Other Ranks (UK)
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Other Ranks UK

Other ranks (ORs) in the Royal Marines, British Army, Royal Air Force, and in the armies and air forces of many other Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland, are those personnel who are not commissioned officers, usually including non-commissioned officers (NCOs).[1][2] In the Royal Navy, these personnel are called "ratings"[3] rather than "other ranks". Non-commissioned member is the equivalent term for the Canadian Armed Forces. Colloquially, members of the other ranks are known as "rankers".[]

The term is often considered to exclude warrant officers, and occasionally also excludes NCOs. Formally, a regiment consists of the "officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men" or the "officers, warrant officers and other ranks".[4]

British other ranks

British Army other rank insignia
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
United Kingdom Rank Insignia (View) Warrant Officer class 1 British Army OR-9b.svg British Army OR-9a.svg British Army OR-8b.svg British Army OR-8a.svg Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal No insignia
Rank Title:[5] Warrant Officer class 1 Warrant Officer class 2 Staff/Colour Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Private
Abbreviation: WO1 WO2 SSgt/CSgt Sgt Cpl LCpl Pte
Royal Air Force other rank insignia
NATO Code OR-9 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
United Kingdom Rank Insignia (View) British Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer.svg British RAF OR-9.svg British RAF OR-7b.svg British RAF OR-7a.svg British RAF OR-6.svg British RAF OR-4.svg British RAF OR-3.svg British RAF OR-2c.svg British RAF OR-2b.svg British RAF OR-2a.svg No insignia
Rank Title:[6] Warrant Officer Flight Sergeant Chief Technician Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal RAF Regiment Senior Aircraftman (Technician) Senior Aircraftman Leading Aircraftman Aircraftman
Abbreviation: WO FS Chf Tech Sgt Cpl L/Cpl SAC Tech SAC LAC AC
Aircrew Rank Insignia British RAF (Aircrew) OR-9.svg British RAF (Aircrew) OR-7.svg British RAF (Aircrew) OR-6.svg No equivalent
Rank Title: RAF Master Aircrew RAF Flight Sergeant Aircrew RAF Sergeant Aircrew
Royal Marines other rank insignia
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2
United Kingdom Rank Insignia (View) British Corps Regimental Sergeant Major.svg British Royal Marines OR-9.svg British Royal Marines OR-8.svg British Royal Marines OR-7.svg British Royal Marines OR-6.svg British Royal Marines OR-4.svg British Royal Marines OR-3.svg No insignia
Rank Title: Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Colour sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Marine
Abbreviation: WO1 WO2 CSgt Sgt Cpl LCpl Mne


  1. ^ This rank was phased out in 2014

See also


  1. ^ "PACMAN Chapter 3 Part 1 Part B Division 5: Salary (Other Ranks)". Defence.gov.au. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Berman, Gavin; Rutherford, Tom (19 September 2013). "Defence personnel statistics (SN/SG/02183)" (PDF). House of Commons of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ Royal Navy. "Life as a Rating". Royal Navy. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Roll of Honour of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment
  5. ^ "Who we are: Rank Structure". Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "RAF RANKS". Retrieved 2020.

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