Rank insignia of the Carabinieri

As the Arma dei Carabinieri is the fourth service of the Italian armed forces, the Ranks and rank insignia of the Carabinieri are designed according to the military rank structure of Italy. Carabinieri personnel belongs to four different career paths, the Officer career, the Inspector career, the Sovrintendente career, and the basic Carabinieri career.

Ruoli UfficialeEdit

Candidates for the non-technical Officer career of the Carabinieri are recruited through the Military Academy of Modena. At the end of the two-year period, students graduate in "Legal Sciences" and are appointed Sottotenente. The cycle of studies continues for another three years at the Carabinieri Officer School, at the end of which the students obtain a master's degree in Law and, on a voluntary basis, also one in "Internal and external security sciences" (in agreement with the University of Rome Tor Vergata). Appointment to Tenente is after two years at the school.[1]

Non-technical officers are also recruited by direct appointment as Sottotenente by Luogotenente, under 50 years old, with a Master's degree, and by all other ranks with at least five years service, under 40 years old, with a Bachelor's degree in law.[2] [3] [4] The directly appointed Sottotenente are trained for two years at the Carabinieri Officer School, obtaining a master's degree in Law and promotion to Tenente.

NATO-code Rank Rank insignia [5]
OF-9 Generale di Corpo d'Armata
Comandante generale dell'Arma dei Carabinieri
 
OF-8 Generale di Corpo d'Armata
Vicecomandante generale dell'Arma dei Carabinieri
 
Generale di Corpo d'Armata
former Vicecomandante generale dell'Arma dei Carabinieri
 
Generale di Corpo d'Armata  
OF-7 Generale di Divsione
Serving in higher rank
 
Generale di Divisione  
Generale di Divisione
Honorary rank
 
OF-6 Generale di Brigata
Serving in higher rank
 
Generale di Brigata  
OF-5 Colonello
Serving in higher rank
 
Colonello
Commanding officer
 
Colonello
 
Colonello
Honorary rank
 
OF-4 Tenente colonello
Serving in higher rank
 
Tenente colonello
Commanding officer
 
Tenente colonello
 
OF-3 Maggiore
Serving in higher rank
 
Maggiore
Commanding officer
 
Maggiore
 
OF-2 Capitano
Serving in higher rank
 
Primo Capitano  
Capitano
 
OF-1 Tenente
Commanding officer
 
Tenente
After two years at the Carabinieri Officer School
 
Sottotenente
At the Carabinieri Officer School
 
OF-D Allievo ufficiale
At the Military Academy of Modena (2 years)
 

Ruoli IspettoriEdit

Candidates for the Inspector career are by law recruited to 70% by internal or civilian applicants with a high school diploma, to 20% from the Sovrintendente career, and to 10% from the basic Carabinieri career. The former candidates attend a three-year university-based training process at the School of Marshals and Brigadiers of the Carabinieri, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in "Legal Sciences of Security" at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, while the latter candidates are trained for six months at the School of Marshals and Brigadiers of the Carabinieri.[2] [6]

NATO-code Rank Rank insignia [7]
OR-9 Luogotenente «Carica Speciale»  
Luogetenente  
Maresciallo maggiore  
Maresciallo capo  
OR-8 Maresciallo ordinario  
Maresciallo  
n/a Allievo maresciallo  

Ruoli SovrintendenteEdit

Candidates for the Sovrintendente career are by law recruited to 60 % from the Appuntato scelto and to 40% from the lower ranks of the basic Carabinieri career. The former candidates are trained during one month, and the latter candidates during three months, at the School of Marshals and Brigadiers of the Carabinieri.[3]

NATO-code Rank Rank insignia [8]
OR-7 Brigadiere capo «Qualifica Speciale»  
Brigadiere capo  
OR-6 Brigadiere  
OR-5 Vicebrigadiere  

Ruoli Appuntati e CarabinieriEdit

Candidates for the basic carabinieri career are by law recruited to 70 % from serving soldiers with one or four year enlistments as temporary service volunteers, and to 30 % from civilian life irrespective of previous military service.[9] [10] Initial enlistment is for a period of four years, after which permanent status is achieved.[4] Training is one year at one of five Carabinieri schools.

NATO-code Rank Rank insignia [11]
OR-4 Appuntato scelto «Qualifica Speciale»  
Appuntato scelto  
Appuntato  
Carabiniere scelto  
Carabiniere  
n/a Allievo carabinere
During the first six months at the Carabinieri school (1 year)
 

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