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
Commissioned officer rank insignia of the Iranian Army
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Second Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Third Lieutenant
Persian: ارتشبد‎‎ Persian: سپهبد‎‎ Persian: سرلشکر‎‎ Persian: سرتیپ‎‎ Persian: سرتیپ دوم‎‎ Persian: سرهنگ‎‎ Persian: سرهنگ دوم‎‎ Persian: سرگرد‎‎ Persian: سروان‎‎ Persian: ستوان یکم‎‎ Persian: ستوان دوم‎‎ Persian: ستوان سوم‎‎
Arteshbod.png
Sepahbod.png
Sarlashgar.png
Sartip.png
Sartip 2.png
Sarhang 1.png
Sarhang 2.png
Sargord.png
Sarvan.png
Sotvan 1.png
Sotvan 2.png
Sotvan 3.png
Enlisted rank insignia of the Iranian Army
First Ostovar Second Ostovar First sergeant Second Sergeant Third Sergeant Corporal Soldier 1st Class Soldier 2nd Class 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
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

Iranian Air Force commissioned officers and enlisted ranks[edit]

Seal of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force.svg
Commissioned officer rank insignia of the Iranian Air Force
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Second Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Third Lieutenant
Persian: ارتشبد‎‎ Persian: سپهبد‎‎ Persian: سرلشکر‎‎ Persian: سرتیپ‎‎ Persian: سرتیپ دوم‎‎ Persian: سرهنگ‎‎ Persian: سرهنگ دوم‎‎ Persian: سرگرد‎‎ Persian: سروان‎‎ Persian: ستوان یکم‎‎ Persian: ستوان دوم‎‎ Persian: ستوان سوم‎‎
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
Enlisted rank insignia of the Iranian Air Force
First Ostovar Second Ostovar First sergeant Second Sergeant Third Sergeant Corporal Senior Airman Airman First Class Airman
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- 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

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

Seal of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Defense Force.svg
Commissioned officer rank insignia of the Iranian Air Defense Force
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Second Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Third Lieutenant
Persian: ارتشبد‎‎ Persian: سپهبد‎‎ Persian: سرلشکر‎‎ Persian: سرتیپ‎‎ Persian: سرتیپ دوم‎‎ Persian: سرهنگ‎‎ Persian: سرهنگ دوم‎‎ Persian: سرگرد‎‎ Persian: سروان‎‎ Persian: ستوان یکم‎‎ Persian: ستوان دوم‎‎ Persian: ستوان سوم‎‎
21- IRIADF-Gen.png
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
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
Commissioned officer rank insignia of the Iranian Navy (flag officers)
Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Flotilla admiral Second flotilla admiral
Persian: دریابد‎‎ Persian: دریاسالار‎‎ Persian: دریابان‎‎ Persian: دریادار‎‎ Persian: دریادار دوم‎‎
21-Daryabod.png
20-Daryasalar.png
19-Daryaban.png
18-Daryadar.png
17-Daryadar 2.png
Commissioned officer rank insignia of the Iranian Navy
Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Captain Lieutenant First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Ensign
Persian: ناخدا یکم‎‎ Persian: ناخدا دوم‎‎ Persian: ناخدا سوم‎‎ Persian: ناوسروان‎‎ Persian: ناوبان یکم‎‎ Persian: ناوبان دوم‎‎ Persian: ناوبان سوم‎‎
16-Nakhoda 1.png
15-Nakhoda 2.png
14-Nakhoda 3.png
13-Navsarvan.png
12-Navban 1.png
11-Navban 2.png
10-Navban 3.png
Enlisted rank insignia of the Iranian Navy
First Naval Ostovar Second Naval Ostovar Petty Officer 1st Class Petty Officer 2nd Class Petty Officer 3rd Class Leading Seaman Seaman Seaman Apprentice Seaman Recruit
Persian: ناواستوار یکم‎‎ Persian: ناواستوار دوم‎‎ Persian: مهناوی یکم‎‎ Persian: مهناوی دوم‎‎ Persian: مهناوی سوم‎‎ Persian: سرناوی‎‎ Persian: ناوی یکم‎‎ Persian: ناوی دوم‎‎ Persian: ناوی‎‎
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

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

Seal of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution.svg
Commissioned officer rank insignia of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)
Guardian Army General Guardian Corps general Guardian Head of Division Guardian Brigadier General Guardian Second Brigadier General Guardian Colonel Guardian Lieutenant Colonel Guardian Head of Battalion Guardian Captain Guardian First lieutenant Guardian Second lieutenant Guardian Third lieutenant
Persian: ارتشبد پاسدار‎‎ Persian: سپهبد پاسدار‎‎ Persian: سرلشکر پاسدار‎‎ Persian: سرتیپ پاسدار‎‎ Persian: سرتیپ دوم پاسدار‎‎ Persian: سرهنگ پاسدار‎‎ Persian: سرهنگ دوم پاسدار‎‎ Persian: سرگرد پاسدار‎‎ Persian: سروان پاسدار‎‎ Persian: ستوان یکم پاسدار‎‎ Persian: ستوان دوم پاسدار‎‎ Persian: ستوان سوم پاسدار‎‎
21- Arteshbod-IRGC.png
20- Sepahbod-IRGC.png
19- Sarlashgar-IRGC.png
18- Sartipp-IRGC.png
17- Sartipp 2nd-IRGC.png
16- Sarhang-IRGC.png
15- Sarhang 2nd-IRGC.png
14- Sargord-IRGC.png
13- Sarvan-IRGC.png
12- Sotvan 1st-IRGC.png
11- Sotvan 2nd-IRGC.png
10- Sotvan 3rd-IRGC.png
Enlisted rank insignia of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)
First Combat Leader Second Combat Leader First Warrior Second Warrior Third Warrior Comrade-in-arms First Soldier Second Soldier Soldier
Persian: رزم‌دار یکم‎‎ Persian: رزم‌دار دوم‎‎ Persian: رزم‌آور یکم‎‎ Persian: رزم‌آور دوم‎‎ Persian: رزم‌آور سوم‎‎ Persian: رزم‌یار‎‎ Persian: سرباز یکم‎‎ Persian: سرباز دوم‎‎ Persian: سرباز‎‎
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

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

NAJA.svg
Commissioned Officer rank insignia of the Law Enforcement Force of Islamic Republic of Iran (NAJA)
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Second Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Third Lieutenant
Persian: ارتشبد‎‎ Persian: سپهبد‎‎ Persian: سرلشکر‎‎ Persian: سرتیپ‎‎ Persian: سرتیپ دوم‎‎ Persian: سرهنگ‎‎ Persian: سرهنگ دوم‎‎ Persian: سرگرد‎‎ Persian: سروان‎‎ Persian: ستوان یکم‎‎ Persian: ستوان دوم‎‎ Persian: ستوان سوم‎‎
20-Arteshbod-Naja.svg
19-Sepahbod - Naja.png
18-Sarlashgar - Naja.png
17-Sartip - Naja.png
16-Sartip 2 - Naja.svg
15-Sarhang - Naja.png
14-Sarhang 2 - Naja.png
13-Sargord - Naja.png
12-Sarvan - Naja.png
11-Sotvan 1 - Naja.png
10-Sotvan 2 - Naja.png
9-Sotvan 3 - Naja.png
Enlisted rank insignia of the Islamic Republic of Iran Police (NAJA)
Police Ostovar 1st Class Police Ostovar 2nd Class First sergeant Second Sergeant Third Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Senior Constable Constable
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
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

Notes on ranks[edit]

Junior personnel[edit]

Soldier 2nd Class (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 sergeant majors.

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]
  • Corps 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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