Military Ranks and Insignia of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
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Military Ranks and Insignia of the Japan Self-Defense Forces

Following the end of World War II in Asia, after the surrender of Japan, the Imperial Japanese Army and Imperial Japanese Navy were dissolved by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers during the occupation of Japan. The symbols below represent the ranks of the Japan Self-Defence Forces: the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force, the Japan Air Self-Defence Force, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force which replaced the imperial military in 1954. The 1938-1945 Japanese military and naval ranks were phased out after World War II. The self-defence force breaks away from the Sino-centric tradition of non-branch-specified ranks, each JSDF rank with respect to each service carries a distinct Japanese title, although equivalent titles in different branches are still similar, differing only in the use of the morphemes riku (ground) for the army ranks, kai (maritime) for the naval ranks, and k? (air) for the aviation ranks.[1]

The pentagramic stars on the insignia represent cherry blossoms. Because Japanese soldiers take an oath to die to protect the lives and wealth of Japanese citizens, they have been compared to delicate cherry blossoms that break easily.

Remarks

  • An inauguration of the Chief of Staff, Joint Staff () wears Emblem of the Chief of Staff, Joint Staff () on the left chest.
  • The classification of rank of general officers and flag officers listed is limited to Japan. For JSDF's general officer and flag officer, there is a rank classification that matches foreign armed forces such as United States Armed Forces, which is determined by the post.

Ground Self-Defense Force

Officer()

Rank ?
(Rikush? serving as Chief of Staff)

(Rikush?)

(Rikush?-ho)
1
(Itt? rikusa)
2
(Nit? rikusa)
3
(Sant? rikusa)
1
(Itt? rikui)
2
(Nit? rikui)
3
(Sant? rikui)
Abbreviation - ?
(Sh?)

(Sh?-ho)
1?
(Issa)
2?
(Nisa)
3?
(Sansa)
1?
(Ichii)
2?
(Nii)
3?
(San-i)
English translation General
(Lieutenant general serving as chief of staff)
Army corps general[2]
(Divisional general serving as chief of staff)
Lieutenant general
Divisional general[2]
Major General
Brigade general[2]
Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain First lieutenant Second lieutenant
Insignia Type A
(?)
JGSDF General insignia (a).svg JGSDF Lieutenant General insignia (a).svg JGSDF Major General insignia (a).svg JGSDF Colonel insignia (a).svg JGSDF Lieutenant Colonel insignia (a).svg JGSDF Major insignia (a).svg JGSDF Captain insignia (a).svg JGSDF First Lieutenant insignia (a).svg JGSDF Second Lieutenant insignia (a).svg
Insignia Type B
(?)
JGSDF General insignia (b).svg JGSDF Lieutenant General insignia (b).svg JGSDF Major General insignia (b).svg JGSDF Colonel insignia (b).svg JGSDF Lieutenant Colonel insignia (b).svg JGSDF Major insignia (b).svg JGSDF Captain insignia (b).svg JGSDF First Lieutenant insignia (b).svg JGSDF Second Lieutenant insignia (b).svg
Insignia Miniature Type
()
JGSDF General insignia (miniature).svg JGSDF Lieutenant General insignia (miniature).svg JGSDF Major General insignia (miniature).svg JGSDF Colonel insignia (miniature).svg JGSDF Lieutenant Colonel insignia (miniature).svg JGSDF Major insignia (miniature).svg JGSDF Captain insignia (miniature).svg JGSDF First Lieutenant insignia (miniature).svg JGSDF Second Lieutenant insignia (miniature).svg

Warrant Officer & Enlisted (?)

Rank
(Jun rikui)

(Rikus?ch?)
1
(Itt? rikus?)
2
(Nit? rikus?)
3
(Sant? rikus?)

(Rikushich?)
1
(Itt? rikushi)
2
(Nit? rikushi)

(Jieikan k?hosei)
Abbreviation
(Jun-i)

(S?ch?)
1?
(Iss?)
2?
(Nis?)
3?
(Sans?)

(Shich?)
1?
(Isshi)
2?
(Nishi)

(Jik?sei)
English translation Warrant Officer Sergeant major Master sergeant Sergeant first class Sergeant Leading Private Private first class Private Self-defense official cadet
Insignia Type A
(?)
JGSDF Warrant Officer insignia (a).svg JGSDF Sergeant Major insignia (a).svg JGSDF Master Sergeant insignia (a).svg JGSDF Sergeant First Class insignia (a).svg JGSDF Sergeant insignia (a).svg JGSDF Leading Private insignia (a).svg JGSDF Private First Class insignia (a).svg JGSDF Private insignia (a).svg JGSDF self defence official cadet insignia (a).svg
Insignia Type B
(?)
JGSDF Warrant Officer insignia (b).svg JGSDF Sergeant Major insignia (b).svg JGSDF Master Sergeant insignia (b).svg JGSDF Sergeant First Class insignia (b).svg JGSDF Sergeant insignia (b).svg JGSDF Leading Private insignia (b).svg JGSDF Private First Class insignia (b).svg JGSDF Private insignia (b).svg JGSDF self defence official cadet insignia (b).svg
Insignia Miniature Type
()
JGSDF Warrant Officer insignia (miniature).svg JGSDF Sergeant Major insignia (miniature).svg JGSDF Master Sergeant insignia (miniature).svg JGSDF Sergeant First Class insignia (miniature).svg JGSDF Sergeant insignia (miniature).svg JGSDF Leading Private insignia (miniature).svg JGSDF Private First Class insignia (miniature).svg JGSDF Private insignia (miniature).svg No insignia

Maritime Self-Defense Force

Officer()

Rank ?
(Kaish? serving as Chief of Staff)

(Kaish?)

(Kaish?-ho)
1
(Itt? kaisa)
2
(Nit? kaisa)
3
(Sant? kaisa)
1
(Itt? kaii)
2
(Nit? kaii)
3
(Sant? kaii)
Abbreviation - ?
(Sh?)

(Sh?-ho)
1?
(Issa)
2?
(Nisa)
3?
(Sansa)
1?
(Ichii)
2?
(Nii)
3?
(San-i)
English translation Admiral
(Vice admiral serving as chief of staff)
Vice admiral Rear admiral Captain Commander Lieutenant
commander
Lieutenant Lieutenant junior grade Ensign
Insignia Type A
(?)
JMSDF Admiral insignia (a).svg JMSDF Vice Admiral insignia (a).svg JMSDF Rear Admiral insignia (a).svg JMSDF Captain insignia (a).svg JMSDF Commander insignia (a).svg JMSDF Lieutenant Commander insignia (a).svg JMSDF Lieutenant insignia (a).svg JMSDF Lieutenant Junior Grade insignia (a).svg JMSDF Ensign insignia (a).svg
Insignia Type B
(?)
JMSDF Admiral insignia (b).svg JMSDF Vice Admiral insignia (b).svg JMSDF Rear Admiral insignia (b).svg JMSDF Captain insignia (b).svg JMSDF Commander insignia (b).svg JMSDF Lieutenant Commander insignia (b).svg JMSDF Lieutenant insignia (b).svg JMSDF Lieutenant Junior Grade insignia (b).svg JMSDF Ensign insignia (b).svg
Insignia Type C
(?)
JMSDF Admiral insignia (c).svg JMSDF Vice Admiral insignia (c).svg JMSDF Rear Admiral insignia (c).svg JMSDF Captain insignia (c).svg JMSDF Commander insignia (c).svg JMSDF Lieutenant Commander insignia (c).svg JMSDF Lieutenant insignia (c).svg JMSDF Lieutenant Junior Grade insignia (c).svg JMSDF Ensign insignia (c).svg
Insignia Miniature Type
()
JMSDF Admiral insignia (miniature).svg JMSDF Vice Admiral insignia (miniature).svg JMSDF Rear Admiral insignia (miniature).svg JMSDF Captain insignia (miniature).svg JMSDF Commander insignia (miniature).svg JMSDF Lieutenant Commander insignia (miniature).svg JMSDF Lieutenant insignia (miniature).svg JMSDF Lieutenant Junior Grade insignia (miniature).svg JMSDF Ensign insignia (miniature).svg

Warrant Officer & Enlisted(?)

Rank
(Jun kaii)

(Kais?ch?)
1
(Itt? kais?)
2
(Nit? kais?)
3
(Sant? kais?)

(Kaishich?)
1
(Itt? kaishi)
2
(Nit? kaishi)

(Jieikan k?hosei)
Abbreviation
(Jun-i)

(S?ch?)
1?
(Iss?)
2?
(Nis?)
3?
(Sans?)

(Shich?)
1?
(Isshi)
2?
(Nishi)

(Jik?sei)
English translation Warrant Officer Chief petty officer Petty officer first class Petty officer second class Petty officer third class Leading seaman Seaman Seaman apprentice Self-defence official cadet
Insignia Type A
(?)
JMSDF Warrant Officer insignia (a).svg JMSDF Chief Petty Officer insignia (a).svg JMSDF Petty Officer 1st Class insignia (a).svg JMSDF Petty Officer 2nd Class insignia (a).svg JMSDF Petty Officer 3rd Class insignia (a).svg JMSDF Leading Seaman insignia (a).svg JMSDF Seaman insignia (a).svg JMSDF Seaman Apprentice insignia (a).svg JMSDF self defence official cadet insignia (a)1.svg

JMSDF self defence official cadet insignia (a)2.svg
Insignia Type B
(?)
JMSDF Warrant Officer insignia (b).svg JMSDF Chief Petty Officer insignia (b).svg JMSDF Petty Officer 1st Class insignia (b).svg JMSDF Petty Officer 2nd Class insignia (b).svg JMSDF Petty Officer 3rd Class insignia (b).svg JMSDF Leading Seaman insignia (b).svg JMSDF Seaman insignia (b).svg JMSDF Seaman Apprentice insignia (b).svg JMSDF self defence official cadet insignia (b).svg
Insignia Type C
(?)
JMSDF Warrant Officer insignia (c).svg JMSDF Chief Petty Officer insignia (c).svg JMSDF Petty Officer 1st Class insignia (c).svg JMSDF Petty Officer 2nd Class insignia (c).svg JMSDF Petty Officer 3rd Class insignia (c).svg JMSDF Leading Seaman insignia (c).svg JMSDF Seaman insignia (c).svg JMSDF Seaman Apprentice insignia (c).svg No insignia
Insignia Miniature Type
()
JMSDF Warrant Officer insignia (miniature).svg JMSDF Chief Petty Officer insignia (miniature).svg JMSDF Petty Officer 1st Class insignia (miniature).svg JMSDF Petty Officer 2nd Class insignia (miniature).svg JMSDF Petty Officer 3rd Class insignia (miniature).svg JMSDF Leading Seaman insignia (miniature).svg JMSDF Seaman insignia (miniature).svg JMSDF Seaman Apprentice insignia (miniature).svg No insignia

Air Self-Defense Force

Officer()

Rank ?
(K?sh? serving as Chief of Staff)

(K?sh?)

(K?sh?-ho)
1
(Itt? k?sa)
2
(Nit? k?sa)
3
(Sant? k?sa)
1
(Itt? k?i)
2
(Nit? k?i)
3
(Sant? k?i)
Abbreviation - ?
(Sh?)

(Sh?-ho)
1?
(Issa)
2?
(Nisa)
3?
(Sansa)
1?
(Ichii)
2?
(Nii)
3?
(San-i)
English translation General
(Lieutenant general serving as chief of staff)
Air corps general[2]
(Air divisional general serving as chief of staff)
Lieutenant general
Air divisional general[2]
Major general
Air brigade general[2]
Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain First lieutenant Second lieutenant
Insignia Type A
(?)
JASDF General insignia (a).svg JASDF Lieutenant General insignia (a).svg JASDF Major General insignia (a).svg JASDF Colonel insignia (a).svg JASDF Lieutenant Colonel insignia (a).svg JASDF Major insignia (a).svg JASDF Captain insignia (a).svg JASDF First Lieutenant insignia (a).svg JASDF Second Lieutenant insignia (a).svg
Insignia Type B
(?)
JASDF General insignia (b).svg JASDF Lieutenant General insignia (b).svg JASDF Major General insignia (b).svg JASDF Colonel insignia (b).svg JASDF Lieutenant Colonel insignia (b).svg JASDF Major insignia (b).svg JASDF Captain insignia (b).svg JASDF First Lieutenant insignia (b).svg JASDF Second Lieutenant insignia (b).svg
Insignia Miniature Type
()
JASDF General insignia (miniature).svg JASDF Lieutenant General insignia (miniature).svg JASDF Major General insignia (miniature).svg JASDF Colonel insignia (miniature).svg JASDF Lieutenant Colonel insignia (miniature).svg JASDF Major insignia (miniature).svg JASDF Captain insignia (miniature).svg JASDF First Lieutenant insignia (miniature).svg JASDF Second Lieutenant insignia (miniature).svg

Warrant Officer & Enlisted(?)

Rank
(Jun k?i)

(K?s?ch?)
1
(Itt? k?s?)
2
(Nit? k?s?)
3
(Sant? k?s?)

(K?shich?)
1
(Itt? k?shi)
2
(Nit? k?shi)

(Jieikan k?hosei)
Abbreviation
(Jun-i)

(S?ch?)
1?
(Iss?)
2?
(Nis?)
3?
(Sans?)

(Shich?)
1?
(Isshi)
2?
(Nishi)

(Jik?sei)
English translation Warrant Officer Senior master sergeant Master sergeant Technical sergeant Staff sergeant Airman first class Airman second class Airman third class Self-defence official cadet
Insignia Type A
(?)
JASDF Warrant Officer insignia (a).svg JASDF Senior Master Sergeant insignia (a).svg JASDF Master Sergeant insignia (a).svg JASDF Technical Sergeant insignia (a).svg JASDF Staff Sergeant insignia (a).svg JASDF Airman 1st Class insignia (a).svg JASDF Airman 2nd Class insignia (a).svg JASDF Airman 3rd Class insignia (a).svg JASDF self defence official cadet insignia (a)1.svg

JASDF self defence official cadet insignia (a)2.svg
Insignia Type B
(?)
JASDF Warrant Officer insignia (b).svg JASDF Senior Master Sergeant insignia (b).svg JASDF Master Sergeant insignia (b).svg JASDF Technical Sergeant insignia (b).svg JASDF Staff Sergeant insignia (b).svg JASDF Airman 1st Class insignia (b).svg JASDF Airman 2nd Class insignia (b).svg JASDF Airman 3rd Class insignia (b).svg JASDF self defence official cadet insignia (b).svg
Insignia Miniature Type
()
JASDF Warrant Officer insignia (miniature).svg JASDF Senior Master Sergeant insignia (miniature).svg JASDF Master Sergeant insignia (miniature).svg JASDF Technical Sergeant insignia (miniature).svg JASDF Staff Sergeant insignia (miniature).svg JASDF Airman 1st Class insignia (miniature).svg JASDF Airman 2nd Class insignia (miniature).svg JASDF Airman 3rd Class insignia (miniature).svg No insignia

See also

References

  1. ^ "" [Ranks of the JSDF]. 16 ? [Defense of Japan 2004] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japanese Defense Agency. 2004. p. 266. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-07-27. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b c d e f Almanach Hachette 1917 p.82 Compliant with the Imperial Japanese Army rank chart.

External links

  • "Rank of Insignias" (PDF). yokota.af.mil. Yokota Air Base. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 2021.
  • "" [Rank chapter]. mod.go.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2021.
  • "Japan". uniforminsignia.org. The International Encyclopedia of Uniform Insignia. Retrieved 2021.

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