HOME

TheInfoList




Ranks and insignia of NATO are combined military insignia used by the member countries of the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO, ; french: Organisation du traité de l'Atlantique nord, ), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 European and North American countries. Th ...
. The rank scale is used for specifying posts within NATO.


Definitions

NATO maintains a "standard rank scale" in an attempt to match every member country's military rank to corresponding ranks used by the other members. The rank categories were established in a 1978 document entitled
STANAG In , a Standardization Agreement (STANAG, : STANAG agreement) defines processes, procedures, terms, and conditions for common or technical procedures or equipment between the member countries of the alliance. Each NATO state ratifies a STANAG and ...
2116 (formally titled ''NATO Codes for Grades of Military Personnel''). There are two scales, though not all member countries use all the points on the NATO scales and some have more than one rank at some points (e.g. many forces have two ranks at OF-1, usually
lieutenant A lieutenant ( or abbreviated Lt., Lt, LT, Lieut and similar) is a commissioned officer An officer is a person who holds a position of authority as a member of an armed force A military, also known collectively as armed forces, i ...

lieutenant
s):


Officer ranks

* OF1–OF10 (bottom to top) are used for
commissioned officer An officer is a person who holds a position of authority as a member of an armed force A military, also known collectively as armed forces, is a heavily armed, highly organized force primarily intended for warfare. It is typically author ...
s ("officer / officier").


Warrant officers

* Most countries do not have an intermediate tier of ranks between officers and other ranks (see below). The exception is the United States, and the NATO warrant officer grades of WO1–WO5 (bottom to top) are used only for warrant officer ranks of the US military. In other countries with "warrant officer" ranks, they are considered part of other ranks. (For example, a British Army WO1 has the NATO code OR-9.)


Other ranks

* OR1–OR9 (bottom to top) are used for all other ranks ("other ranks/''sous-officiers et militaires du rang''"), including
non-commissioned officers A non-commissioned officer (NCO) is a military officer who has not earned a commission. Non-commissioned officers usually obtain their position of authority by promotion through the enlisted ranks. (Non-officers, which includes most or all enli ...
and privates.


Comparison to US system

The numbers in the system broadly correspond to the U.S. uniformed services pay grades, with OR-x replacing E-x and WO-x replacing W-x. The main difference is in the commissioned officer ranks, where the US system recognises two ranks at OF-1 level (O-1 and O-2), meaning that all O-x numbers after O-1 are one point higher on the US scale than they are on the NATO scale (e.g. a
major Major is a military rank Military ranks are a system of hierarchical A hierarchy (from the Greek: , from , 'president of sacred rites') is an arrangement of items (objects, names, values, categories, etc.) in which the items are repre ...

major
is OF-3 on the NATO scale and O-4 on the US scale).


Ranks and insignia of member armed forces

;Army * Ranks and insignia of NATO member army officers * Ranks and insignia of NATO army enlisted ;Air Force * Ranks and insignia of NATO member air force officers * Ranks and insignia of NATO member air forces enlisted ;Navy * Ranks and insignia of NATO member navies officers * Ranks and insignia of NATO member navies enlisted


See also

*
Comparative military ranks In general linguistics, the comparative is a syntactic construction that serves to express a comparison between two (or more) entities or groups of entities in quality or degree - see also comparison (grammar) Comparison is a feature in the morp ...


References


Citations


Sources

* * * * {{NATO