Ranks of the People's Liberation Army Air Force

The ranks in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force are similar to those of the Chinese Army, formally known as the People's Liberation Army Ground Force, except that those of the PLA Air Force are prefixed by 空军 (Kong Jun) meaning Air Force. See Ranks of the People's Liberation Army or the article on an individual rank for details on the evolution of rank and insignia in the PLAAF. This article primarily covers the existing ranks and insignia.

Currents ranks

Ranks of officers

The current system of officer ranks and insignia dates from 1988 and is a revision of the ranks and insignia used from 1955 to 1965. The rank of Kong Jun Yi Ji Shang Jiang (First Class General) was never held and was abolished in 1994.

Title 空军学员
Kong Jun Xue Yuan
空军少尉
Kong Jun Shao Wei
空军中尉
Kong Jun Zhong Wei
空军上尉
Kong Jun Shang Wei
空军少校
Kong Jun Shao Xiao
空军中校
Kong Jun Zhong Xiao
空军上校
Kong Jun Shang Xiao
空军大校
Kong Jun Da Xiao
空军少将
Kong Jun Shao Jiang
空军中将
Kong Jun Zhong Jiang
空军上将
Kong Jun Shang Jiang
Usual Translation Air Force Officer Cadet
(OF-D)
Air Force 2nd Lieutenant
(OF-1)
Air Force Lieutenant
(OF-1)
Air Force Captain
(OF-2)
Air Force Major
(OF-3)
Air Force Lieutenant Colonel
(OF-4)
Air Force Colonel
(OF-5)
Air Force Colonel Commandant
(OF-6)
Air Force Major General
(OF-7)
Air Force Lieutenant General
(OF-8)
Air Force General
(OF-9)
Shoulder Insignia
Collar Insignia

Ranks of Enlisted Personnel

The current system of enlisted ranks and insignia dates from 2009.[1]

Title 空军列兵
Kong Jun Lie Bing
空军上等兵
Kong Jun Shang Deng Bing
空军下士
Kong Jun Xia Shi
空军中士
Kong Jun Zhong Shi
空军上士
Kong Jun Shang Shi
空军四级军士长
Kong Jun Si Ji Jun Shi Zhang
空军三级军士长
Kong Jun San Ji Jun Shi Zhang
空军二级军士长
Kong Jun Er Ji Jun Shi Zhang
空军一级军士长
Kong Jun Yi Ji Jun Shi Zhang
Usual Translation Airman
(OR-1)
Airman 1st Class
(OR-2)
Senior Airman
(OR-3)
Staff Sergeant
(OR-4)
Technical Sergeant
(OR-5)
Master Sergeant
(OR-6)
Senior Master Sergeant
(OR-7)
Chief Master Sergeant
(OR-8)
Command Chief Master Sergeant
(OR-9)
Shoulder Insignia
Collar Insignia

Historical rank insignia

Type 55

Officers

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D) and student officer
China No equivalent
Senior General
空军大将
General
空军上将
Lieutenant General
空军中将
Major General
空军少将
Colonel Commandant
空军大校
Colonel
空军上校
Lieutenant colonel
空军中校
Major
空军少校
Captain
空军大尉
First lieutenant
空军上尉
Second Lieutenant
空军中尉
Junior Lieutenant
空军少尉
Aspirant
空军准尉

Enlisted and NCOs

Rank category Rank Shoulder board insignia Collar insignia
NCOs Staff Sergeant No shoulder insignia
Sergeant
Corporal
Airmen Airman First Class
Airman

References

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