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This is a list of military ranks used by the Serbian Armed Forces. Although a landlocked country, Serbia maintains a river flotilla (small river navy) of about 15 vessels on the Danube river.

Contents

Current ranksEdit

Commissioned officersEdit

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

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
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No equivalent                     Unknown
General
(Генерал)
Lieutenant General
(Генерал-Потпуковник)
Major General
(Генерал-Мајор)
Brigadier General
(Бригадни Генерал)
Colonel
(Пуковник)
Lieutenant Colonel
(Потпуковник)
Major
(Мајор)
Captain
(Капетан)
Lieutenant
(Поручник)
Second Lieutenant
(Потпоручник)


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No equivalent                     Unknown
Admiral
Адмирал
Vice admiral
Вице Адмирал
Counter admiral
Контра Адмирал
Commodore
Комодор
Captain
Капетан Бојног Брода
Commander
Капетан Фрегате
Lieutenant commander
Капетан Корвете
Lieutenant
Поручник Фрегате
Lieutenant junior grade
Поручник Корвете
Ensign
Потпоручник


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No equivalent                     Unknown
General
(Генерал)
Lieutenant General
(Генерал-Потпуковник)
Major General
(Генерал-Мајор)
Brigadier General
(Бригадни Генерал)
Colonel
(Пуковник)
Lieutenant Colonel
(Потпуковник)
Major
(Мајор)
Captain
(Капетан)
Lieutenant
(Поручник)
Second Lieutenant
(Потпоручник)


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

EnlistedEdit

The rank insignia for enlisted personnel for the army, River Flotilla and air force respectively.

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
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                No insignia
Warrant officer 1st class
(Заставник I класе)
Warrant officer
(Заставник)
Senior sergeant 1st class
(Старији Водник I класе)
Senior Sergeant
(Старији Водник)
Sergeant
(Водник)
Corporal
(Млађи водник)
Lance Corporal
(Десетар)
Private first class
(Разводник)
Private
(Војник)


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                No insignia
Ensign, 1st class
(Заставник I класе)
Ensign
(Заставник)
Senior chief petty officer
(Старији Водник I класе)
Chief petty officer
(Старији Водник)
Petty officer
(Водник)
Master seaman
(Млађи водник)
Leading seaman
(Десетар)
Able seaman
(Разводник)
Seaman recruit
(Војник)


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                No insignia
Warrant officer 1st class
(Заставник I класе)
Warrant officer
(Заставник)
Senior sergeant 1st class
(Старији Водник I класе)
Senior Sergeant
(Старији Водник)
Sergeant
(Водник)
Corporal
(Млађи водник)
Senior airman
(Десетар)
Airman first class
(Разводник)
Airman basic
(Војник)
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Historical ranksEdit

 
Structure of the Military ranks of Kingdom of Serbia (until 1918)
 
King of Yugoslavia special Vojvoda (Serbia and Yugoslavia) insignia with dynasty coat of arms and royal monogram

GeneralsEdit

There were only three ranks in pre-World War I Serbia: General (from 1872), Army General (from 1900 to 1901) and Vojvoda (from 1901). Four ranks were introduced in Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes in 1923, and lasted until 1945. There were only two types of shoulder cords: with doubleheaded eagle and coat of arms of Kingdom of SHS or Kingdom of Yugoslavia for Vojvoda and without for all other General ranks. The different general grades were indicated by 6-pointed stars on the cuffs. Also the backing cloth for the shoulder cords was light blue for army general (was honorary rank in period from 1900-1901) and divisional generals and in a colour of service for brigadier general. During the Middle Ages, the Vojvoda was a military commander rank and a noble titule. In the Balkan Wars and World War I this title was used to designate the highest military rank in Serbian Army and later Royal Yugoslav Army (above the General - as equalent of Field Marshal in other armies). This rank was introduced by the law on the Organization of the Army Kingdom of Serbia in 1901. It has been awarded only during the war for: special merits of top generals. The first Vojvoda was promoted by the Great military decree of the Kingdom of Serbia on 20 October 1912. Only four people ever officially held that military rank: Radomir Putnik (got it in 1912), Stepa Stepanović (1914), Živojin Mišić (1914) and Petar Bojović (1918). Honorary title but not military rank held Montenegrin General Janko Vukotić (1915) and the French General Louis Franchet d'Espérey (1921). After unification of Kingdom of Serbia in to Kingdom SHS (later Kingdom Yugoslavia) no further officers where promoted to rank of Vojvoda. King of Yugoslavia held the rank of Supreme Commander and wear special Vojvoda uniform.

Ranks for SHS and YugoslaviaEdit

Flag officer ranksEdit

Ranks Vojvoda Army general Divisional General Brigadier General
Epaulette        
Rank flag        
Ranks in Serbian Војвода
Vojvoda
Армијски ђенерал
Armijski đeneral
Дивизијски ђенерал
Divizijski đeneral
Бригадни ђенерал
Brigadni đeneral

OfficersEdit

Ranks Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain, 1st class Captain, 2nd class Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant
Epaulette              
Ranks in Serbian Пуковник
Pukovnik
Потпуковник
Potpukovnik
Мајор
Major
Капетан I класе
Kapetan I klase
Капетан II класе
Kapetan II klase
Поручник
Poručnik
Потпоручник
Potporučnik

Soldiers and NCOsEdit

Ranks Sergeant-Major, 1st class Sergeant-Major, 2nd class Sergeant-Major, 3rd class Sergeant Junior Sergeant Corporal Private
Epaulette              
Ranks in Serbian Наредник-Водник I класе
Narednik-Vodnik I klase
Наредник-Водник II класе
Narednik-Vodnik II klase
Наредник-Водник III класе
Narednik-Vodnik III klase
Наредник
Narednik
Поднаредник
Podnarednik
Каплар
Kaplar
Редов
Redov

External linksEdit