Military ranks of Brazil

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Military of Brazil
Coat of arms of Brazil.svg

Components
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Air Force
Navy
Military Police
Ranks
Military ranks of Brazil
History
Military history of Brazil

This article presents the insignia and ranks of the Brazilian military. These ranks originate from those adopted upon Brazil's independence from Portugal in 1822. Nowadays they are defined by Act no. 6880 of December 9, 1980.[1] The following ranks show Brazil's military insignia and its corresponding NATO codes.

Air Force ranks date from 1941, when the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira) was organized as a merger of the Navy's Aeronaval Force and the Army's Aviation Service.[2]

Rank table[edit]

The shoulder epaulette pads from Navy and Air Force indicate both rank and specialty branch. The air force examples below are shown without branch designation marks on the epaulettes, with the exception of the ranks of Air Lieutenant-Brigadier and Air Marshall, which can only be occupied by pilots. Army shoulder pads do not represent branch, as this is indicated elsewhere in the uniform like on the cuff and sleeves of the dress and everyday uniforms.

Officers[edit]

All officer ranks differ per service as shown in the colors used in the epaulette pads. The Navy also uses cuff rank insignia like most navies everywhere. The Brazilian Marine Corps, as part of the Navy, uses naval ranks save for its basic enlisted ranks, thus Seamen and Seamen Recruits are called as Privates (Soldado FN) and Recruits (Recruta FN) respectively.

Brazilian Navy Brazilian Army Brazilian Air Force Brazilian Military Police
and Military Firefighters
General Officers and Flag Officers
Almirante MB.png
Admiral(Admiral of the fleet)
(Almirante)
OF-10[3]
Marechal.gif
Marshal
(Marechal)
OF-10[3]
Marechal ar.gif
Marshal of the Air
(Marechal-do-ar)
OF-10[3]
(No equivalent)
Almirante de Esquadra MB.gif
Fleet Admiral(Admiral)
(Almirante-de-esquadra)
OF-9
General do Exército.gif
Army General(General)
(General-de-exército)
OF-9
Tenente brigadeiro.gif
Air Lieutenant Brigadier(General)
(Tenente-Brigadeiro-do-Ar)
OF-9
(No direct rank equivalent;
equates to some senior
appointments of Colonel)
Vice-Almirante MB.gif
Vice Admiral
(Vice-almirante)
OF-8
Insígnia de General de Divisão.gif
Divisional General(Lieutenant General)
(General-de-divisão)
OF-8
Major brigadeiro.gif
Brigadier Major(Lieutenant General)
(Major-Brigadeiro)
OF-8
(No direct rank equivalent;
equates to some senior
appointments of Colonel)
Contra-Almirante MB.gif
Rear Admiral
(Contra-almirante)
OF-7
Insígnia de General de Brigada.gif
Brigade General(Major General)
(General-de-brigada)
OF-7
Brigadeiro.gif
Brigadier(Major General))
(Brigadeiro)
OF-7
(No direct rank equivalent;
equates to some senior
appointments of Colonel)
Senior Officers
Capitão de Mar e Guerra MB.gif
Captain of Sea and War
(Capitão-de-mar-e-guerra)
OF-5
Coronel.gif
Colonel
(Coronel)
OF-5
Coronel fab.gif
Colonel
(Coronel)
OF-5
Insignia PM O1.PNG
Colonel
(Coronel)
OF-5
Capitão de Fragata MB.gif
Frigate Captain
(Capitão-de-fragata)
OF-4
Tenente-Coronel.gif
Lieutenant Colonel
(Tenente-coronel)
OF-4
Tenente coronel fab.gif
Lieutenant Colonel
(Tenente-coronel)
OF-4
Insignia PM O2.PNG
Lieutenant Colonel
(Tenente-coronel)
OF-4
Capitão de corveta MB.gif
Corvette Captain
(Capitão-de-corveta)
OF-3
Major Exército.gif
Major
(Major)
OF-3
Major fab.gif
Major
(Major)
OF-3
Insignia PM O3.PNG
Major
(Major)
OF-3
Intermediary Officers
Capitão-Tenente MB.gif
Captain Lieutenant
(Capitão-tenente)
OF-2
Capitão.gif
Captain
(Capitão)
OF-2
Capitao fab.gif
Captain
(Capitão)
OF-2
Insignia PM O4.PNG
Captain
(Capitão)
OF-2
Subaltern Officers
Primeiro-Tenente MB.gif
First Lieutenant
(Primeiro-tenente)
OF-1
Primeiro-Tenente.gif
First Lieutenant
(Primeiro-tenente)
OF-1
1tenente fab.gif
First Lieutenant
(Primeiro-tenente)
OF-1
Insignia PM O5.PNG
First Lieutenant
(Primeiro-tenente)
OF-1
Segundo-Tenente MB.gif
Second Lieutenant
(Segundo-tenente)
OF-1
Segundo-Tenente.gif
Second Lieutenant
(Segundo-tenente)
OF-1
2tenente fab.gif
Second Lieutenant
(Segundo-tenente)
OF-1
Insignia PM O6.PNG
Second Lieutenant
(Segundo-tenente)
OF-1
Special non-commissioned officers[4]
Guarda-Marinha MB.gif
Midshipman
(Guarda-marinha)
OF-D
Aspirante.gif
Aspirant Officer
(Aspirante-a-oficial)
OF-D
Aspirante fab.gif
Aspirant
(Aspirante)
OF-D
Insignia PM O7.PNG
Aspirant Officer
(Aspirante-a-oficial)
OF-D
Non-commissioned ranks
Suboficial MB.png
Warrant Officer/Sub-officer
(Suboficial)
Subtenente.png
Warrant Officer/Sublieutenant
(Subtenente)
Suboficial fab.PNG
Warrant Officer/Sub-officer
(Suboficial)
Insignia PM O8.PNG
Warrant Officer/Sublieutenant
(Subtenente)

Enlisted[edit]

Enlisted rank and rate insignia are on the sleeves of all uniforms.

Brazilian Army

First
Sergeant
(primeiro-sargento)
Second
Sergeant
(segundo-sargento)
Third
Sergeant
(terceiro-sargento)
Corporal (cabo) Private (soldado)
Primeiro-Sargento..png
Segundo-Sargento.png
Terceiro-Sargento.png
Cabo.png
Soldado.png

Brazilian Navy

First
Sergeant
(primeiro-sargento)
Second
Sergeant
(segundo-sargento')
Third
Sergeant
(terceiro-sargento)
Leading Seaman/Corporal (cabo) Seaman (marinheiro),
Private/Marine (Soldado FN) (Marines)
Primeiro-Sargento MB.png
Segundo-Sargento MB.png
Terceiro-Sargento MB.png
Cabo MB.png
Marinheiro MB.png

Brazilian Air Force

First
Sergeant
(primeiro-sargento)
Second
Sergeant
(segundo-sargento)
Third
Sergeant
(terceiro-sargento)
Corporal (cabo) Airman (soldado de 1ª classe)
Praça 1Sgt FAB.PNG
Praça 2Sgt FAB.PNG
Praça 3Sgt FAB.PNG
Praça Cb FAB.PNG
Praça Sd FAB.PNG

Brazilian Military Police

First Sergeant
(Primeiro Sargento)
Second Sergeant
(Segundo Sargento)
Third Sergeant
(Terceiro Sargento)
Corporal
(Cabo)
Constable
(Soldado)
Insignia PM P1.PNG
Insignia PM P2.PNG
Insignia PM P3.PNG
Insignia PM P5.PNG

Insignia PM P6.PNG

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Act no. 6880 of December 9, 1980.
  2. ^ Instituto Histórico e Cultural da Aeronáutica, História geral da aeronáutica brasileira, v. 3
  3. ^ a b c Wartime use only
  4. ^ As treated by Act 6880/1980, the "special non-commissioned officers" listed here are non-commissioned officers that are on their way to become full-fledged commissioned officers. As such, in most instances they are treated the same as subaltern officers and take on basically the same tasks. As a rule, however, special non-commissioned officers do not take on command jobs.

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