Air force officer rank insignia

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To assist in the comparison of different countries' air force officer rank insignia, NATO rank codes have been used. These are established codes for determining the seniority of officer and other ranks in NATO countries for a particular joint task group or command structure, although specific appointments designate a higher level of seniority over other equivalent rank codes in a given situation. Officer ranks go from OF-1 up to OF-10; OF(D) being a special category for trainee officers awaiting a commission. The system should not be confused with the pay grades used in the US military. While countries outside the NATO command structure (including some NATO member countries such as France) do not strictly fall into this classification structure and there may be instances of overlap the codes still provide a useful gauge in determining what ranks are broadly 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) Student Officer
Argentina Argentina
No equivalent No equivalent Brigadier General (Brigadier General) Brigadier Mayor (Brigadier-Major) Brigadier (Brigadier) Comodoro (Commodore) Vicecomodoro (Vice-Commodore) Mayor (Major) Capitán (Captain) Primer Teniente (First Lieutenant) Teniente (Lieutenant) Alférez (Ensign)
Australia Australia RAAF O11 rank.png RAAF O10 rank.png RAAF O9 rank.png RAAF O8 rank.png RAAF O7 rank.png RAAF O6 rank.png RAAF O5 rank.png RAAF O4 rank.png RAAF O3 rank.png RAAF O2 rank.png RAAF O1 rank.png RAAF OFFCDT Rank.png
Marshal of the RAAF1 Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice-Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer No equivalent Officer Cadet

Belgium Belgium
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No Equivalent BE-Air Force-OF9.svg BE-Air Force-OF8.svg BE-Air Force-OF7.svg BE-Air Force-OF6.svg BE-Air Force-OF5.svg BE-Air Force-OF4.svg BE-Air Force-OF3.svg
BE-Air Force-OF2a.svg BE-Air Force-OF2b.svg
Capitaine-commandant Capitaine
Kapitein-commandant Kapitein
BE-Air Force-OF1a.svg BE-Air Force-OF1b.svg No Equivalent No Equivalent
Général Lieutenant général Général-major Général de Brigade Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Brigadegeneraal Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Luitenant Onderluitenant



Brazil Brazil Brazilian Air Force marshal of the air rank insignia.svg Brazilian Air Force Lieutenant-Brigadier rank insignia.svg Brazilian Air Force Major-Brigadier rank insignia.svg Brazilian Air Force Brigadier rank insignia.svg No equivalent
Marechal-do-ar (Marshal of the Air) Tenente-brigadeiro (Lieutenant-Brigadier) Major-brigadeiro (Major-Brigadier) Brigadeiro-do-ar
Brigadier)
No equivalent Coronel (Colonel) Tenente-coronel (Lieutenant-Colonel) Major (Major) Capitão (Captain) Primeiro-tenente (First Lieutenant) Segundo-tenente (Second Lieutenant) Aspirante (Aspirant)



Canada Canada (Edit)
No Equivalent CDN-Air Force-Gen-Shoulder.svg


CDN-Air Force-Gen.svg

CDN-Air Force-LGen-Shoulder.svg


CDN-Air Force-Gen.svg

CDN-Air Force-MGen-Shoulder.svg


CDN-Air Force-Gen.svg

CDN-Air Force-BGen-Shoulder.svg


CDN-Air Force-Gen.svg

CDN-Air Force-Col.svg CDN-Air Force-LCol.svg CDN-Air Force-Maj.svg CDN-Air Force-Capt.svg CDN-Air Force-Lt.svg CDN-Air Force-2Lt.svg No Equivalent CDN-Air Force-OCdt.svg
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet
Général Lieutenant-général Major-général Brigadier-général Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant Élève-Officier

 Czech Republic (Edit) No Equivalent No Equivalent
armádní generál generálporučík generálmajor brigádní generál plukovník podplukovník major kapitán nadporučík poručík podporučík

Denmark Denmark
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No equivalent RDAF Gen.svg RDAF Lt Gen.svg RDAF Maj Gen.svg RDAF Brig Gen.svg RDAF Col.svg RDAF Lt Col.svg RDAF Maj.svg RDAF Capt.svg RDAF 1st Lt.svg RDAF Fly Off.svg RDAF 2nd Lt.svg No equivalent
General Generalløjtnant Generalmajor Brigadegeneral Oberst Oberstløjtnant Major Kaptajn Premierløjtnant Løjtnant Sekondløjtnant

 France
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No equivalent French Air Force-général d'armée aérienne.svg French Air Force-général de corps aérien.svg French Air Force-général de division aérienne.svg French Air Force-général de brigade aérienne.svg French Air Force-colonel.svg French Air Force-lieutenant-colonel.svg French Air Force-commandant.svg French Air Force-capitaine.svg French Air Force-lieutenant.svg French Air Force-sous-lieutenant.svg French Air Force-aspirant.svg French Air Force-élève officier.svg
Général d´armée aérienne Général de corps aérien Général de division aérienne Général de brigade aérienne Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant Aspirant Élève-officier

Greece Greece
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No equivalent Hellenic Air Force OF-9.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-8.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-7.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-6.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-5.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-4.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-3.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-2.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-1A.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-1B.svg No equivalent No equivalent
Πτέραρχος Αντιπτέραρχος Υποπτέραρχος Ταξίαρχος Σμήναρχος Αντισμήναρχος Επισμηναγός Σμηναγός Υποσμηναγός Ανθυποσμηναγός
Pterarchos Antipterarchos Ypopterarchos Taxiarchos Sminarchos Antisminarchos Episminagos Sminagos Yposminagos Anthyposminagos

Ranks of the Indian Air Force- Officer Ranks
Shoulder Marshal of the IAF.svg Air Chief Marshal of IAF.png Air Marshal of IAF.png Air Vice Marshal of IAF.png Air Commodore of IAF.png Group Captain of IAF.png Wing Commander of IAF.png Squadron Leader of IAF.png Flight Lieutenant of IAF.png Flying Officer of IAF.png Pilot Officer of IAF.png
Sleeve IAF Marshal of the AF sleeve.png IAF Air Chief Marshal sleeve.png IAF Air Marshal sleeve.png IAF Air Vice Marshal sleeve.png IAF Air Commodore sleeve.png IAF Group Captain sleeve.png IAF Wing Commander sleeve.png IAF Squadron Leader sleeve.png IAF Flight Lieutenant sleeve.png IAF Flying Officer sleeve.png IAF Pilot Officer sleeve.png
Rank Marshal of
the Air Force
¹
Air Chief
Marshal
Air Marshal Air Vice
Marshal
Air
Commodore
Group
Captain
Wing
Commander
Squadron
Leader
Flight
Lieutenant
Flying
Officer
Pilot
Officer
2
  • ¹ Honorary/War time rank.
  • 2 Rank no longer exist.

Italy Italy
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IT-Airforce-OF-10.png
IT-Airforce-OF-9s.png
IT-Airforce-OF-9.png
IT-Airforce-OF-8.png
IT-Airforce-OF-7.png
IT-Airforce-OF-5.png IT-Airforce-OF-4.png IT-Airforce-OF-3.png IT-Airforce-OF3.png IT-Airforce-OF2.png IT-Airforce-OF1.png No equivalent No equivalent
generale
awarded only to the Chief of Defense Staff
generale di squadra aerea con incarichi speciali generale di squadra aerea generale di divisione aerea generale di brigata aerea colonnello tenente colonnello maggiore capitano tenente sottotenente

Netherlands Netherlands
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No equivalent Nl-luchtmacht-generaal.svg Nl-luchtmacht-luitenant generaal.svg Nl-luchtmacht-generaal majoor.svg Nl-luchtmacht-commodore.svg Nl-luchtmacht-kolonel.svg Nl-luchtmacht-luitenant kolonel.svg Nl-luchtmacht-majoor.svg Nl-luchtmacht-kapitein.svg Nl-luchtmacht-eerste luitenant.svg Nl-luchtmacht-tweede luitenant.svg Nl-luchtmacht-vaandrig.svg No equivalent
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Commodore Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein Eerste-luitenant Tweede-luitenant Vaandrig

Poland Poland
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Rank insignia of generał of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of generał broni of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of generał dywizji of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of generał brygady of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of pułkownik of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of podpułkownik of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of major of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of kapitan of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of porucznik of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of podporucznik of the Air Force of Poland.svg No equivalent Various
Marszałek Polski1 Generał Generał broni Generał dywizji Generał brygady Pułkownik Podpułkownik Major Kapitan Porucznik Podporucznik Podchorąży

 Portugal
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General t.jpg TenGen t.jpg Majorgen t.jpg Brigadeiro t.jpg Cor t.jpg TCor t.jpg Major t.jpg Cap t.jpg Ten t.jpg Alf t.jpg Aspof2 t.jpg Vários
Marechal1 General Tenente-
-General
Major-
-General
Brigadeiro-
-General
Coronel Tenente-
-Coronel
Major Capitão Tenente Alferes Aspirante-a-Oficial Cadete-
-Aluno

Romania Romania
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RO-Airforce-OF-9s.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-8s.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-7s.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-6s.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-5s.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-4s.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-3s.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-2as.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-2bs.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-1s.PNG No Equivalent No Equivalent
RO-Airforce-OF-9.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-8.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-7.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-6.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-5.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-4.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-3.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-2a.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-2b.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-1.PNG
Mareșal1 General General-locotenent General-maior General de flotilă aeriană Comandor Căpitan-comandor Locotenent-comandor Căpitan Locotenent Sublocotenent

Thailand Thailand Thai air O10.png Thai air O9.png Thai air O8.png Thai air O7.png - Thai air O5.png Thai air O4.png Thai air O3.png Thai air O2.png Thai air O1b.png Thai air O1a.png No equivalent
จอมพล อากาศ พล อากาศ เอก พล อากาศ โท พล อากาศ ตรี นาวา อากาศ เอก พิเศษ นาวา อากาศ เอก นาวา อากาศ โท นาวา อากาศ ตร เรือ อากาศ เอก เรือ อากาศ โท เรือ อากาศ ตรี นัก เรียน นาย เรือ อากาศ
Chom Phon Akat Phon Akat Ek Phon Akat Tho Phon Akat Tri Nawa Akat Ek Phiset Nawa Akat Ek Nawa Akat Tho Nawa Akat Tri Ruea Akat Ek Ruea Akat Tho Ruea Akat Tri Nak Rian Nai Ruea Akat
Marshal of the RTAF Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice Marshal Senior Group Captain Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer Air Cadet

Sweden Sweden No equivalent SWE-Airforce-överste.png SWE-Airforce-överstelöjtnant.png SWE-Airforce-major.png SWE-Airforce-kapten.png SWE-Airforce-löjtnant.png SWE-Airforce-fänrik.png
No equivalent General Generallöjtnant Generalmajor Brigadgeneral Överste Överstelöjtnant Major Kapten Löjtnant Fänrik



Ukraine Ukraine
No equivalent
Генерал-полковник Генерал-лейтенант Генерал-майор Полковник Підполковник Майор Капітан Старший лейтенант
Лейтенант Молодший лейтенант
Polkovnik General / Colonel General Lieutenant General Major General Polkovnyk / Colonel Pidpolkovnik / Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Senior Lieutenant
Lieutenant Junior Lieutenant

United Kingdom United Kingdom
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RAF-MRAF-OF-10.png
Marshal of the RAF shoulder Board.png
RAF-ACM-OF-9.png RAF-AM-OF-8.png RAF-AVM-OF-7.png RAF-Air Cdre-OF-6.png RAF-Gp Capt-OF-5.png RAF-Wg Cdr-OF-4.png RAF-Sqn Ldr-OF-3.png RAF-Flt Lt-OF-2.png RAF-Fg Off-OF-1.png RAF-Plt Off-OF-1.png RAF-OC-SO.png
Marshal of the Royal Air Force1 Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice-Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer Acting Pilot Officer Officer Cadet



United States United States
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US-O11 insignia.svg US-O10 insignia.svg US-O9 insignia.svg US-O8 insignia.svg US-O7 insignia.svg US-O6 insignia.svg US-O5 insignia.svg US-O4 insignia.svg US-O3 insignia.svg US-O2 insignia.svg US-O1 insignia.svg Various Various
General of the Air Force1 General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Candidate Officer Cadet
NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student Officer
  • 1 Honorary/War time rank.
  • 2 Rank no longer in use.

Note that the NATO officer rank codes (OF-1 to OF-10) are differently numbered from the US officer rank codes (O-1 to O-11).

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