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Australian Defence Force ranks

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The Australian Defence Force's (ADF) ranks of officers and enlisted personnel in each of its three service branches of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Australian Army, and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) inherited their rank structures from their British counterparts. The insignia used to identify these ranks are also generally similar to those used in the British Armed Forces.

The following tables show the "equivalent rank and classifications" for the three services, as defined in the ADF Pay and Conditions Manual.[1] "Equivalent rank" means the corresponding rank set out under Regulation 8 of the Defence Force Regulations 1952.[2]

Commissioned officer ranks

NATO
Code
Aus/US
Code
Navy Army RAAF
Flag/General/Air Officers[1][3]
OF-10 O-11[a] Admiral of the Fleet Field Marshal Marshal of the RAAF
OF-9 O-10[b] Admiral General Air Chief Marshal
OF-8 O-9[c] Vice Admiral Lieutenant General Air Marshal
OF-7 O-8 Rear Admiral Major General Air Vice Marshal
OF-6 O-7[d] Air Commodore
Senior officers
OF-6 O-7[d] Commodore Brigadier
OF-5 O-6[d] Captain (RAN) Colonel Group Captain
OF-4 O-5[d] Commander Lieutenant Colonel Wing Commander
OF-3 O-4[d] Lieutenant Commander Major Squadron Leader
Junior officers
OF-2 O-3[d] Lieutenant Captain (Army) Flight Lieutenant
OF-1 O-2 Sub Lieutenant Lieutenant Flying Officer
OF-1 O-1 Acting Sub Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Pilot Officer
O-0 Midshipman
Cadets
Officer Cadet/Staff Cadet(RMC) Officer Cadet

Warrant officer ranks

NATO
Code
Aus/US
Code
Navy Army RAAF
Warrant officers
OR-9 E-9 Warrant officer Warrant Officer Warrant officer
Warrant Officer Class 1
OR-8 E-8 Warrant Officer class 2
Note that the most senior warrant officer in each of the three services is appointed either Warrant Officer of the Navy (WO-N), Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (RSM-A), or Warrant Officer of the Air Force (WOFF-AF), as appropriate. These are appointments, not ranks; these three people hold the rank of Warrant Officer in their respective services. However, they each wear special insignia, different from the rank insignia worn by other warrant officers. Although the RAN and the RAAF have the one warrant officer rank, the army has three. The soldier appointed Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (RSM-A) holds the unique Army rank of warrant officer (introduced in 1991 and senior to WO1). The Army rank of WO2 is the same pay grade as the RAN and the RAAF's most senior NCOs, (i.e. chief petty officer and flight sergeant).[1] As Army WO2s hold a Warrant, while the RAN CPO and RAAF FSGT do not, WO2s are addressed as "Sir" or "Ma'am" by junior ranks, which extends to OCDTs and SCDTs.

Non-commissioned officer ranks

NATO
Code
Aus/US
Code
Navy Army RAAF
Senior non-commissioned officers
OR-8 E-8 Chief Petty Officer Flight Sergeant
OR-7 E-7 Staff sergeant[1][e]
OR-6 E-6 Petty officer Sergeant Sergeant
Junior non-commissioner officers
OR-5 E-5 Leading Seaman Corporal/Bombardier Corporal
OR-4 E-4 Lance Corporal/Bombardier

Other ranks

NATO
Code
Aus/US
Code
Navy Army RAAF
Enlisted
OR-3 E-3 Able seaman Private (Proficient) Leading Aviator
OR-2 E-2 Seaman Private Aviator

Insignia

Commissioned officers

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the navy, army 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
 Royal Australian Navy
Australia-Navy-OF-10-collected.svg
Australia-Navy-OF-9-collected.svg
Australia-Navy-OF-8-collected.svg
Australia-Navy-OF-7-collected.svg
Australia-Navy-OF-6-collected.svg
Australia-Navy-OF-5-collected.svg
Australia-Navy-OF-4-collected.svg
Australia-Navy-OF-3-collected.svg
Australia-Navy-OF-2-collected.svg
Australia-Navy-OF-1-collected.svg
Australia-Navy-OF-1-collected.svg
Royal Australian Navy OF (D).svg
UK-Navy-OFD.svg
Admiral of the fleet Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Sub lieutenant Acting sub lieutenant Midshipman


 Australian Army
Australian Army OF-10.svg
Australian Army OF-9.svg
Australian Army OF-8.svg
Australian Army OF-7.svg
Australian Army OF-6.svg
Australian Army OF-5.svg
Australian Army OF-4.svg
Australian Army OF-3.svg
Australian Army OF-2.svg
Australian Army OF-1b.svg
Australian Army OF-1a.svg
Australian Army OF (D) (OCDT).svg
Australian Army OF (D) (SCDT).svg
Field marshal General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second lieutenant Officer cadet Staff cadet


 Royal Australian Air Force
Australia RAAF OF-10.svg
Australia RAAF OF-9.svg
Australia RAAF OF-8.svg
Australia RAAF OF-7.svg
Australia RAAF OF-6.svg
Australia RAAF OF-5.svg
Australia RAAF OF-4.svg
Australia RAAF OF-3.svg
Australia RAAF OF-2.svg
Australia RAAF OF-1b.svg
Australia RAAF OF-1a.svg
Australia RAAF OF (D).svg
Marshal of the RAAF Air chief marshal Air marshal Air vice-marshal Air commodore Group captain Wing commander Squadron leader Flight lieutenant Flying officer Pilot officer Officer cadet


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

The rank insignia for enlisted personnel for the navy, army 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
 Royal Australian Navy
Warrant Officer of the Navy
Warrant Officer
Chief Petty Officer
No equivalent
Petty Officer

Leading Seaman
No equivalent
Able Seaman
Seaman
Warrant Officer of the Navy Warrant Officer Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Leading Seaman Able Seaman Seaman


 Australian Army
Regimental sergeant major of the army
Warrant officer class 1
Warrant officer class 2
Staff sergeant
Sergeant

Corporal
Lance corporal
No insignia
Regimental sergeant
major of the army
Warrant officer
class 1
Warrant officer
class 2
Staff sergeant
(Phased out as of 2019)
Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Private
(or equivalent)


 Royal Australian Air Force
Warrant Officer of the Air Force
Warrant Officer
Flight Sergeant
No equivalent
Sergeant

Corporal
No equivalent
Leading Aircraftman
Aircraftman
Warrant Officer of the Air Force Warrant Officer Flight Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Leading Aircraftman Aircraftman
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

History of Royal Australian Navy enlisted ranks

The historical changes to rank insignia for enlisted personnel of the navy.[5]

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
 Royal Navy
(1827-1853)
No equivalent
UK Petty officer 2nd class 1853.svg
British Royal Navy OR-4.svg
No equivalent No insignia
Petty Officer 1st class Petty Officer 2nd class Able Seaman Ordinary Seaman
 Royal Navy
(1853-1890)
No equivalent
UK Chief petty officer 1857.svg
No equivalent
UK Petty officer 1st class 1853.svg
UK Petty officer 2nd class 1853.svg
British Royal Navy OR-4.svg
No equivalent No insignia
Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer 1st class Petty Officer 2nd class Leading Seaman Able Seaman Ordinary Seaman
 Royal Navy
(1890-1901)
No equivalent
Arm badge replace by lapel badges No equivalent
UK Petty officer 1st class 1853.svg
UK Petty officer 2nd class 1853.svg
British Royal Navy OR-4.svg
No equivalent No insignia
Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer 1st class Petty Officer 2nd class Leading Seaman Able Seaman Ordinary Seaman
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
 Royal Australian Navy
(1901-1907)
No equivalent
Arm badge replace by lapel badges No equivalent
UK Petty officer 1st class 1901.svg
UK Petty officer 2nd class 1901.svg
British Royal Navy OR-4.svg
No equivalent No insignia
Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer 1st class Petty Officer 2nd class Leading Seaman Able Seaman Ordinary Seaman
 Royal Australian Navy
(1907-1925)
No equivalent
Arm badge replace by lapel badges No equivalent
UK Petty officer 1st class 1901.svg

British Royal Navy OR-4.svg
No equivalent No insignia
Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Leading Seaman Able Seaman Ordinary Seaman
 Royal Australian Navy
(1925-1953)
No equivalent
Three cuff buttons No equivalent
UK Petty officer 1st class 1901.svg

British Royal Navy OR-4.svg
No equivalent No insignia
Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Leading Seaman Able Seaman Ordinary Seaman
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
 Royal Australian Navy
(1953-1966)
No equivalent
British Royal Navy OR-7.svg
No equivalent
British Royal Navy OR-6.svg

British Royal Navy OR-4.svg
No equivalent No insignia
Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Leading Seaman Able Seaman Ordinary Seaman
 Royal Australian Navy
(1966-1971)
No equivalent
Royal Australian Navy OR-8.svg
No equivalent
Royal Australian Navy OR-6.svg

Royal Australian Navy OR-5.svg
No equivalent No insignia
Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Leading Seaman Able Seaman Ordinary Seaman
 Royal Australian Navy
(1971-1974)
Royal Australian Navy OR-9a.svg
Royal Australian Navy OR-8.svg
No equivalent
Royal Australian Navy OR-6.svg

Royal Australian Navy OR-5.svg
No equivalent No insignia
Warrant Officer Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Leading Seaman Able Seaman Ordinary Seaman
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
 Royal Australian Navy
(1974-1991)
Royal Australian Navy OR-9a.svg
Royal Australian Navy OR-8.svg
No equivalent
Royal Australian Navy OR-6.svg

Royal Australian Navy OR-5.svg
No equivalent No insignia
Warrant Officer Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Leading Seaman Able Seaman Seaman
 Royal Australian Navy
(1991-1993)
Royal Australian Navy OR-9a.svg
Royal Australian Navy OR-8.svg
No equivalent
Royal Australian Navy OR-6.svg

Royal Australian Navy OR-5.svg
No equivalent
Royal Australian Navy OR-3.svg
Royal Australian Navy OR-2.svg
Warrant Officer Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Leading Seaman Able Seaman Seaman
 Royal Australian Navy
(1993-Present)
Royal Australian Navy OR-9b.svg
Royal Australian Navy OR-9a.svg
Royal Australian Navy OR-8.svg
No equivalent
Royal Australian Navy OR-6.svg

Royal Australian Navy OR-5.svg
No equivalent
Royal Australian Navy OR-3.svg
Royal Australian Navy OR-2.svg
Warrant Officer of the Navy Warrant Officer Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Leading Seaman Able Seaman Seaman
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

See also

Notes

  1. ^ O-11 ranks - admiral of the fleet, field marshal and marshal of the RAAF - may only be used in wartime and for honorary appointments.
  2. ^ O-10 ranks - The Chief of the Defence Force is the sole O-10 ranked appointment.
  3. ^ O-9 ranks - The Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Chief of Joint Operations, Chief of the Capability Development Executive and Chiefs of the Navy, Army and Air Force comprise the six O-9 ranked appointments.
  4. ^ Chaplains:
    • O-3 ranks - Chaplains are commissioned officers without rank, however they are accorded the rank of Captain (O-3) for reasons of protocol, ceremonial occasions and for saluting purposes.
    • O-4/5 ranks - The more senior division 2 and 3 chaplains are accorded the rank of Major (O-4) and Lieutenant Colonel (O-5), respectively.
    • O-6 ranks - The three Principal Chaplains representing the three major Christian denominations: Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant, are equivalent to a Colonel (O-6).
    • O-7 ranks - The heads of the various churches and religions officially associated to the ADF's Religious Advisory Committee, such as the Anglican and Catholic Bishops of the Military, are equivalent to a Brigadier (O-7).
  5. ^ Without prejudice to existing holders of the rank, the Army has ceased to promote soldiers to the rank of staff sergeant.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "ADF Pay and Conditions Manual (PACMAN)". People Strategies and Policy (AL13 ed.). Department of Defence, Australian Government. November 2009. p. 1.
  2. ^ Defence Force Regulations 1952.
  3. ^ Badges of Rank and Special Insignia. Commonwealth of Australia - Department of Defence. September 2003. pp. 2–3.
  4. ^ "Australian Army Rank Structure, Other Ranks". army.gov.au. Australian Army. 25 October 2019. Archived from the original on 27 February 2020. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  5. ^ "A History of Australian Navy Health Sailor Uniforms and Ranks (Part 3)". Retrieved 23 February 2021.

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