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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]

EnlistedEdit

National service Volunteers
OR1 OR2 OR3 OR4
Hæren          
Menig
Private
Ledende menig
Private 1st class
Visekorporal
Specialist
Visekorporal 1. klasse
Specialist 1st class
Korporal
Corporal
Korporal 1. klasse
Corporal 1st class
Luftforsvaret            
Flysoldat Ledende flysoldat Visespesialist Spesialist Ledende spesialist Seniorspesialist
Sjøforsvaret            
Menig
Seaman
Ledende menig Visekonstabel Ledende visekonstabel Konstabel Seniorkonstabel

Non-commissioned officersEdit

Non-commissioned officers
OR5 OR6 OR7 OR8 OR9
Hæren            
Sersjant
Sergeant
Sersjant 1. klasse
Senior Sergeant
Oversersjant
Staff Sergeant
Stabssersjant
Sergeant 1st class
Kommandérsersjant
Master Sergeant
Sersjantmajor
Sergeant Major
Luftforsvaret            
Sersjant Seniorsersjant Vingsersjant Stabssersjant Kommandérsersjant Sersjantmajor
Sjøforsvaret            
Kvartérmester Seniorkvartérmester Skvadronsmester Flotiljemester Orlogsmester Flaggmester

Commissioned officersEdit

Commissioned officers
OF1 OF2 OF3 OF4 OF5 OF6 OF7 OF8 OF9
Hæren                    
Fenrik Løytnant Kaptein / Rittmester Major Oberstløytnant Oberst Brigadér Generalmajor Generalløytnant General
Luftforsvaret                    
Fenrik Løytnant Kaptein Major Oberstløytnant Oberst Brigadér Generalmajor Generalløytnant General
Sjøforsvaret                    
Fenrik Løytnant Kapteinløytnant Orlogskaptein Kommandørkaptein Kommandør Flaggkommandør Kontreadmiral Viseadmiral Admiral

Source:[3][2]

System 1975-2016Edit

The green part represents soldiers and the equivalent of non-commissioned officers. The blue part represents officers. 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.

Army Air Force Navy NATO
 
Menig
Private
 
Flysoldat
Aircraftman
 
Menig
Junior Seaman
OR1
   
Visekorporal
Lance Corporal
   
Vingsoldat
Leading Aircraftman
 
Visekonstabel
Seaman
OR2
 
Visekorporal 1. Klasse
Master Lance Corporal
 
Vingsoldat 1. Klasse
Senior Aircraftman
No equivalent OR3
 
Korporal
Corporal
   
Korporal
Corporal
 
Konstabel
Leading Seaman
OR4
 
Sersjant
Sergeant
 
Sersjant
Sergeant
 
Kvartermester
Petty Officer
OR5
 
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. ^ a b "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.