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Australia Military Ranks and Abbreviations

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Defense Force

Grade Abbreviation Title
Professional Heads
Vice Chief of the Defence Force VCDF
Chief of Joint Operations CJOPS
Chief of Capability Development CCDG
Chief of the Defence Force CDF

Air Force

Grade Abbreviation Title
E-1 (E-2) Aircraftman
E-3 Leading Aircraftman
Leading Aircraftwoman
Non-Commissioned Officers
E-5 Corporal CPL
E-6 Sergeant SGT
E-8 First Sergeant FSGT
Warrant Officers
E-9 Warrant Officer WOFF
E-10 (Special) Warrant Officer of the Air Force WOFF-AF
Junior Officers
Officer Cadet OFFCDT
O-1 Pilot Officer PLTOFF
O-2 Flying Officer FLGOFF
O-3 Flight Lieutenant FLTLT
Senior Officers
O-4 Squadron Leader SQNLDR
O-5 Wing Commander WGCDR
O-6 Group Captain GPCAPT
Senior Officers
O-7 Air Commodore AIRCDRE
O-8 Air Vice-Marshal AVM
O-9 Air Marshal AIRMSHL
O-10 Air Chief Marshal ACM
Special Marshal of the RAAF MRAAF


Grade Abbreviation Title
Private Soldier
E-0 Recruit REC
E-1 (E-2) Private PTE
E-3 Private Proficient PTE(P)
Junior Non-Commissioned Officers
E-4 Lance Corporal
Lance Bombardier
E-5 Corporal
Senior Non-Commissioned Officers
E-6 Sergeant SGT
E-7 Staff Sergeant SSGT
Warrant Officers
E-8 Warrant Officer Class Two WO2
E-9 Warrant Officer Class One WO1
E-10 Warrant Officer* WO
Officer Trainees
Officer Cadet OCDT
Staff Cadet SCDT
Company Grade Officers
O-1 Second Lieutenant 2LT
O-2 Lieitenant LT
O-3 Captain CAPT
Field Grade Officers
O-4 Major MAJ
O-5 Lieutenant Colonel LTCOL
Senior Officers
O-6 Colonel COL
O-7 Brigadier BRIG
General Officers
(until 1922) Brigadier General BRIGGEN
O-8 Major General MAJGEN
O-9 Lieutenant General LTGEN
O-10 General GEN
O-11 Field MarshalΔ FM
Deputy Chief of Army DCA
Chief of Army CA
* The soldier appointed Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (RSM-A) is the only holder of the Army's warrant officer rank.
Held by Chief of Army (CS) and, when Army officers are appointed to the Joint positions, Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF), Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS) and Chief of Capability Development (CCDG).
Since the end of the Second World War, this rank has only been held when an Army officer is appointed as Chief of the Defence Force (CDF).
Δ This rank is generally reserved for wartime and ceremonial purposes; there are no regular appointments to the rank.


Grade Abbreviation Title
E-2 Seaman SMN
E-3 Able Seaman AB
E-5 Leading Seaman LS
E-6 Petty Officer PO
E-8 Chief Petty Officer CPO
Warrant Officers
E-9 Warrant Officer WO
E-10 (Special) Warrant Officer of the Navy WO-N
Commissioned Officers
S-1 Midshipman MIDN
O-1 Acting Sub Lieutenant ASLT
O-2 Sub Lieutenant SBLT
O-3 Lieutenant LEUT
O-4 Lieutenant Commander LCDR
O-5 Commander CMDR
O-6 Captain CAPT
O-7 Commodore CDRE
O-8 Rear Admiral RADM
O-9 Vice Admiral VADM
O-10 Admiral ADML
O-11 Admiral of the Fleet* AF
*The O-11 position in the navy is honorary and has only ever been held by royalty.

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