Table of Ranks

NATO
code
NATO (USA & United Kingdom) USSR and Russia Imperial Japan Nazi Germany
Army Navy Marines Air Force Army, Air Force, and the rest Navy Army Navy Schutzstaffel Heer, Luftwaffe Kriegsmarine
Supreme
(6 star)
General of the Armies
Admiral of the Navy
Marshal of the Soviet Union / Russian Federation
Маршал Советского Союза / Российской Федерации
Grand Marshal
大元帥
Dai-Gensui
Imperial Marshal of the Greater German Reich
Reichsmarschall des Großdeutschen Reiches
OF-10
(5 star)
General of the Army
Field Marshal
Fleet Admiral
Admiral of the Fleet
General of the Air Force
Marshal of the Air Force
General of the Army
Генерал армии
Admiral of the Fleet
Адмирал флота
Marshal
元帥
Gensui
Reich Leader SS
Reichsführer-SS
General Field Marshal
Generalfeldmarschall
Grand Admiral
Großadmiral
OF-9
(4 star)
General Admiral General
Air Chief Marshal
General-Colonel
Генерал-полковник
Admiral
Адмирал
General
陸軍大将
Rikugun Taishou
Admiral
海軍大将
Kaigun Taishou
Supreme Group Leader
Oberstgruppenführer
General Colonel
Generaloberst
General Admiral
Generaladmiral
OF-8
(3 star)
Lieutenant General Vice Admiral Lieutenant General
Air Marshal
General-Lieutenant
Генерал-лейтенант
Vice Admiral
Вице-адмирал
Lieutenant General
陸軍中将
Rikugun Chuujou
Vice Admiral
海軍中将
Kaigun Chuujou
Senior Group Leader
Obergruppenführer
General Admiral
OF-7
(2 star)
Major General Rear Admiral (upper half)
Rear Admiral
Major General
Air Vice-Marshal
General-Major
Генерал-майор
Counter/Rear Admiral
Контр-адмирал
Major General
陸軍少将
Rikugun Shoushou
Rear Admiral
海軍少将
Kaigun Shoushou
Group Leader
Gruppenführer
General Lieutenant
Generalleutnant
Vice Admiral
Vizeadmiral
OF-6
(1 star)
Brigadier General
Brigadier
Rear Admiral (lower half)
Commodore
Brigadier General
Air Commodore
Brigade Leader
Brigadeführer
General Major
Generalmajor
Counter Admiral
Konteradmiral
OF-5 Colonel Captain Colonel
Group Captain
Colonel/Polkovnik
Полковник
Captain, 1st Rank
Капитан 1-го ранга
Colonel
陸軍大佐
Rikugun Taisa
Captain
海軍大佐
Kaigun Taisa
Regiment Leader
Standartenführer
Colonel
Oberst
Captain
Kapitän zur See
OF-4 Lieutenant Colonel Commander Lieutenant Colonel
Wing Commander
Lieutenant Colonel
Подполковник
Captain, 2nd Rank
Капитан 2-го ранга
Lieutenant Colonel
陸軍中佐
Rikugun Chuusa
Commander
海軍中佐
Kaigun Chuusa
Senior Storm Unit Leader
Obersturmbannführer
Lieutenant Colonel
Oberstleutnant
Commander
Fregattenkapitän
OF-3 Major Lieutenant Commander Major
Squadron Leader
Major
Майор
Captain, 3rd Rank
Капитан 3-го ранга
Major
陸軍少佐
Rikugun Shousa
Lieutenant Commander
海軍少佐
Kaigun Shousa
Storm Unit Leader
Sturmbannführer
Major Lieutenant Commander
Korvettenkapitän
OF-2 Captain Lieutenant Captain
Flight Lieutenant
Captain
Капитан
Captain Lieutenant
Капитан-лейтенант
Captain
陸軍大尉
Rikugun Taii
Lieutenant
海軍大尉
Kaigun Taii
Head Storm Leader
Hauptsturmführer
Captain
Hauptmann
Captain Lieutenant
Kapitänleutnant
OF-1 First Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Lieutenant, Junior Grade
Sub-Lieutenant
First Lieutenant
Flying Officer
Senior Lieutenant
Старший лейтенант
Lieutenant
陸軍中尉
Rikugun Chuui
Sub-Lieutenant
海軍中尉
Kaigun Chuui
Senior Storm Leader
Obersturmführer
Senior Lieutenant
Oberleutnant
Senior Navy Lieutenant
Oberleutnant zur See
Second Lieutenant Ensign
Midshipman
Second Lieutenant
Pilot Officer
Lieutenant
Лейтенант
Second Lieutenant
陸軍少尉
Rikugun Shoui
Ensign
海軍少尉
Kaigun Shoui
Junior Storm Leader
Untersturmführer
Lieutenant
Leutnant
Navy Lieutenant
Leutnant zur See
Junior Lieutenant
Младший лейтенант
WO-5..2 Chief Warrant Officer 5..2
Senior Warrant Officer
Старший прапорщик
Senior Midshipman
Старший мичман
Warrant Officer
准尉
Jun-i
Senior Warrant Officer
Oberfähnrich
Senior Midshipman
Oberfähnrich zur See
WO-1 Warrant Officer 1
Warrant Officer
Прапорщик
Midshipman
Мичман
Warrant Officer
Fähnrich
Midshipman
Fähnrich zur See
OR-9 Sergeant Major
Warrant Officer Class 1
Master Chief Petty Officer
Warrant Officer Class 1
Sergeant Major
Warrant Officer Class 1
Chief Master Sergeant
Warrant Officer Master Aircrew
Sergeant Major/Starshina
Старшина
Chief Ship Starshina
Главный корабельный старшина
Sergeant Major
曹長
Souchou
Storm Squad Leader
Sturmscharführer
Staff Sergeant
Stabsfeldwebel
Master Chief Petty Officer
Stabsoberfeldwebel
OR-8 First/Master Sergeant
Warrant Officer Class 2
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Warrant Officer Class 2
First/Master Sergeant
Warrant Officer Class 2
Senior Master Sergeant
Senior Sergeant
Старший сержант
Chief Starshina
Главный старшина
Sergeant
軍曹
Gunsou
Head Squad Leader
Hauptscharführer
Sergeant Major
Oberfeldwebel
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Oberfeldwebel
OR-7 Sergeant First Class
Staff/Colour Sergeant
Chief Petty Officer Colour Sergeant
Gunnery Sergeant
Master Sergeant
Flight Sergeant
Sergeant
Сержант
Starshina, 1st class
Старшина 1-ой статьи
Senior Squad Leader
Oberscharführer
Sergeant First Class
Feldwebel
Chief Petty Officer
Stabsfeldwebel
OR-6 Staff Sergeant
Sergeant
Petty Officer First Class
Petty Officer
Staff Sergeant
Sergeant
Technical Sergeant
Sergeant
Junior Sergeant
Младший сержант
Starshina, 2nd class
Старшина 2-ой статьи
Squad Leader
Scharführer
Sergeant
Unterfeldwebel
Petty Officer, 1st Class
Feldwebel/Bootsmann
OR-5 Sergeant
Petty Officer Second Class
Sergeant
Staff Sergeant
Sergeant
Junior Squad Leader
Unterscharführer
Unteroffizier Petty Officer, 2st Class
Obermaat
OR-4 Corporal/Specialist Petty Officer Third Class
Leading Rate
Corporal Senior Airman
Corporal
Gefreiter
Ефрейтор
Senior Matrose
Старший матрос
Corporal
伍長
Gochou
Section Leader
Rottenführer
Corporal
Obergefreiter
Petty Officer, 3st Class
Maat
OR-3 Private First Class
Lance-Corporal
Seaman
Lance Corporal Airman First Class
Private
Рядовой
Matrose
Матрос
Lance Corporal
兵長
Heichou
Storm Trooper
Sturmmann
Acting Corporal
Gefreiter
Leading Seaman
Matrosenhaupgefreiter
OR-2 Private Seaman Apprentice
Able Rate
Marine
Private First Class
Airman
Senior Aircraftman
Private 1st Class
一等兵
Ittouhei
Senior Trooper
Obermann
Senior Shooter
Oberschütze
Able Seaman
Matrosenobergefreiter
OR-1 Seaman Recruit
Private
Airman Basic
Aircraftman
Private 2nd Class
二等兵
Nitouhei
Trooper
Mann
Shooter
Schütze
Seaman
Matrosengefreiter

Notes

  1. The ranks above four stars are special and are not awarded in the peacetime.
  2. The NATO ranks are exemplary represented by US (top) and British (bottom) ranks. If a cell contains just one rank title, it is common for both USA and UK. Ranks non-existent within British military are marked with dashes (–).
  3. If no rank in the country corresponds to a particular NATO code, it is marked with a dash (–).
  4. Russian ranks are given with English translation and original Russian (Cyrillic) spelling. Japanese ranks are given with English translation, original Japanese spelling (Kanji), and pronunciation (romaji). German ranks are given with English translation and original German spelling, unless spelled identically in both.
  5. Joseph Stalin held the rank of Generalissimus of the Soviet Union after 1945, which outranked even the Marshal of the Soviet Union and has never been used again after his death.
  6. Imperial Japanese military and Nazi military were disbanded in 1945, while NATO was formed in 1949. The "NATO codes" are therefore arbitrarily assigned for those two.
  7. The title of Grand Marshall in the Imperial Japanese military has been held exclusively by the Emperors of Japan.
  8. It is customary in Japanese to refer to the ship's captain as "Kanchou" (艦長; only on warships) or "Senchou" (船長), regardless of the actual rank he or she is holding.
  9. The rank ladder of the Schutzstaffel was shuffled multiple times over time. This table reflects the period between 1934 and 1945.

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