Military ranks of Brazil

Military of Brazil

Components
Army
Air Force
Navy
Military Police
Ranks
Military ranks of Brazil
History
Military history of Brazil

This article presents the insignia and ranks of the Brazilian military. These ranks originate from those adopted upon Brazil's independence from Portugal in 1822. Nowadays they are defined by Act no. 6880 of December 9, 1980.[1] The following ranks show Brazil's military insignia and its corresponding NATO codes.

Air Force ranks date from 1941, when the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira) was organized as a merger of the Navy's Aeronaval Force and the Army's Aviation Service.[2]

Rank table

The shoulder epaulette pads from Navy and Air Force indicate both rank and specialty branch. The air force examples below are shown without branch designation marks on the epaulettes, with the exception of the ranks of Marshal of the Air Force and Air Chief Marshal, which can only be occupied by aviators. Army shoulder pads do not represent branch, as this is indicated elsewhere in the uniform like on the cuff and sleeves of the dress and everyday uniforms.

Officers

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D) and student officer
Brazil
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No equivalent
Marechal General-de-exército General-de-divisão General-de-brigada Coronel Tenente-coronel Major Capitão Primeiro tenente Segundo tenente Aspirante-a-oficial
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No equivalent
Almirante Almirante-de-esquadra Vice-almirante Contra-almirante Capitão-de-Mar-e-Guerra Capitão-de-Fragata Capitão-de-corveta Capitão-tenente Primeiro-tenente Segundo-tenente Guarda-marinha
Brazil
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No equivalent
Marechal-do-ar
(Marshal of the Air)
Tenente-brigadeiro
(Lieutenant-Brigadier)
Major-brigadeiro
(Major-Brigadier)
Brigadeiro-do-ar
(Brigadier)
Coronel
(Colonel)
Tenente-coronel
(Lieutenant-Colonel)
Major
(Major)
Capitão
(Captain)
Primeiro-tenente
(First Lieutenant)
Segundo-tenente
(Second Lieutenant)
Aspirante
(Aspirant)
Brazil
(Military Police)

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No equivalent
Coronel Tenente-coronel Major Capitão Primeiro tenente Segundo tenente Aspirante
Brazil
(Firefighters)

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No equivalent
Commandant General Second Commandant Coronel Tenente-coronel Major Capitão Primeiro tenente Segundo tenente Aspirante
Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D) and student officer

NCO and enlisted grades

Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1
Brazil
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No equivalent
No equivalent
Subtenente Primero-Sargento Segundo-Sargento Terceiro-Sargento Cabo
Taifeiro-mor
Soldado
Taifeiro
Brazil
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No equivalent No equivalent No equivalent
Suboficial Primeiro-Sargento Segundo-Sargento Terceiro-Sargento Cabo Marinheiro
Soldado Fuzileiro Naval
Brazil
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No equivalent No equivalent No equivalent
Suboficial Primeiro-Sargento Segundo-Sargento Terceiro-Sargento Cabo
Taifeiro-mor
Soldado
Taifeiro
Brazil
(Military Police)

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No equivalent No equivalent
Subtenente Primeiro-Sargento Segundo-Sargento Terceiro-Sargento Cabo Soldado
Brazil
(Military Firefighters)

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No equivalent No equivalent
Subtenente Primeiro-Sargento Segundo-Sargento Terceiro-Sargento Cabo Bombeiro
primeiro classe
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1

See also

Notes

  1. Act no. 6880 of December 9, 1980.
  2. Instituto Histórico e Cultural da Aeronáutica, História geral da aeronáutica brasileira, v. 3
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