Military ranks of Manchukuo

The following is a table showing the military ranks and insignia used by the Manchukuo Imperial Army, Manchukuo Imperial Navy and Manchukuo Imperial Air Force during its existence, from its founding in 1932 until the Soviet invasion in 1945. Initially the armed forces Manchukuo used the same exact rank system and insignia as the Imperial Japanese Army, but in 1937 they were given their own unique collar tabs to represent ranks. The major difference was that the color was changed from the red used by the IJA to maroon. Collar badges were also worn, colored by branch of service. It was black for the military police, red for infantry, green for cavalry, yellow for artillery, brown for engineers and blue for the transport corps.[1]

Officer ranks

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the army and navy respectively.

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D) and student officer
Manchukuo No equivalent
General of the Army
總司令
Army General
上將
Lieutenant General
中將
Major General
少將
Colonel
上校
Lieutenant Colonel
中校
Major
少校
Captain
上尉
First Lieutenant
中尉
Second Lieutenant
少尉
Warrant Officer
准尉
Manchukuo No equivalent No equivalent
Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant Acting Sub-Lieutenant
Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D) and student officer

Enlisted and NCO ranks

The rank insignia for enlisted personnel for the army and navy respectively.

Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1
Manchukuo No equivalent
Sergeant Major Sergeant Corporal Superior Private Private 1st Class Private
Manchukuo No equivalent
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1

See also

Sources

Citations

  1. Jowett (2004), pp. 111-113

References

  • Jowett, Philip (2004). Rays of the Rising Sun, Volume 1: Japan's Asian Allies 1931-45, China and Manchukuo. Helion and Company Ltd. ISBN 1-874622-21-3. 
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