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Rank insignia of the Iranian military

This article tackes the ranks and insignia of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is divided into three forces:

The IRIA is divided into four branches of service:

  • Army ground forces
  • Air force
  • Air defense force
  • Navy

Official military ranksEdit

The army, air force, air defence and police use the same rank system, while the revolutionary guard and the navy have separate systems of their own.

Iranian Army commissioned officers and enlisted ranksEdit

Officers
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
  Iran
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No equivalent                                
General
ارتشبد
Lieutenant General
سپهبد
Major General
سرلشکر
Brigadier General
سرتیپ
2nd Brigadier General
سرتیپ دوم
Colonel
سرهنگ
Lieutenant Colonel
سرهنگ دوم
Major
سرگرد
Captain
سروان
1st Lieutenant
ستوان یکم
2nd Lieutenant
ستوان دوم
3rd Lieutenant
ستوان سوم
Officer Cadet
(دانشجوی دانشگاه افسری امام علی (ع
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
  Iran
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Sergeant Major
استوار یکم
Master Sergeant
استوار دوم
Sergeant First Class
گروهبان یکم
Staff Sergeant
گروهبان دوم
Sergeant
گروهبان سوم
Corporal
سرجوخه
Private First Class
سرباز یکم
Private (E-2)
سرباز دوم
Private
سرباز

Iranian Air Force commissioned officers and enlisted ranksEdit

Officers
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
  Iran
(Edit)
No equivalent                                
General
ارتشبد
Lieutenant General
سپهبد
Major General
سرلشکر
Brigadier General
سرتیپ
Second Brigadier General
سرتیپ دوم
Colonel
سرهنگ
Lieutenant Colonel
سرهنگ دوم
Major
سرگرد
Captain
سروان
First Lieutenant
ستوان یکم
Second Lieutenant
ستوان دوم
Third Lieutenant
ستوان سوم
Officer Cadet
دانشجوی دانشگاه هوایی
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
  Iran
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Chief Master Sergeant
استوار یکم
Senior Master Sergeant
استوار دوم
Master sergeant
گروهبان یکم
Technical sergeant
گروهبان دوم
Staff Sergeant
گروهبان سوم
Senior airman
سرجوخه
Airman first class
سرباز یکم
Airman
سرباز دوم
Airman basic
سرباز

Iranian Air Defense Force commissioned officers and enlisted ranksEdit

Officers
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
  Iran
(Air Defense Force)

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No equivalent
                             
Lieutenant General
امیر سپهبد

Just used for Martyr Generals
Major General
امیر سرلشکر
Brigadier General
امیر سرتیپ
Second Brigadier General
امیر سرتیپ دوم
Colonel
سرهنگ
Lieutenant Colonel
سرهنگ دوم
Major
سرگرد
Captain
سروان
First Lieutenant
ستوان یکم
Second Lieutenant
ستوان دوم
Third Lieutenant
ستوان سوم
Officer Cadet
دانشجوی دانشگاه پدافند هوایی
Enlisted
Enlisted rank insignia of the Iranian Air Defense Force
First Ostovar Second Ostovar First sergeant Second Sergeant Third Sergeant Corporal First Soldier Second Soldier Soldier
Persian: استوار یکم Persian: استوار دوم Persian: گروهبان یکم Persian: گروهبان دوم Persian: گروهبان سوم Persian: سرجوخه Persian: سرباز یکم Persian: سرباز دوم Persian: سرباز

Iranian Navy commissioned officers and enlisted ratingsEdit

Officers
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
  Iran
(Edit)
No equivalent
                                               
Daryāsālār دریاسالار)
Admiral
Just used for Martyr Flag Officers
Daryābān (دریابان)
Vice Admiral
Daryādār (دریادار)
Rear Admiral
Daryādār Do (دریادار 2)
Flotilla Admiral
Nākhodā Yekomn (ناخدا یکم)
Captain
Nākhodā Dovom (ناخدا دوم)
Commander
Nākhodā Sevom (ناخدا سوم)
Lieutenant Commander
Nāvsarvān (ناوسروان)
Senior Lieutenant
Nāvbān Yekom (ناوبان یکم)
Lieutenant
Nāvbān Dovom (ناوبان دوم)
Junior Lieutenant
Nāvbān Sevom (ناوبان سوم)
Ensign
Officer Cadet
دانشجوی دانشگاه امام خمینی (ره)
Enlisted ratings
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
  Iran
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Nāvostovār Yekom Nāvostovār Dovom Mahnāvi Yekom Mahnāvi Dovom Mahnāvi Sevom Sarnāvi Nāvi Yekom Nāvi Dovom Nāvi
ناواستوار یکم ناواستوار دوم مهناوی یکم مهناوی دوم مهناوی سوم سرناوی ناوی یکم ناوی دوم ناوی
Master Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer First Class Petty Officer Second Class Petty Officer Third Class Seaman Seaman Apprentice Seaman Recruit

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commissioned officers and enlisted ranksEdit

Officers
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
  Iran
(Revolutionary Guard Coprs)

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No equivalent                                
Guardian General of the Army
ارتشبد پاسدار
Guardian Lieutenant General
سپهبد پاسدار
Guardian Major General
سرلشگر پاسدار
Guardian Brigadier General
سرتیپ پاسدار
Guardian 2nd Brigadier General
سرتیپ دوم پاسدار
Guardian Colonel
سرهنگ پاسدار
Guardian Lieutenant Colonel
سرهنگ دوم پاسدار
Guardian Major
سرگرد پاسدار
Guardian Captain
سروان پاسدار
Guardian 1st Lieutenant
ستوان یکم پاسدار
Guardian 2nd Lieutenant
ستوان دوم پاسدار
Guardian 3rd Lieutenant
ستوان سوم پاسدار
Officer Cadet
دانشجوی دانشگاه افسری امام حسین (ع)
Enlisted
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
  Iran
(Revolutionary Guard Coprs)

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Sergeant Major
Persian: رزم‌دار یکم
Master Sergeant
Persian: رزم‌دار دوم
Sergeant First Class
Persian: رزم‌آور یکم
Staff Sergeant
Persian: رزم‌آور دوم
Sergeant
Persian: رزم‌آور سوم
Corporal
Persian: رزم‌یار
Private First Class
Persian: سرباز یکم
Private (E-2)
Persian: سرباز دوم
Private
Persian: سرباز

Law Enforcement Force of Islamic Republic of Iran commissioned officers and enlisted ranksEdit

Officers
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
  Iran
(Police)

(Edit)
No equivalent                            
Guardian Major General
سرلشگر پاسدار
Guardian Brigadier General
سرتیپ پاسدار
Guardian 2nd Brigadier General
سرتیپ دوم پاسدار
Guardian Colonel
سرهنگ پاسدار
Guardian Lieutenant Colonel
سرهنگ دوم پاسدار
Guardian Major
سرگرد پاسدار
Guardian Captain
سروان پاسدار
Guardian 1st Lieutenant
ستوان یکم پاسدار
Guardian 2nd Lieutenant
ستوان دوم پاسدار
Guardian 3rd Lieutenant
ستوان سوم پاسدار
Officer Cadet
دانشجوی دانشگاه انتظامی امین
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
  Iran
(Police)

(Edit)
                 
Sergeant Major
استوار یکم
Master Sergeant
استوار دوم
Sergeant
First Class

گروهبان یکم
Staff Sergeant
گروهبان دوم
Sergeant
گروهبان سوم‎
Corporal
سرجوخه‎
Policeman
First Class

سرباز یکم
Senior Policeman
سرباز دوم
Policeman
سرباز

Notes on ranksEdit

Junior personnelEdit

Private (Sarbāz dovom) (سرباز دوم) or equivalent rank is usually awarded by the end of six months of service after basic training.

OstovarEdit

The rank of ostovar, a Persian word which in principle means "solid" or "steady", is equivalent to the English-speaking ranks of warrant officers or sergeants major.

General officersEdit

  • Second Brigadier General (Sartip dovom) (سرتيپ دوم) and second flotilla admiral (Daryādār dovom) (دریادار دوم) were created after the Islamic revolution of Iran as part of a new modified ranking system.
  • Major General (Sarlashkar) (سرلشكر) and the naval equivalent of Rear Admiral (Daryābān) (دریابان) are currently the rank of the heads of the Artesh, Sepah, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[citation needed]
  • Lieutenant General (Sepahbod) (سپهبد) and the naval rank of Admiral (daryāsālār) (دریاسالار) have not been in use since the Iran–Iraq War.
  • General (Arteshbod) (ارتشبد) and Admiral (Daryābod) (دریابد) have not been conferred since the Iranian Revolution.
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Farmāndehe setāde kolle niroohāye mosallah) (فرمانده ستاد کل نیروهای مسلح): It is the highest military post acting as the Chief of Armed Forces General Staff. The post oversees all Commanding Generals of different branches of Iran's armed forces including army, navy, air force, IRGC and other forces. It is not a military rank by itself but only an appointment, and the holder wears the insignia of the current rank.
  • Commander in Chief (Farmāndehe kolle ghovā) (فرمانده كل قوا) or (Bozorgarteshtārān) (بزرگ‌ارتشتاران): It is the highest political command of the armed forces and is not a military rank by itself. This post is reserved for the Supreme Leader of Iran by the Iranian constitution and as such, does not wear any rank insignia at all.

See alsoEdit

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