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British Military Ranks

British military ranks. British Army ranks. British Royal Air force ranks. British Naval ranks. British Navy ranks.

British Military Ranks.

The British Armed Forces, also known as the Armed Forces of the Crown and Her Majesties Armed Forces, consist of army, airforce and naval services.

The commander in chief of all forces is the monarch with de facto authority given to the presiding Prime Minister.

The British Army is governed by the British parliament, not the monarch, a result of the British Civil War, Bill of Rights of 1689.

The British Air force and Navy is the largest of the European Union and second largest in Nato and has the third largest expenditure after the United States and China.

The forces are made up of both professional ( regular ) and volunteer personnel and regular reservists.

The military ranking system originated in the middle ages, with the modern ranking system bought into operation during the 17th and 18th centuries.

The present Commander in Chief of the British Armed Services is Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II.

The present Chief of Defence staff is Sir David Richards.

The present Secretary of State for armed services is the Right Honorable Philip Hammond MP.

Below is a list of all British military personnel ranks, in descending order.

  

                             Flag of the British Army.

ARMY.

Field Marshall.

General.

Lieutenant General.

Major General.

Brigadier.

Colonel.

Lieutenant Colonel.

Major.

Captain.

Lieutenant.

2nd Lieutenant.

Officer Cadet.

Sergeant.

Corporal.

Private.

  

                         Ensign of the Royal Air Force.

AIR FORCE.

Air Chief Marshall.

Air Marshall.

Air Vice Marshall.

Air Commodore.

Group Captain.

Wing Commander.

Squadron Leader.

Flight Lieutenant.

Flying Officer.

Pilot Officer.

Officer Cadet.

Warrant Officer.

Sergeant.

Corporal.

Aircraftman / woman.

  

                Royal Naval ensign of the United Kingdom.

NAVY.

Admiral of the Fleet.

Admiral.

Commodore.

Captain.

Commander.

Lieutenant Commander.

Lieutenant.

Sub Lieutenant.

Ensign.

Midshipman.

Warrant Officer.

Petty Officer.

Leading seaman / woman.

Seaman / woman.

N.B - The rank of lieutenant is pronounced leftenant in the British military.

                                        

                                              The Triserve 600 badge, of the combined British Forces.

                                                             British military websites;  

                                                                   www.army.mod.uk 

                                                                   www.raf.mod.uk 

                                                                   www.royalnavy.mod.uk 

                                                                   www.armedforces.co.uk                                  

 All images courtesy of the British Ministry of Defence which are all held under Royal Crown copyright protection.

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