Military ranks of Serbia

This is a list of military ranks used by the Serbian Armed Forces. Although a landlocked country, Serbia maintains a river flotilla (small river navy) of about 15 vessels on the Danube river.

Current ranks

Commissioned officers

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the army, River Flotilla and air force respectively.

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D) and student officer
Serbia
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No equivalent Unknown
General
(Генерал)
Lieutenant General
(Генерал-Потпуковник)
Major General
(Генерал-Мајор)
Brigadier General
(Бригадни Генерал)
Colonel
(Пуковник)
Lieutenant Colonel
(Потпуковник)
Major
(Мајор)
Captain
(Капетан)
Lieutenant
(Поручник)
Second Lieutenant
(Потпоручник)
Serbia
No equivalent Unknown
Admiral
Адмирал
Vice Admiral
Вице Адмирал
Rear Admiral
Контра Адмирал
Commodore
Комодор
Captain
Капетан Бојног Брода
Fregattenkapitän
Капетан Фрегате
Korvettenkapitän
Капетан Корвете
Fregattenleutnant
Поручник Фрегате
Korvettenleutnant
Поручник Корвете
Unterleutnant
Потпоручник
Serbia
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No equivalent Unknown
General
(Генерал)
Lieutenant General
(Генерал-Потпуковник)
Major General
(Генерал-Мајор)
Brigadier General
(Бригадни Генерал)
Colonel
(Пуковник)
Lieutenant Colonel
(Потпуковник)
Major
(Мајор)
Captain
(Капетан)
Lieutenant
(Поручник)
Second Lieutenant
(Потпоручник)
Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D) and student officer

Enlisted

The rank insignia for enlisted personnel for the army, River Flotilla and air force respectively.

Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1
Serbia
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No insignia
Warrant officer 1st class
(Заставник I класе)
Warrant officer
(Заставник)
Senior sergeant 1st class
(Старији Водник I класе)
Senior Sergeant
(Старији Водник)
Sergeant
(Водник)
Corporal
(Млађи водник)
Lance Corporal
(Десетар)
Private first class
(Разводник)
Private
(Војник)
Serbia No insignia
Ensign, 1st class
(Заставник I класе)
Ensign
(Заставник)
Senior Chief Petty Officer
(Старији Водник I класе)
Chief Petty Officer
(Старији Водник)
Petty Officer
(Водник)
Master Seaman
(Млађи водник)
Leading Seaman
(Десетар)
Able Seaman
(Разводник)
Seaman Recruit
(Војник)
Serbia
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No insignia
Warrant officer 1st class
(Заставник I класе)
Warrant officer
(Заставник)
Senior sergeant 1st class
(Старији Водник I класе)
Senior Sergeant
(Старији Водник)
Sergeant
(Водник)
Corporal
(Млађи водник)
Senior airman
(Десетар)
Airman first class
(Разводник)
Airman basic
(Војник)
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1

Historical ranks

Generals

There were only three ranks in pre-World War I Serbia: General (from 1872), Army General (from 1900 to 1901) and Field Marshal (Serbian: Бојни Bojвода) (from 1901). Four ranks were introduced in Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes in 1923, and lasted until 1945. There were only two types of shoulder cords: with doubleheaded eagle and coat of arms of Kingdom of SHS or Kingdom of Yugoslavia for Field Marshal and without for all other General ranks. The different general grades were indicated by 6-pointed stars on the cuffs. Also the backing cloth for the shoulder cords was light blue for army general (was honorary rank in period from 1900-1901) and divisional generals and in a colour of service for brigadier general. During the Middle Ages, the Vojvoda was a military commander rank and a noble titule. In the Balkan Wars and World War I this title was used to designate the highest military rank in Serbian Army and later Royal Yugoslav Army (above the General - as equalent of Field Marshal in other armies). This rank was introduced by the law on the Organization of the Army Kingdom of Serbia in 1901. It has been awarded only during the war for: special merits of top generals. The first Field Marshal was promoted by the Great military decree of the Kingdom of Serbia on 20 October 1912. Only four people ever officially held that military rank: Radomir Putnik (got it in 1912), Stepa Stepanović (1914), Živojin Mišić (1914) and Petar Bojović (1918). Honorary title but not military rank held Montenegrin General Janko Vukotić (1915) and the French General Louis Franchet d'Espérey (1921). After unification of Kingdom of Serbia in to Kingdom SHS (later Kingdom Yugoslavia) no further officers where promoted to rank of Field Marshal. King of Yugoslavia held the rank of Supreme Commander and wear special Field Marshal uniform.

In SHS and Yugoslavia

RanksField MarshalArmy GeneralDivisional GeneralBrigadier General
Ranks in SerbianБојни Војвода
Bojni Vojvoda
Армијски ђенерал
Armijski đeneral
Дивизијски ђенерал
Divizijski đeneral
Бригадни ђенерал
Brigadni đeneral

Officers

RanksColonelLieutenant ColonelMajorCaptain, 1st classCaptain, 2nd classLieutenantSub-Lieutenant
Ranks in SerbianПуковник
Pukovnik
Потпуковник
Potpukovnik
Мајор
Major
Капетан I класе
Kapetan I klase
Капетан II класе
Kapetan II klase
Поручник
Poručnik
Потпоручник
Potporučnik

NCOs (Only in SHS and Yugoslavia)

RanksSergeant-Major, 1st classSergeant-Major, 2nd classSergeant-Major, 3rd class
Ranks in SerbianНаредник-Водник I класе
Narednik-Vodnik I klase
Наредник-Водник II класе
Narednik-Vodnik II klase
Наредник-Водник III класе
Narednik-Vodnik III klase

Soldiers

RanksSergeantJunior SergeantCorporalPrivate
Ranks in SerbianНаредник
Narednik
Поднаредник
Podnarednik
Каплар
Kaplar
Редов
Redov
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