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An officer of three-star rank is a senior commander in many of the armed services holding a rank described by the NATO
NATO
code of OF-8. The term is also used by some armed forces which are not NATO
NATO
members. Typically, three-star officers hold the rank of vice admiral, lieutenant general, or in the case of those air forces with a separate rank structure, air marshal.

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1 Australian three-star ranks 2 Bangladesh three-star ranks 3 Brazil three-star ranks 4 Canadian three-maple-leaf ranks 5 Germany 6 Indian three-star ranks 7 Indonesian three-star ranks 8 Pakistan three-star ranks 9 Philippines three-star ranks 10 United Kingdom three-star ranks 11 United States three-star ranks 12 Russia and the USSR 13 See also 14 Notes 15 References

Australian three-star ranks[edit]

RAN vice admiral

Army lieutenant general

RAAF air marshal

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

Vice admiral
Vice admiral
( Royal Australian Navy
Royal Australian Navy
three-star rank) Lieutenant general
Lieutenant general
( Australian Army
Australian Army
three-star rank) Air marshal
Air marshal
( Royal Australian Air Force
Royal Australian Air Force
three-star rank)

Official rank insignia for Australian 'three-star' officers do not use stars in the same fashion as the United States. The RAN does incorporate stars into the hardboard rank insignia for flag-rank officers but this is in conjunction with other devices. Unofficial star rank insignia are sometimes worn when serving with or visiting other military organisations in order to facilitate equivalent rank recognition.[citation needed] The Chiefs of all three services within the Australian Defence Force hold three-star rank as well as three joint positions: Vice Chief of Defence Force (VCDF), Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS) and Chief Capability Development Group (CCDG). Bangladesh three-star ranks[edit]

Inspector general of Police ( Bangladesh Police
Bangladesh Police
three-star rank) Lieutenant general
Lieutenant general
( Bangladesh Army
Bangladesh Army
three-star rank) Vice admiral
Vice admiral
( Bangladesh Navy
Bangladesh Navy
three-star rank) Air marshal
Air marshal
( Bangladesh Air Force
Bangladesh Air Force
three-star rank)

Brazil three-star ranks[edit]

Brazilian general de divisão

General de Divisão ( Brazilian Army
Brazilian Army
three-star rank) Vice Almirante ( Brazilian Navy
Brazilian Navy
three-star rank) Major Brigadeiro ( Brazilian Air Force
Brazilian Air Force
three-star rank)

The three-star rank in Brazil is the second rank in a general career. The officers in this position are normally divisional commanders. Canadian three-maple-leaf ranks[edit]

Vice admiral
Vice admiral
/ vice-amiral ( Royal Canadian Navy
Royal Canadian Navy
three-star-equivalent rank) Lieutenant-general / lieutenant-général ( Canadian Army
Canadian Army
and Royal Canadian Air Force three-star-equivalent rank)

Three maple leaves appear with St. Edward's crown and crossed sabre and baton. Prince Charles holds the rank of vice-admiral in an honorary capacity. Before unification, the rank of air marshal was the three-star equivalent for the RCAF. Germany[edit] The equivalent modern German three-star ranks (OF-8) of the Bundeswehr are as follows:

Generalleutnant and Vizeadmiral Generaloberstabsarzt
Generaloberstabsarzt
and Admiraloberstabsarzt

Not to be confused with the Generalleutnant and Vizeadmiral
Vizeadmiral
(two-star ranks; OF-7) of the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
until 1945 or the National People's Army (East Germany) until 1990. Indian three-star ranks[edit]

Indian Navy
Indian Navy
Vice Admiral and car with three-stars.

Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
Air Marshal
Air Marshal
wearing both three-star and air marshal insignia

Air marshal
Air marshal
( Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
three-star rank)[1] Lieutenant general
Lieutenant general
( Indian Army
Indian Army
three-star rank)[1] Vice admiral
Vice admiral
( Indian Navy
Indian Navy
three-star rank)[1] Director general ( Indian Police Service
Indian Police Service
three-star rank)

Indonesian three-star ranks[edit]

Letnan Jendral (Lieutenant-General) - Indonesian Army
Indonesian Army
and Indonesian Marine Corps
Corps
three-star rank Laksamana Madya (Vice-Admiral) - Indonesian Navy
Indonesian Navy
and Indonesian Maritime Security Agency three-star rank Marsekal Madya (Air-Marshal) - Indonesian Air Force
Indonesian Air Force
three-star rank Komisaris Jenderal (Commissioner-General of the Police) - Indonesian National Police three-star rank

Letnan Jendral Army rank insignia

Laksamana Madya Navy rank insignia

Marsekal Madya Air Force rank insignia

Laksamana Madya Maritime Security Agency rank insignia

Komisaris Jenderal Police rank insignia

Pakistan three-star ranks[edit]

Inspector-General of the Police (Police Service of Pakistan) Lieutenant-General
Lieutenant-General
( Pakistan Army
Pakistan Army
three-star rank) Air-Marshal ( Pakistan Air Force
Pakistan Air Force
three-star rank) Vice-Admiral ( Pakistan Navy
Pakistan Navy
three-star rank)

Philippines three-star ranks[edit]

Lieutenant general
Lieutenant general
( Philippine Army
Philippine Army
three-star rank) Lieutenant general
Lieutenant general
( Philippine Air Force
Philippine Air Force
three-star rank) Vice admiral
Vice admiral
( Philippine Coast Guard
Philippine Coast Guard
three-star rank) Vice admiral
Vice admiral
( Philippine Navy
Philippine Navy
three-star rank) Deputy Commissioner (Bureau of Immigration three-star rank) Police Deputy Director General ( Philippine National Police
Philippine National Police
three-star rank)

United Kingdom three-star ranks[edit]

Vice admiral
Vice admiral
( Royal Navy
Royal Navy
three-star rank) Lieutenant general
Lieutenant general
( British Army
British Army
and Royal Marines
Royal Marines
three-star rank)[2] Air marshal
Air marshal
( Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
three-star rank)[3]

Royal Navy
Royal Navy
shoulder board (since 2001)

Lieutenant-General
Lieutenant-General
John Cooper wearing both three-star insignia and lieutenant general insignia

Air Marshal
Air Marshal
C N Harper wearing three-star insignia

United States three-star ranks[edit]

Lieutenant General Patton during World War II

Vice admiral
Vice admiral
(United States Navy, Coast Guard, Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
Corps
and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps, three-star rank) Lieutenant general
Lieutenant general
(United States Army, Marine Corps
Corps
and Air Force three-star rank)

A vice admiral typically commands a numbered fleet which is responsible for all naval ships within its area of responsibility. An Army or Marine Corps
Corps
lieutenant general typically commands a corps-sized unit (20,000 to 45,000 soldiers), while an Air Force lieutenant general commands a large Numbered Air Force
Numbered Air Force
consisting of several wings. Additionally, lieutenant generals and vice admirals of all services serve as high-level staff officers at various major command headquarters and the Pentagon, often as the heads of their departments. Russia and the USSR[edit] In the Russian and Soviet armies, the three-star rank is colonel-general (Russian: генерал-полковник) and full admiral (Russian: адмирал). This is a title that emerged during the early Soviet period. Most Warsaw Pact and Soviet-aligned countries adopted this rank. The rank is often held by commanders of the ground forces, chiefs of military academies and commanders of military districts. Colonel general is considered a stepping stone to the rank of general of the army, itself essential to achieving the high rank of marshal of the Russian Federation. This title also applies to three star officers of the air force, MVD, police and militia, internal troops, FSB/KGB, border guards and some others. In the navy, the three star rank is admiral (Russian: адмирал).[citation needed] See also[edit]

Corps
Corps
general Ranks and insignia of NATO Four-star rank Two-star rank

Notes[edit]

^ This rank insignia is not worn in all NATO
NATO
armed forces.

References[edit]

^ a b c Selections from Regional Press. Institute of Regional Studies. October 2007. p. 75.  ^ Officers' rank insignia, British Army
British Army
Website. Retrieved 2008-10-25. ^ RAF Glossary

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