Military ranks and insignia of Norway

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The green part represents soldiers and the equivalent of non-commissioned officers. The blue part represents officers. Norway does not have a non-commissioned officer system and thus Sergeant and Petty officer are grouped with the officers under the common designation befal. The officers are divided into three groups: The befal (company officers, ranks Ensign to Captain inclusive), the staff officers (stabsoffiser, ranks Major to brigadier inclusive), and the generals (Major General to General inclusive).

Fenrik (Ensign) used to be referred to as Second Lieutenant (Norwegian: Fenrik), while the rank of lieutenant went by First Lieutenant. The rank of Brigadier is not an old tradition in the Norwegian armed forces and was instated as a replacement for Oberst I (First Colonel); what is now Oberst used to be Oberst II (Second Colonel).

As shown, the Cavalry have two ranks which differ from the regular Army: Dragon (Dragoon) instead of Menig (Private), and Rittmester (Master of the Horse) instead of Kaptein (Captain).

The ranks of Grenader and Matros are bestowed upon soldiers who have finished the 12 months compulsory service and have signed one or more three-year contracts to continue serving. The ranks of Visekorporal/Visekonstabel/Vingsoldat (Corporal/Leading Rate) are usually ascribed to soldiers with long and/or outstanding service, though may be bestowed on soldiers with extra responsibilities (e.g. the shift-commander among a group of soldiers on guard-duty). A UB-Korporal/Kvartermesteraspirant (Rate Corporal/Petty Officer-in-training) is a soldier who has finished the UB course (Utskrevet Befalskurs), a course intended to prepare conscripted soldiers for non-commissioned officer duties, but is still under training in "the field". After one year course and service these soldiers are qualified for the rank of Sersjant or Kvartermester.

A new set of NCO rank and rating insignia will be used starting 2016, but the officer ranks and their respective insignia will stay, however.

Norwegian military ranks until 2016[edit]

Army Air Force Navy NATO
Menig OR1.png
Menig
Private
FlyOR1.png
Flysoldat
Aircraftman
NOR NavyOR1.png
Menig
Junior Seaman
OR1
Visekorporal OR2.png Gren OR2.png
Visekorporal
Lance Corporal
FlyOR2.png GrenVingsoldat.png
Vingsoldat
Leading Aircraftman
NOR NavyOR2.png
Visekonstabel
Seaman
OR2
OR3.png
Visekorporal 1. Klasse
Master Lance Corporal
GrenVingsoldat1.png
Vingsoldat 1. Klasse
Senior Aircraftman
No equivalent OR3
GrenOR4.png
Korporal
Corporal
FlyOR4.png GrenKorp.png
Korporal
Corporal
NOR NavyOR4.png
Konstabel
Leading Seaman
OR4
OR5.png
Sersjant
Sergeant
FlyOR5.png
Sersjant
Sergeant
NOR NavyOR5.png
Kvartermester
Petty Officer
OR5
FenrikOF1.png
Fenrik
Second Lieutenant
Generic-Navy-O1.svg
Fenrik
Sub-lieutenant
OF1
NOR OF1.png
Løytnant
Lieutenant
Generic-Navy-O3.svg
Løytnant
Lieutenant
OF1
NOR OF2.png
Kaptein
Captain
Generic-Navy-O4.svg
Kapteinløytnant
Lieutenant Commander
OF2
NOR OF3.png
Major
Major
Generic-Navy-O5.svg
Orlogskaptein
Commander
OF3
NOR OF4.png
Oberstløytnant
Lieutenant Colonel
Generic-Navy-O6.svg
Kommandørkaptein
Commander, Senior grade
OF4
NOR OF5.png
Oberst
Colonel
Generic-Navy-O7.svg
Kommandør
Captain (Navy)
OF5
NOR OF6.png
brigadier
Brigadier
NOR NavyOF6.png
Flaggkommandør
Commodore
OF6
NOR OF7.png
Generalmajor
Major General
NOR NavyOF7.png
Kontreadmiral
Rear Admiral
OF7
NOR OF8.png
Generalløytnant
Lieutenant General
NOR NavyOF8.png
Viseadmiral
Vice Admiral
OF8
NOR OF9.png
General
General
NOR NavyOF9.png
Admiral
Admiral
OF9

Graphical view of insignia to be used from 2016 onward[edit]

Army[edit]

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
 Norway
(Edit)
No Equivalent General distinksjon.png
General
Generalløytnant.png
Generalløytnant
Distinksjoner Generalmajor.png
Generalmajor
Brigader.png
Brigader
Distinksjoner Oberst.png
Oberst
Oberstløytnant.png
Oberstløytnant
Distinksjoner Major.png
Major
Kaptein.png
Kaptein / Rittmester
Løytnant.png
Løytnant
Fenrik.png
Fenrik
No Equivalent No Equivalent
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Norway Norway
(Edit)
OR9 NOR - Sersjantmajor Hær.png OR8 NOR - Kommandersersjant Hær.png OR7 NOR - Stabssersjant Hær.png OR6 NOR - Oversersjant Hær.png OR5 NOR - Sersjant Hær NY.png OR4 NOR - Korporal 1. klasse Hær.png OR4 NOR - Korporal Hær NY.png OR3 NOR - Visekorporal 1. klasse Hær.png OR2 NOR - Visekorporal Hær.png OR1 NOR - Ledende menig Hær.png OR1 NOR - Menig Hær GAMMEL.png
Sersjantmajor Kommandersersjant Stabssersjant Oversersjant Sersjant Korporal 1. klasse Korporal Visekorporal 1. klasse Visekorporal Ledende Menig Menig


Air force[edit]

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
Norway Norway
(Edit)
No Equivalent OF9 NOR - General Luft.png
General
OF8 NOR - Generalløytnant Luft.png
Generalløytnant
OF7 NOR - Generalmajor Luft.png
Generalmajor
OF6 - Brigader Luft.png
Brigader
OF5 NOR - Oberst Luft.png
Oberst
OF4 NOR - Oberstløytnant Luft.png
Oberstløytnant
OF3 NOR - Major Luft.png
Major
OF2 NOR - Kaptein Luft.png
Kaptein
OF1 NOR - Løytnant Luft.png
Løytnant
OF1 NOR - Fenrik Luft.png
Fenrik
No Equivalent No Equivalent
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Flag of Norway, state.svg Norway
(Edit)
OR9 NOR - Sersjantmajor Luft.png OR8 NOR - Kommandersersjant Luft.png OR7 NOR - Stabssersjant Luft.png OR6 NOR - Vingsersjant.png OR5 NOR - Sersjant Luft NY.png OR4 NOR - Vingkorporal Luft.png OR4 NOR - Korporal Luft NY.png OR3 NOR - Ledende vingsoldat Luft.png OR2 NOR - Vingsoldat Luft.png OR1 NOR - Flysoldat.png
Sersjantmajor Kommandersersjant Stabssersjant Vingsersjant Sersjant Seniorkorporal Korporal Seniorvisekorporal Visekorporal Flysoldat


Navy[edit]

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
Flag of Norway, state.svg Norway
(Edit)
no equivalent NOR NavyOF9.png NOR NavyOF8.png NOR NavyOF7.png NOR NavyOF6.png Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O6.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg no equivalent no equivalent
Admiral Viseadmiral Kontreadmiral Flaggkommandør Kommandør Kommandørkaptein Orlogskaptein Kapteinløytnant Løytnant Fenrik
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Flag of Norway, state.svg Norway
(Edit)
OR9 sjo.png OR8 NOR - Orlogsmester.png OR7 NOR - Flotiljemester.png OR6 NOR - Skvadronmester.png OR5 NOR - Kvartermester.png OR4 NOR - Seniorkonstabel NY.png OR4 NOR - Konstabel.png OR3 NOR - Ledende visekonstabel NY.png Or1 sjø.png OR1 NOR - Menig Sjø GAMMEL.png
Flaggmester Orlogsmester Flotiljemester Skvadronmester Kvartermester Konstabel 1. klasse Konstabel Visekonstabel 1. klasse Visekonstabel Menig


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