RAF Officer Ranks - Other Air Forces

Other Air Forces

Common anglophone military ranks
Navies Armies Air forces
Admiral of the fleet Marshal /
field marshal
Marshal of
the Air Force
Admiral General Air marshal
Commodore Brigadier Air commodore
Captain Colonel Group captain
Commander Lieutenant colonel Wing commander
Major /
Lieutenant Captain Flight lieutenant
Sub-lieutenant Lieutenant Flying officer
Ensign 2nd lieutenant Pilot officer
Midshipman Officer cadet Officer cadet
Seamen, soldiers and airmen
Warrant officer Sergeant major /
Warrant officer
Warrant officer
Petty officer Sergeant Sergeant
Leading seaman Corporal Corporal
Seaman Private Aircraftman

The following air forces use a similar or identical officer rank structure and rank insignia to the RAF:

  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • Hellenic Air Force
  • Nigerian Air Force (since 1 April 1976)
  • Indian Air Force (formerly the Royal Indian Air Force)
  • Bangladesh Air Force
  • Sri Lanka Air Force (formerly the Royal Ceylon Air Force)
  • Ghana Air Force
  • Air Force of Zimbabwe (formerly the Royal Rhodesian Air Force)
  • Royal Thai Air Force
  • Chilean Air Force

The following air forces use a similar or identical officer rank structure to the RAF, but use army-style rank insignia:

  • Pakistan Air Force (since 2006; formerly the Royal Pakistan Air Force)
  • Egyptian Air Force

The following air forces use rank insignia for their officers which are similar or identical to that of the RAF, but employ army rank titles:

  • Afghan National Air Corps
  • Argentine Air Force
  • Belgian Air Component
  • Eritrean Air Force
  • Finnish Air Force
  • Swedish Air Force (sometimes the English translation of the Swedish Air Force officer rank titles follows the RAF pattern)
  • Royal Malaysian Air Force
  • Peruvian Air Force
  • Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • Royal Danish Air Force
  • Italian Air Force
  • Romanian Air Force
  • South African Air Force
  • Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Irish Air Corps
  • Uruguayan Air Force

The following air forces formerly used a similar or identical officer rank structure to the RAF:

  • Royal Canadian Air Force (until 1968)
  • Royal Malaysian Air Force (until the late 1970s)
  • Royal Rhodesian Air Force (now the Air Force of Zimbabwe) (1965-1980)

The following air forces formerly used similar rank insignia to the RAF:

  • Republic of Singapore Air Force (until 1983)
  • United States Air Force, (1993 to 1994)
  • Pakistan Air Force (until 2006)
  • Royal Air Force of Oman (until 1980s)
  • Egyptian Air Force
  • Air Force of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1997-2010)
  • Yemeni Air Force (South Yemen; South Arabian Air Force) (1970-1985)
  • Zaire Air Force (1971-1997)

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