Other ranks (UK)

Other ranks (ORs) in the Royal Marines, British Army, Royal Air Force and in the armies and air forces of many other Commonwealth countries are those personnel who are not commissioned officers, usually including non-commissioned officers (NCOs).[1][2] (In the Royal Navy, these personnel are called "ratings"[3] rather than "other ranks". Non-commissioned member is the equivalent term for the Canadian Armed Forces.) Colloquially, members of the other ranks are known as "rankers".

The term is often considered to exclude warrant officers, and occasionally also excludes NCOs. Formally, a regiment consists of the "officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men" or the "officers, warrant officers and other ranks".[4]

British India

In British India, a distinction was made between British other ranks (BORs) and Indian other ranks (IORs).[5][6]

Comparative ranks

NATO CodeOR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1
United Kingdom
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No equivalent No equivalent No equivalent
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2
(phased out 2014)
Chief petty officer Petty officer Leading seaman Able seaman
United Kingdom
(Royal Marines)

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No equivalent No equivalent No insignia
Warrant officer class 1 WO1. Warrant officer class 2 WO2. Colour sergeant CSgt. Sergeant Sgt. Corporal Cpl. Lance Corporal LCpl. Marine Mne.
NATO CodeOR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1
United Kingdom
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No equivalent No insignia
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Staff/Colour sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Private
(or equivalent)
NATO CodeOR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1
United Kingdom
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No equivalent No equivalent No insignia
Warrant officer Flight sergeant Chief technician Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal
RAF Regiment only
Senior aircraftman/
woman technician
Senior aircraftman/ woman Leading aircraftman/ woman Aircraftman/ woman
United Kingdom
(Aircrew)
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No equivalent No equivalent
Master aircrew Flight sergeant aircrew Sergeant aircrew
NATO CodeOR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1

See also

References

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