Rank insignia of the Iranian military

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Iranian Armed Force divided into two forces:

  • Islamic Republic of Iran Army or I.R.I. Army or in Persian ارتش جمهوری اسلامی ایران
  • Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or IRGC or in Persian سپاه پاسداران انقلاب اسلامی

I.R.I Army divided into four forces:

  1. Ground Force
  2. Air Force
  3. Navy
  4. Air Defense Force

Official military ranks[edit]

Iranian Army Commissioned Officers and Enlisted Ranks[edit]

IRI.Army Ground Force Seal.svg
Commissioned Officer rank insignia of the Iranian Army
Major General (aka 2 star) Brigadier (aka 1 star) Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet Officer Cadet Officer Cadet Officer Cadet
Persian: ارتشبد Persian: سپهبد Persian: سرلشکر Persian: سرتیپ Persian: سرتیپ دوم Persian: سرهنگ Persian: سرهنگ دوم Persian: سرگرد Persian: سروان Persian: ستوان یکم Persian: ستوان دوم Persian: ستوان سوم
Arteshbod.png
Sepahbod.png
Sarlashgar.png
Sartip.png
Sartip 2.png
Sarhang 1.png
Sarhang 2.png
Sargord.png
Sarvan.png
Sotvan 1.png
Sotvan 2.png
Sotvan 3.png
Enlisted rank insignia of the Iranian Army
Command Sergeant Major Sergeant Major (Staff) Sergeant First Class/First Sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Private First Class Private (E-2) Private
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
Ostovar 1-k.png
Ostovar 2-c.png
Goruhban 1-k.png
Goruhban 2-c.png
Goruhban 3-k.png
Sarjukhe-c.png
Sarbaz 1-k.png
Sarbaz 2-c.png
Sarbaz -k.png

Iranian Air Force Commissioned Officers and Enlisted Ranks[edit]

IRI.Army Air Force Seal.svg
Commissioned Officer rank insignia of the Iranian Air Force
Major General (aka 2 star) Brigadier (aka 1 star) Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet Officer Cadet Officer Cadet Officer Cadet
Persian: ارتشبد Persian: سپهبد Persian: سرلشکر Persian: سرتیپ Persian: سرتیپ دوم Persian: سرهنگ Persian: سرهنگ دوم Persian: سرگرد Persian: سروان Persian: ستوان یکم Persian: ستوان دوم Persian: ستوان سوم
21- ارتشبد--IRIAF.png
20- سپهبد--IRIAF.png
19- سرلشگر--IRIAF.png
18- سرتیپ--IRIAF.png
17- سرتیپ دوم--IRIAF.png
16- سرهنگ--IRIAF.png
15- سرهنگ دوم--IRIAF.png
14- سرگرد--IRIAF.png
13- سروان--IRIAF.png
12- ستوان یکم--IRIAF.png
11- ستوان دوم--IRIAF.png
10- ستوان سوم--IRIAF.png
Enlisted rank insignia of the Iranian Air Force
Senior Master Sergeant Master Sergeant Sergeant First Class/First Sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Airman First Class Airman Airman Basic
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
9- استوار يكم--IRIAF.png
8- استوار دوم--IRIAF.png
7- گروهبان يكم--IRIAF.png
6- گروهبان دوم--IRIAF.png
5- گروهبان سوم--IRIAF.png
4- سرجوخه--IRIAF.png
3- سرباز یکم--IRIAF.png
2- سرباز دوم--IRIAF.png
1- سرباز--IRIAF.png

Iranian Navy Commissioned Officers and Enlisted Ranks[edit]

IRI.Navy Seal.svg
Commissioned Officer rank insignia of the Iranian Navy (Flag officers)
Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Vice Commodore
Persian: دریابد Persian: دریاسالار Persian: دریابان Persian: دریادار Persian: دریادار دوم
21-Daryabod.png
20-Daryasalar.png
19-Daryaban.png
18-Daryadar.png
17-Daryadar 2.png
Commissioned Officer rank insignia of the Iranian Navy
Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Ensign Probationary Ensign
Persian: ناخدا یکم Persian: ناخدا دوم Persian: ناخدا سوم Persian: ناوسروان Persian: ناوبان یکم Persian: ناوبان دوم Persian: ناوبان سوم
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15-Nakhoda 2.png
14-Nakhoda 3.png
13-Navsarvan.png
12-Navban 1.png
11-Navban 2.png
10-Navban 3.png
Enlisted rank insignia of the Iranian Navy
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
Persian: ناواستوار یکم Persian: ناواستوار دوم Persian: مهناوی یکم Persian: مهناوی دوم Persian: مهناوی سوم Persian: سرناوی Persian: ناوی یکم Persian: ناوی دوم Persian: ناوی
9- ناواستوار یکم.png
8- ناواستوار دوم.png
7- مهناوی يكم.png
6- مهناوی دوم.png
5- مهناوی سوم.png
4- Sar Navi.png
3- Navi 1.png
2- Navi 2.png
1- Navi.png


Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Commissioned Officers and Enlisted Ranks[edit]

Commissioned Officer rank insignia of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)
Major General (aka 2 star) Brigadier (aka 1 star) Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet Officer Cadet Officer Cadet Officer Cadet
Persian: ارتشبد پاسدار Persian: سپهبد پاسدار Persian: سرلشکر پاسدار Persian: سرتیپ پاسدار Persian: سرتیپ دوم پاسدار Persian: سرهنگ پاسدار Persian: سرهنگ دوم پاسدار Persian: سرگرد پاسدار Persian: سروان پاسدار Persian: ستوان یکم پاسدار Persian: ستوان دوم پاسدار Persian: ستوان سوم پاسدار
21- Arteshbod-IRGC.png
20- Sepahbod-IRGC.png
19- Sarlashgar-IRGC.png
18- Sartipp-IRGC.png
17- Sartipp 2nd-IRGC.png
16- Sarhang-IRGC.png
15- Sarhang 2nd-IRGC.png
14- Sargord-IRGC.png
13- Sarvan-IRGC.png
12- Sotvan 1st-IRGC.png
11- Sotvan 2nd-IRGC.png
10- Sotvan 3rd-IRGC.png
Enlisted rank insignia of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)
Command Sergeant Major Sergeant Major(Staff) Sergeant First Class/First Sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Private First Class Private E-2 Private Recruit
Persian: رزم‌دار یکم Persian: رزم‌دار دوم Persian: رزم‌آور یکم Persian: رزم‌آور دوم Persian: رزم‌آور سوم Persian: رزم‌یار Persian: سرباز یکم Persian: سرباز دوم Persian: سرباز
9- Razmdar 1st-IRGC.png
8- Razmdar 2nd-IRGC.png
7- Razmavar 1st-IRGC.png
6- Razmavar 2nd-IRGC.png
5- Razmavar 3rd-IRGC.png
4- Razmyar-IRGC.png
3- Sarbaz 1st-IRGC.png
2- Sarbaz 2nd-IRGC.png
1- Sarbaz-IRGC.png


Islamic Republic of Iran Police Commissioned Officers and Enlisted Ranks[edit]

NAJA.svg
Commissioned Officer rank insignia of the Islamic Republic of Iran Police (NAJA)
Major General (aka 2 star) Brigadier (aka 1 star) Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet Officer Cadet Officer Cadet Officer Cadet
Persian: ارتشبد Persian: سپهبد Persian: سرلشکر Persian: سرتیپ Persian: سرتیپ دوم Persian: سرهنگ Persian: سرهنگ دوم Persian: سرگرد Persian: سروان Persian: ستوان یکم Persian: ستوان دوم Persian: ستوان سوم
20-Arteshbod-Naja.svg
19-Sepahbod - Naja.png
18-Sarlashgar - Naja.png
17-Sartip - Naja.png
16-Sartip 2 - Naja.svg
15-Sarhang - Naja.png
14-Sarhang 2 - Naja.png
13-Sargord - Naja.png
12-Sarvan - Naja.png
11-Sotvan 1 - Naja.png
10-Sotvan 2 - Naja.png
9-Sotvan 3 - Naja.png
Enlisted rank insignia of the Islamic Republic of Iran Police (NAJA)
Command Sergeant Major Sergeant Major(Staff) Sergeant First Class/First Sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Senior Policeman Policeman
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
8-Ostovar 1 - Naja.png
7-Ostovar 2 - Naja.png
6-Grouhban 1 - Naja.png
5-Grouhban 2 - Naja.png
4-Grouhban 3 - Naja.png
3-Sarjukhe - Naja.png
2-sarbaz 1 - Naja.png
1-sarbaz 1 - Naja.png
0-Sarbaz 0 - Naja.png

Description of rank meanings and insignias[edit]

The following is a description of Iranian military ranks and their insignias:

Enlisted grade personnel[edit]

  • Private (E-1)(Sarbāz) (سرباز): It is the lowest military rank. It is represented by a color bordered blank shoulder strip.
  • Private (E-2) (Sarbāz dovom) (سرباز دوم): It is the second lowest military rank awarded usually by the end of six months of service after basic training. It is represented by a single chevron.
  • Private First Class (Sarbāz yekom) (سرباز یکم): It is represented by two chevrons.
  • Corporal (Sarjukhe) (سرجوخه) ["Razmyār" (رزم‌یار)]: It is represented by three chevrons.
  • Sergeant (Goruhbān) (گروهبان سوم) ["Razmāvar sevom" (رزم‌آور سوم)]: It is represented by a single diamond tipped chevron.
  • Staff Sergeant (Goruhbān dovom) (گروهبان دوم) ["Razmāvar dovom" (رزم‌آور دوم)]: It is represented by two chevrons diamond tipped at top.
  • Sergeant First Class (Goruhbān yekom) (گروهبان یکم) ["Razmāvar yekom" (رزم‌آور یکم)]: It is represented by three chevrons diamond tipped at top.
  • Sergeant Major (Ostovār dovom) (استوار دوم) ["Razmdār dovom" (رزم‌دار دوم)]: It is represented by three chevrons diamond tipped at top with a single curved strip at the bottom.
  • Sergeant Major First Class (Ostovār yekom) (استوار یکم) ["Razmdār yekom" (رزم‌دار یکم)]: It is represented by three chevrons diamond tipped at top with two curved strips at the bottom.

Commissioned grade officers[edit]

Company grade officers[edit]

  • Third Lieutenant (Sotvān sevom) (ستوان سوم): It is the most junior officer and the first officer rank. The rank is depicted by one star on the shoulder.
  • Second Lieutenant (Sotvān dovom) (ستوان دوم): It is the second most junior officer rank and is represented by two stars on the shoulder.
  • First Lieutenant (Sotvān yekom) (ستوان يكم): It is the third officer rank and is represented by three stars on the shoulder.
  • Captain (Sarvān) (سروان): It is the fourth officer rank and the senior of Company Grade officers. The rank is portrayed by four stars on the shoulder.

Field grade officers[edit]

  • Major (Sargord) (سرگرد): The junior field grade officer rank. The insignia uses by one rounded star or "qobbe" (قبه).
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Sarhang dovom) (سرهنگ دوم): It is portrayed by two rounded stars or "qobbe" (قبه) on the shoulder board.
  • Colonel (Sarhang) (سرهنگ): The senior Field Grade officer rank. It is portrayed by three rounded stars or "qobbe" (قبه) on the shoulder board.

General officer and flag officer ranks[edit]

  • Brigadier General Second Class (Sartip dovom) (سرتيپ دوم) or Flotilla Admiral (Vice Commodore) (Daryādār dovom) (دریادار دوم) : It is the lowest General rank. This rank was created after the Islamic revolution of Iran as part of a new modified ranking system. It is portrayed by two crossing wheat plants embracing the emblem of Allah.
  • Brigadier General (Sartip) (سرتيپ) or Rear Admiral Lower Half (Commodore) (Daryādār) (دریادار): It is portrayed by a star and two crossing wheat plants embracing the emblem of Allah.
  • Major General (Sarlashkar) (سرلشكر) or Rear Admiral Upper Half (Daryābān) (دریابان): It is portrayed by two stars and two crossing wheat plants embracing the emblem of Allah. Essentially it has been the highest rank in the army after the Islamic Revolution of Iran. Currently, it is the rank of the heads of the Artesh, Sepah, and the head of Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • Lieutenant General (Sepahbod) (سپهبد) or Vice Admiral (Daryāsālār) (دریاسالار): It is portrayed by three stars and two crossing wheat plants embracing the emblem of Allah. This rank was last in use during Iran–Iraq War and has been inactive since the end of the war.
  • General (Arteshbod) (ارتشبد) or Admiral (Daryābod) (دریابد): It is portrayed by four stars and two crossing wheat plants embracing the emblem of Allah. It is the highest military rank during peacetime but has 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.

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