Irish Defence Forces rank insignia

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Rank insignia in the Irish Defence Forces are an indication of the wearer's military rank, and worn by officers and other members of the Defence Forces as an element of their uniform, typically as a shoulder board.[1]

Irish Army[edit]

Officer Ranks[edit]

Equivalent NATO Code OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF-Cdt
Republic of Ireland
Ireland

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Leifteanant-Ghinearál Maor-Ghinearál Briogáidire-Ghinearál Coirnéal Leifteanant-Choirnéal Ceannfort Captaen Leifteanant Dara Leifteanant Dalta Sinsir Dalta Sóisir
English language equivalent Lieutenant-General Major-General Brigadier-General Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Senior Cadet Junior Cadet
Abbreviation Lt Gen Maj Gen Brig Gen Col Lt Col Comdt Capt Lt 2nd Lt Sr Cdt Jr Cdt

Other Rank Insignia[edit]

Equivalent NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Republic of Ireland
Ireland

Ireland-Army-OR-9.svg Ireland-Army-OR-8.svg Ireland-Army-OR-7.svg Ireland-Army-OR-6.svg Ireland-Army-OR-5.svg Ireland-Army-OR-4.svg Ireland-Army-OR-3.svg Ireland-Army-OR-2.svg No Insignia
Maor-Sáirsint Cathláin/Reisiminte Ceathrúsháirsint Cathláin/Reisiminte Sáirsint Complachta Ceathrúsháirsint Complacht Sáirsint Ceannaire Saighdiúr Singil, 3 Réalta Saighdiúr Singil, 2 Réalta Earcach
English Equivalent Battalion/Regimental Sergeant Major Battalion/Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Company Sergeant Company Quartermaster Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Private/Gunner/Trooper 3 Star Private 2 Star Recruit
Abbreviation BSM/RSM BQMS/RQMS BS/CS/SS BQ/CQ/SQ Sgt Cpl Pte/Gnr/Tpr 3* Pte 2* Rec

Irish Army Reserve[edit]

Officer Ranks[edit]

Equivalent NATO Code OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1
Republic of Ireland
Ireland

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Irish Leifteanant-Choirnéal Ceannfort Captaen Leifteanant Dara Leifteanant
English Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
Abbreviation Lt Col Comdt Capt Lt 2nd Lt

Other Ranks[edit]

Equivalent NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Republic of Ireland
Ireland

IE-Army-OR9a.png IE-Army-OR9b.png IE-Army-OR8.png IE-Army-OR7.png IE-Army-OR6.png IE-Army-OR4.png IE-Army-OR3.png IE-Army-OR2.png No Insignia
Irish Maor-Sáirsint Cathláin/Reisiminte Ceathrúsháirsint Cathláin/Reisiminte Sáirsint Complachta Ceathrúsháirsint Complacht Sáirsint Ceannaire Saighdiúr Singil, 3 Réalta Saighdiúr Singil, 2 Réalta Earcach
English Battalion/Regimental Sergeant Major Battalion/Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Company Sergeant Company Quartermaster Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Private/Gunner/Trooper 3 Star Private 2 Star Recruit
Abbreviation BSM/RSM BQMS/RQMS BS/CS/SS BQ/CQ/SQ Sgt Cpl Pte/Gnr/Tpr 3* Pte 2* Rec

Irish Air Corps[edit]

Irish Air Corps rank insignia are an indication of the wearer's military rank, and worn by officers and other members of the Irish Air Corps as an element of their uniform.[2]

Officers
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
Republic of Ireland Ireland
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No equivalent
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Major general
Maor-ghinearál
Brigadier general
Briogáidire-ghinearál
Colonel
Coirnéal
Lieutenant colonel
Leifteanantchoirnéal
Commandant
Ceannfort
Captain
Captaen
Lieutenant
Leifteanant
Second lieutenant
Dara-leifteanant
Officer cadet
Dalta
Abbreviation Maj Gen Brig Gen Col Lt Col Comdt Capt Lt 2nd Lt O-Cdt
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Republic of Ireland Ireland
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Regimental Sergeant Major (Irish Air Corps).png Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (Irish Air Corps).png Flight Sergeant (Irish Air Corps).png Flight Quartermaster Sergeant (Irish Air Corps).png Sergeant (Irish Air Corps).png Corporal (Irish Air Corps).png Airman 3 Star (Irish Air Corps).png Airman 2 Star (Irish Air Corps).png Apprentice (Irish Air Corps).png No insignia
Regimental Sergeant Major Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Flight Sergeant Flight Quartermaster Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Airman 3 Star Airman 2 Star Apprentice Recruit
Maor-sáirsint reisiminte Ceathrúsháirsint reisiminte Sáirsint eitleoige Ceathrúsháirsint eitleoige Sáirsint Ceannaire Eitleoir, 3 réalta Eitleoir, 2 réalta Printísigh Earcaím
Abbreviation RSM RQMS FS FQMS Sgt Cpl Amn 3* Amn 2* App Rec/G1

Irish Naval Service[edit]

Officers
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
Ireland Ireland
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No equivalent
Vice Admiral50.jpgGeneric-Navy-(star)-O10.svg IE Navy Rank Insignia-RAdm50.pngGeneric-Navy-(star)-O9.svg IE Navy Rank Insignia-Cdre.svgGeneric-Navy-(star)-O8.svg IE Navy Rank Insignia-Cpt.svgGeneric-Navy-(star)-O7.svg IE Navy Rank Insignia-Cmdr.svgGeneric-Navy-(star)-O5.svg IE Navy Rank Insignia-LtCmdr.svgGeneric-Navy-(star)-O4.svg IE Navy Rank Insignia-Lt.svgGeneric-Navy-(star)-O3.svg IE Navy Rank Insignia-SubLt.svgGeneric-Navy-(star)-O2.svg IE Navy Rank Insignia-Ens.svgGeneric-Navy-(star)-O1.svg IE Navy Rank Insignia-Cdt.svgIreland-Navy-OF-(D).svg
Vice Admiral
Leas-Aimiréal
Rear Admiral
Seachaimiréal
Commodore
Ceannasóir
Captain
Captaen
Commander
Ceannasaí
Lieutenant Commander
Leifteanant-Cheannasaí
Lieutenant
Leifteanant
Sub-Lieutenant
Fo-Leifteanant
Ensign
Meirgire
Officer Cadet
Dalta
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Ireland Ireland
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IE Navy Rank Insignia-WO-Executive.svg IE Navy Rank Insignia-SCPO.svg IE Navy Rank Insignia-CPO.svg IE Navy Rank Insignia-SPO.svg IE Navy Rank Insignia-PO.svg IE Navy Rank Insignia-LS.svg IE Navy Rank Insignia-AS.svg IE Navy Rank Insignia-OS.svg No insignia
Warrant Officer
Oifigeach Barántais
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Ard-Mhion-Oifigeach Sinsearach
Chief Petty Officer
Ard-Mhion-Oifigeach
Senior Petty Officer
Mion-Oifigeach Sinsearach
Petty Officer
Mion-Oifigeach
Leading Seaman
Mairnéalach Ceannais
Able Seaman
Mairnéalach Inniúil
Ordinary Seaman
Mairnéalach
Seaman recruit
Recruit

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Irish Military Insignia". irishmilitaryinsignia.com. Retrieved 2017-01-07. 
  2. ^ "Air Corps rank markings". irishmilitaryinsignia.com. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 

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