Air force officer rank insignia

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To assist in the comparison of different countries' air force officer rank insignia, NATO rank codes have been used. These are established codes for determining the seniority of officer and other ranks in NATO countries for a particular joint task group or command structure, although specific appointments designate a higher level of seniority over other equivalent rank codes in a given situation. Officer ranks go from OF-1 up to OF-10; OF(D) being a special category for trainee officers awaiting a commission. The system should not be confused with the pay grades used in the US military. While countries outside the NATO command structure (including some NATO member countries such as France) do not strictly fall into this classification structure and there may be instances of overlap the codes still provide a useful gauge in determining what ranks are broadly 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) Student Officer
Argentina Argentina Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Brigadier General.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Brigadier Mayor.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Brigadier.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Comodoro.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Vicecomodoro.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Mayor.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Capitán.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Primer Teniente.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Teniente.svg Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Alférez.svg
No equivalent Brigadier General (Brigadier General) Brigadier Mayor (Brigadier-Major) Brigadier (Brigadier) No equivalent Comodoro (Commodore) Vicecomodoro (Vice-Commodore) Mayor (Major) Capitán (Captain) Primer Teniente (First Lieutenant) Teniente (Lieutenant) Alférez (Ensign)

Australia Australia
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Australia RAAF OF-10.svg Australia RAAF OF-9.svg Australia RAAF OF-8.svg Australia RAAF OF-7.svg Australia RAAF OF-6.svg Australia RAAF OF-5.svg Australia RAAF OF-4.svg Australia RAAF OF-3.svg Australia RAAF OF-2.svg Australia RAAF OF-1b.svg Australia RAAF OF-1a.svg Australia RAAF OF (D).svg
Marshal of the RAAF Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice-Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer Officer Cadet

Bangladesh Bangladesh
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No Equivalent UK-Air-OF9.svg    UK-Air-OF8.svg    UK-Air-OF7.svg    UK-Air-OF6.svg    UK-Air-OF5.svg    UK-Air-OF4.svg    UK-Air-OF3.svg    UK-Air-OF2.svg    UK-Air-OF1A.svg    UK-Air-OF1B.svg   
No Equivalent Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice-Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer

Belgium Belgium
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No Equivalent BE-Air Force-OF9.svg BE-Air Force-OF8.svg BE-Air Force-OF7.svg BE-Air Force-OF6.svg BE-Air Force-OF5.svg BE-Air Force-OF4.svg BE-Air Force-OF3.svg
BE-Air Force-OF2a.svg BE-Air Force-OF2b.svg
Capitaine-commandant Capitaine
Kapitein-commandant Kapitein
BE-Air Force-OF1a.svg BE-Air Force-OF1b.svg No Equivalent No Equivalent
Général Lieutenant général Général-major Général de Brigade Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Brigadegeneraal Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Luitenant Onderluitenant



Brazil Brazil Brazilian Air Force marshal of the air rank insignia.svg Brazilian Air Force Lieutenant-Brigadier rank insignia.svg Brazilian Air Force Major-Brigadier rank insignia.svg Brazilian Air Force Brigadier rank insignia.svg No equivalent CoronelFAB-V.png Major-vertical fab.gif AspiranteFABrasil.png
Marechal-do-ar (Marshal of the Air) Tenente-brigadeiro (Lieutenant-Brigadier) Major-brigadeiro (Major-Brigadier) Brigadeiro-do-ar
Brigadier)
No equivalent Coronel (Colonel) Tenente-coronel (Lieutenant-Colonel) Major (Major) Capitão (Captain) Primeiro-tenente (First Lieutenant) Segundo-tenente (Second Lieutenant) Aspirante (Aspirant)



Canada Canada (Edit)
No Equivalent Canadian RCAF OF-9.svg


Canadian RCAF (shoulder) OF-9.svg

Canadian RCAF OF-8.svg


Canadian RCAF (shoulder) OF-8.svg

Canadian RCAF OF-7.svg


Canadian RCAF (shoulder) OF-7.svg

Canadian RCAF OF-6.svg


Canadian RCAF (shoulder) OF-6.svg

Canadian RCAF OF-5.svg Canadian RCAF OF-4.svg Canadian RCAF OF-3.svg Canadian RCAF OF-2.svg Canadian RCAF OF-1b.svg Canadian RCAF OF-1a.svg No Equivalent Canadian RCAF OF (D).svg
General Lieutenant General Major-general Brigadier-general Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second
lieutenant
Officer Cadet
Général Lieutenant-général Major-général Brigadier-général Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant Élève-Officier

Chile Chile
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No Equivalent
Air General
Aviation General
Air Brigade General
Commodore
Aviation Colonel
Group Commander
Squadron Commander
Flight Captain
Lieutenant
Sub-Lieutenant
Ensign
No Equivalent Air General Aviation General Air Brigade General Commodore Aviation Colonel Group Commander Squadron Commander Flight Captain Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant Ensign

 Czech Republic (Edit) No Equivalent No Equivalent
armádní generál generálporučík generálmajor brigádní generál plukovník podplukovník major kapitán nadporučík poručík podporučík

Denmark Denmark
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No equivalent RDAF Gen.svg RDAF Lt Gen.svg RDAF Maj Gen.svg RDAF Brig Gen.svg RDAF Col.svg RDAF Lt Col.svg RDAF Maj.svg RDAF Capt.svg RDAF 1st Lt.svg RDAF Fly Off.svg RDAF 2nd Lt.svg No equivalent
General Generalløjtnant Generalmajor Brigadegeneral Oberst Oberstløjtnant Major Kaptajn Premierløjtnant Løjtnant Sekondløjtnant

Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
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No Equivalent No Equivalent
Teniente General
Mayor General
General de Brigada
Coronel
Teniente Coronel
Mayor
Capitan
Primer Teniente
Segundo Teniente
Cadete
No Equivalent No Equivalent Teniente General Mayor General General de Brigada Coronel Teniente Coronel Mayor Capitan Primer Teniente Segundo Teniente Cadete

 France
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No equivalent French Air Force-général d'armée aérienne.svg French Air Force-général de corps aérien.svg French Air Force-général de division aérienne.svg French Air Force-général de brigade aérienne.svg French Air Force-colonel.svg French Air Force-lieutenant-colonel.svg French Air Force-commandant.svg French Air Force-capitaine.svg French Air Force-lieutenant.svg French Air Force-sous-lieutenant.svg French Air Force-aspirant.svg French Air Force-élève officier.svg
Général d´armée aérienne Général de corps aérien Général de division aérienne Général de brigade aérienne Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant Aspirant Élève-officier

Greece Greece
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No equivalent Hellenic Air Force OF-9.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-8.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-7.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-6.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-5.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-4.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-3.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-2.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-1A.svg Hellenic Air Force OF-1B.svg No equivalent No equivalent
Πτέραρχος Αντιπτέραρχος Υποπτέραρχος Ταξίαρχος Σμήναρχος Αντισμήναρχος Επισμηναγός Σμηναγός Υποσμηναγός Ανθυποσμηναγός
Pterarchos Antipterarchos Ypopterarchos Taxiarchos Sminarchos Antisminarchos Episminagos Sminagos Yposminagos Anthyposminagos

India India
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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    no equivalent
Marshal of the IAF Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice-Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer

Italy Italy
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IT-Airforce-OF-10.png
IT-Airforce-OF-9s.png
IT-Airforce-OF-9.png
IT-Airforce-OF-8.png
IT-Airforce-OF-7.png
IT-Airforce-OF-5.png IT-Airforce-OF-4.png IT-Airforce-OF-3.png IT-Airforce-OF3.png IT-Airforce-OF2.png IT-Airforce-OF1.png No equivalent No equivalent
generale
awarded only to the Chief of Defense Staff
generale di squadra aerea con incarichi speciali generale di squadra aerea generale di divisione aerea generale di brigata aerea colonnello tenente colonnello maggiore capitano tenente sottotenente

Malaysia Malaysia
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Marshal insignia of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png    General insignia of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png    Lieutenant General insignia of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png    Major General insignia of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png    Brigadier General insignia of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png    Colonel of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png    Lieutenant Colonel of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png    Major of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png    Captain of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png    Lieutenant of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png    2nd Lieutenant of Royal Malaysian Air Force.png   
Marshal of the Air Force General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sublieutenant
Marsyal Tentera Udara Jeneral Leftenan Jeneral Mejar Jeneral Brigedier Jeneral Kolonel Leftenan Kolonel Mejar Kapten Leftenan Leftenan Muda

Mexico Mexico
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No Equivalent No Equivalent
General de División
General de Ala
General de Grupo
Coronel
Teniente Coronel
Mayor
Capitan Primero
Capitán Segundo
Teniente
Subteniente
No Equivalent
No Equivalent No Equivalent General de División General de Ala General de Grupo Coronel Teniente Coronel Mayor Capitan Primero Capitán Segundo Teniente Subteniente No Equivalent

Netherlands Netherlands
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No equivalent Nl-luchtmacht-generaal.svg Nl-luchtmacht-luitenant generaal.svg Nl-luchtmacht-generaal majoor.svg Nl-luchtmacht-commodore.svg Nl-luchtmacht-kolonel.svg Nl-luchtmacht-luitenant kolonel.svg Nl-luchtmacht-majoor.svg Nl-luchtmacht-kapitein.svg Nl-luchtmacht-eerste luitenant.svg Nl-luchtmacht-tweede luitenant.svg Nl-luchtmacht-vaandrig.svg No equivalent
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Commodore Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein Eerste-luitenant Tweede-luitenant Vaandrig

New Zealand New Zealand
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Marshal of the RNZAF
No Equivalent
Air Marshal
Air Vice-Marshal
Air Commodore
Group Captain
Wing Commander
Squadron Leader
Flight Lieutenant
Flying Officer
Pilot Officer
Marshal of the RNZAF Air Marshal Air Vice-Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer Officer Cadet

Poland Poland
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Army-POL-OF-10.svg Rank insignia of generał of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of generał broni of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of generał dywizji of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of generał brygady of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of pułkownik of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of podpułkownik of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of major of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of kapitan of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of porucznik of the Air Force of Poland.svg Rank insignia of podporucznik of the Air Force of Poland.svg No equivalent Various
Marszałek Polski1 Generał Generał broni Generał dywizji Generał brygady Pułkownik Podpułkownik Major Kapitan Porucznik Podporucznik Podchorąży

 Portugal
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General t.jpg TenGen t.jpg Majorgen t.jpg Brigadeiro t.jpg Cor t.jpg TCor t.jpg Major t.jpg Cap t.jpg Ten t.jpg Alf t.jpg Aspof2 t.jpg Vários
Marechal1 General Tenente-
-General
Major-
-General
Brigadeiro-
-General
Coronel Tenente-
-Coronel
Major Capitão Tenente Alferes Aspirante-a-Oficial Cadete-
-Aluno

Romania Romania
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RO-Airforce-OF-9s.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-8s.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-7s.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-6s.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-5s.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-4s.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-3s.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-2as.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-2bs.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-1s.PNG No Equivalent No Equivalent
RO-Airforce-OF-9.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-8.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-7.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-6.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-5.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-4.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-3.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-2a.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-2b.PNG RO-Airforce-OF-1.PNG
Mareșal1 General General-locotenent General-maior General de flotilă aeriană Comandor Căpitan-comandor Locotenent-comandor Căpitan Locotenent Sublocotenent

Thailand Thailand
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Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer
จอมพลอากาศ พลอากาศเอก พลอากาศโท พลอากาศตรี พลอากาศจัตวา นาวาอากาศเอก นาวาอากาศโท นาวาอากาศตรี เรืออากาศเอก เรืออากาศโท เรืออากาศตรี นักเรียนนายเรืออากาศ
Marshal of the Air Force Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice Marshal Air Comodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer Air Cadet

Sweden Sweden No equivalent OF-9 General M87.png OF-8 Generallöjtnant FV.jpg OF-7 Generalmajor FV.jpg OF-6 Brigadgeneral FV.jpg SWE-Airforce-överste.png SWE-Airforce-överstelöjtnant.png SWE-Airforce-major.png SWE-Airforce-kapten.png SWE-Airforce-löjtnant.png SWE-Airforce-fänrik.png
No equivalent General Generallöjtnant Generalmajor Brigadgeneral Överste Överstelöjtnant Major Kapten Löjtnant Fänrik



Ukraine Ukraine (Edit) UA OF10-GenArmy 2009.jpg UA OF9-ColGen 2009.jpg UA OF8-LtGen 2009.jpg UA OF7-MajGen 2009.jpg No equivalent UA OF5-Col 2009.jpg UA OF4-LtCol 2009.jpg UA OF3-Maj 2009.jpg UA AF OF2-Cap 2009.jpg UA OF1a-FstLt 2009.jpg
UA OF1b-Lt 2009.jpg      
UA OF1c-SubLt 2009.jpg
No equivalent UA AF-OF(D)-Kursant 2009.jpg
Генерал армії України Генерал-полковник Генерал-лейтенант Генерал-майор Полковник Підполковник Майор Капітан Старший лейтенант
Лейтенант Молодший лейтенант
Курсмант
General Armii Ukrainy General Polkovnyk Lieutenant general Major general Polkovnik Podpolkovnik Major Kapitan Senior Lieutenant
Lieutenant Junior Lieutenant
Cadet

United Kingdom United Kingdom
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RAF-MRAF-OF-10.png
British RAF OF-10 (ceremonial shoulder board).svg
RAF-ACM-OF-9.png RAF-AM-OF-8.png RAF-AVM-OF-7.png RAF-Air Cdre-OF-6.png RAF-Gp Capt-OF-5.png RAF-Wg Cdr-OF-4.png RAF-Sqn Ldr-OF-3.png RAF-Flt Lt-OF-2.png RAF-Fg Off-OF-1.png RAF-Plt Off-OF-1.png RAF-OC-SO.png
Marshal of the Royal Air Force1 Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice-Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer Acting Pilot Officer Officer Cadet



United States United States
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US Air Force O11 shoulderboard with seal.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 US Air Force O6 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O5 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O4 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O3 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O2 shoulderboard.svg US Air Force O1 shoulderboard.svg Various Various
General of the Air Force1 General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Trainee Officer Cadet
NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student Officer
  • 1 Honorary/War time rank.
  • 2 Rank no longer in use.

Note that the NATO officer rank codes (OF-1 to OF-10) are differently numbered from the US officer rank codes (O-1 to O-11).

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