Air Force ranks and insignia of India

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Air Force ranks and insignia
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The Indian Air Force's rank structure is based on that of the Royal Air Force. The highest rank attainable in the Indian Air Force is Marshal of the Indian Air Force, conferred by the President of India after exceptional service during wartime. MIAF Arjan Singh is the only officer to have achieved this rank. The head of the Indian Air Force is the Chief of the Air Staff, who holds the rank of Air Chief Marshal. The current Chief of the Air Staff is Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, appointed on 31 December 2016, following the retirement of Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and India also rank 4th strongest army in the world with $51 billion budget and 3rd largest army.

Officer ranks[edit]

The following table shows the officer rank insignia for the Indian Air Force. Even though India is not a NATO country, the NATO ranking codes are given for comparison with other nations' military ranks (see Air force officer rank insignia for more information).

Ranks of the Indian Air Force – Officer Ranks

Equivalent
NATO Code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and Student Officer
Shoulder Marshal of the IAF.svg Air Chief Marshal of IAF.png Air Marshal of IAF.png Air Vice Marshal of IAF.png Air Commodore of IAF.png Group Captain of IAF.png Wing Commander of IAF.png Squadron Leader of IAF.png Flight Lieutenant of IAF.png Flying Officer of IAF.png
Sleeve IAF Marshal of the AF sleeve.png IAF Air Chief Marshal sleeve.png IAF Air Marshal sleeve.png IAF Air Vice Marshal sleeve.png IAF Air Commodore sleeve.png IAF Group Captain sleeve.png IAF Wing Commander sleeve.png IAF Squadron Leader sleeve.png IAF Flight Lieutenant sleeve.png IAF Flying Officer sleeve.png
Rank Marshal of
the Air Force
1
Air Chief
Marshal
2
Air Marshal Air Vice
Marshal
Air
Commodore
Group
Captain
Wing
Commander
Squadron
Leader
Flight
Lieutenant
Flying
Officer
Equivalent ranks of Indian Armed Forces (click to enlarge)


Junior commissioned officer and non-commissioned ranks[edit]

Ranks of the Indian Air Force – enlisted ranks
Junior commissioned officer Enlisted
Shoulder IAF MWO Shoulder.png IAF WO Shoulder.png IAF JWO Shoulder.png Arm IAF Sgt Arm.png IAF Cpl Arm.png IAF LAC Arm.png IAF AC Arm.png
Sleeve IAF MWO Sleeve.png IAF WO Sleeve.png IAF JWO Sleeve.png
Rank Master
warrant officer
Warrant officer Junior
warrant officer
Sergeant Corporal Leading
aircraftsman
Aircraftsman

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