Belgian military ranks

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The following are the ranks and insignia of the Belgian Armed Forces.

The ranks are given in English, Dutch, and French (the two main official languages of Belgium).

Officers[edit]

NATO
Code
Land component Air component Naval component Medical component
General officers - Opperofficieren - Officiers généraux
OF-9 General
Dutch: Generaal
French: Général

Army-BEL-OF-09.svg General
Dutch: Generaal
French: Général

BE-Air Force-OF9.svg Admiral
Dutch: Admiraal
French: Amiral

Generic-Navy-O11.svg No equivalent in
the medical component
OF-8 Lieutenant-general
Dutch: Luitenant-generaal
French: Lieutenant-général
Army-BEL-OF-08.svg Lieutenant-general
Dutch: Luitenant-generaal
French: Lieutenant-général
BE-Air Force-OF8.svg Vice-admiral
Dutch: Vice-admiraal
French: Vice-amiral
Generic-Navy-O10.svg No equivalent in
the medical component
OF-7 Major-general
Dutch: Generaal-majoor
French: Général-major

Army-BEL-OF-07.svg Major-general
Dutch: Generaal-majoor
French: Général-major

BE-Air Force-OF7.svg Divisional admiral
Dutch: Divisieadmiraal
French: Amiral de division

Generic-Navy-O9.svg Major-general
Dutch: Generaal-majoor
French: Général-major

OF-7 BEL Med comp Generaal-majoor.gif
OF-6 Brigade general
Dutch: Brigade-generaal
French: Général de brigade

Army-BEL-OF-06.svg Brigade general
Dutch: Brigade-generaal
French: Général de brigade

BE-Air Force-OF6.svg Flotilla admiral
Dutch: Flottieljeadmiraal
French: Amiral de flottille

Generic-Navy-O8.svg Brigade general
Dutch: Brigade-generaal
French: Général de brigade

OF-6 BEL Med comp Brigade-generaal.gif
Senior officers - Hoofdofficieren - Officiers supérieurs
OF-5 Colonel
Dutch: Kolonel
French: Colonel

Army-BEL-OF-05.svg Colonel
Dutch: Kolonel
French: Colonel

BE-Air Force-OF5.svg Captain at sea/ship-of-the-line captain
Dutch: Kapitein-ter-zee
French: Capitaine de vaisseau

Generic-Navy-O7.svg Colonel
Dutch: Kolonel
French: Colonel

OF-5 BEL Med comp Kolonel.gif
OF-4 Lieutenant-colonel
Dutch: Luitenant-kolonel
French: Lieutenant-colonel

Army-BEL-OF-04.svg Lieutenant-colonel
Dutch: Luitenant-kolonel
French: Lieutenant-colonel

BE-Air Force-OF4.svg Frigate captain
Dutch: Fregatkapitein
French: Capitaine de frégate

Generic-Navy-O6.svg Lieutenant-colonel
Dutch: Luitenant-kolonel
French: Lieutenant-colonel

OF-4 BEL Med comp Luitenant-kolonel.gif
OF-3 Major
Dutch: Majoor
French: Major

Army-BEL-OF-03.svg Major
Dutch: Majoor
French: Major

BE-Air Force-OF3.svg Corvette captain
Dutch: Korvetkapitein
French: Capitaine de corvette

Generic-Navy-O5.svg Major
Dutch: Majoor
French: Major

OF-3 BEL Med comp majoor.gif
Junior officers - Lagere officieren - Officiers subalternes
OF-3 Captain-commandant
Dutch: Kapitein-commandant
French: Capitaine-commandant

Army-BEL-OF-02a.svg Captain-commandant
Dutch: Kapitein-commandant
French: Capitaine-commandant

BE-Air Force-OF2a.svg Ship-of-the-line lieutenant, first class
Dutch: Luitenant-ter-zee 1ste klasse
French: Lieutenant de vaisseau de 1ère classe

Belgian-Navy-Jr-OF-3.svg
Captain-commandant
Dutch: Kapitein-commandant
French: Capitaine-commandant

OF-3 BEL Med comp kapiteincommandant.gif
OF-2 Captain
Dutch: Kapitein
French: Capitaine

Army-BEL-OF-02b.svg Captain
Dutch: Kapitein
French: Capitaine

BE-Air Force-OF2b.svg Ship-of-the-line lieutenant
Dutch: Luitenant-ter-zee
French: Lieutenant de vaisseau

Belgian-Navy-OF-2.svg
Captain
Dutch: Kapitein
French: Capitaine

OF-2 BEL Med comp kapitein.gif
OF-1 Lieutenant
Dutch: Luitenant
French: Lieutenant

Army-BEL-OF-01a.svg Lieutenant
Dutch: Luitenant
French: Lieutenant

BE-Air Force-OF1a.svg Ship-of-the-line ensign
Dutch: Vaandrig-ter-zee
French: Enseigne de vaisseau

Belgian-Navy-OF-1.svg
Lieutenant
Dutch: Luitenant
French: Lieutenant

OF-1 BEL Med comp luitenant.gif
OF-1 Sub-lieutenant
Dutch: Onderluitenant
French: Sous-lieutenant

Army-BEL-OF-01b.svg Sub-lieutenant
Dutch: Onderluitenant
French: Sous-lieutenant

BE-Air Force-OF1b.svg Ship-of-the-line ensign, second class
Dutch: Vaandrig-ter-zee 2de klasse
French: Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe

Generic-Navy-O1.svg Sub-lieutenant
Dutch: Onderluitenant
French: Sous-lieutenant

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Note:

  • The highest rank in the military police is colonel
  • The ranks of navy admiral and air force general were created in 2002

Non-commissioned officers[edit]

NATO
code
Land component Air component Naval component Medical component
Senior non-commissioned officers - Hoofdonderofficieren - Sous-officiers supérieurs
OR-9 Chief warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-majoor
French: Adjudant-major

Army-BEL-OR-09a.svg Chief warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-majoor
French: Adjudant-major

BE-Air Force-OR9a.svg Chief principal master
Dutch: Oppermeester-chef
French: Maître-principal-chef

Navy-BEL-OR-09a maitre principal chef.svg Chief warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-majoor
French: Adjudant-major

OR-9 BEL med comp adjudant-major.png
OR-9 Master warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-chef
French: Adjudant-chef

Army-BEL-OR-09b.svg Master warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-chef
French: Adjudant-chef

BE-Air Force-OR9b.svg Principal master
Dutch: Oppermeester
French: Maître-principal

Navy-BEL-OR-09b maitre principal.svg Master warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-chef
French: Adjudant-chef

OR-9 BEL med comp adjudant-chef.png
Elite non-commissioned officers - Keuronderofficieren - Sous-officiers d'élite
OR-8 Warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant
French: Adjudant

Army-BEL-OR-08.svg Warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant
French: Adjudant

BE-Air Force-OR8.svg 1st master chief
Dutch: 1ste meester-chef
French: 1e maître-chef

Navy-BEL-OR-08 1er maitre-chef.svg Warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant
French: Adjudant

OR-8 BEL med comp adjudent.gif
OR-7 1st sergeant-major
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-majoor
French: 1e sergent-major

Army-BEL-OR-07.svg 1st sergeant-major
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-majoor
French: 1e sergent-major

BE-Air Force-OR7.svg 1st master
Dutch: 1ste meester
French: 1e maître

Navy-BEL-OR-07 1er maitre.svg 1st sergeant major
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-majoor
French: 1e sergent-major

OR-7 BEL med comp sergeantmajoor.gif
Junior non-commissioned officers - Lagere onderofficieren - Sous-officiers subalternes
OR-6 1st master sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-chef
French: 1e sergent-chef

Army-BEL-OR-06a.svg 1st master sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-chef
French: 1e sergent-chef

BE-Air Force-OR6a.svg Master chief
Dutch: Meester-chef
French: Maître-chef

Navy-BEL-OR-06a maitre chef.svg 1st master sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-chef
French: 1e sergent-chef

OR-6 BEL med comp &stesergeantchef.gif
OR-6 1st sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant
French: 1e sergent

Army-BEL-OR-06b.svg 1st sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant
French: 1e sergent

BE-Air Force-OR6b.svg Master
Dutch: Meester
French: Maître

Navy-BEL-OR-06b maitre.svg 1st sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant
French: 1e sergent

OR-6 BEL med comp 1stesergeant.gif
OR-5 Sergeant
Dutch: Sergeant
French: Sergent

Army-BEL-OR-05.svg Sergeant
Dutch: Sergeant
French: Sergent

BE-Air Force-OR5.svg 2nd master
Dutch: 2de meester
French: 2e maître

Navy-BEL-OR-05 2e maitre.svg Sergeant
Dutch: Sergeant
French: Sergent

OR-5 BEL Med comp sergant.gif

Volunteers[edit]

NATO
code
Land component Air component Naval component Medical component
Elite volunteers - Keurvrijwilligers - Volontaires d'élite
OR-4 1st master corporal
Dutch: 1ste korporaal-chef
French: 1e caporal-chef

Army-BEL-OR-04a.svg 1st master corporal
Dutch: 1ste korporaal-chef
French: 1e caporal-chef

BE-Air Force-OR4a.svg 1st chief quartermaster
Dutch: 1ste kwartiermeester-chef
French: 1er quartier-maître-chef

Navy-BEL-OR-04a 1er quartier-maitre-chef.svg 1st master corporal
Dutch: 1ste korporaal-chef
French: 1e caporal-chef

OR-4 Master corporal
Dutch: Korporaal-chef
French: Caporal-chef

Army-BEL-OR-04b.svg Master corporal
Dutch: Korporaal-chef
French: Caporal-chef

BE-Air Force-OR4b.svg Chief quartermaster
Dutch: Kwartiermeester-chef
French: Quartier-maître-chef

Navy-BEL-OR-04b quartier-maitre-chef.svg Master corporal
Dutch: Korporaal-chef
French: Caporal-chef

Junior volunteers - Lagere vrijwilligers - Volontaire subalternes
OR-3 Corporal
Dutch: Korporaal
French: Caporal

Army-BEL-OR-03.svg Corporal
Dutch: Korporaal
French: Caporal

BE-Air Force-OR3.svg Quartermaster
Dutch: Kwartiermeester
French: Quartier-maître

Navy-BEL-OR-03 quartier-maitre.svg Corporal
Dutch: Korporaal
French: Caporal

OR-2 1st private
Dutch: 1ste soldaat
French: 1er soldat

Army-BEL-OR-02.svg 1st private
Dutch: 1ste soldaat
French: 1er soldat

BE-Air Force-OR2.svg 1st seaman
Dutch: 1ste matroos
French: 1er matelot

Navy-BEL-OR-02 1er matelot.svg 1st private
Dutch: 1ste soldaat
French: 1er soldat

BE-Medical-OR2x.png
OR-1 Private
Dutch: Soldaat
French: Soldat

Private
Dutch: Soldaat
French: Soldat

Seaman
Dutch: Matroos
French: Matelot

Navy-BEL-OR-01 matelot.svg Private
Dutch: Soldaat
French: Soldat

BE-Medical-OR1x.png