Yugoslav People's Army ranks

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Ranks[edit]

This table shows the rank structure in use by Yugoslav People's Army before breakup of Yugoslavia, in use from 1945 to 1991/1992.

Category Ground Forces ranks Air Force ranks Navy Ranks
Supreme Armed Forces Commander
Marsal Jugoslavije.png

Marshal of Yugoslavia1
(Maršal Jugoslavije - Маршал Југославије)

Deputy Supreme Armed Forces Commander
General2
(General - Генерал)
Supreme Officers
or
General Officers
General of the Army
(General Armije)

Admiral of the Fleet
(Admiral Flote)

Colonel General
(General-pukovnik)

Colonel General of aviation
(General-pukovnik avijacije)
Admiral
(Admiral)

Lieutenant Colonel General
(General-potpukovnik)

Lieutenant Colonel General of aviation
(General-potpukovnik avijacije)
Vice Admiral
(Viceadmiral)

Major General
(General-major)

Major General of aviation
(General-major avijacije)
Rear Admiral
(Kontraadmiral)

Senior Officers
or
Field Grade Officers
Colonel
(Pukovnik)

Colonel of aviation
(Pukovnik avijacije)
Ship-of-the-line Captain
(Kapetan Bojnog Broda)

Lieutenant Colonel
(Potpukovnik)

Lieutenant Colonel of aviation
(Potpukovnik avijacije)
Frigate Captain
(Kapetan fregate)

Major
(Major)

Major of aviation
(Major avijacije)
Corvette Captain
(Kapetan Korvete)

Junior Officers
or
Company Grade Officers
Hauptmann
(Kapetan 1. klase)
Hauptmann of the Air Force
(Kapetan 1. klase avijacije)
First Lieutenant
(Poručnik bojnog broda)

Oberleutnant
(Kapetan)

Oberleutnant of aviation
(Kapetan avijacije)
Frigate Lieutenant
(Poručnik Fregate)

Leutnant
(Poručnik)

Leutnant of aviation
(Poručnik avijacije)
Corvette Lieutenant
(Poručnik korvete)

OF1c Podporuchnik YU 1992.pdf Unterleutnant
(Potporučnik)

Unterleutnant of aviation
(Potporučnik avijacije)
Unterleutnant
(Potporučnik)

Under-Officers
or
Master non-commissioned officers
Warrant Officer, 1st class
(Zastavnik 1. klase)

Warrant Officer, 1st class of aviation
(Zastavnik 1. klase avijacije)
Warrant Officer, 1st class
(Zastavnik 1. klase)

Warrant Officer
(Zastavnik)

Warrant Officer of aviation
(Zastavnik avijacje)
Warrant Officer
(Zastavnik)

Sergeants
Staff Sergeant 1st class
(Stariji vodnik 1. klase)

Staff Sergeant 1st class of aviation
(Stariji vodnik 1. klase avijacije)
Senior Chief Petty Officer
(Stariji vodnik 1. klase)

Staff Sergeant
(Stariji vodnik)

Staff Sergeant of aviation
(Stariji vodnik avijacije)
Chief Petty Officer
(Stariji vodnik)

Sergeant First Class
(Vodnik 1. klase)

Sergeant First Class of aviation
(Vodnik 1. klase avijacije)
Petty Officer 1st Class
(Vodnik 1. klase)

Sergeant
(Vodnik)

Sergeant of aviation
(Vodnik avijacije)
Petty Officer 2nd Class
(Vodnik)

Soldiers,
airmen,
seamen
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Junior Sergeant
(Mlađi vodnik)
Junior Sergeantof aviation
(Mlađi vodnik avijacije)
Petty Officer 3rd Class
(Mlađi vodnik )

Corporal,
(Desetar)

Corporalof aviation
(Desetar avijacije)
Leading Seaman
(Desetar)

Private, 1st class
(Razvodnik)

Private, 1st class of aviation
(Razvodnik avijacije)
Seaman 1st class
(Razvodnik)

1 Marshal of Yugoslavia (Marshal) - Maršal of Yugoslavia was an honorary title of the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces and not a military rank. The first and the only one was given to Josip Broz Tito, who (beside the title of Maršal and Supreme Commander), also held the lifelong function of the President of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the leader of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia.

2 General - was highest military rank for deputy supreme commander. Ivan Gošnjak, while serving as a defence minister and deputy supreme commander of SFRY with a rank of General of the Army - 4 star, was considered for promotion in to this rank, no officers were promoted to this rank.

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