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British Military Ranks

British Army/ Royal Marines

Royal Navy

Royal Air Force

General **** Admiral **** Air Chief Marshal ****l
Lieutenant General *** Vice Admiral *** Air Marshall ***
Major General ** Rear Admiral ** Air Vice Marshal **l
Brigadier * Commodore * Air Commodore *
Colonel Captain Goup Captain
Lieutenant Colonel Commander Wing Commander
Major Lieutenant Commander Squadron Leader
Captain Lieutenant Flight Lieutenant
 Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Flying Officer
2nd Lieutenant Midshipman Pilot Officer
     
Non-Commissioned:    
Warrant Officer 1st Class Warrant Officer  Warrant Officer
Warrant Officer 2nd Class   Flight Sergeant
Staff/Colour Sergeant Chief Petty Officer Chief Technician
Sergeant Petty Officer Sergeant
Corporal Leading Rate Corporal
Lance Corporal    
Private Able Rate Leading Aircraftsman Senior Aircraftsman      Junior Technician

 

Updated December 2002

  Notes: 
  1. The historical ranks of Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal, and Marshal of the Royal Air Force, all 5-star ranks, have been abolished.
  1. Within the second section of WO, Non-commissioned Officers, ratings and other ranks descriptions of personnel ranks and their associated abbreviations vary considerably from between branches and even trades.

 

     
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