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Military ranks and insignia of Norway

The green part represents soldiers and the equivalent of non-commissioned officers. The blue part represents officers. Norway does not have a NCO-system and thus Sergeant and Quartermaster are grouped with the officers under the common designation befal. The officers are divided into three groups: The befal (company officers, ranks Ensign to Captain inclusive), the staff officers (stabsoffiser, ranks Major to Brigader inclusive), and the generals (Major General to General inclusive).

Fenrik (Ensign) was previously referred to as Second Lieutenant (Norwegian: Fenrik), while the rank of lieutenant went by First Lieutenant. The rank of Brigadier is not an old tradition in the Norwegian armed forces and was instated as a replacement for Oberst I (First Colonel); what is now Oberst was previously Oberst II (Second Colonel).

As shown, the Cavalry have two ranks which differ from the regular Army: Dragon (Dragoon) instead of Menig (Private), and Rittmester (Master of the Horse) instead of Kaptein (Captain).

The ranks of Grenader and Matros are bestowed upon soldiers who have finished the 12 months compulsory service and have signed one or more three-year contracts to continue serving. The ranks of Visekorporal/Visekonstabel/Vingsoldat (Corporal/Leading Rate) are usually ascribed to soldiers with long and/or outstanding service, though may be bestowed on soldiers with extra responsibilities (e.g. the shift-commander among a group of soldiers on guard-duty). A UB-Korporal/Kvartermesteraspirant (Rate Corporal/Petty Officer-in-training) is a soldier who has finished the UB course (Utskrevet Befalskurs), a course intended to prepare conscripted soldiers for non-commissioned officer duties, but is still under training in "the field". After one year course and service these soldiers are qualified for the rank of Sersjant or Kvartermester.

Contents

  • Norwegian military ranks 1
  • Graphical view of insignia 2
    • Army 2.1
    • Air force 2.2
    • Navy 2.3
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Norwegian military ranks

Army Air Force Navy NATO

Menig
Private

Flysoldat

Menig
Junior Seaman
OR1

Visekorporal
Lance Corporal

Vingsoldat

Visekonstabel
Seaman
OR2

Visekorporal 1. Klasse
Master Lance Corporal

Vingsoldat 1. Klasse
No equivalent OR3

Korporal
Corporal

Korporal
Corporal

Konstabel
Leading Seaman
OR4

Sersjant
Sergeant

Sersjant
Sergeant

Kvartermester
Petty Officer
OR5

Fenrik
Second Lieutenant

Fenrik
Sub-lieutenant
OF1

Løytnant
Lieutenant

Løytnant
Lieutenant
OF1

Kaptein
Captain

Kapteinløytnant
Lieutenant Commander
OF2

Major
Major

Orlogskaptein
Commander
OF3

Oberstløytnant
Lieutenant Colonel

Kommandørkaptein
Commander, Senior grade
OF4

Oberst
Colonel

Kommandør
Captain (Navy)
OF5

Brigader
Brigadier

Flaggkommandør
Commodore
OF6

Generalmajor
Major General

Kontreadmiral
Rear Admiral
OF7

Generalløytnant
Lieutenant General

Viseadmiral
Vice Admiral
OF8

General
General

Admiral
Admiral
OF9

Graphical view of insignia

Army

NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student Officer
 Norway() No Equivalent
General

Generalløytnant

Generalmajor

Brigader

Oberst

Oberstløytnant

Major

Kaptein / Rittmester

Løytnant

Fenrik
No Equivalent No Equivalent
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Norway
()
No Equivalent No Equivalent
Sersjant Korporal Visekorporal 1. klasse Visekorporal Menig


Air force

NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student Officer
Norway
()
No Equivalent
General

Generalløytnant

Generalmajor

Brigader

Oberst

Oberstløytnant

Major

Kaptein / Rittmester

Løytnant

Fenrik
No Equivalent No Equivalent
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Norway
()
No Equivalent No Equivalent
Sersjant Korporal Vingsoldat 1. klasse Vingsoldat Flysoldat


Navy

NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student Officer
Norway
()
no equivalent no equivalent no equivalent
Admiral Viseadmiral Kontreadmiral Flaggkommandør Kommandør Kommandørkaptein Orlogskaptein Kapteinløytnant Løytnant Fenrik
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Norway
()
No Equivalent No Equivalent
Kvartermester Konstabel Visekonstabel 1. klasse Visekonstabel Menig


References

External links

  • Norwegian armed forces ranks
  • Uniform regulations
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