An officer of two-star rank is a senior commander in many of the armed services holding a rank described by the NATO code of OF-7. The term is also used by some armed forces which are not NATO members. Typically, two-star officers hold the rank of rear admiral, counter admiral, major general, or in the case of those air forces with a separate rank structure, air vice-marshal.
Australian two-star ranks
- Rear admiral (Royal Australian Navy two-star rank)
- Major general (Australian Army two-star rank)
- Air vice marshal (Royal Australian Air Force two-star rank)
Brazil two-star ranks
- General de Brigada (Brazilian Army two-star rank)
- Contra Almirante (Brazilian Navy two-star rank)
- Brigadeiro (Brazilian Air Force two-star rank)
The two-star rank in Brazil is the first rank in a general career. The officers in this position are normally brigade commanders.
Canadian two-maple-leaves ranks
- Rear-admiral/contre-amiral (Royal Canadian Navy two-star-equivalent rank)
- Major general/major-général (Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force two-star-equivalent rank)
Rather than stars, the Canadian Forces insignia use maple leaves. The maple leaves appear with St. Edward's crown and crossed sabre and baton. Before unification, air vice marshal was the two-star rank for the RCAF.
Indian two-star ranks
- Air vice-marshal (Indian Air Force two-star rank)
- Major-general (Indian Army two-star rank)
- Rear admiral (Indian Navy two-star rank)
Pakistani two-star ranks
- Additional inspector general of police (Pakistan Police two-star rank)
- Air vice-marshal (Pakistan Air Force two-star rank)
- Major-general (Pakistan Army two-star rank)
- Rear admiral (Pakistan Navy two-star rank)
United Kingdom two-star ranks
- Rear admiral (Royal Navy two-star rank)
- Major general (British Army two-star rank)
- Air vice marshal (Royal Air Force two-star rank)
United States two-star ranks
- Rear admiral (United States Navy, Coast Guard, Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps two-star rank)
- Major general (United States Army, Marine Corps and Air Force two-star rank)
USSR / Russian Federation
In the Russian and Soviet armies, the rank wearing two stars is lieutenant-general (Russian: Генерал-лейтенант), however the general in charge of a unit equivalent to the one lead by a NATO two-star general (a division) is major-general (генерал-майор). This also applies to the air force, MVD, police, FSB and some others, and is caused by a Russian brigades being commanded by colonel, with the smallest unit commanded by a general being a division. In the navy, the equivalent rank is kontr-admiral (Russian: контр-адмирал).