OF-9
   HOME

TheInfoList



A four-star rank is the rank of any four-star officer described by the NATO OF-9 code. Four-star officers are often the most senior commanders in the armed services, having ranks such as (full)
admiral Admiral is one of the highest ranks in some navy, navies, and in many navies is the highest rank. In the Commonwealth of Nations, Commonwealth nations and the United States, a "full" admiral is equivalent to a "full" general officer, general in ...

admiral
, (full)
general A general officer is an officer of high rank in the armies, and in some nations' air forces, space forces, or marines Marines or naval infantry, are typically a military force trained to operate on Littoral Zone, littoral zone in suppo ...

general
,
colonel general Colonel general is a three-star rank, three or four-star rank in some armies, usually equivalent to that of a full general in other armies. North Korea and Russia have used the rank in that fashion throughout their histories. The rank is also clos ...
,
army general 125px, French insignia for'' général d'armée'' Army general is a title used in many countries to denote the rank of general nominally commanding an army in the field. Army general is normally the highest rank used in peacetime. The equivale ...
, or in the case of those air forces with a separate rank structure, air chief marshal. This designation is also used by some armed forces that are not
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 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 ...
(NATO) members.


Australia

In the
Australian Defence Force The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is the Armed forces, military organisation responsible for the defence of the Australia, Commonwealth of Australia and its national interests. It consists of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australian Army, R ...
, the following
ranks Rank is the relative position, value, worth, complexity, power, importance, authority, level, etc. of a person or object within a ranking, such as: Level or position in a hierarchical organization * Academic rank * Diplomatic rank * Hierarchy * Hi ...
of commissioned officers are awarded four-star ranks: *
Admiral Admiral is one of the highest ranks in some navy, navies, and in many navies is the highest rank. In the Commonwealth of Nations, Commonwealth nations and the United States, a "full" admiral is equivalent to a "full" general officer, general in ...
(
Royal Australian Navy The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is the navy, naval force of Australia. Following the Federation of Australia in 1901, the ships and resources of the separate Colonial navies of Australia, colonial navies were integrated into a national force, ca ...
four-star rank) *
General A general officer is an officer of high rank in the armies, and in some nations' air forces, space forces, or marines Marines or naval infantry, are typically a military force trained to operate on Littoral Zone, littoral zone in suppo ...
(
Australian Army The Australian Army is the military land force of Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a Sovereign state, sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australia (continent), Australian continent, the isla ...
four-star rank) * Air chief marshal (
Royal Australian Air Force "Through Adversity to the Stars" , colours = , colours_label = , march = Royal Australian Air Force March Past , mascot = , anniversaries ...
four-star rank) The four-star rank is reserved in Australia for the Chief of the Defence Force, the highest position in peacetime. In times of major conflict, the highest ranks are the
five-star rankImage:US-O11 insignia.svg, 150px, The insignia used by the United States of America generals and admirals of OF-10 rank. A five-star rank is the highest military rank, first established in the United States in 1944, with a five-star general insignia ...
s:
admiral of the fleet An admiral of the fleet or fleet admiral (equivalent rank to admiral of the navy Admiral of the Navy was the highest possible rank in the United States Navy ), (unofficial)."''Non sibi sed patriae''" ( en, "Not for self but for country") ...
,
field marshal Field marshal (or field-marshal, abbreviated as FM) is the most senior military rank, ordinarily senior to the general officer ranks. Usually it is the highest rank in an army and as such few persons are appointed to it. It is considered as a ...
, and
marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force Marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force (MRAAF) is the highest rank Rank is the relative position, value, worth, complexity, power, importance, authority, level, etc. of a person or object within a ranking, such as: Level or position in a hi ...
.


Bangladesh

*
General A general officer is an officer of high rank in the armies, and in some nations' air forces, space forces, or marines Marines or naval infantry, are typically a military force trained to operate on Littoral Zone, littoral zone in suppo ...
(
Bangladesh Army The Bangladesh Army ( bn, বাংলাদেশ সেনাবাহিনী, ''Bangladesh Senabahini'') is the Ground warfare, land warfare Military branch, branch and the largest component of the Bangladesh Armed Forces. The primary miss ...

Bangladesh Army
four-star rank) * Air chief marshal (
Bangladesh Air Force Bangladesh (, bn, :bn:বাংলাদেশ, বাংলাদেশ, ), officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh, is a country in South Asia. It is the List of countries and dependencies by population, eighth-most populous country ...

Bangladesh Air Force
four-star rank) *
Admiral Admiral is one of the highest ranks in some navy, navies, and in many navies is the highest rank. In the Commonwealth of Nations, Commonwealth nations and the United States, a "full" admiral is equivalent to a "full" general officer, general in ...
(
Bangladesh Navy The Bangladesh Navy ( bn, বাংলাদেশ নৌবাহিনী; ''Bangladesh Nou Bahini'') is the naval warfare branch of the Bangladesh Armed Forces, responsible for Bangladesh's of maritime territorial area, and the defence of im ...
four-star rank)


Brazil

* ''General de exército'' (
Brazilian Army ) , colors= Olive Green , march= ''Canção do Exército''( en, "Army Song") , mascot= Jaguar , equipment= 469 main battle tanks, 1,976 armored vehicles, 1,149 artillery pieces, 212 Self-propelled artillery Self-propelled artillery (als ...
four-star rank) * ''Almirante de esquadra'' (Brazilian Navy four-star rank) *:pt:Tenente-brigadeiro, ''Tenente brigadeiro'' (Brazilian Air Force four-star rank) The four-star rank is reserved in Brazil for the highest post in the military career. The officers in this position take part of the high command of their corporations. The commanders of army, navy and air force are also four-star generals, but they have precedence to all the others military in this rank.


Cambodia

*''Neay odom senei'' (
general A general officer is an officer of high rank in the armies, and in some nations' air forces, space forces, or marines Marines or naval infantry, are typically a military force trained to operate on Littoral Zone, littoral zone in suppo ...

general
) (Royal Cambodian Army, four-star rank) *''Neay odom neavi'' (
admiral Admiral is one of the highest ranks in some navy, navies, and in many navies is the highest rank. In the Commonwealth of Nations, Commonwealth nations and the United States, a "full" admiral is equivalent to a "full" general officer, general in ...

admiral
) (Royal Cambodian Navy, four-star rank) *''Neay odom senei'' (
general A general officer is an officer of high rank in the armies, and in some nations' air forces, space forces, or marines Marines or naval infantry, are typically a military force trained to operate on Littoral Zone, littoral zone in suppo ...

general
) (Royal Cambodian Air Force, four-star rank)


Canada

*Admiral (Canada), Admiral/''amiral'' (Canadian Forces officers authorized to wear naval uniform four-star-equivalent rank) *General (Canada), General/''général'' (Canadian Forces officers authorized to wear army and air force uniform four-star-equivalent rank) General/admiral is the highest rank within the Canadian Armed Forces as defined within the National Defence Act. Usually, only one officer, the Chief of the Defence Staff (Canada), Chief of the Defence Staff, carries the rank of full admiral or general at any one time. However, the Queen-in-Council, crown may authorize additional officers at that rank for special cases such as for Canadian officers in the position of Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, who are usually former Chiefs of the Defence Staff seconded to NATO for that duty. The Monarchy of Canada, Queen of Canada, Elizabeth II, is Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Armed Forces. However, in line with the Letters Patent, 1947, the duties and title of commander-in-chief are normally exercised by the Governor General of Canada. The Minister of National Defence (Canada), Minister of National Defence, since not a member of the Canadian forces nor within the military command hierarchy, chain of command, has no rank. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip held the four-star rank of admiral in the Royal Canadian Navy in an honorary capacity from 2011 until his death in April 2021. Before unification in 1968, the rank of air chief marshal (''maréchal en chef de l'air'') was the four-star equivalent for the Royal Canadian Air Force.


Germany

The equivalent modern Germany, German four-star ranks (OF-9) of the ''Bundeswehr'' are as follows: * General (Germany), General * Admiral (Germany), Admiral Not to be confused with ''Generaloberst'' and ''Generaladmiral'', the ''Wehrmacht'' and'' Kriegsmarine'' equivalent until 1945, or ''Armeegeneral'' and ''Flottenadmiral'', the ''National People's Army'' (NVA) and ''Volksmarine'' (German Democratic Republic, East Germany) equivalent until 1990.


India

*General (India), General Indian Army four-star rank * Admiral (India), Admiral Indian Navy four-star rank * Air Chief Marshal (India), Air chief marshal Indian Air Force four-star rank These four star rank officers from respective services are appointed as Chiefs of the Army (Chief of the Army Staff (India), COAS), Navy (Chief of the Naval Staff (India), CNS), Air Force (Chief of the Air Staff (India), CAS). A four star rank officer from either service is appointed to the post of Chief of Defence Staff (India), Chief of Defence Staff.


Indonesia

*''Jenderal'' (general) – Indonesian Army, Indonesian Marine Corps and Indonesian National Police four-star rank *''Laksamana'' (admiral) – Indonesian Navy four-star rank *''Marsekal'' (air chief marshal) – Indonesian Air Force four-star rank


Italy

*''Generale di Corpo d'Armata con Incarichi Speciali'' (general with special duties) – Chief-of-Staff of the Italian Army *''Ammiraglio di Squadra con Incarichi Speciali'' (admiral with special duties) – Chief-of-Staff of the Italian Navy *''Generale di Squadra Aerea con Incarichi Speciali'' (general with special duties) – Chief-of-Staff of the Italian Air Force *''Generale di Corpo d'Armata Comandante Generale'' (commander general) – Commander of the Carabinieri


Japan

*General or Admiral - - Japan Self-Defense Forces four-star rank.   *General – – Japan Ground Self-Defense Force four-star rank *Admiral – – Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force four-star rank *General – – Japan Air Self-Defense Force four-star rank The rank designations of general and admiral are merely the status and treatment of the position of chief of staff, with lieutenant general and vice admiral being the highest ranks.


Nepal

In Nepal the Chief of Army Staff (Nepal), Chief of the Army Staff holds a four-star rank.


Pakistan

*General, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (Four-star rank) *General, Pakistan Army (Four-star rank) *Admiral, Pakistan Navy (Four-star rank) *Air Chief Marshal, Pakistan Air Force (Four star rank)


Portugal

* General officer, General (Portuguese Air Force four-star rank) * Admiral (Portuguese Navy four-star rank) * General officer, General (Portuguese Army four-star rank) See also: * Military ranks of Portugal, Military Ranks of Portugal


Sri Lanka

*In Sri Lanka Armed Forces only the Chief of the Defence Staff (Sri Lanka), Chief of the Defence Staff can hold a full general or full admiral or air chief marshal rank.


Sweden

* Admiral (Sweden), Admiral (Swedish Navy) * General (Sweden), General (Swedish Army, Swedish Air Force, Swedish Amphibious Corps) See also: * Military ranks of the Swedish Armed Forces


Philippines

*Admiral (Philippine Navy four-star rank) *General (Philippine Army four-star rank) *General (Philippine Air Force four-star rank) *Admiral (Philippine Coast Guard four-star rank)


United Kingdom

*Admiral (Royal Navy), Admiral (Royal Navy four-star rank) *General (United Kingdom), General (British Army and Royal Marines four-star rank) * Air chief marshal (Royal Air Force four-star rank)RAF Glossary
, "Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation", rafweb.org See also: *List of Royal Navy admirals *List of Royal Marines full generals *List of British Army full generals *List of Royal Air Force air chief marshals


United States

*Admiral (United States), Admiral (United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, Coast Guard, United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps, NOAA Corps four-star rank) *General (United States), General (United States Army, United States Marine Corps, Marine Corps, United States Air Force, Air Force, and United States Space Force, Space Force four-star rank) See also: *List of active duty United States four-star officers *List of United States Navy four-star admirals *List of United States Coast Guard four-star admirals *List of United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps four-star admirals *List of United States Army four-star generals *List of United States Marine Corps four-star generals *List of United States Air Force four-star generals *List of United States Space Force four-star generals


Former USSR and Russia

*''Army General (USSR), General armii'' (infantry and marines of the Red Army, Russian Russian Ground Forces, Army and Russian Air Force, Air Force four-star rank) *''Chief Marshal, Glavnii marshal'' and ''Chief Marshal#Marshal, marshal'' (four-star equivalents of the Soviet Air Force, and of the other branches of the Red Army) *''Admiral of the Fleet (USSR), Admiral flota'' (four star equivalent of the Soviet Navy, Soviet and the Russian Navy, Russian navies) While the ''general armii'' wore shoulder insignia with four small stars, the ''marshal'' and ''admiral flota'' wore one single large star on their shoulder boards, and the ''glavnii marshal'' the same large star with a laurel wreath, very similar to the modern army general insignia of the Russian Army. Upon their formation, the Russian armed forces discontinued the ranks of ''marshal'' and ''glavnii marshal''.


See also

*Ranks and insignia of NATO *General officer *Five-star rank *Three-star rank


Notes


References

{{DEFAULTSORT:Four-star rank Military ranks Four-star officers,