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Belgian Military Ranks

The following are the ranks and insignia of the Belgian Armed Forces. [1][2]

Depending on the uniform being worn (there are three: ceremonial, working, and operational)[3] - rank badges are worn in various places: in the middle of the chest, on the shoulders, at the wrists, etc.

The ranks are given in English, Dutch, French, and German (the three official languages of Belgium).

Officers

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the army, navy, air force and Medical component respectively.

NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
Opperofficieren - Officiers généraux Hoofdofficieren - Officiers supérieurs Lagere officieren - Officiers subalternes
 Belgian Land Component
()
No equivalent Army-BEL-OF-09.svg Army-BEL-OF-08.svg Army-BEL-OF-07.svg Army-BEL-OF-06.svg Army-BEL-OF-05.svg Army-BEL-OF-04.svg Army-BEL-OF-03.svg Army-BEL-OF-02a.svg Army-BEL-OF-02b.svg Army-BEL-OF-01a.svg Army-BEL-OF-01b.svg Belgium Land Component OF(D).png No equivalent
General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier general Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Senior Captain Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Brigadegeneraal Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein-commandant Kapitein Luitenant Onderluitenant Aspirant
Général Lieutenant général Général-major Général de Brigade Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Capitaine-commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant Aspirant
General Generalleutnant Generalmajor Brigadegeneral Oberst Oberstleutnant Major Stabshauptmann Hauptmann Leutnant Unterleutnant Aspirant
 Belgian Navy
()
No equivalent Generic-Navy-O11.svg Generic-Navy-O10.svg Generic-Navy-O9.svg Generic-Navy-O8.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O6.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O2.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg No equivalent Belgium Sea Component OF(D).png
Admiral Vice-Admiral Divisional Admiral Flotilla Admiral Captain at sea Frigate captain Corvette captain Lieutenant at sea, 1st class Lieutenant at sea Ensign at sea Ensign at sea, 2nd class Officer Cadet
Admiraal Vice-admiraal Divisieadmiraal Flottieljeadmiraal Kapitein-ter-zee Fregatkapitein Korvetkapitein Luitenant-ter-zee 1ste klasse Luitenant-ter-zee Vaandrig-ter-zee Vaandrig-ter-zee 2de klasse Aspirant der marine
Amiral Vice-amiral Amiral de division Amiral de flottille Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau de 1re classe Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe Aspirant de marine
Admiral Vizeadmiral Divisionsadmiral Flotillenadmiral Kapitän zur See Fregattenkapitän Korvettenkapitän Linienschiffsleutnant 1. klasse Linienschiffsleutnant Seefahnrich Seefahnrich 2. klasse Aspirant von marine
 Belgian Air Component
()
No equivalent BE-Air Force-OF9.svg BE-Air Force-OF8.svg BE-Air Force-OF7.svg BE-Air Force-OF6.svg BE-Air Force-OF5.svg BE-Air Force-OF4.svg BE-Air Force-OF3.svg BE-Air Force-OF2a.svg BE-Air Force-OF2b.svg BE-Air Force-OF1a.svg BE-Air Force-OF1b.svg No equivalent Belgium Air Component OF(D).png
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Senior Captain Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Brigadegeneraal Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein-commandant Kapitein Luitenant Onderluitenant Aspirant
Général Lieutenant général Général-major Général de Brigade Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Capitaine-commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant Aspirant
General Generalleutnant Generalmajor Brigadegeneral Oberst Oberstleutnant Major Stabshauptmann Hauptmann Leutnant Unterleutnant Aspirant
Belgium Belgium No equivalent
OF-7 BEL Med comp Generaal-majoor.gif OF-6 BEL Med comp Brigade-generaal.gif OF-5 BEL Med comp Kolonel.gif OF-4 BEL Med comp Luitenant-kolonel.gif OF-3 BEL Med comp majoor.gif OF-3 BEL Med comp kapiteincommandant.gif OF-2 BEL Med comp kapitein.gif OF-1 BEL Med comp luitenant.gif OLt-MC.jpg No equivalent Belgium Medical Component OF(D).png
Generaal-majoor Brigadegeneraal Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein-commandant Kapitein Luitenant Onderluitenant Aspirant
Général-major Général de brigade Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Capitaine-commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant Aspirant
Generalmajor Brigadegeneral Oberst Oberstleutnant Major Stabshauptmann Hauptmann Leutnant Unterleutnant Aspirant


NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer

Note:

  • Officer-cadets at the Royal Military Academy wear the ranks of second lieutenant with the insignia of the Academy above the rank insignia.
  • The ranks of navy admiral and air force general were created in 2002

Non-commissioned officers

NATO
code
Army component Air component Navy component Medical component
Senior non-commissioned officers - Hoofdonderofficieren - Sous-officiers supérieurs - Hochrangigeunteroffiziere
OR-9 Chief warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-majoor
French: Adjudant-major
German: Stabsadjutant

Army-BEL-OR-09a.svg Chief warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-majoor
French: Adjudant-major
German: Majoradjutant

BE-Air Force-OR9a.svg Chief principal master
Dutch: Oppermeester-chef
French: Maître-principal-chef
German: Chefhauptmeister

Navy-BEL-OR-09a maitre principal chef.svg Chief warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-majoor
French: Adjudant-major
German: Majoradjutant

OR-9 BEL med comp adjudant-major.png
OR-9 Master warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-chef
French: Adjudant-chef
German: Oberadjutant

Army-BEL-OR-09b.svg Master warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-chef
French: Adjudant-chef
German: Chefadjutant

BE-Air Force-OR9b.svg Principal master
Dutch: Oppermeester
French: Maître-principal
German: Hauptmeister

Navy-BEL-OR-09b maitre principal.svg Master warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-chef
French: Adjudant-chef
German: Chefadjutant

OR-9 BEL med comp adjudant-chef.png
Elite non-commissioned officers - Keuronderofficieren - Sous-officiers d'élite - Eliteunteroffiziere
OR-8 Warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant
French: Adjudant
German: Adjudant

Army-BEL-OR-08.svg Warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant
French: Adjudant
German: Adjudant

BE-Air Force-OR8.svg 1st master chief
Dutch: 1ste meester-chef
French: 1e maître-chef
German: Erster Chefmeister

Navy-BEL-OR-08 1er maitre-chef.svg Warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant
French: Adjudant
German: Adjudant

OR-8 BEL med comp adjudent.gif
OR-7 1st sergeant-major
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-majoor
French: 1e sergent-major
German: Erster Sergeant-Major

Army-BEL-OR-07.svg 1st sergeant-major
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-majoor
French: 1e sergent-major
German: Erster Sergeant-Major

BE-Air Force-OR7.svg 1st master
Dutch: 1ste meester
French: 1e maître
German: Erster Meister

Navy-BEL-OR-07 1er maitre.svg 1st sergeant major
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-majoor
French: 1e sergent-major
German: Erster Sergeant-Major

OR-7 BEL med comp sergeantmajoor.gif
Junior non-commissioned officers - Lagere onderofficieren - Sous-officiers subalternes - Niedriger Unteroffiziere
OR-6 1st master sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-chef
French: 1e sergent-chef
German: Erster Sergeant-Chef

Army-BEL-OR-06a.svg 1st master sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-chef
French: 1e sergent-chef
German: Erster Sergeant-Chef

BE-Air Force-OR6a.svg Master chief
Dutch: Meester-chef
French: Maître-chef
German: Meister-Chef

Navy-BEL-OR-06a maitre chef.svg 1st master sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-chef
French: 1e sergent-chef
German: Erster Sergeant Chef

OR-6 BEL med comp &stesergeantchef.gif
OR-6 1st sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant
French: 1e sergent
German: Erster Sergeant

Army-BEL-OR-06b.svg 1st sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant
French: 1e sergent
German: Erster Sergeant

BE-Air Force-OR6b.svg Master
Dutch: Meester
French: Maître
German: Meister

Navy-BEL-OR-06b maitre.svg 1st sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant
French: 1e sergent
German: Erster Sergeant

OR-6 BEL med comp 1stesergeant.gif
OR-5 Sergeant
Dutch: Sergeant
French: Sergent
German: Sergeant

Army-BEL-OR-05.svg Sergeant
Dutch: Sergeant
French: Sergent
German: Sergeant

BE-Air Force-OR5.svg 2nd master
Dutch: 2de meester
French: 2e maître
German: Zweiter Meister

Navy-BEL-OR-05 2e maitre.svg Sergeant
Dutch: Sergeant
French: Sergent
German: Sergeant

OR-5 BEL Med comp sergant.gif

Volunteers

NATO
code
Land component Air component Marine component Medical component
Elite volunteers - Keurvrijwilligers - Volontaires d'élite - Elitefreiwillige
OR-4 1st master corporal
Dutch: 1ste korporaal-chef
French: 1e caporal-chef
German: Erster Korporal Chef

Army-BEL-OR-04a.svg 1st master corporal
Dutch: 1ste korporaal-chef
French: 1e caporal-chef
German: Erster Korporal Chef

BE-Air Force-OR4a.svg 1st chief quartermaster
Dutch: 1ste kwartiermeester-chef
French: 1er quartier-maître-chef
German: Erster Oberquartiermeister

Navy-BEL-OR-04a 1er quartier-maitre-chef.svg 1st master corporal
Dutch: 1ste korporaal-chef
French: 1e caporal-chef
German: Erster Korporal Chef

OR-4 BEL med comp 1stekorporaalchef.gif
OR-4 Master corporal
Dutch: Korporaal-chef
French: Caporal-chef
German: Korporal Chef

Army-BEL-OR-04b.svg Master corporal
Dutch: Korporaal-chef
French: Caporal-chef
German: Korporal Chef

BE-Air Force-OR4b.svg Chief quartermaster
Dutch: Kwartiermeester-chef
French: Quartier-maître-chef
German: Oberquartiermeister

Navy-BEL-OR-04b quartier-maitre-chef.svg Master corporal
Dutch: Korporaal-chef
French: Caporal-chef
German: Korporal Chef

OR-4 BEL med comp korporaalchef.gif
Junior volunteers - Lagere vrijwilligers - Volontaire subalternes - Niedriger Freiwillige
OR-3 Corporal
Dutch: Korporaal
French: Caporal
German: Korporal

Army-BEL-OR-03.svg Corporal
Dutch: Korporaal
French: Caporal
German: Korporal

BE-Air Force-OR3.svg Quartermaster
Dutch: Kwartiermeester
French: Quartier-maître
German: Quartiermeister

Navy-BEL-OR-03 quartier-maitre.svg Corporal
Dutch: Korporaal
French: Caporal
German: Korporal

OR-3 BEL med comp korporaal.gif
OR-2 1st private
Dutch: 1ste soldaat
French: 1er soldat
German: Erster Soldat

Army-BEL-OR-02.svg 1st private
Dutch: 1ste soldaat
French: 1er soldat
German: Erster Soldat

BE-Air Force-OR2.svg 1st seaman
Dutch: 1ste matroos
French: 1er matelot
German: Erster Matrose

Navy-BEL-OR-02 1er matelot.svg 1st private
Dutch: 1ste soldaat
French: 1er soldat
German: Erster Soldat

OR-2 BEL med comp 1stesoldaat.gif
OR-1 Private
Dutch: Soldaat
French: Soldat
German: Soldat

Private
Dutch: Soldaat
French: Soldat
German: Soldat

Seaman
Dutch: Matroos
French: Matelot
German: Matrose

Navy-BEL-OR-01 matelot.svg Private
Dutch: Soldaat
French: Soldat
German: Soldat

OR-1 BEL med comp soldaat.gif

The rank names relating to corporal and sergeant are replaced with "brigadier" and "maréchal des logis/wachtmeester" in application to personnel of units whose traditions are related to or descend from horse units. These include the cavalry, artillery, and logistics units. Similarly, in the cavalry units, the lowest rank is named "cavalier/ruiter", they are addressed the title "Monsieur/Mijnheer", a remnant of the aristocratic origins of horse mounted units; it was sought to remove these names in March 2013, retaining only the generic rank names.

Corps Corporal (Caporal de corps/korpskorporaal) is an appointment at the Corps level for individuals with the rank of 1st master corporal, its insignia is that of the 1st master corporal with a crown at the top.

Medical Component rank variations

References


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