other members of the Defence Forces as an element of their uniform, typically as a shoulder board.[1]

Irish ArmyEdit

Officer ranksEdit

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
Parade[2][3] No equivalent
                     
Combat[4]                      
Irish Leifteanant-Ghinearál Maor-Ghinearál Briogáidire-Ghinearál Coirnéal Leifteanant-Choirnéal[a] Ceannfort Captaen Leifteanant Dara Leifteanant Dalta Sinsir Dalta Sóisir
English Lieutenant-General Major-General Brigadier-General Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Senior Cadet Junior Cadet
Abbreviation Lt Gen Maj Gen Brig Gen Col Lt Col Comdt Capt Lt 2nd Lt Sr Cdt Jr Cdt

Other ranksEdit

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Parade[5][3]                 No insignia
Combat[6]                
Irish Maor-Sáirsint Cathláin/Reisiminte Ceathrúsháirsint Cathláin/Reisiminte Sáirsint Complachta Ceathrúsháirsint Complacht Sáirsint Ceannaire Saighdiúr Singil, 3 Réalta Saighdiúr Singil, 2 Réalta Earcach
English Battalion/Regimental Sergeant Major Battalion/Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Company Sergeant Company Quartermaster Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Private/Gunner/Trooper 3 Star Private 2 Star Recruit
Abbreviation BSM/RSM BQMS/RQMS BS/CS/SS BQ/CQ/SQ Sgt Cpl Pte/Gnr/Tpr 3* Pte 2* Rec

Historic ranksEdit

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
(1949–1963)[7]                    
Abbreviation BSM/RSM BQMS/RQMS BS/CS/SS BQ/CQ/SQ Sgt Cpl, 2 Star Cpl, 1 Star Pte, 3 Star Pte, 2 Star Pte, 1 Star
Corporal ranks
1949-1963[8]    
1963[8]    
Designation Corporal, 2 star Corporal, 1 star

Irish Air CorpsEdit

Irish Air Corps rank insignia are an indication of the wearer's military rank, and worn by officers and other members of the Irish Air Corps as an element of their uniform.[9]

Officers
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) and student officer
  Ireland
(Edit)
No equivalent
                 
Major general
Maor-ghinearál
Brigadier general
Briogáidire-ghinearál
Colonel
Coirnéal
Lieutenant colonel
Leifteanantchoirnéal
Commandant
Ceannfort
Captain
Captaen
Lieutenant
Leifteanant
Second lieutenant
Dara-leifteanant
Officer cadet
Dalta
Abbreviation Maj Gen Brig Gen Col Lt Col Comdt Capt Lt 2nd Lt O-Cdt
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
  Ireland
(Edit)
                  No insignia
Regimental Sergeant Major Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Flight Sergeant Flight Quartermaster Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Airman 3 Star Airman 2 Star Apprentice Recruit
Maor-sáirsint reisiminte Ceathrúsháirsint reisiminte Sáirsint eitleoige Ceathrúsháirsint eitleoige Sáirsint Ceannaire Eitleoir, 3 réalta Eitleoir, 2 réalta Printíseach Earcach
Abbreviation RSM RQMS FS FQMS Sgt Cpl Amn 3* Amn 2* App Rec/G1

Irish Naval ServiceEdit

Officers
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) and student officer
  Ireland
(Edit)
No equivalent
                             
Vice Admiral
Leas-Aimiréal
Rear Admiral
Seachaimiréal
Commodore
Ceannasóir
Captain
Captaen
Commander
Ceannasaí
Lieutenant Commander
Leifteanant-Cheannasaí
Lieutenant
Leifteanant
Sub-Lieutenant
Fo-Leifteanant
Ensign
Meirgire
Officer Cadet
Dalta
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
  Ireland
(Edit)
                No insignia
Warrant Officer
Oifigeach Barántais
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Ard-Mhion-Oifigeach Sinsearach
Chief Petty Officer
Ard-Mhion-Oifigeach
Senior Petty Officer
Mion-Oifigeach Sinsearach
Petty Officer
Mion-Oifigeach
Leading Seaman
Mairnéalach Ceannais
Able Seaman
Mairnéalach Inniúil
Ordinary Seaman
Mairnéalach
Seaman recruit
Recruit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Highest rank of the Army Reserve

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ "Irish Military Insignia". irishmilitaryinsignia.com. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  2. ^ Perkins 2007, Rank Markings - Officers, Since 1971.
  3. ^ a b "Army Rank Markings". Military.ie. Archived from the original on 16 April 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  4. ^ Perkins 2007, Rank Markings (Slider) - Officers.
  5. ^ Perkins 2007, Rank Markings - Enlisted Personnel, 1963.
  6. ^ Perkins 2007, Rank Markings (Slider) - Enlisted Personnel.
  7. ^ Perkins 2007, Rank Markings - Enlisted Personnel, 1949.
  8. ^ a b Perkins 2007, Rank Markings - Enlisted Personnel, Miscellaneous.
  9. ^ "Air Corps rank markings". irishmilitaryinsignia.com. Retrieved 10 December 2016.

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