Sergeant (Sweden and Finland)
Swedish Navy, Airforce
Sergeant (kersantti in Finnish) is a Swedish and Finnish military rank above korpral in Sweden and alikersantti in Finland; and below förste sergeant in Sweden and Ylikersantti in Finland.
- Sergeant is a rank given to contracted personnel. Holders of the rank generally serve as squad leaders or deputy squad leaders (6-8 men).
- contracted NCOs usually start from sergeant, in infantry platoons sergeants may serve as squad leaders (6-8 men), deputy platoon commanders (~30 men) or rarely even a platoon commanders, or at company level as Company Sergeant Majors.
Obtaining the rank in Finland
In the Finnish army, conscripts are first trained for 2 months in basic training and about 30% are selected for junior NCO training (aliupseerikoulu or AUK), which lasts 4 months. Upon completion, they are promoted to alikersantti and posted to companies for 6 months as squad leaders. Usually, the best-performing alikersantti in a platoon is promoted to kersantti a few weeks before discharge, and in meantime acts as a deputy platoon commander as well as a squad leader.
Like any other rank up to Major/Lieutenant Commander, the rank of sergeant can be achieved in reserve if certain requirements are met.
Salaried NCOs can also hold the rank. In this case, a small star is added to the insignia.
The introduction of the rank
Sweden: Reform 1972
Holders of the rank Överfurir were elevated to Sergeants. Holders of the rank Sergeant were elevated to
- Kapten with more than 7 years of service
- Löjtnant with 3–7 years of service
- Fänrik with less than 3 years of service
As of 1 January, the rank Furir was renamed Sergeant.
- The Swedish Armed Forces official website - military ranks (accessed on 2015-11-10) (in Swedish)
- http://www.goarmy.com/about/ranks_and_insignia.jsp USA enlisted ranks
- Implementation of two career path system for officers