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Belgian military ranks

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

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

Officers

NATO
Code
Land Component Air Component Naval Component Medical Component
General officers - Opperofficieren - Officiers généraux
OF-9 General
Dutch: Generaal
French: Général

General
Dutch: Generaal
French: Général

Admiral
Dutch: Admiraal
French: Amiral

No equivalent in
the Medical Component.
OF-8 Lieutenant-General
Dutch: Luitenant-generaal
French: Lieutenant-général
Lieutenant-General
Dutch: Luitenant-generaal
French: Lieutenant-général
Vice-Admiral
Dutch: Vice-admiraal
French: Vice-amiral
No equivalent in
the Medical Component.
OF-7 Major-General
Dutch: Generaal-majoor
French: Général-major

Major-General
Dutch: Generaal-majoor
French: Général-major

Rear-Admiral
Dutch: Divisieadmiraal
French: Amiral de division

Major-General
Dutch: Generaal-majoor
French: Général-major

OF-6 Brigade General
Dutch: Brigade-generaal
French: Général de Brigade

Brigade General
Dutch: Brigade-generaal
French: Général de Brigade

Flotilla Admiral
Dutch: Flottieljeadmiraal
French: Amiral de flottille

Brigade General
Dutch: Brigade-generaal
French: Général de Brigade

Senior officers - Hoofdofficieren - Officiers supérieurs
OF-5 Colonel
Dutch: Kolonel
French: Colonel

Colonel
Dutch: Kolonel
French: Colonel

Captain
Dutch: Kapitein-ter-zee
French: Capitaine de vaisseau

Colonel
Dutch: Kolonel
French: Colonel

OF-4 Lieutenant-Colonel
Dutch: Luitenant-kolonel
French: Lieutenant-colonel

Lieutenant-Colonel
Dutch: Luitenant-kolonel
French: Lieutenant-colonel

Commander sg
Dutch: Fregatkapitein
French: Capitaine de frégate

Lieutenant-Colonel
Dutch: Luitenant-kolonel
French: Lieutenant-colonel

OF-3 Major
Dutch: Majoor
French: Major

Major
Dutch: Majoor
French: Major

Commander
Dutch: Korvetkapitein
French: Capitaine de corvette

Major
Dutch: Majoor
French: Major

Junior officers - Lagere officieren - Officiers subalternes
OF-3 Captain-Commandant
Dutch: Kapitein-commandant
French: Capitaine-commandant

Captain-Commandant
Dutch: Kapitein-commandant
French: Capitaine-commandant

Lieutenant-Commander
Dutch: Luitenant-ter-zee 1ste klasse
French: Lieutenant de vaisseau de 1ère classe

Captain-Commandant
Dutch: Kapitein-commandant
French: Capitaine-commandant

OF-2 Captain
Dutch: Kapitein
French: Capitaine

Captain
Dutch: Kapitein
French: Capitaine

Lieutenant
Dutch: Luitenant-ter-zee
French: Lieutenant de vaisseau

Captain
Dutch: Kapitein
French: Capitaine

OF-1 Lieutenant
Dutch: Luitenant
French: Lieutenant

Lieutenant
Dutch: Luitenant
French: Lieutenant

Sub-Lieutenant
Dutch: Vaandrig-ter-zee
French: Enseigne de vaisseau

Lieutenant
Dutch: Luitenant
French: Lieutenant

OF-1 Sub-Lieutenant
Dutch: Onderluitenant
French: Sous-lieutenant

Sub-Lieutenant
Dutch: Onderluitenant
French: Sous-lieutenant

Ensign
Dutch: Vaandrig-ter-zee 2de klasse
French: Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe

Sub-Lieutenant
Dutch: Onderluitenant
French: Sous-lieutenant

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 Naval 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 Naval 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

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