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Other ranks (ORs) in the
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, and in the armies and air forces of many other
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countries and the
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, are those personnel who are not
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, usually including
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s (NCOs). In the
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, these personnel are called "
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" rather than "other ranks".
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is the equivalent term for the
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. Colloquially, members of the other ranks are known as "rankers". The term is often considered to exclude
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warrant officer
s, and occasionally also excludes NCOs. Formally, a regiment consists of the "officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men" or the "officers, warrant officers and other ranks".Roll of Honour of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment
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British other ranks


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See also

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British Army other ranks rank insignia The term used to refer to all ranks below British Army officer rank insignia, officers in the British Army and the Royal Marines is "Other ranks (UK), other ranks" (abbreviated "ORs"). It includes warrant officers, non-commissioned officers ("N ...
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Royal Navy ratings rank insignia This is a list of British Royal Navy ratings rank insignia. Insignia Royal Navy Royal Marines Trade (branch) badges Ratings in the Royal Navy include trade badges on the right sleeve to indicate a specific job. The information on the left arm i ...
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RAF other ranks The term used in the Royal Air Force The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the United Kingdom's Air force, air and space force. It was formed towards the end of the World War I, First World War on 1 April 1918, becoming the first independent air for ...


References

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