Military Rank Equivalents

Military rank (or rank) is a system of listing the seniority and command (degree of decision-making responsibility) within military organizations. The following are rank equivalents in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) three service branches: Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Commissioned Officers

AIR FORCE (RAAF) ARMY NAVY (RAN)
 Marshal of the RAAF MRAAF Field Marshal FM Admiral of the Fleet AF
 Air Chief Marshal ACM General GEN Admiral ADML
 Air Marshal AIRMSHL Lieutenant General LTGEN Vice Admiral VADM
 Air Vice-Marshal AVM Major General MAJGEN Rear Admiral RADM
 Air Commodore AIRCDRE Brigadier BRIG Commodore CDRE
 Group Captain GPCAPT Colonel COL Captain CAPT
 Wing Commander WGCDR Lieutenant Colonel LTCOL Commander CMDR
 Squadron Leader SQNLDR Major MAJ Lieutenant Commander LCDR
 Flight Lieutenant FLTLT Captain CAPT Lieutenant LEUT
 Flying Officer FLGOFF Lieutenant LT Sub Lieutenant SBLT
 Pilot Officer PLTOFF 2nd Lieutenant 2LT
Midshipman MIDN

Note: Lieutenant is pronounced “Left-tenant”

Warrant Officers

AIR FORCE (RAAF) ARMY NAVY (RAN)
 Warrant Officer WOFF Warrant Officer Class One WO1 Warrant Officer WO
see note Warrant Officer Class Two WO2 see note

NOTE: The Army rank of Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2) is equivalent to both
the RAN rank of Chief Petty Officer (CPO) and the RAAF rank of Flight Sergeant (FSGT).

Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs)

AIR FORCE (RAAF) ARMY NAVY (RAN)
 Flight Sergeant FSGT see note Chief Petty Officer CPO
Staff Sergeant SSGT
 Sergeant SGT Sergeant SGT Petty Officer PO
 Corporal CPL Corporal
Bombardier
CPL
LBDR
Leading Seaman LS
Lance Corporal
Lance Bombardier
LCPL
LBDR

Other Ranks

AIR FORCE (RAAF) ARMY NAVY (RAN)
 Leading Aircraftman
Leading Aircraftwoman
LAC
LAC W
Able Seaman AB
 Aircraftman
Aircraftwoman
AC
AC W
Private PTE
Bandsman
Craftsman CFN
Gunner GNR
Sapper SPR
Signaller SIG
Trooper TPR
Seaman SMN

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An enlistee in the RAAF is referred to as an Aircraftman / Aircraftwoman Recruit (ACR / ACWR) and remains as such until graduation from basic training (1RTU). On completion of basic training, the graduate is reclassified to the rank of Aircraftman / Aircraftwoman (AC/ACW).

The term “Australian Defence Force” is singular and is the only correct term that should be used. “Australian Defence Forces” with an “s” is wrong. The following terms are also wrong and should not be used: “armed services” and “armed forces”.

“Australian Army” is the correct title that should be used, NOT the “Royal Australian Army”.

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