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Military ranks and insignia of the Japan Self-Defense Forces

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Following the end of World War II in Asia, after the surrender of Japan, the Imperial Japanese Army and Imperial Japanese Navy were dissolved by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers during the occupation of Japan. The symbols below represent the ranks of the Japan Self-Defense Forces: the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force which have, since 1954, replaced the imperial military. The 1938–1945 Japanese military and naval ranks were phased out after World War II. The self-defense force breaks away from the Sino-centric tradition of non-branch-specified ranks, each JSDF rank with respect to each service carries a distinct Japanese title, although equivalent titles in different branches are still similar, differing only in the use of the morphemes riku (ground) for the army ranks, kai (maritime) for the naval ranks, and (air) for the aviation ranks.[1]

The pentagramic stars on the insignia represent cherry blossoms. Because Japanese soldiers take an oath to die to protect the lives and wealth of Japanese citizens, they have been compared to delicate cherry blossoms that break easily.

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10: VOLKER WIEKER (GERMANY) Volker Wieker is Chief of Army Staff of Germany which is considered as best Commander General as he was born on 1 March 1954 as he is the highest rank officer of German army as he is Chief of Army Staff as General Wieker served in every major foreign Bundeswehr deployment since 1996, including Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan so he has played an important role in protecting his country and also well managed the army of his country. He joined army as training officer in 1974 so he working in German Army for about 42 years and On 18 December 2009 German Minister of Defence Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg announced his intention to appoint Wieker Chief of Staff of the Bundesweh and also considered as best army Commander General. 9: KATSUTOSHI KAWANO (JAPAN) Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Council Katsutoshi Kawano is a Japanese general who is among the best generals in the world. Kawano joined the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force after graduating in mechanical engineering, served in number of positions and commands. He became Chief of Staff of the Maritime Self-Defense Force after promotion to full admiral in 2012 and assumed the position of Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Council on 15 October 2014. 8: DALBIR SINGH (INDIA) The Indian Army General and current Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army is one of best generals in the world who has ability to take decisions for the nation irrelevant of what others think about them.The only thing he considers is the benefit of India. Singh was commissioned in the 4th battalion of the 5 Gorkha Rifles in 1974 and following his positions to instructor, commanding officer, Inspector General of the Special Frontier Force, he became the Vice Chief of Army staff in 2013 and assumed charge as Chief of the Army staff in July 2014.Dalbir Singh’s name was actually a vouched recommendation and has proven himself and all who believed in him. He is actually a leader of a 1.3 Million Indian Army Battalion. Ever since joining the NDA (National Defense Academy) in 1970, his reputation has been built up upon some extraordinary valors. 7: CHOI YOON-HEE (SOUTH KOREA) Military Generals, demand and command a certain level of respect from their fellow soldiers and one wouldn’t dare laugh or even smile, let alone smirk in the presence of their superiors, its Military discipline that they learn first before becoming a soldier anyway. Choi – Yoon – Hee sounds more of a name that you can brush off as the common Asian guy which is where perception of the world, proves them wrong with linkage to the reality. Do not underestimate or judge a man by the unusualness of his name. Choi Yoon Hee on the other hand, as short as he is in Height, he is bigger in Strategic command skills than most. Yoon Hee has actually come from the roots and still strong reputation of being a Navy Chief before appointed as Korean Military Commander . This can be considered as double times the success of many. A huge jump from Chief of Navy to Military Commander of Korea 6: NICK HOUGHTON (UNITED KINGDOM) Nick Houghton is now chief of Defence staff of United Kindom Army as he was born on 18 October 1954 so he was appointed on this post of Chief of Defence Staff in 2013 after the retirement of Sir David Richard. He also served as Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, the Green Howards inNorthern Ireland during The Troubles and later on became Commander of 39 Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland and he also be the deouty Commanding General during Iraq War as he joined army in 1974 and still serving his country as this posts, also served on many big posts as an officer of Army because he joined army as an lieutenant therefore he is also considered as best commander general of Military. 5: HULUSI AKAR (TURKEY) Turkish Army general HulusiAkar was born on January 1, 1952 and is currently serving as the 29th Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces. Turkey has been considered as one of most influential state in Asian region and following that it has several security and territorial concerns while its boundaries with Iraq also made it more unstable because of civil war in the country led by ISIS. HulusiAkar is among the best military generals in the world who tactically handle the national and international defense through its wide eye on these issues. 4: VALERY GERASIMOV (RUSSIA) Russia is also one of the powerful country of the world which is mainly due to his Army and Arms producing therefore Valery Gerasimov is now serving his country as Chief of Army Staff of Russian Army also first Deputy Deference minister as he is holding two posts. He was appointed as Chief of Army Staff in 2012 by president Vladimir Putin as From 1993 to 1995 he was the commander of the 144th Guards Motor Rifle Division in the Baltic Military District and then the North Western Group of Force therefore he served his country on many posts in his army so he is also considered as best Military Commander General. 3: FANG FENGHUI (CHINA) The general in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of the People’s Republic of China, Fang Fenghui, is currently serving as the PLA Chief of General Staff leading the biggest armed force of the world. Having most versatile and diverse approach to domestic and foreign matters, Fang Fenghuiis ranked in the list of best generals in the world. He was appointed as Chief of the Headquarters of the General Staff following his position as Commander of the Beijing Military Region and Chief of staff of the PLA’s Guangzhou Military Region. 2: RAHEEL SHARIF (PAKISTAN) General Raheel Sharif is a four-star rank army general who is currently serving as Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army.He became the best general in the world because of his wide approach to tackle enemies in and out of country. His various operations to stabilize Pakistan and keep it clean from terrorism set in nations’ roots from several decades are outstanding and admirable. Raheel Sharif served in various commands and positions till assumed in office as Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army ranking him as one of the most respected and well reputed Chief till date. 1:GEN JOSEPH DUNFORD (UNITED STATES) United States is most powerful country of the World because it is consist of more than fifty states therefore it has also most army in the world with greater quality of Arms therefore Gen Joseph Dunford is now Current Chairman Joint of Chief Staff as he was born on 8 December 1955 and currently 19th Chief of Staff for his country as before joining this post Dunford served as commander of the International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces Afghanistan from February 2013 until August 2014 therefore after the retire of Martin Dempsey it was confirmed by the Senate of United State as 19th Joint Chief Of Army Staff for his country therefore he was made as highest rank army officer on 1 October 2015.

Contents

Remarks

  • An inauguration of the Chief of Staff, Joint Staff (統合幕僚長) wears Emblem of the Chief of Staff, Joint Staff (統合幕僚長章) on the left chest.
  • The published NATO code is of reference level. There is no legal provision of NATO code in the JSDF.
  • The classification of rank of general officers and flag officers listed is limited to Japan. For JSDF's general officer and flag officer, there is a rank classification that matches foreign armed forces such as United States Armed Forces, which is determined by the post.

Ground Self-Defense Force

Ranks are listed with the lower rank at right.

Officer
(幹部)
NATO Code OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1
(OF-8)[2] (OF-7)[2] (OF-6)[2]
Rank 陸将
(統合幕僚長および陸上幕僚長)
陸将 陸将補 1等陸佐 2等陸佐 3等陸佐 1等陸尉 2等陸尉 3等陸尉
English translation General
or
Army general[3][4]
(rikushō
serve as Chief of Staff)
Lieutenant
general

or
Divisional general[3]
(rikushō)
Major
general

or
Brigade general[3]
(rikushōho)
Colonel
(issa)
Lieutenant
colonel
(nisa)
Major
(sansa)
Captain
(ichi-i)
First
lieutenant
(ni-i)
Second
lieutenant
(san-i)
Insignia Type A
(甲階級章)
JGSDF General insignia (a).svg
JGSDF Lieutenant General insignia (a).svg
JGSDF Major General insignia (a).svg
JGSDF Colonel insignia (a).svg
JGSDF Lieutenant Colonel insignia (a).svg
JGSDF Major insignia (a).svg
JGSDF Captain insignia (a).svg
JGSDF First Lieutenant insignia (a).svg
JGSDF Second Lieutenant insignia (a).svg
Insignia Type B
(乙階級章)
JGSDF General insignia (b).svg
JGSDF Lieutenant General insignia (b).svg
JGSDF Major General insignia (b).svg
JGSDF Colonel insignia (b).svg
JGSDF Lieutenant Colonel insignia (b).svg
JGSDF Major insignia (b).svg
JGSDF Captain insignia (b).svg
JGSDF First Lieutenant insignia (b).svg
JGSDF Second Lieutenant insignia (b).svg
Insignia Miniature Type
(略章)
JGSDF General insignia (miniature).svg
JGSDF Lieutenant General insignia (miniature).svg
JGSDF Major General insignia (miniature).svg
JGSDF Colonel insignia (miniature).svg
JGSDF Lieutenant Colonel insignia (miniature).svg
JGSDF Major insignia (miniature).svg
JGSDF Captain insignia (miniature).svg
JGSDF First Lieutenant insignia (miniature).svg
JGSDF Second Lieutenant insignia (miniature).svg
Usual Commanding Level Chief of Staff Ground 
Component 
 Command

and
Army
Division Brigade Regiment Battalion Company Platoon


Warrant Officer & Enlisted
(准尉および曹士)
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1 OR-D
Rank 准陸尉 陸曹長 1等陸曹 2等陸曹 3等陸曹 陸士長 1等陸士 2等陸士 自衛官候補生
English translation Warrant
Officer

(jun-i)
Sergeant
major

(sōchō)
Master
sergeant

(issō)
Sergeant
first
class

(nisō)
Sergeant
(sansō)
Senior Private
(sichō)
Private
first
class

(issi)
Private
(nisi)
Self defence
official cadet
(jiēkan-kōhosē)
Insignia Type A
(甲階級章)
JGSDF Warrant Officer insignia (a).svg
JGSDF Sergeant Major insignia (a).svg
JGSDF Master Sergeant insignia (a).svg
JGSDF Sergeant First Class insignia (a).svg
JGSDF Sergeant insignia (a).svg
JGSDF Leading Private insignia (a).svg
JGSDF Private First Class insignia (a).svg
JGSDF Private insignia (a).svg
JGSDF self defence official cadet insignia (a).svg
Insignia Type B
(乙階級章)
JGSDF Warrant Officer insignia (b).svg
JGSDF Sergeant Major insignia (b).svg
JGSDF Master Sergeant insignia (b).svg
JGSDF Sergeant First Class insignia (b).svg
JGSDF Sergeant insignia (b).svg
JGSDF Leading Private insignia (b).svg
JGSDF Private First Class insignia (b).svg
JGSDF Private insignia (b).svg
JGSDF self defence official cadet insignia (b).svg
Insignia Miniature Type
(略章)
JGSDF Warrant Officer insignia (miniature).svg
JGSDF Sergeant Major insignia (miniature).svg
JGSDF Master Sergeant insignia (miniature).svg
JGSDF Sergeant First Class insignia (miniature).svg
JGSDF Sergeant insignia (miniature).svg
JGSDF Leading Private insignia (miniature).svg
JGSDF Private First Class insignia (miniature).svg
JGSDF Private insignia (miniature).svg
No insignia
Usual Commanding Level Platoon Section
or
Squad
No Commanding

Maritime Self-Defense Force

Ranks are listed with the lower rank at right.

Officer
(幹部)
NATO Code OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1
(OF-8)[2] (OF-7)[2] (OF-6)[2]
Rank 海将
(統合幕僚長および海上幕僚長)
海将 海将補 1等海佐 2等海佐 3等海佐 1等海尉 2等海尉 3等海尉
English translation Admiral
(kaishō
serve as Chief of Staff)
Vice
admiral

(kaishō)
Rear
admiral
(kaishōho)
Captain Commander Lieutenant
commander
Lieutenant Lieutenant
Junior grade
Ensign
Insignia Type A
(甲階級章)
JMSDF Admiral insignia (a).svg
JMSDF Vice Admiral insignia (a).svg
JMSDF Rear Admiral insignia (a).svg
JMSDF Captain insignia (a).svg
JMSDF Commander insignia (a).svg
JMSDF Lieutenant Commander insignia (a).svg
JMSDF Lieutenant insignia (a).svg
JMSDF Lieutenant Junior Grade insignia (a).svg
JMSDF Ensign insignia (a).svg
Insignia Type B
(乙階級章)
JMSDF Admiral insignia (b).svg
JMSDF Vice Admiral insignia (b).svg
JMSDF Rear Admiral insignia (b).svg
JMSDF Captain insignia (b).svg
JMSDF Commander insignia (b).svg
JMSDF Lieutenant Commander insignia (b).svg
JMSDF Lieutenant insignia (b).svg
JMSDF Lieutenant Junior Grade insignia (b).svg
JMSDF Ensign insignia (b).svg
Insignia Type C
(丙階級章)
JMSDF Admiral insignia (c).svg
JMSDF Vice Admiral insignia (c).svg
JMSDF Rear Admiral insignia (c).svg
JMSDF Captain insignia (c).svg
JMSDF Commander insignia (c).svg
JMSDF Lieutenant Commander insignia (c).svg
JMSDF Lieutenant insignia (c).svg
JMSDF Lieutenant Junior Grade insignia (c).svg
JMSDF Ensign insignia (c).svg
Insignia Miniature Type
(略章)
JMSDF Admiral insignia (miniature).svg
JMSDF Vice Admiral insignia (miniature).svg
JMSDF Rear Admiral insignia (miniature).svg
JMSDF Captain insignia (miniature).svg
JMSDF Commander insignia (miniature).svg
JMSDF Lieutenant Commander insignia (miniature).svg
JMSDF Lieutenant insignia (miniature).svg
JMSDF Lieutenant Junior Grade insignia (miniature).svg
JMSDF Ensign insignia (miniature).svg
Usual Commanding Level Chief of Staff Fleet Type Force Flotilla Large Vessel
or
Division 
(Medium Vessel)
Medium Vessel
or
Division
(Small Vessel)
Small Vessel No Commanding  
Warrant Officer & Enlisted
(准尉および曹士)
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1 OR-D
Rank 准海尉 海曹長 1等海曹 2等海曹 3等海曹 海士長 1等海士 2等海士 自衛官候補生
English translation Warrant
 Officer
Chief
petty
officer
Petty
officer
first class
Petty
officer
second class
Petty
officer
third class
Leading
seaman
Seaman Seaman
apprentice
Self defence
official cadet
Type A
(甲階級章)
JMSDF Warrant Officer insignia (a).svg
JMSDF Chief Petty Officer insignia (a).svg
JMSDF Petty Officer 1st Class insignia (a).svg
JMSDF Petty Officer 2nd Class insignia (a).svg
JMSDF Petty Officer 3rd Class insignia (a).svg
JMSDF Leading Seaman insignia (a).svg
JMSDF Seaman insignia (a).svg
JMSDF Seaman Apprentice insignia (a).svg
JMSDF self defence official cadet insignia (a)1.svg


JMSDF self defence official cadet insignia (a)2.svg
Type B
(乙階級章)
JMSDF Warrant Officer insignia (b).svg
JMSDF Chief Petty Officer insignia (b).svg
JMSDF Petty Officer 1st Class insignia (b).svg
JMSDF Petty Officer 2nd Class insignia (b).svg
JMSDF Petty Officer 3rd Class insignia (b).svg
JMSDF Leading Seaman insignia (b).svg
JMSDF Seaman insignia (b).svg
JMSDF Seaman Apprentice insignia (b).svg
JMSDF self defence official cadet insignia (b).svg
Type C
(丙階級章)
JMSDF Warrant Officer insignia (c).svg
JMSDF Chief Petty Officer insignia (c).svg
JMSDF Petty Officer 1st Class insignia (c).svg
JMSDF Petty Officer 2nd Class insignia (c).svg
JMSDF Petty Officer 3rd Class insignia (c).svg
JMSDF Leading Seaman insignia (c).svg
JMSDF Seaman insignia (c).svg
JMSDF Seaman Apprentice insignia (c).svg
No insignia
Miniature
(略章)
JMSDF Warrant Officer insignia (miniature).svg
JMSDF Chief Petty Officer insignia (miniature).svg
JMSDF Petty Officer 1st Class insignia (miniature).svg
JMSDF Petty Officer 2nd Class insignia (miniature).svg
JMSDF Petty Officer 3rd Class insignia (miniature).svg
JMSDF Leading Seaman insignia (miniature).svg
JMSDF Seaman insignia (miniature).svg
JMSDF Seaman Apprentice insignia (miniature).svg
No insignia

Air Self-Defense Force

Ranks are listed with the lower rank at right.

Officer
(幹部)
NATO Code OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1
(OF-8)[2] (OF-7)[2] (OF-6)[2]
Rank 空将
(統合幕僚長および航空幕僚長)
空将 空将補 1等空佐 2等空佐 3等空佐 1等空尉 2等空尉 3等空尉
English translation General
or
Army general[3]
(kūshō
serve as Chief of Staff
Lieutenant
general

or
Divisional general[3]
(kūshō)
Major
general

or
Brigade general[3]
(kūshōho)
Colonel Lieutenant
colonel
Major Captain First
lieutenant
Second
lieutenant
Insignia Type A
(甲階級章)
JASDF General insignia (a).svg
JASDF Lieutenant General insignia (a).svg
JASDF Major General insignia (a).svg
JASDF Colonel insignia (a).svg
JASDF Lieutenant Colonel insignia (a).svg
JASDF Major insignia (a).svg
JASDF Captain insignia (a).svg
JASDF First Lieutenant insignia (a).svg
JASDF Second Lieutenant insignia (a).svg
Insignia Type B
(乙階級章)
JASDF General insignia (b).svg
JASDF Lieutenant General insignia (b).svg
JASDF Major General insignia (b).svg
JASDF Colonel insignia (b).svg
JASDF Lieutenant Colonel insignia (b).svg
JASDF Major insignia (b).svg
JASDF Captain insignia (b).svg
JASDF First Lieutenant insignia (b).svg
JASDF Second Lieutenant insignia (b).svg
Insignia Miniature Type
(略章)
JASDF General insignia (miniature).svg
JASDF Lieutenant General insignia (miniature).svg
JASDF Major General insignia (miniature).svg
JASDF Colonel insignia (miniature).svg
JASDF Lieutenant Colonel insignia (miniature).svg
JASDF Major insignia (miniature).svg
JASDF Captain insignia (miniature).svg
JASDF First Lieutenant insignia (miniature).svg
JASDF Second Lieutenant insignia (miniature).svg
Usual Commanding Level Chief of Staff Major 
Command
Air Force Wing Group Squadron Flight Element 
or 
Section
Warrant Officer & Enlisted
(准尉および曹士)
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1 OR-D
Rank 准空尉 空曹長 1等空曹 2等空曹 3等空曹 空士長 1等空士 2等空士 自衛官候補生
English translation Warrant
Officer
Senior
master
sergeant
Master
sergeant
Technical
sergeant
Staff
sergeant
Airman
 first class
Airman
second class
Airman
third class
Self defence
official cadet
Insignia Type A
(甲階級章)
JASDF Warrant Officer insignia (a).svg
JASDF Senior Master Sergeant insignia (a).svg
JASDF Master Sergeant insignia (a).svg
JASDF Technical Sergeant insignia (a).svg
JASDF Staff Sergeant insignia (a).svg
JASDF Airman 1st Class insignia (a).svg
JASDF Airman 2nd Class insignia (a).svg
JASDF Airman 3rd Class insignia (a).svg
JASDF self defence official cadet insignia (a)1.svg


JASDF self defence official cadet insignia (a)2.svg
Insignia Type B
(乙階級章)
JASDF Warrant Officer insignia (b).svg
JASDF Senior Master Sergeant insignia (b).svg
JASDF Master Sergeant insignia (b).svg
JASDF Technical Sergeant insignia (b).svg
JASDF Staff Sergeant insignia (b).svg
JASDF Airman 1st Class insignia (b).svg
JASDF Airman 2nd Class insignia (b).svg
JASDF Airman 3rd Class insignia (b).svg
JASDF self defence official cadet insignia (b).svg
Insignia Miniature Type
(略章)
JASDF Warrant Officer insignia (miniature).svg
JASDF Senior Master Sergeant insignia (miniature).svg
JASDF Master Sergeant insignia (miniature).svg
JASDF Technical Sergeant insignia (miniature).svg
JASDF Staff Sergeant insignia (miniature).svg
JASDF Airman 1st Class insignia (miniature).svg
JASDF Airman 2nd Class insignia (miniature).svg
JASDF Airman 3rd Class insignia (miniature).svg
No insignia
Usual Commanding Level Element
or
Section
Detail No Commanding

See also

References

  1. ^ "自衛隊の階級" [Ranks of the JSDF]. 平成16年版 防衛白書 [Defense of Japan 2004] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japanese Defense Agency. 2004. p. 266. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-07-27. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Classified in consideration of personnel balance of foreign armed forces such as United States Armed Forces.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Another translation. (It corresponds to designations such as France and Italy. )
  4. ^ Divisional general serve as Chief of Staff( Le chef d'état-major de l'armée de terre japonaise en visite à Djibouti (French)

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