Other ranks (UK)

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Other ranks (ORs) in the Royal Marines, British Army, Royal Air Force and in the armies and air forces of many other Commonwealth countries are those personnel who are not commissioned officers, usually including non-commissioned officers (NCOs).[1][2] In the Royal Navy, these personnel are called "ratings"[3] rather than "other ranks". Non-commissioned member is the equivalent term for the Canadian Armed Forces. Colloquially, members of the other ranks are known as "rankers".[citation needed]

The term is often considered to exclude warrant officers, and occasionally also excludes NCOs. Formally, a regiment consists of the "officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men" or the "officers, warrant officers and other ranks".[4]

British other ranks[edit]

British Army other rank insignia
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
United Kingdom Rank Insignia (View) Warrant Officer class 1 British Army OR-9b.svg British Army OR-9a.svg British Army OR-8b.svg British Army OR-8a.svg Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal No insignia
Rank Title:[5] Warrant Officer class 1 Warrant Officer class 2 Staff/Colour Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Private (or equivalent)
Abbreviation: WO1 WO2 SSgt/CSgt Sgt Cpl LCpl Pte
Royal Air Force other rank insignia
NATO Code OR-9 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
United Kingdom Rank Insignia (View) British RAF OR-9.svg British RAF OR-7b.svg British RAF OR-7a.svg British RAF OR-6.svg British RAF OR-4.svg British RAF OR-3.svg British RAF OR-2c.svg British RAF OR-2b.svg British RAF OR-2a.svg No insignia
Rank Title:[6] Warrant Officer Flight Sergeant Chief Technician Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal RAF Regiment Senior Aircraftman (Technician) Senior Aircraftman Leading Aircraftman Aircraftman
Abbreviation: WO FS Chf Tech Sgt Cpl L/Cpl SAC Tech SAC LAC AC
Aircrew Rank Insignia British RAF (Aircrew) OR-9.svg British RAF (Aircrew) OR-7.svg British RAF (Aircrew) OR-6.svg No equivalent
Rank Title: RAF Master Aircrew RAF Flight Sergeant Aircrew RAF Sergeant Aircrew
Royal Navy other rank insignia
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-2
United Kingdom Rank Insignia (View) British Royal Navy OR-9.svg British Royal Navy OR-8.svg British Royal Navy OR-7.svg British Royal Navy OR-6.svg British Royal Navy OR-4.svg British Royal Navy OR-2.svg
Rank Title: Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Chief petty officer Petty officer Leading rating Able rating
Abbreviation: WO1 WO2[nb 1] CPO PO AB
Royal Marines other rank insignia
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2
United Kingdom Rank Insignia (View) British Royal Marines OR-9.svg British Royal Marines OR-8.svg British Royal Marines OR-7.svg British Royal Marines OR-6.svg British Royal Marines OR-4.svg British Royal Marines OR-3.svg No insignia
Rank Title: Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Colour sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Marine
Abbreviation: WO1 WO2 CSgt Sgt Cpl LCpl Mne

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This rank was phased out in 2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PACMAN Chapter 3 Part 1 Part B Division 5: Salary (Other Ranks)". Defence.gov.au. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  2. ^ Berman, Gavin; Rutherford, Tom (19 September 2013). "Defence personnel statistics (SN/SG/02183)" (PDF). House of Commons of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  3. ^ Royal Navy. "Life as a Rating". Royal Navy. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  4. ^ Roll of Honour of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment
  5. ^ "Who we are: Rank Structure". Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  6. ^ "RAF RANKS". Retrieved 16 August 2020.