Belgian military ranks

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

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

Officers

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

NATO codeOF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D)Student officer
Opperofficieren - Officiers généraux Hoofdofficieren - Officiers supérieurs Lagere officieren - Officiers subalternes
Belgium
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No equivalent No equivalent
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Brigadegeneraal Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein-commandant Kapitein Luitenant Onderluitenant
Général Lieutenant général Général-major Général de brigade Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Capitaine-commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant
Belgium
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No equivalent No equivalent No insignia
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 de 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
Belgium
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No equivalent No equivalent
Général Lieutenant général Général-major Général de Brigade Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Capitaine-commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Brigadegeneraal Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein-commandant Kapitein Luitenant Onderluitenant
Belgium No equivalent
Generaal-majoor Brigadegeneraal Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein-commandant Kapitein Luitenant Onderluitenant
Général-major Général de brigade Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Capitaine-commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant
NATO codeOF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D)Student officer

Note:

  • The highest rank in the military police is colonel
  • The ranks of navy admiral and air force general were created in 2002

Non-commissioned officers

NATO
code
Land component Air component Marine component Medical component
Senior non-commissioned officers - Hoofdonderofficieren - Sous-officiers supérieurs
OR-9 Chief warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-majoor
French: Adjudant-major

Chief warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-majoor
French: Adjudant-major

Chief principal master
Dutch: Oppermeester-chef
French: Maître-principal-chef

Chief warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-majoor
French: Adjudant-major

OR-9 Master warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-chef
French: Adjudant-chef

Master warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-chef
French: Adjudant-chef

Principal master
Dutch: Oppermeester
French: Maître-principal

Master warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant-chef
French: Adjudant-chef

Elite non-commissioned officers - Keuronderofficieren - Sous-officiers d'élite
OR-8 Warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant
French: Adjudant

Warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant
French: Adjudant

1st master chief
Dutch: 1ste meester-chef
French: 1e maître-chef

Warrant officer
Dutch: Adjudant
French: Adjudant

OR-7 1st sergeant-major
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-majoor
French: 1e sergent-major

1st sergeant-major
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-majoor
French: 1e sergent-major

1st master
Dutch: 1ste meester
French: 1e maître

1st sergeant major
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-majoor
French: 1e sergent-major

Junior non-commissioned officers - Lagere onderofficieren - Sous-officiers subalternes
OR-6 1st master sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-chef
French: 1e sergent-chef

1st master sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-chef
French: 1e sergent-chef

Master chief
Dutch: Meester-chef
French: Maître-chef

1st master sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant-chef
French: 1e sergent-chef

OR-6 1st sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant
French: 1e sergent

1st sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant
French: 1e sergent

Master
Dutch: Meester
French: Maître

1st sergeant
Dutch: 1ste sergeant
French: 1e sergent

OR-5 Sergeant
Dutch: Sergeant
French: Sergent

Sergeant
Dutch: Sergeant
French: Sergent

2nd master
Dutch: 2de meester
French: 2e maître

Sergeant
Dutch: Sergeant
French: Sergent

Volunteers

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

1st master corporal
Dutch: 1ste korporaal-chef
French: 1e caporal-chef

1st chief quartermaster
Dutch: 1ste kwartiermeester-chef
French: 1er quartier-maître-chef

1st master corporal
Dutch: 1ste korporaal-chef
French: 1e caporal-chef

OR-4 Master corporal
Dutch: Korporaal-chef
French: Caporal-chef

Master corporal
Dutch: Korporaal-chef
French: Caporal-chef

Chief quartermaster
Dutch: Kwartiermeester-chef
French: Quartier-maître-chef

Master corporal
Dutch: Korporaal-chef
French: Caporal-chef

Junior volunteers - Lagere vrijwilligers - Volontaire subalternes
OR-3 Corporal
Dutch: Korporaal
French: Caporal

Corporal
Dutch: Korporaal
French: Caporal

Quartermaster
Dutch: Kwartiermeester
French: Quartier-maître

Corporal
Dutch: Korporaal
French: Caporal

OR-2 1st private
Dutch: 1ste soldaat
French: 1er soldat

1st private
Dutch: 1ste soldaat
French: 1er soldat

1st seaman
Dutch: 1ste matroos
French: 1er matelot

1st private
Dutch: 1ste soldaat
French: 1er soldat

OR-1 Private
Dutch: Soldaat
French: Soldat

Private
Dutch: Soldaat
French: Soldat

Seaman
Dutch: Matroos
French: Matelot

Private
Dutch: Soldaat
French: Soldat

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/Lichaamskorporaal) 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.

References

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