Australian Defence Force ranks

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The Australian Defence Force's (ADF) ranks of officers and enlisted personnel in each of its three service branches of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Australian Army, and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) inherited their rank structures from their British counterparts. The insignia used to identify these ranks are also generally similar to those used in the British Armed Forces.

The following tables show the "equivalent rank and classifications" for the three services, as defined in the ADF Pay and Conditions Manual.[1] "Equivalent rank" means the corresponding rank set out under Regulation 8 of the Defence Force Regulations 1952.[2]

Commissioned officer ranks[edit]

NATO
Code
Aus/US
Code
Navy Army RAAF
Flag/General/Air Officers[1][3]
OF-10 O-11[a] Admiral of the fleet Field marshal Marshal of the RAAF
OF-9 O-10[b] Admiral General Air chief marshal
OF-8 O-9[c] Vice admiral Lieutenant general Air marshal
OF-7 O-8 Rear admiral Major general Air vice marshal
OF-6 O-7[d] Air commodore
Senior officers
OF-6 O-7[d] Commodore Brigadier
OF-5 O-6[d] Captain (RAN) Colonel Group captain
OF-4 O-5[d] Commander Lieutenant colonel Wing commander
OF-3 O-4[d] Lieutenant commander Major Squadron leader
Junior officers
OF-2 O-3[d] Lieutenant Captain (Army) Flight lieutenant
OF-1 O-2 Sub lieutenant Lieutenant Flying officer
OF-1 O-1 Acting sub lieutenant Second lieutenant Pilot officer
Cadets
Midshipman Officer cadet Officer cadet

Warrant officer ranks[edit]

NATO
Code
Aus/US
Code
Navy Army RAAF
Warrant officers
OR-9 E-9 Warrant officer Warrant officer Warrant officer
Warrant officer class 1
OR-8 E-8 Warrant officer class 2
Note that the most senior warrant officer in each of the three services is appointed either Warrant Officer of the Navy (WO-N), Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (RSM-A), or Warrant Officer of the Air Force (WOFF-AF), as appropriate. These are appointments, not ranks; these three people hold the rank of Warrant Officer in their respective services. However, they each wear special insignia, different from the rank insignia worn by other warrant officers. Although the RAN and the RAAF have the one warrant officer rank, the army has three. The soldier appointed Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (RSM-A) holds the unique Army rank of warrant officer (introduced in 1991 and senior to WO1). The Army rank of WO2 is the same pay grade as the RAN and the RAAF's most senior NCOs, (i.e. chief petty officer and flight sergeant).[1]

Non-commissioned officer ranks[edit]

NATO
Code
Aus/US
Code
Navy Army RAAF
Senior non-commissioned officers
OR-8 E-8 Chief petty officer Flight sergeant
OR-7 E-7 Staff sergeant[1][e]
OR-6 E-6 Petty officer Sergeant Sergeant
Junior non-commissioned officers
OR-4 E-5 Leading seaman Corporal/bombardier Corporal
OR-3 E-4 Lance corporal/
Lance bombardier

Other ranks[edit]

For ranks used by some corps in place of private, see Australian Army enlisted rank insignia.
NATO
Code
Aus/US
Code
Navy Army RAAF
Enlisted
OR-3 E-3 Able seaman Private proficient[1][f] Leading aircraftman/woman
OR-2 E-2 Seaman Private Aircraftman/woman

Insignia[edit]

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
Australia Australia
(Edit)
Royal Australian Navy OF-10.svg Royal Australian Navy OF-9.svg Royal Australian Navy OF-8.svg Royal Australian Navy OF-7.svg Royal Australian Navy OF-6.svg Royal Australian Navy OF-5.svg Royal Australian Navy OF-4.svg Royal Australian Navy OF-3.svg Royal Australian Navy OF-2.svg Royal Australian Navy OF-1.svg Royal Australian Navy OF-1.svg Royal Australian Navy OF (D).svg
Admiral of the Fleet Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Acting Sub Lieutenant Officer Cadet


Australia Australia
(Edit)
Australian Army OF-10.svg Australian Army OF-9.svg Australian Army OF-8.svg Australian Army OF-7.svg Australian Army OF-6.svg Australian Army OF-5.svg Australian Army OF-4.svg Australian Army OF-3.svg Australian Army OF-2.svg Australian Army OF-1b.svg Australian Army OF-1a.svg Australian Army OF (D) (OCDT).svg Australian Army OF (D) (SCDT).svg
Field Marshal General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet Staff Cadet


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
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Australia Australia
(Edit)
Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 No Equivalent Staff Sergeant No Equivalent Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal No Equivalent
Warrant Officer
of the Navy
Warrant Officer Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Leading Seaman Able Seaman Seaman


Australia Australia
(Edit)
Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Staff Sergeant Sergeant No Equivalent Corporal Lance Corporal No Insignia No Equivalent
Regimental Sergeant
Major of the Army
Warrant Officer
Class 1
Warrant Officer
Class 2
Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private
(or equivalent)


Australia Australia
(Edit)
Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 No Equivalent Staff Sergeant No Equivalent Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal No Equivalent
Warrant Officer
of the Air Force
Warrant Officer Flight Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Leading Aircraftman Aircraftman

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ O-11 ranks - admiral of the fleet, field marshal and marshal of the RAAF - may only be used in wartime and for honorary appointments.
  2. ^ O-10 ranks - The Chief of the Defence Force is the sole O-10 ranked appointment.
  3. ^ O-9 ranks - The Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Chief of Joint Operations, Chief of the Capability Development Executive and Chiefs of the Navy, Army and Air Force comprise the six O-9 ranked appointments.
  4. ^ Chaplains:
    • O-3 ranks - Chaplains are commissioned officers without rank, however they are accorded the rank of Captain (O-3) for reasons of protocol, ceremonial occasions and for saluting purposes.
    • O-4/5 ranks - The more senior division 2 and 3 chaplains are accorded the rank of Major (O-4) and Lieutenant Colonel (O-5), respectively.
    • O-6 ranks - The three Principal Chaplains representing the three major Christian denominations: Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant, are equivalent to a Colonel (O-6).
    • O-7 ranks - The heads of the various churches and religions officially associated to the ADF's Religious Advisory Committee, such as the Anglican and Catholic Bishops of the Military, are equivalent to a Brigadier (O-7).
  5. ^ Without prejudice to existing holders of the rank, the Army has ceased to promote soldiers to the rank of staff sergeant.[citation needed]
  6. ^ "Private proficient" (PTE(P)) is not a separate formal ADF rank and does not 'outrank' private; it is a salary proficiency point (pay grade) which is "automatically" granted after 12 months service as a private. The same holds with seaman being re-classified as able seaman, and aircraftman/woman being re-classified leading aircraftman/woman after 12 months; the requirements are the same for all three services. Thus, able seaman and leading aircraftman/woman do not outrank private, seaman or aircraftman/woman.
    The relevant regulations are:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "ADF Pay and Conditions Manual (PACMAN)". People Strategies and Policy (AL13 ed.). Department of Defence, Australian Government. November 2009. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Defence Force Regulations 1952.
  3. ^ Badges of Rank and Special Insignia. Commonwealth of Australia - Department of Defence. September 2003. pp. 2–3. 

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