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Other ranks (ORs) in the Royal Marines, British Army, Royal Air Force and in the armies and air forces of many other Commonwealth countries are those personnel who are not commissioned officers, usually including non-commissioned officers (NCOs).[1][2] (In the Royal Navy, these personnel are called "ratings"[3] rather than "other ranks". Non-commissioned member is the equivalent term for the Canadian Armed Forces.) Colloquially, members of the other ranks are known as "rankers".[citation needed]

The term is often considered to exclude warrant officers, and occasionally also excludes NCOs. Formally, a regiment consists of the "officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men" or the "officers, warrant officers and other ranks".[4]

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British IndiaEdit

In British India, a distinction was made between British other ranks (BORs) and Indian other ranks (IORs).[5][6]

Comparative ranksEdit

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
  United Kingdom
(Edit)
  No equivalent     No equivalent   No equivalent   No equivalent
Warrant officer Chief petty officer Petty officer Leading rate Able rate


  United Kingdom
(Royal Marines)

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        No equivalent     No equivalent No insignia
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Colour sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Marine
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
  United Kingdom
(Edit)
              No equivalent     No insignia
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Staff/Colour sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Private
(or equivalent)
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
  United Kingdom
(Edit)
  No equivalent       No equivalent           No insignia
Warrant officer Flight sergeant Chief technician Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal
RAF Regiment only
Senior aircraftman/
woman technician
Senior aircraftman/ woman Leading aircraftman/ woman Aircraftman/ woman
  United Kingdom
(Aircrew)
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  No equivalent     No equivalent
Master aircrew Flight sergeant aircrew Sergeant aircrew
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PACMAN Chapter 3 Part 1 Part B Division 5: Salary (Other Ranks)". Defence.gov.au. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  2. ^ Berman, Gavin; Rutherford, Tom (2013-09-19). "Defence personnel statistics (SN/SG/02183)" (PDF). House of Commons of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  3. ^ Royal Navy. "Life as a Rating". Royal Navy. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  4. ^ Roll of Honour of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment
  5. ^ Valerie Anderson, Race and Power in British India: Anglo-Indians, Class and Identity in the Nineteenth Century, 2015
  6. ^ Paul Knight, The British Army in Mesopotamia, 1914–1918, 2013