The Info List - One-star Rank

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An officer of one-star rank is a senior commander in many of the armed services holding a rank described by the NATO
code of OF-6. The term is also used by some armed forces which are not NATO
members. Typically, one-star officers hold the rank of commodore, flotilla admiral, brigadier general, brigadier, or in the case of those air forces with a separate rank structure, air commodore. Officers of one-star rank are either the most junior of the flag, general and air officer ranks, or are not considered to hold the distinction at all. Specifically, in many navies, one-star officers are not considered to be flag officers, although this is not always the case. The army and air force rank of brigadier general is, by definition, a general officer rank. However, the equivalent rank of brigadier is usually not designated as a general officer. The air force rank of air commodore is always considered to be an air-officer rank.


1 Australian one-star ranks 2 Canadian one–maple-leaf ranks 3 German one-star ranks 4 Indian one-star ranks 5 Indonesian one-star rank ranks 6 Pakistani one-star ranks 7 Philippine one-star ranks 8 United Kingdom one-star ranks 9 United States one-star ranks 10 Other naval one-star ranks 11 See also 12 References

Australian one-star ranks[edit]

Australian Defence Forces rank insignia

RAN commodore

Army brigadier

RAAF air commodore

In the Australian Defence Force
Australian Defence Force
the following ranks of commissioned officers are awarded one-star ranks:

Commodore ( Royal Australian Navy
Royal Australian Navy
one-star rank) Brigadier
( Australian Army
Australian Army
one-star rank) Air commodore
Air commodore
( Royal Australian Air Force
Royal Australian Air Force
one-star rank)

Canadian one–maple-leaf ranks[edit]

Commodore ( Royal Canadian Navy
Royal Canadian Navy
one-star-equivalent rank) Brigadier-general/brigadier-général ( Canadian Army
Canadian Army
and Royal Canadian Air Force one-star-equivalent rank)

The maple leaf appears with St. Edward's crown and crossed sabre and baton. Before unification in 1968, the rank of air commodore was the one-star rank equivalent for the Royal Canadian Air Force, and brigadier for the Canadian Army. German one-star ranks[edit] Army and Air Force:

Brigadegeneral (brigadier general) Generalarzt
("surgeon general") Generalapotheker ("pharmacist general")


Flottillenadmiral ("flotilla admiral") Admiralarzt ("surgeon admiral") Admiralapotheker ("pharmacist admiral")

Indian one-star ranks[edit]

This car has one star (on the blue box), indicating that it belongs to a one-star ranking Indian police officer.

Air commodore
Air commodore
( Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
one-star rank) Brigadier
( Indian Army
Indian Army
one-star rank) Commodore ( Indian Navy
Indian Navy
one-star rank) Deputy inspector-general ( Indian Police Service
Indian Police Service
one-star rank)

Indonesian one-star rank ranks[edit]

Brigadir Jendral (Brigadier-General) - Indonesian Army, Indonesian Marine Corps and Indonesian National Police
Indonesian National Police
one-star rank Laksamana Pertama (Commodore) - Indonesian Navy
Indonesian Navy
and Indonesian Maritime Security Agency one-star rank Marsekal Pertama (Air commodore) - Indonesian Air Force
Indonesian Air Force
one-star rank

Pakistani one-star ranks[edit]

Pakistani air commodore 's rank insignia.

Deputy inspector general of police ( Pakistan Police
Pakistan Police
one-star rank) Air commodore
Air commodore
( Pakistan Air Force
Pakistan Air Force
one-star rank) Brigadier
( Pakistan Army
Pakistan Army
one-star rank) Commodore ( Pakistan Navy
Pakistan Navy
one-star rank)

Philippine one-star ranks[edit]

General ( Philippine Army
Philippine Army
one-star rank) Brigadier
General ( Philippine Air Force
Philippine Air Force
one-star rank) Commodore ( Philippine Coast Guard
Philippine Coast Guard
one-star rank) Commodore ( Philippine Navy
Philippine Navy
one-star rank) Police Chief Superintendent ( Philippine National Police
Philippine National Police
one-star rank) Fire Chief Superintendent ( Bureau of Fire Protection
Bureau of Fire Protection
one-star rank) Jail Chief Superintendent (Bureau of Jail Management and Penology one-star rank)

United Kingdom one-star ranks[edit]

Commodore ( Royal Navy
Royal Navy
one-star rank) Brigadier
( British Army
British Army
and Royal Marines
Royal Marines
one-star rank)[1] Air commodore
Air commodore
( Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
one-star rank)[2]

United States one-star ranks[edit]

A Brigadier
General of U.S., having one star on his collar

Rear admiral (lower half) (United States Navy, Coast Guard, Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps one-star rank) Brigadier general
Brigadier general
(United States Army, Marines and Air Force one-star rank)

Other naval one-star ranks[edit] In the modern naval services of Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Sweden, the one-star rank is flotilla admiral. See also[edit]

Ranks and insignia of NATO Two-star rank


^ British Army
British Army
- Ranks ^ RAF Glossary Archived 2008-04-13 at the Wayback Machine.

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By star ranks

Six-star rank
Six-star rank
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