Ranks of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces

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The Ranks of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces are the military insignia used by the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces.

Current insignia[edit]

In 1980-1999 Cuba used ranks and insignia based on the Soviet system (to the extent of copying the embroidery pattern on officers' shoulderboards).

Nowadays, rank insignia are green colored and the rank insignia used during the early 1970s for junior officers were reinstated. Moreover, other ranks insignia are now on the sleeve and are similar to those used during the Cuban Revolution by the Rebel Army. Only general rank insignia are still based on the Soviet system.

Officers[edit]

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the army, navy and air force respectively.

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
Cuba Cuba
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Comandante en Jefe General de Ejército Comandante de la Revolución General de Cuerpo de Ejército General de División General de Brigada Coronel Teniente Coronel Mayor Capitán Primer Teniente Teniente Subteniente


Cuba Cuba
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No equivalent
Cuba-Navy-OF-8.svg Cuba-Navy-OF-7.svg Cuba-Navy-OF-6.svg Cuba-Navy-OF-5.svg Cuba-Navy-OF-4.svg Cuba-Navy-OF-3.svg Cuba-Navy-OF-2.svg Cuba-Navy-OF-1c.svg Cuba-Navy-OF-1b.svg Cuba-Navy-OF-1a.svg Unknown
Almirante Vicealmirante Contralmirante Capitán de Navío Capitán de Fragata Capitán de Corbeta Teniente de Navío Teniente de Fragata Teniente de Corbeta Alférez


Cuba Cuba
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No equivalent Cuba-Army-OF-9b.svg Cuba-Army-OF-8.svg Cuba-Army-OF-7.svg Cuba-Army-OF-6.svg Cuba-Army-OF-5.svg Cuba-Army-OF-4.svg Cuba-Army-OF-3.svg Cuba-Army-OF-2.svg Cuba-Army-OF-1c.svg Cuba-Army-OF-1b.svg Cuba-Army-OF-1a.svg Unknown
General de Ejército General de Cuerpo de Ejército General de División General de Brigada Coronel Teniente Coronel Mayor Capitán Primer Teniente Teniente Subteniente


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

Enlisted[edit]

The rank insignia for enlisted personnel for the army, navy and air force respectively.

Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Cuba Cuba
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Cuba-Army-OR-9c.svg Cuba-Army-OR-9b.svg Cuba-Army-OR-9a.svg Cuba-Army-OR-8.svg Cuba-Army-OR-7.svg Cuba-Army-OR-6.svg Cuba-Army-OR-5.svg No equivalent Cuba-Army-OR-3.svg No equivalent No insignia
Mayor suboficial Primer suboficial Segundo suboficial Suboficial Sargento de primera Sargento de Segunda Sargento de Tercera Cabo Soldado


Cuba Cuba
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Cuba-Navy-OR-9b.svg Cuba-Navy-OR-9a.svg Cuba-Navy-OR-8.svg Cuba-Navy-OR-7.svg Cuba-Navy-OR-6.svg Cuba-Navy-OR-5.svg No equivalent Cuba-Navy-OR-3.svg No insignia No insignia
Primer Suboficial Segundo Suboficial Suboficial Sargento primero Sargento de Segunda Sargento de Tercera Cabo Marinero de primera Marinero


Cuba Cuba
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Cuba-Army-OR-9b.svg Cuba-Army-OR-9a.svg Cuba-Army-OR-8.svg Cuba-Army-OR-7.svg Cuba-Army-OR-6.svg Cuba-Army-OR-5.svg No equivalent Cuba-Army-OR-3.svg No equivalent No insignia
Primer suboficial Segundo suboficial Suboficial Sargento de primera Sargento de Segunda Sargento de Tercera Cabo Soldado
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Historical ranks[edit]

In the far left, ranks are those that follow traditional Western military ranks, in the center are the Spanish name ranks in italics, and in the far right are the rank insignia. All ranks follow Soviet and French style influences. In turn, the Cuban system (rather than the Soviet one) influenced the Chinese rank insignia introduced in 1980s.

Officer Ranks[edit]

All-forces ranks Name Shoulder insignia
Commander in Chief Comandante en Jefe Comandante en jefe.jpg
Army General General de Ejército General de ejército.jpg
Corps General General de Cuerpo de Ejército General de cuerpo de ejercito.jpg
Divisional General General de División General de División (Cuba).jpg
Brigade General General de Brigada General de brigada.jpg
Colonel Coronel Coronel cuba.jpg
Lieutenant Colonel Teniente Coronel Teniente coronel.jpg
Major Mayor Major Cuba.jpg
Captain Capitán Capitán rank insignia (Cuba).jpg
First Lieutenant Primer Teniente Primer teniente.jpg
Lieutenant Teniente Teniente.jpg
Sub-lieutenant Subteniente Sub teniente.jpg

Enlisted Ranks[edit]

The list excludes the new NCO rank of Second Sub-officer (Segundo Suboficial) that is used today.

All-forces ranks Name Collar insignia
First Sub-officer Primer Sub-Oficial PrimerSub-Oficial.gif
Sub-Officer Sub-Oficial Sub-Oficial.gif
Sergeant First Class Sargento de Primera Sargento de Primera.gif
Sergeant Second Class Sargento de Segunda SargentodeSegunda.gif
Sergeant Third Class Sargento de Tercera SargentodeTercera.gif
Private 1st Class Soldado de Primera SoldadodePrimera.gif
Private Soldado Soldado.gif

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