Wei (Chinese: ; Korean: ; Hanja: 尉) is the rank held by company-grade officers in some East Asian militaries. The ranks are used in both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China on Taiwan, and both North and South Korea.

Chinese variantEdit

People's Liberation ArmyEdit

The same rank names are used for all services, prefixed by haijun (simplified Chinese: 海军; traditional Chinese: 海軍; lit. 'naval force') or kongjun (simplified Chinese: 空军; traditional Chinese: 空軍; lit. 'air force').

Rank group Junior officers
大尉
Da wei
上尉
Shang wei
中尉
Zhong wei
少尉
Shao wei
  PLA Ground Forces[1] Used only
1955–1965
     
  PLA Navy[1]            
  PLA Air Force[1]      
  People's Armed Police[1]      
大尉
Da wei
上尉
Shang wei
中尉
Zhong wei
少尉
Shao wei
Rank group Junior officers

Republic of China Armed ForcesEdit

Rank group Junior officers
上尉
Siōng-ùi
中尉
Tiong-ùi
少尉
Siáu-ùi

Ùi
准尉
Chun-ùi
  Republic of China Army[2]          
  Republic of China Navy      
  Republic of China Air Force[2]          
  Republic of China Marine Corps          
上尉
Siōng-ùi
中尉
Tiong-ùi
少尉
Siáu-ùi

Ùi
准尉
Chun-ùi
Rank group Junior officers

Korean variantEdit

Jang
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationWi
McCune–ReischauerWi

North KoreaEdit

Rank group Junior officers
대위
Taewi
상위
Daewi
중위
Chungwi
소위
Sowi
  Korean People's Army Ground Force[3]        
Captain First lieutenant Second lieutenant
  Korean People's Army Naval Force[3]        
Lieutenant Lieutenant
junior grade
Ensign
  Korean People's Army Air Force[3]        
Captain First lieutenant Second lieutenant
대위
Taewi
상위
Daewi
중위
Chungwi
소위
Sowi
Rank group Junior officers

South KoreaEdit

Rank group Junior officers
대위
Daewi
중위
Jungwi
소위
Sowi
준위
Junwi
  Republic of Korea Army[4]        
  Republic of Korea Navy[5]        
  Republic of Korea Air Force        
  Republic of Korea Marine Corps        
대위
Daewi
중위
Jungwi
소위
Sowi
준위
Junwi
Rank group Junior officers

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Ping, Xu (7 August 2017). "我军建军九十年军衔制度沿革" [The evolution of our military rank system over the ninety years of its establishment]. mod.gov.cn (in Chinese). Ministry of National Defense. Archived from the original on 28 December 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Act of Commission for Officers and Noncommissioned Officers of the Armed Forces". law.moj.gov.tw. Ministry of Justice. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Minnich, James M. (2008). "National Security". In Worden, Robert L. (ed.). North Korea: a country study. Area Handbook (5th ed.). Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress. pp. 266, 268. LCCN 2008028547. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Army Insignia". army.mil.kr. Republic of Korea Army. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  5. ^ "해군계급장/해군흉.휘장". navy.mil.kr (in Korean). Republic of Korea Navy. Retrieved 2 June 2021.