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French ranks[edit]

Just a little note: if I remember well, the ranks for the troops on foot and on horseback (and units considered descendants of both) are one in golden appearance and the other in silvery appearance. David.Monniaux 06:27, 9 May 2005 (UTC)

Can you give an example? --Cool CatTalk|@ 18:55, 11 December 2005 (UTC)

Canadian Ranks[edit]

Note: Added French rank names to Canadian section, following the Belgian section lead. Source: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/about/ranks_f.asp RealMontrealer 20:43, 20 July 2005 (UTC)

Note: Officer Cadets wear a single thin gold bar on their epaulletes

Wondering whether a photo should be added for Canadian Officer Cadets? They have a single, half-bar, rather then a full bar as the second lieutenants —Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.74.45.217 (talk) 03:39, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

Please note that the Canadian Armed Forces has recently changed the officer rank insignias for the Canadian Army. See: http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/honours-history-badges-insignia/rank-army.page? Note that it is very similar to ranks of the British Army, except that the Canadian Army has a Brigadier General, vice Brigadier in the British Army, and the rank insignia is different. Of note, you should include the French spelling of the rank insignia, too. Hence, the talk about the officer cadet rank is no longer relative. Rifles1 (talk) 16:52, 25 April 2014 (UTC) Rifles1

Greek Ranks[edit]

First Lieutenant (Υπολοχαγός) and Captain (Λοχαγός) are missing insignia images. These images were there last time I checked about a year ago. What has happened?79.107.99.21 (talk) 12:38, 18 November 2008 (UTC)

Warrant Ranks[edit]

The only officer grade WOs with NATO codes WO1-WO5 are those of the United States Armed forces. The Warrant Officers of the other countries listed here should be included in the enlisted rank structure (i.e. NATO 'OR' codes)--LONDON 12:46, 3 August 2006 (UTC)

  • BZZZZT* Wrong! Several countries have warrent officers. Thus the ranks are not exclusive to the US armed forces. --OrbitOne [Talk|Babel] 22:00, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

Most countries have Warrant Officers but they are nearly all enlisted ranks (i.e. NATO codes OR8 and OR9)and apart from the US Warrant Ranks shouldn't be listed here--81.145.241.10 16:09, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

In many countries--with the notable exception of the United Kingdom--Warrant Officers are neither Commissioned Officers nor Enlisted Men. They are a unique category in between. Not all countries have WOs, but among those which do, a certain equivalence has been established. For example, the Greek Ανθυπασπιστής is equal in rank to a US Warrant Officer 1.79.107.99.21 (talk) 12:38, 18 November 2008 (UTC)

The graphic and most of the accompanying discussion here is factually incorrect. STANAG 2116 governs comparative ranks between NATO member countries. Only US warrants are "warrant officers" within the STANAG, and only US warrant officers use NATO codes WO-1 through WO-5. All other NATO warrants map to OR (other-ranks, that is, not an officer) codes. For example, the Greek Ανθυπασπιστής is not equal in rank to a US Warrant Officer 1, but rather to a US Command Sergeant Major. The use of the same title for different ranks (much as a US Army Captain and a US Navy Captain have the same title but different ranks) between countries is why the STANAG was created in the first place. Unless someone has a reference to NATO ranks that supercedes STANAG 2116, I'll edit the section accordingly. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 147.51.112.10 (talk) 16:54, 10 July 2017 (UTC)

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Maresciallo d'Italia[edit]

There is no such rank in Italian Republic (is an old war time rank of the Kingdom of Italy...). --F l a n k e r 16:31, 21 June 2007 (UTC)

You are perfectly right ! The rank was abolished in 1946 and it was never considered again, not even as an honorary rank, during the modern Italian Republic history. Moreover, I have recently seen in the article a weird conjectural insignia for the hypothetical Italian OF-10 rank. It was made with a tower and four stars, in a complete lack of present or past references and against the ancient insignia traditions. In fact, according to the official Italian Army website when before 1946 some marescialli existed, they wore 4 stars (or stripes) insignia. When in 1938 the "Primo Maresciallo dell'Impero" (Empire first marshal) rank was created for the king and Mussolini uniforms, it was made using a double wreath instead of five stars, like U.S. top generals. I am pretty much sure that modern Italian military organisation has no room for a five stars general and even in this hypothetical case, the “towered” insignia is barely realistic. --EH101 21:02, 27 June 2007 (UTC)
Despite that NATO Stanag mentions it. This was discussed before actually. If a verifiable source claims its existence we have to treat as such, if you have a source that explains its abolishment we can leave a note to this end. -- A Certain White Cat chi? 22:56, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

Redirect[edit]

There should be a redirect from List of the ranks and insignia of NATO armies officers. 76.16.188.239 (talk) 03:09, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

I assume you mean a redirect from the red link you quote to this page? If so, why should there be a redirect? And if you feel strongly about it, why don't you create it? Cheers, Pdfpdf (talk) 10:20, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

Hungarian Insignia[edit]

The shoulder-pieces you display here are actually mixing duty-uniform forms and parade-uniform forms. Most displayed are parade versions, but not all, and not consistent. This also applies for the enlisted ranks on the Ranks and insignia of NATO armies enlisted page. See also Hungarian Ministry of Defense, Ranks. Someone should upload the correct pics (the duty versions), and correct that. Szabi (talk) 20:19, 13 April 2008 (UTC)

Czech Ranks[edit]

The rank of Armádní generál (army general), an OF-9 rank, is missing, the whole line is shifted by one step to the left, the OF-8 rank is Generálporučík, not Generál. I would fix it but don't know how... 88.102.94.60 (talk) 20:37, 13 September 2009 (UTC)

I can fix this if you have a source so that I can reference it. -- A Certain White Cat chi? 22:58, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
Already fixed.--Officer781 (talk) 05:43, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

Warrant officers[edit]

As you can see here [1] there are absolutely not warrant officers among other NATO armed forces! They must be integrated within the NCOs template, as sourced. The WO are just in US Armed Forces as stated by the STANAG 2116 edition 6 of February 25, 2010. --Nicola Romani (talk) 13:15, 10 April 2011 (UTC)

This is correct. Unfortunately the situation in Greek Armed Forces regarding WOs is a mess. According to STANAG 2116-6, the rank of Anthipaspistis (Warrant Officer) ranks as OR-9, however there is a footnoete that he has the privileges of an officer, and he actually commands platoon size units. DEA (reserve officer cadet) is of the same rank as Anthipaspistis, so he should also be OR-9, however in rare cases he commands a company. I have created the correct templates in User:Sv1xv/Sandbox/IIW but I have not uploaded them to the articles as it may start an edit war. SV1XV (talk) 14:49, 10 April 2011 (UTC)
Yes, there are the same problems within the Italian Armed Forces. Anyway I have checked your sandbox and compared it with the STANAG 2116-6 is correct! So, according with a primary source as such NATO document if you want to change, I think nobody should regrets. --Nicola Romani (talk) 15:38, 10 April 2011 (UTC)
Please go to Wikipedia:Templates_for_discussion#NATO_Army_warrant_officer_templates to decide the fate of the templates for Warrant Officers as well as the status of the ranks concerned. --Officer781 (talk) 18:16, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
Warrant officers exist within many NATO militaries. They may not have a NATO equivalent though. I will have the answer by tomorrow. -- A Certain White Cat chi? 22:20, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
Not like a "category", infact, according with the NATO-STANAG 2116 document (edition 6 of 25 February 2010) they belong to the "OR" (Other Ranks) category. The only Country having them categorized as "WO" within the NATO terminology are the USA warrant officers only, on Wikipedia we cannot invent anything, the official NATO document is clear, and is a reliable source, so the edits made by Officer 781 are perfectly right in line with the source, and I agree with him. --Nicola Romani (talk) 09:26, 4 January 2012 (UTC)
I acquired the documentation today. Indeed you are right there is no mention of US warrant officers compared with any other military. This does not mean warrant officers shouldn't be presented separately on Warrant Officer article though which is what I will do right now. -- A Certain White Cat chi? 00:43, 5 January 2012 (UTC)

OF(D)[edit]

What does OF(D) mean in NATO code? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.41.180.37 (talk) 02:43, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

Officer Designate. They typically are temporary staff that rank below officers and above cadets. -- A Certain White Cat chi? 22:28, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

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Article title Suggestion[edit]

The title of this article seems odd, if not incorrect. Surely it should be something like:

  • Ranks and insignia of NATO army officers
  • Ranks and insignia of NATO's army officers
  • Ranks and insignia of officers of NATO armies

Unless there is a different consensus I propose to move it to the first of these. --Bermicourt (talk) 17:54, 29 December 2013 (UTC)

Table Broken after Turkish ranks[edit]

I have noticed that the table of the ranks breaks just before the UK ranks and just after the Turkish ranks. It continues broken to the end, including the US ranks. It would be very helpful if someone with experience could fix the table. Mzal98 03:02, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

Warrant officers... again[edit]

As has been discussed several times above, the WO codes are only used by the US. Please understand this is not saying other nations "don't have" Warrant Officers, but rather they use OF codes for them and not WO codes. Every source says they are US only. If any other nation has WO coded ranks, please provide a source before adding them into the table! Phunting (talk) 08:49, 21 September 2017 (UTC)