Military ranks of Serbia

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This is a list of military ranks used by the Serbian Armed Forces.

Army (land forces)[edit]

Officers[edit]

NATO Code OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1

Army
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Serbian title Генерал Генерал-Потпуковник Генерал-Мајор Бригадни Генерал Пуковник Потпуковник Мајор Капетан Поручник Потпоручник
English equivalent General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant

Enlisted[edit]

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Army
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Serbian title Заставник I класе Заставник Старији Водник I класе Старији Водник Водник Млађи водник Десетар Разводник Војник
English equivalent Ensign 1st class Ensign Staff Sergeant 1st class Staff Sergeant Sergeant Junior Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private

Air Force and Air Defense[edit]

Officers[edit]

NATO Code OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1

Air Force and Air Defence
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Serbian title Генерал Генерал-Потпуковник Генерал-Мајор Бригадни Генерал Пуковник Потпуковник Мајор Капетан Поручник Потпоручник
English equivalent General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant

Enlisted[edit]

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Air Force and Air Defence
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Serbian title Заставник I класе Заставник Старији Водник I класе Старији Водник Водник Млађи водник Десетар Разводник Пилот
English equivalent Ensign 1st class Ensign Flight Sergeant 1st class Staff Sergeant Sergeant Junior Sergeant Corporal Airman First Class Airman

River Flotilla[edit]

Although a Landlocked country, Serbia maintains a river flotilla (small river navy) of about 15 vessels on the Danube river.

Officers[edit]

NATO Code OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1

River Flotilla
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Serbian title Адмирал Вице Адмирал Контра Адмирал Комодор Капетан Бојног Брода Капетан Фрегате Капетан Корвете Поручник Фрегате Поручник Корвете Потпоручник
English equivalent Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Sublieutenant

Enlisted[edit]

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

River Flotilla
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Serbian title Заставник I класе Заставник Старији Водник I класе Старији Водник Водник Млађи водник Десетар Разводник Морнар
English equivalent Ensign, 1st class Ensign Senior Chief Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Master Seaman Leading Seaman Able Seaman Seaman Recruit

Historical ranks[edit]

Structure of the Military ranks of Kingdom of Serbia (until 1918)
King of Yugoslavia special Field Marshal insignia with dynasty coat of arms and royal monogram

Generals[edit]

There were only three ranks in pre-WWI Serbia: General (from 1872), Army General (from 1900 to 1901) and Field Marshal (Serbian: Bojвода / Vojvoda) (from 1901). Four ranks were introduced in Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovens in 1923, and lasted until 1945. There were only two types of shoulder cords: with doubleheaded eagle and coat of arms of Kingdom of SHS or Kingdom of Yugoslavia for duke and without for all other General ranks. The different general grades were indicated by 6-pointed stars on the cuffs. Also the backing cloth for the shoulder cords was light blue for army general (was honorary rank in period from 1900-1901) and divisional generals and in a colour of service for brigadier general. During the Middle Ages, the Vojvoda was a military commander rank and a noble titule. In the Balkan Wars and World War I this title was used to designate the highest military rank in Serbian Army and later Royal Yugoslav Army (above the General - as equalent of Field Marshal in other armies). This rank was introduced by the law on the Organization of the Army Kingdom of Serbia in 1901. It has been awarded only during the war for: special merits of top generals. The first Field Marshal was promoted by the Great military decree of the Kingdom of Serbia on 20 October 1912. Only four people ever officially held that military rank: Radomir Putnik (got it in 1912), Stepa Stepanović (1914), Živojin Mišić (1914) and Petar Bojović (1918). Honorary promoted where Montenegrin General Janko Vukotić (1915) and the French General Louis Franchet d'Espérey (1921). After unification of Kingdom of Serbia in to Kingdom SHS (later Kingdom Yugoslavia) no further officers where promoted to rank of Field Marshal. King of Yugoslavia held the rank of Supreme Commander and wear special Field Marshal unifrom.

In SHS and Yugoslavia[edit]

Ranks Field Marshal Army General Divisional General Brigadier General
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Ranks in Serbian Војвода
Vojvoda
Армијски ђенерал
Armijski đeneral
Дивизијски ђенерал
Divizijski đeneral
Бригадни ђенерал
Brigadni đeneral

Officers[edit]

Ranks Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain, 1st class Captain, 2nd class Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant
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Ranks in Serbian Пуковник
Pukovnik
Потпуковник
Potpukovnik
Мајор
Major
Капетан I класе
Kapetan I klase
Капетан II класе
Kapetan II klase
Поручник
Poručnik
Потпоручник
Potporučnik

NCOs (Only in SHS and Yugoslavia)[edit]

Ranks Sergeant-Major, 1st class Sergeant-Major, 2nd class Sergeant-Major, 3rd class
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Ranks in Serbian Наредник-Водник I класе
Narednik-Vodnik I klase
Наредник-Водник II класе
Narednik-Vodnik II klase
Наредник-Водник III класе
Narednik-Vodnik III klase

Soldiers[edit]

Ranks Sergeant Junior Sergeant Corporal Private
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Ranks in Serbian Наредник
Narednik
Поднаредник
Podnarednik
Каплар
Kaplar
Редов
Redov

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