Military ranks and insignia of Norway

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The green part represents soldiers and the equivalent of non-commissioned officers. The blue part represents officers. Norway does not have a NCO-system and thus Sergeant and Quartermaster are grouped with the officers under the common designation befal. The officers are divided into three groups: The befal (company officers, ranks Ensign to Captain inclusive), the staff officers (stabsoffiser, ranks Major to Brigader inclusive), and the generals (Major General to General inclusive).

Fenrik (Ensign) was previously referred to as Second Lieutenant (Norwegian: Fenrik), while the rank of lieutenant went by First Lieutenant. The rank of Brigadier is not an old tradition in the Norwegian armed forces and was instated as a replacement for Oberst I (First Colonel); what is now Oberst was previously Oberst II (Second Colonel).

As shown, the Cavalry have two ranks which differ from the regular Army: Dragon (Dragoon) instead of Menig (Private), and Rittmester (Master of the Horse) instead of Kaptein (Captain).

The ranks of Grenader and Matros are bestowed upon soldiers who have finished the 12 months compulsory service and have signed one or more three-year contracts to continue serving. The ranks of Visekorporal/Visekonstabel/Vingsoldat (Corporal/Leading Rate) are usually ascribed to soldiers with long and/or outstanding service, though may be bestowed on soldiers with extra responsibilities (e.g. the shift-commander among a group of soldiers on guard-duty). A UB-Korporal/Kvartermesteraspirant (Rate Corporal/Petty Officer-in-training) is a soldier who has finished the UB course (Utskrevet Befalskurs), a course intended to prepare conscripted soldiers for non-commissioned officer duties, but is still under training in "the field". After one year course and service these soldiers are qualified for the rank of Sersjant or Kvartermester.

Norwegian military ranks[edit]

Army Air Force Navy NATO
Menig OR1.png
Menig
Private
FlyOR1.png
Flysoldat
NOR NavyOR1.png
Menig
Junior Seaman
OR1
Visekorporal OR2.png Gren OR2.png
Visekorporal
Lance Corporal
FlyOR2.png GrenVingsoldat.png
Vingsoldat
NOR NavyOR2.png
Visekonstabel
Seaman
OR2
OR3.png
Visekorporal 1. Klasse
Master Lance Corporal
GrenVingsoldat1.png
Vingsoldat 1. Klasse
No equivalent OR3
GrenOR4.png
Korporal
Corporal
FlyOR4.png GrenKorp.png
Korporal
Corporal
NOR NavyOR4.png
Konstabel
Leading Seaman
OR4
OR5.png
Sersjant
Sergeant
FlyOR5.png
Sersjant
Sergeant
NOR NavyOR5.png
Kvartermester
Petty Officer
OR5
FenrikOF1.png
Fenrik
Second Lieutenant
Generic-Navy-O1.svg
Fenrik
Sub-lieutenant
OF1
NOR OF1.png
Løytnant
Lieutenant
Generic-Navy-O3.svg
Løytnant
Lieutenant
OF1
NOR OF2.png
Kaptein
Captain
Generic-Navy-O4.svg
Kapteinløytnant
Lieutenant Commander
OF2
NOR OF3.png
Major
Major
Generic-Navy-O5.svg
Orlogskaptein
Commander
OF3
NOR OF4.png
Oberstløytnant
Lieutenant Colonel
Generic-Navy-O6.svg
Kommandørkaptein
Commander, Senior grade
OF4
NOR OF5.png
Oberst
Colonel
Generic-Navy-O7.svg
Kommandør
Captain (Navy)
OF5
NOR OF6.png
Brigader
Brigadier
NOR NavyOF6.png
Flaggkommandør
Commodore
OF6
NOR OF7.png
Generalmajor
Major General
NOR NavyOF7.png
Kontreadmiral
Rear Admiral
OF7
NOR OF8.png
Generalløytnant
Lieutenant General
NOR NavyOF8.png
Viseadmiral
Vice Admiral
OF8
NOR OF9.png
General
General
NOR NavyOF9.png
Admiral
Admiral
OF9

Graphical view of insignia[edit]

Army[edit]

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
 Norway(Edit) No Equivalent NOR OF9.png
General
NOR OF8.png
Generalløytnant
NOR OF7.png
Generalmajor
NOR OF6.png
Brigader
NOR OF5.png
Oberst
NOR OF4.png
Oberstløytnant
NOR OF3.png
Major
NOR OF2.png
Kaptein / Rittmester
NOR OF1.png
Løytnant
FenrikOF1.png
Fenrik
No Equivalent No Equivalent
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Norway Norway
(Edit)
No Equivalent No Equivalent OR5.png GrenOR4.png OR3.png Gren OR2.png Visekorporal OR2.png Menig OR1.png
Sersjant Korporal Visekorporal 1. klasse Visekorporal Menig


Air force[edit]

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
Norway Norway
(Edit)
No Equivalent NOR OF9.png
General
NOR OF8.png
Generalløytnant
NOR OF7.png
Generalmajor
NOR OF6.png
Brigader
NOR OF5.png
Oberst
NOR OF4.png
Oberstløytnant
NOR OF3.png
Major
NOR OF2.png
Kaptein / Rittmester
NOR OF1.png
Løytnant
FenrikOF1.png
Fenrik
No Equivalent No Equivalent
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Norway Norway
(Edit)
No Equivalent No Equivalent FlyOR5.png GrenKorp.png FlyOR4.png GrenVingsoldat1.png GrenVingsoldat.png FlyOR2.png FlyOR1.png
Sersjant Korporal Vingsoldat 1. klasse Vingsoldat Flysoldat


Navy[edit]

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
Flag of Norway, state.svg Norway
(Edit)
no equivalent NOR NavyOF9.png NOR NavyOF8.png NOR NavyOF7.png NOR NavyOF6.png Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O6.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg no equivalent no equivalent
Admiral Viseadmiral Kontreadmiral Flaggkommandør Kommandør Kommandørkaptein Orlogskaptein Kapteinløytnant Løytnant Fenrik
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Flag of Norway, state.svg Norway
(Edit)
No Equivalent No Equivalent NOR NavyOR5.png NOR NavyOR4.png NOR NavyOR2.png NOR NavyOR1.png
Kvartermester Konstabel Visekonstabel 1. klasse Visekonstabel Menig


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