Military star ranking

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Military star ranking is military terminology, used in mainly English speaking countries, to describe general and flag officers. Within NATO's armed forces, the stars are equal to OF-6–10.[1]

Star ranking[edit]

One-star[edit]

A one-star rank is usually the lowest ranking general or flag officer.[2] In many Commonwealth countries, the one-star army rank of Brigadier is considered the highest field officer rank.[3]

Two-star[edit]

A two-star rank is usually the second lowest ranking general or flag officer.[4]

Three-star[edit]

A three-star rank is usually the third highest general or flag officer.[5]

Four-star[edit]

A four-star rank is usually the second highest ranking general or flag officer.[6]

Five-star[edit]

A five-star rank is usually the highest ranking general or flag officer.[7] This rank is usually a field marshal, general of the army, admiral of the fleet or marshal of the air force.

Proposed six-star[edit]

In the United States Armed Forces, a six-star rank is a proposed rank immediately superior to a five-star rank, possibly to be worn by the General of the Armies or Admiral of the Navy; however, this correlation was never officially recognized by the military or by Congress.

List of countries[edit]

Star rank Five-star rank Four-star rank Three-star rank Two-star rank One-star rank Ref.[a]
 Australian Army Australian Army OF-9.svg Australian Army OF-8.svg Australian Army OF-7.svg Australian Army OF-6.svg [8]
[9]
General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier
 Royal Australian Navy Australia-Navy-OF-9-collected.svg Australia-Navy-OF-8-collected.svg Australia-Navy-OF-7-collected.svg Australia-Navy-OF-6-collected.svg [8]
[9]
Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Commodore
 Royal Australian Air Force Australia RAAF OF-9.svg Australia RAAF OF-8.svg Australia RAAF OF-7.svg Australia RAAF OF-6.svg [8]
[9]
Air chief marshal Air marshal Air vice-marshal Air commodore
Star rank Five-star rank Four-star rank Three-star rank Two-star rank One-star rank Ref.[a]
 Bangladesh Army Bangladesh-army-OF-9.svg Bangladesh-army-OF-8.svg Bangladesh-army-OF-7.svg Bangladesh-army-OF-6.svg [10]
General
জেনারেল
Lieutenant general
লেফটেন্যান্ট জেনারেল
Major general
মেজর জেনারেল
Brigadier general
ব্রিগেডিয়ার জেনারেল
 Bangladesh Navy 14.BNF-ADMF.svg 13.BNF-ADM.svg 12.BNF-VADM.svg 10.BNF-CDRE.svg [10]
[11]
Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Commodore
 Bangladesh Air Force British RAF OF-9.svg British RAF OF-8.svg British RAF OF-7.svg British RAF OF-6.svg [10]
[12]
Air chief marshal Air marshal Air vice-marshal Air commodore
Star rank Five-star rank Four-star rank Three-star rank Two-star rank One-star rank Ref.[a]
 Pakistan Army OF-10 Pakistan Army.svg OF-9 Pakistan Army.svg OF-8 PakistanArmy.svg OF-7 Pakistan Army.svg OF-6 Pakistan Army.svg [13]
Field marshal
فیلڈ مارشل
General
جنرل
Lieutenant general
لیفٹیننٹ جنرل
Major general
میجر جنرل
Brigadier
بریگیڈیئر
 Pakistan Navy Pakistan-Navy-OF-9-collected.svg Pakistan-Navy-OF-8-collected.svg Pakistan-Navy-OF-7-collected.svg Pakistan-Navy-OF-6-collected.svg [13]
Admiral
ایڈمرل
Vice admiral
وائس ایڈمرل
Rear admiral
بحریہ کا امیر
Commodore
کموڈور
 Pakistan Air Force Pak-air-force-OF-9.svg Pak-air-force-OF-8.svg Pak-air-force-OF-7.svg Pak-air-force-OF-6.svg [13]
Air chief marshal Air marshal Air vice marshal Air commodore
Star rank Five-star rank Four-star rank Three-star rank Two-star rank One-star rank Ref.[a]
 Sri Lanka Army Sri Lanka-army-OF-10.svg Sri Lanka-army-OF-9.svg Sri Lanka-army-OF-8.svg Sri Lanka-army-OF-7.svg Sri Lanka-army-OF-6.svg [14]
[15]
Field marshal General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier
 Sri Lanka Navy 15-Sri Lanka Navy-ADM.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-9.svg 14-Sri Lanka Navy-VADM.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-8.svg 13-Sri Lanka Navy-RADM.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-7.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-6.svg [14]
[15]
Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Commodore
 Sri Lanka Air Force UK-Air-OF9.svg UK-Air-OF8.svg UK-Air-OF7.svg UK-Air-OF6.svg [14]
[15]
Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice-Marshal Air Commodore
Star rank Five-star rank Four-star rank Three-star rank Two-star rank One-star rank Ref.[a]
 British Army Field marshal General Lieutenant-general Major-general Brigadier [3]
Field marshal General Lieutenant-general Major-general Brigadier
 Royal Navy British Royal Navy OF-10-collected.svg British Royal Navy OF-9-collected.svg British Royal Navy OF-8-collected.svg British Royal Navy OF-7-collected.svg British Royal Navy OF-6-collected.svg [3]
[16]
Admiral of the Fleet Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Commodore
 Royal Air Force United Kingdom-Air force-OF-10-collected.svg United Kingdom-Air force-OF-9-collected.svg United Kingdom-Air force-OF-8-collected.svg United Kingdom-Air force-OF-7-collected.svg United Kingdom-Air force-OF-6-collected.svg [3]
[17]
Marshal of the RAF Air chief marshal Air marshal Air vice-marshal Air commodore
Star rank Five-star rank Four-star rank Three-star rank Two-star rank One-star rank Ref.[a]
 United States Army US Army O11 (Army greens).svg US Army O10 (Army greens).svg US Army O9 (Army greens).svg US Army O8 (Army greens).svg US Army O7 (Army greens).svg [18]
[19]
General of the Army General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier general
 United States Navy US Navy O11 insignia.svg US Navy O10 insignia.svg US Navy O9 insignia.svg US Navy O8 insignia.svg US Navy O7 insignia.svg [18]
[19]
Fleet admiral Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Rear admiral
(lower half)
 United States Air Force US Air Force O11 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O10 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O9 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O8 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O7 shoulderboard.svg [18]
[19]
General of the Air Force General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier general
Star rank Five-star rank Four-star rank Three-star rank Two-star rank One-star rank Ref.[a]
 Ukrainian Ground Forces Not in use since 2020 Погон генерала ЗСУ (2020).svg Погон генерал-лейтенанта ЗСУ (2020).svg Погон генерал-майора ЗСУ (2020).svg Погон бригадного генерала ЗСУ (2020).svg [20][failed verification]

[21][failed verification]

Heneral armiyi
(Not in use since 2020)
Heneral Heneral leytenant Heneral mayor Bryhadnyi heneral
 Ukrainian Navy Погон адмірала ВМС ЗСУ (2020).svg Ukraine-Navy-OF-9.svg Погон віцеадмірала ВМС ЗСУ (2020).svg Ukraine-Navy-OF-8.svg Погон контрадмірала ВМС ЗСУ (2020).svg Ukraine-Navy-OF-7.svg Погон коммодора ВМС ЗСУ (2020).svg Ukraine-Navy-OF-6.svg [20][failed verification]
[21][failed verification]
Admiral Vitse admiral Kontr-admiral Kommodor
 Ukrainian Air Force Not in use since 2020 Ukraine-AirForce-OF-9 (2020).svg Ukraine-AirForce-OF-8 (2020).svg Ukraine-AirForce-OF-7 (2020).svg Ukraine-AirForce-OF-6 (2020).svg [20][failed verification]
[21][failed verification]
Heneral armiyi
(Not in use since 2020)
Heneral Heneral leytenant Heneral mayor Bryhadnyi heneral

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Upper references are the Star ranking. Lower references are the insignia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ NATO (October 1975). STANAG 2116 (PDF) (3rd ed.). Brussels, Belgium: NATO Standardization Agency. p. 2. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  2. ^ "One-star". lexico.com. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on February 24, 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d "Rank structure". army.mod.uk. British Army. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Two-star". lexico.com. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on March 24, 2022. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Three-star". lexico.com. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on March 1, 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Four-star". lexico.com. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on September 23, 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Five-star". lexico.com. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on March 24, 2022. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  8. ^ a b c "Commissioned Officer Ranks". army.gov.au. Australian Army. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  9. ^ a b c "Badges of rank" (PDF). navy.gov.au. Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  10. ^ a b c "Ranks & insignia". joinbangladesharmy.army.mil.bd. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Rank of Navy & Equivalent Rank". navy.mil.bd. Bangladesh Navy. Archived from the original on 27 June 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  12. ^ "OFFICER'S RANKS". joinbangladeshairforce.mil.bd. Archived from the original on 10 February 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  13. ^ a b c "Inter Service Ranks". paf.gov.pk. Pakistan Air Force Official Website. Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  14. ^ a b c "Dress Regulation PDF - Part I" (PDF). army.lk. Sri Lanka Army. January 2019. p. 11-1. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  15. ^ a b c "Branches/ Ranks". navy.lk. Sri Lanka Navy. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  16. ^ "Shaping your career". royalnavy.mod.uk. Royal Navy. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  17. ^ "RAF Ranks". raf.mod.uk/. Royal Air Force. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  18. ^ a b c "Navy Officer Ranks". military.com. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  19. ^ a b c "U.S. Military Rank Insignia". defense.gov. Department of Defense. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  20. ^ a b c "Military ranks of Ukraine (The law)". zakon.rada.gov.ua. Verkhovna Rada.
  21. ^ a b c "The pictures of Ukrainian military rank". rada.gov.ua. Verkhovna Rada.