The Info List - Second Lieutenant

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Second lieutenant (called lieutenant in some countries) is a junior commissioned officer military rank in many armed forces, comparable to NATO OF-1b rank.


1 Australia 2 Canada 3 France 4 Greece 5 Indonesia 6 Israel 7 New Zealand 8 Norway 9 Pakistan 10 United Kingdom & other Commonwealth countries 11 United States 12 Insignia 13 See also 14 References

Australia[edit] The rank of second lieutenant existed in the military forces of the Australian colonies and Australian Army
Australian Army
until 1986. In the colonial forces, which closely followed the practices of the British military, the rank of second lieutenant began to replace ranks such as Ensign and Cornet from 1871. New appointments to the rank of second lieutenant ceased in the Regular Army in 1986.[1] Immediately prior to this change, the rank had been effectively reserved for new graduates from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea which closed in 1985. (Graduates of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College, Duntroon
Royal Military College, Duntroon
are commissioned as lieutenants.)[2][3] In the rank structure of the Royal Australian Navy
Royal Australian Navy
the equivalent of second lieutenant is Acting Sub-Lieutenant. The Royal Australian Air Force, which generally uses the rank system of the British Royal Air Force, maintains the rank of Pilot Officer – the equivalent of second lieutenant. Canada[edit] The Canadian Forces
Canadian Forces
adopted the rank with insignia of a single gold ring around the service dress uniform cuff for both army and air personnel upon unification in 1968 until the late 2000s.[4][5] For a time, naval personnel used this rank but reverted to the Royal Canadian Navy rank of acting sub-lieutenant, though the CF green uniform was retained until the mid-1980s. Currently, the Canadian Army insignia for second lieutenant is a pip and the Royal Canadian Air Force insignia for lieutenant is one thick braid. The equivalent rank for the Royal Canadian Navy
Royal Canadian Navy
is acting sub-lieutenant. Also known as an Ensign in the Foot Guards
Foot Guards
units. ( Canadian Grenadier Guards
Canadian Grenadier Guards
& Governor General's Foot Guards
Governor General's Foot Guards
) France[edit] The insignia consists of a metal-colored bar in accordance with the color of the ceremonial uniform buttons and hat's symbol. For example, for the infantry, gold being the metal of the ceremonial dress' buttons, the symbol on the képi being a golden grenade with two crossed rifles, therefore the Sous-Lieutenant's insignia is a gold-colored bar. For cavalry or forest rangers (light infantry mobilised from the Water and Forests Corp), ceremonial dress' buttons were silver, as was the hunting horn on the forest commissioned officer's képi, therefore the Sous-Lieutenant's insignia is a silver-colored bar. Greece[edit] Main article: Anthypolochagos The insignia consists of a single silver star (or a star and a bar for reserve officers). Officers holding this rank should be addressed as "Kyrie Anthypolochage" (Κύριε Ανθυπολοχαγέ) by their subordinates, or "Anthypolochage + family name" by their superior officers. Indonesia[edit] Main article: Indonesian military ranks

The second lieutenant rank insignia of the Indonesian Army

In Indonesia, "second lieutenant" is known as letnan dua (letda) which is the most junior ranked officer in the Indonesian Military. Cadets who graduate from the Indonesian Military
Indonesian Military
Academy achieve this rank as young officers. Senior non-commissioned officers promoted to becoming commissioned officers go to the officer's candidate school (Sekolah Calon Perwira) in Bandung
to achieve the second lieutenant rank. The lieutenant rank has two levels, which are second lieutenant (Letda) and First lieutenant
First lieutenant
(Lettu). Lieutenants in Indonesia
usually command a platoon level of troops and are referred to as "danton" abbreviated from komandan pleton (platoon commander) in Indonesian. Israel[edit] Further information: Israel Defense Forces
Israel Defense Forces
ranks Since 1951 in the Israel Defense Forces
Israel Defense Forces
(סגן-משנה (סג"מ segen mishne (sagam) has been equivalent to a second lieutenant (NATO OF-1). From 1948 – 1951 the corresponding rank was that of a (סגן) segen, which since 1951 has been equivalent to lieutenant. Segen mishne means "junior lieutenant" and segen literally translates as "assistant". Typically it is the rank of a platoon commander. Note that the IDF uses this rank across all three of its services. New Zealand[edit] Like many other Commonwealth countries, the rank structures of the New Zealand Defence Force usually follow British traditions. Hence the New Zealand Army maintains a rank of second lieutenant and the Royal New Zealand Air Force has its exact equivalent, Pilot Officer. However, the Royal New Zealand Navy
Royal New Zealand Navy
breaks with British tradition and uses the name ensign for its most junior commissioned officer rank (rather than the usual equivalents, such as acting sub-lieutenant or second lieutenant). Norway[edit] The equivalent rank in Norway (O-1) is "fenrik". This is the first rank, where they are commanding officer. Fenriks are usually former experienced sergeants but to become a fenrik one has to go through officer's training and education. Fenriks fill roles as second in command within a platoon. Fenriks are in some cases executive officers. Most fenriks have finished the War Academy as well, and are fully trained officers. To qualify for the Military Academy, Fenriks are required to do minimum 6 months service in international missions, before or after graduation. Pakistan[edit] The Pakistan Army
Pakistan Army
follows the British pattern of ranks. A second lieutenant is represented by one metal pip on each shoulder in case of "khaki uniform" and one four quadric[clarification needed] printed star on the chest in case of camouflage combat dress. However a second lieutenant in the Pakistan Army
Pakistan Army
is usually promoted to lieutenant 6 months after commissioning. United Kingdom & other Commonwealth countries [edit] The rank of second lieutenant (2Lt; colloquially known as a one-pip) was introduced throughout the British Army
British Army
in 1877 to replace the short-lived rank of sub-lieutenant, although it had long been used in the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Fusilier
and Rifle regiments. At first the rank bore no distinct insignia. In 1902, a single Bath star (now commonly referred to as a pip) was introduced; the ranks of lieutenant and captain had their number of stars increased by one to (respectively) two and three. The rank is also used by the Royal Marines. New British Army
British Army
officers are normally commissioned as second lieutenants at the end of their commissioning course at RMA Sandhurst, and continue with specific training with their units, often with mentoring from senior NCOs. Progression to lieutenant rank usually occurs after about a year. In the British armed forces, second lieutenant is a rank which is not used as a form of address. Instead a second lieutenant named, for example, Smith is addressed and referred to as Mr Smith, with the exception that the alternative titles ensign and cornet are still used verbally in the Foot Guards
Foot Guards
and the Blues and Royals[6] respectively. As these form six of the seven regiments that comprise the Household Division, the Life Guards are therefore the only Household regiment to which the exception does not apply. In the Royal Air Force, the comparable rank is pilot officer. The Royal Navy
Royal Navy
has no exact equivalent rank, and a second lieutenant is senior to a Royal Navy
Royal Navy
midshipman but junior to a sub-lieutenant. United States[edit] In the United States, second lieutenant is the normal entry-level rank for most commissioned officers in the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps and is equivalent to the rank of ensign in the Navy and Coast Guard. In the Army and Marine Corps, a second lieutenant typically leads a platoon-size element (16 to 44 soldiers or Marines). In the army, until December 1917, the rank bore no insignia other than a brown sleeve braid on blouses and an officer's cap device and hat cord. In December 1917, a gold-colored bar similar to the silver-colored bar of a first lieutenant was introduced. In US military slang, the rank is sometimes called "butterbar" in reference to the insignia.[7] In the Air Force, depending upon the career field, a second lieutenant (2d Lt) may supervise flights (of varying sizes) as a flight leader or deputy flight leader, or may work in a variety of administrative positions at the squadron, group, or wing level. A significant number of Air Force second lieutenants are full-time flight students in training for eventual designation as USAF pilots, combat systems officers or air battle managers. Insignia[edit] The following are a selection of second lieutenant rank insignia, attempting to illustrate the range of variation (and similarity) between the insignia. Note that although many air forces use the rank of second lieutenant, in most Commonwealth air forces the equivalent rank of pilot officer is used. Very few navies use the rank "second lieutenant".

Australia Bulgaria Canada Denmark France Georgia Germany Greece India Indonesia Iran Ireland Italy Mexico Pakistan Russia Thailand UK US US (1959–2014)


Air force Pilot officer

Pilot officer

Pilot officer

Pilot officer Pilot officer

Naval infantry

Forest & Environment Corps

native designation


Letnan Dua


Note: U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) second lieutenant insignia bars have squared off edges.[8] See also[edit]

British Army
British Army
officer rank insignia Comparative military ranks Cornet (military rank) U.S. Army officer rank insignia Military ranks of Ukraine


^ http://www.home.netspeed.com.au/heritagehorse/images/rank%20in%20aust%20army%202003%20extract.pdf ^ "Commissioned Officer Ranks". Australian Army. Retrieved 18 August 2016.  ^ "General Service Officer". Defence Jobs. Defence Force Recruiting. Retrieved 18 August 2016.  ^ Navy marks centennial by reinstating 'executive curl' http://www.ctvnews.ca/navy-marks-centennial-by-reinstating-executive-curl-1.508191 ^ Canadian Army
Canadian Army
goes back to the future with return to British-style ranks and designations https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/07/08/canadian_army_goes_back_to_the_future_with_return_to_britishstyle_ranks_and_designations.html ^ "The Household Cavalry Command Structure - Forms of Address". householdcavalry.info. Enasec Ltd. Retrieved 18 November 2016. In The Blues And Royals, the most junior Officer rank (equivalent to 2nd Lieutenant) is known as "Cornet".  ^ Dalzell, Tom (2009). The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English. Taylor & Francis. p. 154. ISBN 978-0-415-37182-7.  ^ Marine Corps Uniform Regulations MARINE CORPS ORDER P1020.34G W/CH 1-5, CHAPTER 4. INSIGNIA AND REGULATIONS FOR WEAR, Sec. 4005. INSIGNIA OF GRADE, OFFICERS, Para. 2. Description by Grade, h. Captain, i. First Lieutenant, & j. Second Lieutenant
(p. 4-25) and Figure 4-11. Officers' Grade Insignia (Shoulder/Collar) (p. 4-21)

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Commissioned officer ranks of the British Armed Forces

NATO rank code Student officer OF-1 OF-2 OF-3 OF-4 OF-5 OF-6 * OF-7 ** OF-8 *** OF-9 **** OF-10 *****

Royal Navy O Cdt Mid SLt Lt Lt Cdr Cdr Capt Cdre RAdm (list) VAdm (list) Adm (list) Adm of the Fleet

Royal Marines O Cdt 2Lt Lt Capt Maj Lt Col Col Brig Maj-Gen Lt-Gen Gen (list) Capt-Gen

Army O Cdt 2Lt Lt Capt Maj Lt Col Col Brig Maj-Gen (list) Lt-Gen (list) Gen (list) Fd Mshl

Royal Air Force Off Cdt / SO APO / Plt Off Fg Off Flt Lt Sqn Ldr Wg Cdr Gp Capt Air Cdre AVM Air Mshl Air Chf Mshl (list) Mshl of the RAF

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Commissioned officer ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces

NATO rank code Student Officer OF-1 OF-2 OF-3 OF-4 OF-5 OF-6 * OF-7 ** OF-8 *** OF-9 **** OF-10 *****

Royal Canadian Navy NCdt A/SLt SLt Lt(N) LCdr Cdr Capt(N) Cmdre RAdm VAdm Adm Not used

Canadian Army OCdt 2Lt Lt Capt Maj LCol Col BGen MGen LGen Gen Not used

Royal Canadian Air Force OCdt 2Lt Lt Capt Maj LCol Col BGen MGen LGen Gen Not used

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United States
United States
uniformed services commissioned officer and officer candidate ranks

Pay grade / branch of service Officer candidate O-1 O-2 O-3 O-4 O-5 O-6 O-7 O-8 O-9 O-10 O-11 Special grade

Insignia [1]


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Marine Corps Midn / Cand 2ndLt 1stLt Capt Maj LtCol Col BGen MajGen LtGen Gen [5] [5]


Air Force Cadet / OT / OC 2d Lt 1st Lt Capt Maj Lt Col Col Brig Gen Maj Gen Lt Gen Gen GAF[3] [5]




[1] No universal insignia for officer candidate rank; Navy candidate insignia shown [2]Official 1945 proposal for General of the Armies
General of the Armies
insignia; John J. Pershing's GAS insignia: ; George Dewey's Admiral
of the Navy insignia: [3] Rank used for specific officers in wartime only, not permanent addition to rank structure [4] Grade is authorized by the U.S. Code for use but has not been created [5] Grade has never been created or authorized [6] USAF and U.S. Army insignia shown

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United States
United States
warrant officer ranks

W-1 W-2 W-3 W-4 W-5







Marine Corps












Air Force






Coast Guard




CWO4 [2]

PHS Corps

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NOAA Corps

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[1] Grade inactive [2] Grade is authorized for use by U.S. Code but has not been created [3] Grade never cre