Air Force ranks and insignia of the Russian Federation

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Emblem of the Russian Air Force

The following table presents images of the rank insignia used by the Russian Federation Air Force (VVS). The Russia inherited the ranks of the Soviet Union, although the insignia and uniform was altered a little, especially the re-introduction of the old Czarist crown and double eagle. The Russian Air Force is an independent organization. The Russian Air Force follows the same rank structure as the Russian Ground Forces, with the addition of the title "of aviation" to each officers rank, now abandoned.

The English title for each rank is given first, followed by the Russian title, an English transliteration, then the United States Air Force equivalent. Images of each insignia are provided in the table, along with images of the USAF equivalent.

Russian armed forces have two styles of ranks - troop ranks (army style ranks) and deck ranks (navy style ranks). The army uses troop ranks, and so does the Air Force. The following table of Ranks is based on those of the Russian Federation. The Russian Federation eliminated the descriptor "of Aviation" following ranks, however, that descriptor is still in use in this service branch. The rank of a serviceman of a "Guards" unit or formation may be followed by the word “Guards.” The rank of a citizen of the legal, medical or veterinary professions shall be followed by the words “of Justice,” “of the Medical service,” or “of the Veterinary service,” to their respective ranks. The rank of a citizen having reserve or retired status shall be followed by the words “Reserve” or “Retired,” respectively.

Table of Ranks[edit]

The rank insignia shown here are in the old duty uniforms, the new parade dress uniform epaulettes are air force blue for NCOs and airmen and gold and blue for the officer corps while everyday dress uniforms retain the old design save for NCOs and airmen epaulette insignia.

Category Troop ranks Rank Insignia NATO Equivalent
Supreme Officers
or
General Officers
General of the Army
(генера́л а́рмии)
(Generál ármii)
RAF AF F9GenArmy 2010.png
Every day blue uniform
OF-9
Colonel General
(генера́л-полко́вник)
(Generál-polkóvnik)
RAF AF F8ColGen 2010.png
Every day blue uniform
OF-8
Lieutenant General
(генера́л-лейтена́нт)
(Generál-leytenánt)
RAF AF F7LtGen 2010.png
Every day blue uniform
OF-7
Major General
(генера́л-майо́р)
(Generál-mayór)
RAF AF F6MajGen 2010.png
Every day blue uniform
OF-6
Senior Officers
or
Field Grade Officers
Colonel
(полко́вник)
(Polkóvnik)
RFAF - Colonel - Every day blue.png
Every day blue uniform
OF-5
Lieutenant Colonel
(подполко́вник)
(Podpolkóvnik)
RFAF - Lieutenant Colonel - Every day blue.png
Every day blue uniform
OF-4
Major
(майо́р)
(Mayór)
RAF AF F3Major 2010.png
Every day blue uniform
OF-3
Junior Officers
or
Company Grade Officers
Captain
(капита́н)
(Kapitán)
RFAF - Captain - Every day blue.png
Every day blue uniform
OF-2
Senior Lieutenant
(ста́рший лейтена́нт)
(Stárshiy leytenánt)
RAF AF F1FstLt 2010.png
Every day blue uniform
OF-1
Lieutenant
(лейтена́нт)
(Leytenánt)
RAF AF F1-2Lt 2010.png
Every day blue uniform
Junior Lieutenant
(мла́дший лейтена́нт)
(Mládshiy leytenánt)
RAF AF F1-3SubLt 2010.png
Every day blue uniform
Under-Officers
or
Master non-commissioned officers
Senior Praporshchik
(ста́рший пра́порщик)
(Stárshiy práporshchik)
RAF AF W2SenPrap 2010.png
Every day blue uniform
WO-2
Praporshchik
(пра́порщик)
(Práporshchik)
RAF AF W1Prap 2010.png
Every day blue uniform
WO-1
Sergeants
and
Petty Officers
Starshina
(старшина́)
(Starshiná)
RFAF - Starshina - Every day green.png
Every day green uniform
OR-8
Senior Sergeant
(ста́рший сержа́нт)
(Stárshiy Serdzhánt)
RFAF - Senior Sergeant - Every day green.png
Every day green uniform
OR-7
Sergeant
(сержа́нт)
(Serzhánt)
RFAF - Sergeant - Every day green.png
Every day green uniform
OR-6
Junior Sergeant
(мла́дший сержа́нт)
(Mládshiy Serzhánt)
RFAF - Junior Sergeant - Every day green.png
Every day green uniform
OR-4
Soldiers,
seamen,
airmen
Gefreiter
(ефре́йтор)
(Yefrèytor)
RFAF - Efreitor - Every day green.png
Every day green uniform
OR-2
Private, Airman
(рядово́й)
(Ryadovóy)
RFAF - Private - Every day green.png
Every day green uniform
OR-1

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