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Appendix 1: Hierarchy of ranks in the Armed Forces

NATO Code

Royal Navy

Army and Royal Marines

AIR FORCE

OF-10

Admiral of the Fleet

Field Marshal

Marshal of the Royal Air Force

OF-9

Admiral

General

Air Chief Marshal

OF-8

Vice-Admiral

Lieutenant-General

Air Marshal

OF-7

Rear Admiral

Major-General

Air Vice-Marshal

OF-6

Commodore

Brigadier

Air Commodore

OF-5

Captain

Colonel

Group Captain

OF-4

Commander

Lieutenant-Colonel

Wing Commander

OF-3

Lieutenant-Commander

Major

Squadron Leader

OF-2

Lieutenant

Captain

Flight Lieutenant

OF-1

Sub-Lieutenant (but junior to military and air force ranks)

Lieutenant

Flying Officer

Midshipman (but junior to army and air force ranks)

Second Lieutenant

Pilot Officer

Acting Pilot Officer (but junior to Second-Lieutenant)

OR-9

Warrant Officer

Warrant Officer Class I

Warrant Officer

Master Aircrew

OR-8

Warrant Officer Class 2

OR-7

Chief Petty Officer

{ Staff Sergeant

Flight Sergeant

{ Colour Sergeant, RM

Chief Technician

OR-6

Petty Officer

Sergeant

Sergeant

OR-5

OR-4

Leading Rate (but junior to army ranks of corporal and bombardier)

Corporal

Corporal

Bombardier

OR-3

Lance Corporal

Lance Bombardier

OR-2

Able Rate

Marine

Junior Technician

OR-1

Private

Senior aircraftman

Leading aircraftman

Aircraftman

Source: Annex B at Armed Forces Act 2006 - Explanatory Notes (legislation.gov.uk)




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