Military ranks of Brazil

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Military of Brazil
Coat of arms of Brazil.svg

Components
Army
Air Force
Navy
Military Police
Ranks
Military ranks of Brazil
History
Military history of Brazil

This article presents the insignia and ranks of the Brazilian military. These ranks originate from those adopted upon Brazil's independence from Portugal in 1822. Nowadays they are defined by Act no. 6880 of December 9, 1980.[1] The following ranks show Brazil's military insignia and its corresponding NATO codes.

Air Force ranks date from 1941, when the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira) was organized as a merger of the Navy's Aeronaval Force and the Army's Aviation Service.[2]

Rank table[edit]

The shoulder epaulette pads from Navy and Air Force indicate both rank and specialty branch. The air force examples below are shown without branch designation marks on the epaulettes, with the exception of the ranks of Marshal of the Air Force and Air Chief Marshal, which can only be occupied by aviators. Army shoulder pads do not represent branch, as this is indicated elsewhere in the uniform like on the cuff and sleeves of the dress and everyday uniforms.

Officers[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
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Marshal
Army General
Divisional General
Brigade General
No equivalent
Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel
Major
Captain
First Lieutenant
Second Lieutenant
Aspirant Officer
Marechal General-de-exército General-de-divisão General-de-brigada Coronel Tenente-coronel Major Capitão Primeiro tenente Segundo tenente Aspirante-a-oficial


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US Navy O11 shoulderboard.svgGeneric-Navy-O12.svg US Navy O10 shoulderboard.svgGeneric-Navy-O11.svg US Navy O9 shoulderboard.svgGeneric-Navy-O10.svg US Navy O8 shoulderboard.svgGeneric-Navy-O9.svg No equivalent Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O2.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg PLANF-Sleeve-0710-CDT.png
Almirante Almirante-de-esquadra Vice-almirante Contra-almirante Capitão-de-Mar-e-Guerra Capitão-de-Fragata Capitão-de-corveta Capitão-tenente Primeiro-tenente Segundo-tenente Guarda-marinha


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Brazilian Air Force marshal of the air rank insignia.svg Brazilian Air Force Lieutenant-Brigadier rank insignia.svg Brazilian Air Force Major-Brigadier rank insignia.svg Brazilian Air Force Brigadier rank insignia.svg No equivalent CoronelFAB-V.png Tenente-Coronel FAB.gif Major-vertical fab.gif Capitão FAB.png Primeiro-Tenente FAB.gif AspiranteFABrasil.png
Marechal-do-ar
(Marshal of the Air)
Tenente-brigadeiro
(Lieutenant-Brigadier)
Major-brigadeiro
(Major-Brigadier)
Brigadeiro-do-ar
(Brigadier)
Coronel
(Colonel)
Tenente-coronel
(Lieutenant-Colonel)
Major
(Major)
Capitão
(Captain)
Primeiro-tenente
(First Lieutenant)
Segundo-tenente
(Second Lieutenant)
Aspirante
(Aspirant)


Brazil Brazil
(Military Police)

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No equivalent
Insignia PM O1.PNG
Insignia PM O2.PNG
Insignia PM O3.PNG
Insignia PM O4.PNG
Insignia PM O5.PNG
Insignia PM O6.PNG
Insignia PM O7.PNG
Coronel Tenente-coronel Major Capitão Primeiro tenente Segundo tenente Aspirante


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(Firefighters)

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No equivalent
Cmd Geral CBM AP.PNG
Cmd Geral CBM ES.PNG
Insignia PM O1.PNG
Insignia PM O2.PNG
Insignia PM O3.PNG
Insignia PM O4.PNG
Insignia PM O5.PNG
Insignia PM O6.PNG
Insignia PM O7.PNG
Commandant General Second Commandant Coronel Tenente-coronel Major Capitão Primeiro tenente Segundo tenente Aspirante


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

NCO and enlisted grades[edit]

Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
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Subtenente.png No equivalent
Primeiro-Sargento..png Segundo-Sargento.png Terceiro-Sargento.png Cabo.png No equivalent Soldado.png
Subtenente Primero-Sargento Segundo-Sargento Terceiro-Sargento Cabo
Taifeiro-mor
Soldado
Taifeiro


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Suboficial MB1.png No equivalent Primeiro-Sargento MB.png Segundo-Sargento MB.png Terceiro-Sargento MB.png Cabo MB.png No equivalent Marinheiro MB.png No equivalent
Suboficial Primeiro-Sargento Segundo-Sargento Terceiro-Sargento Cabo Marinheiro
Soldado Fuzileiro Naval


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Suboficial fab.PNG No equivalent Praça 1Sgt FAB.PNG Praça 2Sgt FAB.PNG Praça 3Sgt FAB.PNG Praça Cb FAB.PNG No equivalent Praça Sd FAB.PNG No equivalent
Suboficial Primeiro-Sargento Segundo-Sargento Terceiro-Sargento Cabo
Taifeiro-mor
Soldado
Taifeiro


Brazil Brazil
(Military Police)

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Insignia PM O8.PNG No equivalent Insignia PM P1.PNG Insignia PM P2.PNG Insignia PM P3.PNG Insignia PM P5.PNG No equivalent
Insignia PM P6.PNG
Subtenente Primeiro-Sargento Segundo-Sargento Terceiro-Sargento Cabo Soldado


Brazil Brazil
(Military Firefighters)

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Insignia PM O8.PNG No equivalent Insignia BM P1.PNG Insignia BM P2.PNG Insignia BM P4.PNG Insignia BM P5.PNG No equivalent
Insignia BM P3.PNG
Subtenente Primeiro-Sargento Segundo-Sargento Terceiro-Sargento Cabo Bombeiro
primeiro classe
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Act no. 6880 of December 9, 1980.
  2. ^ Instituto Histórico e Cultural da Aeronáutica, História geral da aeronáutica brasileira, v. 3

External links[edit]