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Air Force ranks and insignia of the Russian Federation


Air Force ranks and insignia of the Russian Federation

Emblem of the Russian Air Force

The following table presents images of the rank insignia used by the Russian Ground Forces, with the addition of the title "of aviation" to each officers rank, now abandoned.

The English title for each rank is given first, followed by the Russian title, an English transliteration, then the United States Air Force equivalent. Images of each insignia are provided in the table, along with images of the USAF equivalent.

Russian armed forces have two styles of ranks - troop ranks (army style ranks) and deck ranks (navy style ranks). The army uses troop ranks, and so does the Air Force. The following table of Ranks is based on those of the Russian Federation. The Russian Federation eliminated the descriptor "of Aviation" following ranks, however, that descriptor is still in use in this service branch. The rank of a serviceman of a "Guards" unit or formation may be followed by the word “Guards.” The rank of a citizen of the legal, medical or veterinary professions shall be followed by the words “of Justice,” “of the Medical service,” or “of the Veterinary service,” to their respective ranks. The rank of a citizen having reserve or retired status shall be followed by the words “Reserve” or “Retired,” respectively.

Table of Ranks

The rank insignia shown here are in the old duty uniforms, the new parade dress uniform epaulettes are air force blue for NCOs and airmen and gold and blue for the officer corps while everyday dress uniforms retain the old design save for NCOs and airmen epaulette insignia.

Category Troop ranks Rank Insignia NATO Equivalent
Supreme Officers
General Officers
General of the army
(генера́л а́рмии)
(Generál ármii)

Every day blue uniform
Colonel general

Every day blue uniform
Lieutenant general

Every day blue uniform
Major general

Every day blue uniform
Senior Officers
Field Grade Officers

Every day blue uniform
Lieutenant colonel

Every day blue uniform

Every day blue uniform
Junior Officers
Company Grade Officers

Every day blue uniform
Senior lieutenant
(ста́рший лейтена́нт)
(Stárshiy leytenánt)

Every day blue uniform

Every day blue uniform
Junior lieutenant
(мла́дший лейтена́нт)
(Mládshiy leytenánt)

Every day blue uniform
Master non-commissioned officers
Senior warrant officer
(ста́рший пра́порщик)
(Stárshiy práporshchik)

Every day blue uniform
Warrant officer

Every day blue uniform
Petty Officers

Every day green uniform
Senior sergeant
(ста́рший сержа́нт)
(Stárshiy Serdzhánt)

Every day green uniform

Every day green uniform
Junior sergeant[Note 1]
(мла́дший сержа́нт)
(Mládshiy Serzhánt)

Every day green uniform
Private first class

Every day green uniform

Every day green uniform
  1. ^ Equivalent of corporal.

See also

External links

  • Federal Law No. 58-FZ from March 12, 1998 "On military duty and military service" (in Russian)
  • Presidential Decree No. 531 from May 8, 2005 "On military uniform, rank insignia of the servicemen and state bodies' rank isnignia" (in Russian)
  • Military Ranks of Russia
  • Russian military
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