Rank insignia of the Iranian military

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This article tackes the ranks and insignia of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is divided into three forces:

The IRIA is divided into four branches of service:

  • Army ground forces
  • Air force
  • Air defense force
  • Navy

Official military ranks[edit]

The army, air force, air defence and police use the same rank system, while the revolutionary guard and the navy have separate systems of their own.

Iranian Army commissioned officers and enlisted ranks[edit]

IRI.Army Ground Force Seal.svg
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
Iran Iran
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No equivalent Major General Major General Major General Brigadier General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Third Lieutenant 04.IRIA-4thY-SO.svg 03.IRIA-3rdY-SO.svg 02.IRIA-2ndY-SO.svg 01.IRIA-1stY-SO.svg
General
ارتشبد
Lieutenant General
سپهبد
Major General
سرلشکر
Brigadier General
سرتیپ
2nd Brigadier General
سرتیپ دوم
Colonel
سرهنگ
Lieutenant Colonel
سرهنگ دوم
Major
سرگرد
Captain
سروان
1st Lieutenant
ستوان یکم
2nd Lieutenant
ستوان دوم
3rd Lieutenant
ستوان سوم
Officer Cadet
(دانشجوی دانشگاه افسری امام علی (ع
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Iran Iran
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Ostovar 1-k.png Ostovar 2-c.png Goruhban 1-k.png Goruhban 2-c.png Goruhban 3-k.png Sarjukhe-c.png Sarbaz 1-k.png Sarbaz 2-c.png Sarbaz -k.png
Sergeant Major
استوار یکم
Master Sergeant
استوار دوم
Sergeant First Class
گروهبان یکم
Staff Sergeant
گروهبان دوم
Sergeant
گروهبان سوم
Corporal
سرجوخه
Private First Class
سرباز یکم
Private (E-2)
سرباز دوم
Private
سرباز

Iranian Air Force commissioned officers and enlisted ranks[edit]

Seal of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force.svg
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
Iran Iran
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No equivalent 21- ارتشبد--IRIAF.png 20- سپهبد--IRIAF.png 19- سرلشگر--IRIAF.png 18- سرتیپ--IRIAF.png 17- سرتیپ دوم--IRIAF.png 16- سرهنگ--IRIAF.png 15- سرهنگ دوم--IRIAF.png 14- سرگرد--IRIAF.png 13- سروان--IRIAF.png 12- ستوان یکم--IRIAF.png 11- ستوان دوم--IRIAF.png 10- ستوان سوم--IRIAF.png 04. IRIAF-4Y-OC.svg 03. IRIAF-3Y-OC.svg 02. IRIAF-2Y-OC.svg 01. IRIAF-1Y-OC.svg
General
ارتشبد
Lieutenant General
سپهبد
Major General
سرلشکر
Brigadier General
سرتیپ
Second Brigadier General
سرتیپ دوم
Colonel
سرهنگ
Lieutenant Colonel
سرهنگ دوم
Major
سرگرد
Captain
سروان
First Lieutenant
ستوان یکم
Second Lieutenant
ستوان دوم
Third Lieutenant
ستوان سوم
Officer Cadet
دانشجوی دانشگاه هوایی
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Iran Iran
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9- استوار يكم--IRIAF.png 8- استوار دوم--IRIAF.png 7- گروهبان يكم--IRIAF.png 6- گروهبان دوم--IRIAF.png 5- گروهبان سوم--IRIAF.png 4- سرجوخه--IRIAF.png 3- سرباز یکم--IRIAF.png 2- سرباز دوم--IRIAF.png 1- سرباز--IRIAF.png
Chief Master Sergeant
استوار یکم
Senior Master Sergeant
استوار دوم
Master sergeant
گروهبان یکم
Technical sergeant
گروهبان دوم
Staff Sergeant
گروهبان سوم
Senior airman
سرجوخه
Airman first class
سرباز یکم
Airman
سرباز دوم
Airman basic
سرباز

Iranian Air Defense Force commissioned officers and enlisted ranks[edit]

Seal of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Defense Force.svg
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
Iran Iran
(Air Defense Force)

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No equivalent
20- IRIADF-LTG.png 19- IRIADF-MG.png 18- IRIADF-BG.png 17- IRIADF-BG2.png 16- IRIADF-COL.png 15- IRIADF-LTC.png 14- IRIADF-MAJ.png 13- IRIADF-CPT.png 12- IRIADF-1LT.png 11- IRIADF-2LT.png 10- IRIADF-3LT.png 04.IRIADF-4thY-SO.svg 03.IRIADF-3rdY-SO.svg 02.IRIADF-2ndY-SO.svg 01.IRIADF-1stY-SO.svg
Lieutenant General
امیر سپهبد

Just used for Martyr Generals
Major General
امیر سرلشکر
Brigadier General
امیر سرتیپ
Second Brigadier General
امیر سرتیپ دوم
Colonel
سرهنگ
Lieutenant Colonel
سرهنگ دوم
Major
سرگرد
Captain
سروان
First Lieutenant
ستوان یکم
Second Lieutenant
ستوان دوم
Third Lieutenant
ستوان سوم
Officer Cadet
دانشجوی دانشگاه پدافند هوایی
Enlisted
Enlisted rank insignia of the Iranian Air Defense Force
First Ostovar Second Ostovar First sergeant Second Sergeant Third Sergeant Corporal First Soldier Second Soldier Soldier
Persian: استوار یکم Persian: استوار دوم Persian: گروهبان یکم Persian: گروهبان دوم Persian: گروهبان سوم Persian: سرجوخه Persian: سرباز یکم Persian: سرباز دوم Persian: سرباز
9- IRIADF-CSM.png
8- IRIADF-SGM.png
7- IRIADF-SFC.png
6- IRIADF-SSG.png
5- IRIADF-Sgt.png
4- IRIADF-Cpl.png
3- IRIADF-PFC.png
2- IRIADF-PV2.png
1- IRIADF-PV1.png

Iranian Navy commissioned officers and enlisted ratings[edit]

Seal of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy.svg
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
Iran
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No equivalent
20-IRIN-VADM.svg 20-IRIN-VADM-(Sleeve).svg 19-IRIN-RADM.svg 19-IRIN-RADM-(Sleeve).svg 18-Daryadar.png 17-Daryadar 2.png 16-IRIN-CAPT.svg 16-IRIN-CAPT-(Sleeve).svg 15-IRIN-CDR.svg 15-IRIN-CDR-(Sleeve).svg 14-IRIN-LCDR.svg 14-IRIN-LCDR-(Sleeve).svg 13-IRIN-LT.svg 13-IRIN-LT-(Sleeve).svg 12-IRIN-LTJN.svg 12-IRIN-LTJN-(Sleeve).svg 11-IRIN-ENS.svg 11-IRIN-ENS-(Sleeve).svg 10-IRIN-PENS.svg 10-IRIN-PENS-(Sleeve).svg 04.IRIN-4thY-SO.svg 03.IRIN-3rdY-SO.svg 02.IRIN-2ndY-SO.svg 01.IRIN-1stY-SO.svg
Daryāsālār دریاسالار)
Admiral
Just used for Martyr Flag Officers
Daryābān (دریابان)
Vice Admiral
Daryādār (دریادار)
Rear Admiral
Daryādār Do (دریادار 2)
Flotilla Admiral
Nākhodā Yekomn (ناخدا یکم)
Captain
Nākhodā Dovom (ناخدا دوم)
Commander
Nākhodā Sevom (ناخدا سوم)
Lieutenant Commander
Nāvsarvān (ناوسروان)
Senior Lieutenant
Nāvbān Yekom (ناوبان یکم)
Lieutenant
Nāvbān Dovom (ناوبان دوم)
Junior Lieutenant
Nāvbān Sevom (ناوبان سوم)
Ensign
Officer Cadet
دانشجوی دانشگاه امام خمینی (ره)
Enlisted ratings
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Iran Iran
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9- ناواستوار یکم.png 8- ناواستوار دوم.png 7- مهناوی يكم.png 6- مهناوی دوم.png 5- مهناوی سوم.png 4- Sar Navi.png 3- Navi 1.png 2- Navi 2.png 1- Navi.png
Nāvostovār Yekom Nāvostovār Dovom Mahnāvi Yekom Mahnāvi Dovom Mahnāvi Sevom Sarnāvi Nāvi Yekom Nāvi Dovom Nāvi
Master Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer First Class Petty Officer Second Class Petty Officer Third Class Seaman Seaman Apprentice Seaman Recruit

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commissioned officers and enlisted ranks[edit]

Seal of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution.svg
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
Iran Iran
(Revolutionary Guard Coprs)

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No equivalent General of the Army Major General Major General Brigadier General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Third Lieutenant 04.IRGC-4thY-SO.svg 03.IRGC-3rdY-SO.svg 02.IRGC-2ndY-SO.svg 01.IRGC-1stY-SO.svg
Guardian General of the Army
ارتشبد پاسدار
Guardian Lieutenant General
سپهبد پاسدار
Guardian Major General
سرلشگر پاسدار
Guardian Brigadier General
سرتیپ پاسدار
Guardian 2nd Brigadier General
سرتیپ دوم پاسدار
Guardian Colonel
سرهنگ پاسدار
Guardian Lieutenant Colonel
سرهنگ دوم پاسدار
Guardian Major
سرگرد پاسدار
Guardian Captain
سروان پاسدار
Guardian 1st Lieutenant
ستوان یکم پاسدار
Guardian 2nd Lieutenant
ستوان دوم پاسدار
Guardian 3rd Lieutenant
ستوان سوم پاسدار
Officer Cadet
دانشجوی دانشگاه افسری امام حسین (ع)

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Enlisted
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Iran Iran
(Revolutionary Guard Coprs)

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9- Razmdar 1st-IRGC.png 8- Razmdar 2nd-IRGC.png 7- Razmavar 1st-IRGC.png 6- Razmavar 2nd-IRGC.png 5- Razmavar 3rd-IRGC.png 4- Razmyar-IRGC.png 3- Sarbaz 1st-IRGC.png 2- Sarbaz 2nd-IRGC.png 1- Sarbaz-IRGC.png
Sergeant Major
Persian: رزم‌دار یکم
Master Sergeant
Persian: رزم‌دار دوم
Sergeant First Class
Persian: رزم‌آور یکم
Staff Sergeant
Persian: رزم‌آور دوم
Sergeant
Persian: رزم‌آور سوم
Corporal
Persian: رزم‌یار
Private First Class
Persian: سرباز یکم
Private (E-2)
Persian: سرباز دوم
Private
Persian: سرباز

Law Enforcement Force of Islamic Republic of Iran commissioned officers and enlisted ranks[edit]

NAJA.svg
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
Iran Iran
(Police)

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No equivalent Major General Brigadier General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Third Lieutenant 04.IRIP-4thY-SO.svg 03.IRIP-3rdY-SO.svg 02.IRIP-2ndY-SO.svg 01.IRIP-1stY-SO.svg
Guardian Major General
سرلشگر پاسدار
Guardian Brigadier General
سرتیپ پاسدار
Guardian 2nd Brigadier General
سرتیپ دوم پاسدار
Guardian Colonel
سرهنگ پاسدار
Guardian Lieutenant Colonel
سرهنگ دوم پاسدار
Guardian Major
سرگرد پاسدار
Guardian Captain
سروان پاسدار
Guardian 1st Lieutenant
ستوان یکم پاسدار
Guardian 2nd Lieutenant
ستوان دوم پاسدار
Guardian 3rd Lieutenant
ستوان سوم پاسدار
Officer Cadet
دانشجوی دانشگاه انتظامی امین
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Iran Iran
(Police)

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8-Ostovar 1 - Naja.png 7-Ostovar 2 - Naja.png 6-Grouhban 1 - Naja.png 5-Grouhban 2 - Naja.png 4-Grouhban 3 - Naja.png 3-Sarjukhe - Naja.png 2-sarbaz 1 - Naja.png 1-sarbaz 1 - Naja.png 0-Sarbaz 0 - Naja.png
Sergeant Major
استوار یکم
Master Sergeant
استوار دوم
Sergeant
First Class

گروهبان یکم
Staff Sergeant
گروهبان دوم
Sergeant
گروهبان سوم‎
Corporal
سرجوخه‎
Private
First Class

سرباز یکم
Private (E-2)
سرباز دوم
Private
سرباز

Notes on ranks[edit]

Junior personnel[edit]

Private (Sarbāz dovom) (سرباز دوم) or equivalent rank is usually awarded by the end of six months of service after basic training.

Ostovar[edit]

The rank of ostovar, a Persian word which in principle means "solid" or "steady", is equivalent to the English-speaking ranks of warrant officers or sergeants major.

General officers[edit]

  • Second Brigadier General (Sartip dovom) (سرتيپ دوم) and second flotilla admiral (Daryādār dovom) (دریادار دوم) were created after the Islamic revolution of Iran as part of a new modified ranking system.
  • Major General (Sarlashkar) (سرلشكر) and the naval equivalent of Rear Admiral (Daryābān) (دریابان) are currently the rank of the heads of the Artesh, Sepah, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[citation needed]
  • Lieutenant General (Sepahbod) (سپهبد) and the naval rank of Admiral (daryāsālār) (دریاسالار) have not been in use since the Iran–Iraq War.
  • General (Arteshbod) (ارتشبد) and Admiral (Daryābod) (دریابد) have not been conferred since the Iranian Revolution.
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Farmāndehe setāde kolle niroohāye mosallah) (فرمانده ستاد کل نیروهای مسلح): It is the highest military post acting as the Chief of Armed Forces General Staff. The post oversees all Commanding Generals of different branches of Iran's armed forces including army, navy, air force, IRGC and other forces. It is not a military rank by itself but only an appointment, and the holder wears the insignia of the current rank.
  • Commander in Chief (Farmāndehe kolle ghovā) (فرمانده كل قوا) or (Bozorgarteshtārān) (بزرگ‌ارتشتاران): It is the highest political command of the armed forces and is not a military rank by itself. This post is reserved for the Supreme Leader of Iran by the Iranian constitution and as such, does not wear any rank insignia at all.

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