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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]

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New system of 2016Edit

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]

EnlistedEdit

The following are 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
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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 First sergeant Master sergeant Sergeant first class Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal 1st class Corporal Lance Corporal Specialist Private 1st class Private
  Norway
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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
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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 Technical Sergeant Flight Sergeant Sergeant Corporal 1st class Corporal Lance Corporal Specialist Aircraftman Aircraftman Basic
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Commissioned officersEdit

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
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No equivalent                     No equivalent
General Generalløytnant Generalmajor Brigader Oberst Oberstløytnant Major Kaptein/
Rittmester
Løytnant Fenrik


  Norway
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No equivalent                     No equivalent
Admiral Viseadmiral Kontreadmiral Flaggkommandør Kommandør Kommandørkaptein Orlogskaptein Kapteinløytnant Løytnant Fenrik


  Norway
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No equivalent                     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 1975-2016Edit

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.

EnlistedEdit

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 No equivalent
           
Sersjant Korporal Visekorporal 1. klasse Visekorporal Menig
Sergeant Corporal Master Lance Corporal Lance Corporal Private
  Norway No equivalent
    No equivalent    
Kvartermester Konstabel Visekonstabel Menig
Sergeant Corporal Seaman Junior Seaman
  Norway No equivalent
             
Sersjant Korporal Visekorporal 1. klasse Visekorporal Flysoldat
Sergeant Corporal Master Lance Corporal Lance Corporal Aircraftman

OfficersEdit

Army Air Force Navy NATO
 
Fenrik
Second Lieutenant
 
Fenrik
Sub-lieutenant
OF1
 
Løytnant
Lieutenant
 
Løytnant
Lieutenant
OF1
 
Kaptein
Captain
 
Kapteinløytnant
Lieutenant Commander
OF2
 
Major
Major
 
Orlogskaptein
Commander
OF3
 
Oberstløytnant
Lieutenant Colonel
 
Kommandørkaptein
Commander, Senior grade
OF4
 
Oberst
Colonel
 
Kommandør
Captain (Navy)
OF5
 
Brigadier
Brigadier
 
Flaggkommandør
Commodore
OF6
 
Generalmajor
Major General
 
Kontreadmiral
Rear Admiral
OF7
 
Generalløytnant
Lieutenant General
 
Viseadmiral
Vice Admiral
OF8
 
General
General
 
Admiral
Admiral
OF9

ReferencesEdit

  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.