Rank: Pilot Officer

Equivelant USAAF/Luftwaffe Rank: Second Lieutenant / Leutnant

NATO ranking code: OF-1

Rank Structure: Pilot Officer is the lowest commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force and ranks immediately below Flying Officer.

Insignia: The insignia, which consists of a thin Blue band on a slightly wider Black band, is worn on the lower sleeve of the tunic or the epaulette on the shoulder of the uniform.

Rank: Flying Officer

Equivalent USAAF/Luftwaffe Rank: First Lieutenant / Oberleutnant

NATO ranking code: OF-1

Rank Structure: Flying Officer ranks above Pilot Officer and immediately below Flight Lieutenant

Insignia: The insignia, which consists of a narror Blue band on a slightly wider Black band, is worn on the lower sleeve of the tunic or the epaulette on the shoulder of the uniform.

Rank: Flight Lieutenant

Equivalent USAAF/Luftwaffe Rank: Captain / Hauptmann

NATO ranking code: OF-2

Rank Structure: Flight Lieutenant ranks above Flying Officer and immediately below Squadron Leader

Insignia: The insignia, which consists of two narror Blue band on slightly wider Black bands, is worn on the lower sleeve of the tunic or the epaulette on the shoulder of the uniform.

Rank: Squadron Leader

Equivalent USAAF/Luftwaffe Rank: Major / Major

NATO ranking code: OF-3

Rank Structure: Squadron Leader ranks above Flight Lieutenant and immediately below Wing Commander

Insignia: The insignia, which consists of a thin Blue band on a slightly wider Black band between two narror Blue band on slightly wider Black bands, is worn on the lower sleeve of the tunic or the epaulette on the shoulder of the uniform.

Rank: Wing Commander

Equivalent USAAF/Luftwaffe Rank: Lieutenant-Colonel / Oberstleutnant

NATO ranking code: OF-4

Rank Structure: Wing Commander ranks above Squadron Leader and immediately below Group Captain

Insignia: The insignia, which consists of three narror Blue band on slightly wider Black bands, is worn on the lower sleeve of the tunic or the epaulette on the shoulder of the uniform.

Rank: Group Captain

Equivalent USAAF/Luftwaffe Rank: Colonel / Oberst

NATO ranking code: OF-5

Rank Structure: Group Captain ranks above Wing Commander and immediately below Air Commodore

Insignia: The insignia, which consists of four narror Blue band on slightly wider Black bands, is worn on the lower sleeve of the tunic or the epaulette on the shoulder of the uniform.

Rank: Air Commodore

Equivelent USAAF/Luftwaffe Rank: Brigadier / Generalmajor

NATO ranking code: OF-6

Rank Structure: Air Commodore ranks above Group Captain and immediately below Air Vice-Marshall

Insignia: The insignia, which consists of a Light Blue band on a wide Black band, is worn on the lower sleeve of the tunic or the epaulette on the shoulder of the uniform.

Rank: Air Vice-Marshall

Equivalent USAAF/Luftwaffe Rank: Major-General / Generalleutnant

NATO ranking code: OF-7

Rank Structure: Air Vice-Marshall ranks above Air Commodore and immediately below Air Marshall

Insignia: The insignia, which consists of a narror Light Blue band on slightly wider Black band and a Light Blue band on a wide Black band, is worn on the lower sleeve of the tunic or the epaulette on the shoulder of the uniform.

Rank: Air Marshall

Equivalent USAAF/Luftwaffe Rank: Lieutenant-General / General der Flieger

NATO ranking code: OF-8

Rank Structure: Air Marshall ranks above Air Vice-Marshall and immediately below Air Chief Marshall

Insignia: The insignia, which consists of two narror Light Blue bands on slightly wider Black bands and a Light Blue band on a wide Black band, is worn on the lower sleeve of the tunic or the epaulette on the shoulder of the uniform.

Rank: Air Chief Marshall

Equivalent USAAF/Luftwaffe Rank: General / Generaloberst

NATO ranking code: OF-9

Rank Structure: Air Chief Marshall ranks above Air Marshall and immediately below Marshall of the RAF

Insignia: The insignia, which consists of three narror Light Blue bands on slightly wider Black bands and a Light Blue band on a wide Black band, is worn on the lower sleeve of the tunic or the epaulette on the shoulder of the uniform.

Rank: Marshall of the Royal Air Force

Equivalent USAAF/Luftwaffe Rank: General of the Air Force / Generalfeldmarschall

NATO ranking code: OF-10

Rank Structure: Marshall of the Royal Air Force is the highest rank in the RAF

Insignia: The insignia, which consists of four narror Light Blue bands on slightly wider Black bands and a Light Blue band on a wide Black band, is worn on the lower sleeve of the tunic or the epaulette on the shoulder of the uniform.

Equivalent Officer Ranks of the British Armed Forces
NATO RANK OF-1 OF-2 OF-3 OF-4 OF-5 OF-6 OF-7 OF-8 OF-9 OF-10
ROYAL NAVY
Mid
SLt
Lt
Lt Cdr
Cdr
Capt
Cdre
R-Adm
V-Adm
Adm
Adm of
the Fleet
ROYAL MARINES
2Lt
Lt
Capt
Maj
Lt Col
Col
Brig
Maj-Gen
Lt-Gen
Gen
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ARMY
2Lt
Lt
Capt
Maj
Lt Col
Col
Brig
Maj-Gen
Lt-Gen
Gen
FM
RAF
Plt Off
Fg Off
Flt Lt
Sqn Ldr
Wg Cdr
Gp Capt
Air Cdre
AVM
AM
ACM
MRAF