Military ranks and insignia of Norway

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Military ranks and rank insignia of Norway were changed June 1, 2016, with the reintroduction of the Non-Commissioned Officer Corps, and the abolishment of the one-tier officer system in place since 1975.[1]

New system of 2016[edit]

The Storting adopted in 2015 the new scheme for military personnel, Militærordningen.[1] From 2016, the Norwegian Defence Forces have two career ladders for the military personnel; one officer scheme for personnel who with a degree from the military academy, or a university degree and qualification courses, and an non-commissioned officer scheme for personnel with non-commissioned officer school.[2]

Enlisted[edit]

National service Volunteers
OR1 OR2 OR3 OR4
Hæren OR 1.png OR 1 - 2.png OR 2 HÆR.png OR 3 HÆR.png Or4 hær.png
Or4 2.png
Menig
Private
Ledende menig
Private 1st class
Visekorporal
Specialist
Visekorporal 1. klasse
Specialist 1st class
Korporal
Corporal
Korporal 1. klasse
Corporal 1st class
Luftforsvaret Or1 1 luft.png Or1 2 luft.png Or2 luft.png Or3 luft.png Or4 1 luft.png Or4 2 luft.png
Flysoldat Ledende flysoldat Visespesialist Spesialist Ledende spesialist Seniorspesialist
Sjøforsvaret Or1 sjø.png Or2 2 sjø.png Or2 sjø.png Or3 sjø.png Or4 1 sjø.png Or4 2 sjø.png
Menig Ledende menig Visekonstabel Ledende visekonstabel Konstabel Seniorkonstabel

Non-commissioned officers[edit]

Non-commissioned officers
OR5 OR6 OR7 OR8 OR9
Hæren Or5 1.png Or5 2.png Or6.png Or7 hær.png Or8 hær.png Or9 hær.png
Sersjant
Sergeant
Sersjant 1. klasse
Senior Sergeant
Oversersjant
Staff Sergeant
Stabssersjant
Sergeant 1st class
Kommandérsersjant
Master Sergeant
Sersjantmajor
Sergeant Major
Luftforsvaret Or5 1.png Or5 2.png Or6.png Or7 hær.png Or8 hær.png Or9 hær.png
Sersjant Seniorsersjant Vingsersjant Stabssersjant Kommandérsersjant Sersjantmajor
Sjøforsvaret Or5 1 sjø.png Or5 2 sjø.png Or6 sjø.png Or7 sjø.png Or8 sjø.png OR9 sjo.png
Kvartérmester Seniorkvartérmester Skvadronsmester Flotiljemester Orlogsmester Flaggmester

Commissioned officers[edit]

Commissioned officers
OF1 OF2 OF3 OF4 OF5 OF6 OF7 OF8 OF9
Hæren Of1 1 hær.png Of1 2.png Of2 hær.png Of3 hær.png Of4 hær.png Of5 hær.png Of6 hær.png Of7 hær.png Of8 hær.png Of9 hær.png
Fenrik Løytnant Kaptein / Rittmester Major Oberstløytnant Oberst Brigadér Generalmajor Generalløytnant General
Luftforsvaret Of1 1 hær.png Of1 2.png Of2 hær.png Of3 hær.png Of4 hær.png Of5 hær.png Of6 hær.png Of7 hær.png Of8 hær.png Of9 hær.png
Fenrik Løytnant Kaptein Major Oberstløytnant Oberst Brigadér Generalmajor Generalløytnant General
Sjøforsvaret Of1 1.png Of1 2 sjø.png Of2 sjø.png Of3 sjø.png Of4 sjø.png Of5 sjø.png Of6 sjø.png Of7 sjø.png Of8 sjø.png Of9 sjø.png
Fenrik Løytnant Kapteinløytnant Orlogskaptein Kommandørkaptein Kommandør Flaggkommandør Kontreadmiral Viseadmiral Admiral

Source: [3] [2]

System 1975-2016[edit]

The green part represents soldiers and the equivalent of non-commissioned officers. The blue part represents officers. Norway did 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 (Rittmeister) instead of Kaptein (Captain).

The ranks of Grenader and Matros were bestowed upon soldiers who have finished the 12 months compulsory service and had signed one or more three-year contracts to continue serving. The ranks of Visekorporal/Visekonstabel/Vingsoldat (Corporal/Leading Rate) were 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) was a soldier who has finished the UB course (Utskrevet Befalskurs), a course intended to prepare conscripted soldiers for non-commissioned officer duties, but still under training in "the field". After one year course and service these soldiers were qualified for the rank of Sersjant or Kvartermester.

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Forsvaret innfører ny personellordning" (norsk). Regjeringen. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  2. ^ a b "Her er de nye gradene" (norsk). Forsvaret (2015-12-11). Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  3. ^ "TJ 12-3-2 Bestemmelse for Hærens distinksjoner og andre uniformstegn, s. 10" (norsk). Forsvaret (2016-04-26). Retrieved 2017-02-01.