Military ranks of Serbia

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This is a list of military ranks used by the Serbian Armed Forces. Although a landlocked country, Serbia maintains a river flotilla (small river navy) of about 15 vessels on the Danube river.

Current ranks[edit]

Commissioned officers[edit]

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the army, River Flotilla and air force respectively.

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer
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No equivalent 18-Serbian Army-GEN.svg 17-Serbian Army-LG.svg 16-Serbian Army-MG.svg 15-Serbian Army-BG.svg 14-Serbian Army-COL.svg 13-Serbian Army-LTC.svg 12-Serbian Army-MAJ.svg 11-Serbian Army-CPT.svg 10-Serbian Army-LT.svg 09-Serbian Army-SLT.svg Unknown
General
(Генерал)
Lieutenant General
(Генерал-Потпуковник)
Major General
(Генерал-Мајор)
Brigadier General
(Бригадни Генерал)
Colonel
(Пуковник)
Lieutenant Colonel
(Потпуковник)
Major
(Мајор)
Captain
(Капетан)
Lieutenant
(Поручник)
Second Lieutenant
(Потпоручник)


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No equivalent 18-Serbian Navy-ADM.svg 17-Serbian Navy-VADM.svg 16-Serbian Navy-RADM.svg 15-Serbian Navy-CDRE.svg 14-Serbian Navy-CAPT.svg 13-Serbian Navy-CDR.svg 12-Serbian Navy-LCDR.svg 11-Serbian Navy-LT.svg 10-Serbian Navy-LTJG.svg 09-Serbian Navy-ENS.svg Unknown
Admiral
Адмирал
Vice Admiral
Вице Адмирал
Rear Admiral
Контра Адмирал
Commodore
Комодор
Captain
Капетан Бојног Брода
Fregattenkapitän
Капетан Фрегате
Korvettenkapitän
Капетан Корвете
Fregattenleutnant
Поручник Фрегате
Korvettenleutnant
Поручник Корвете
Unterleutnant
Потпоручник


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No equivalent 18-Serbian Air Force-GEN.svg 17-Serbian Air Force-LG.svg 16-Serbian Air Force-MG.svg 15-Serbian Air Force-BG.svg 14-Serbian Air Force-COL.svg 13-Serbian Air Force-LTC.svg 12-Serbian Air Force-MAJ.svg 11-Serbian Air Force-CPT.svg 10-Serbian Air Force-LT.svg 09-Serbian Air Force-SLT.svg Unknown
General
(Генерал)
Lieutenant General
(Генерал-Потпуковник)
Major General
(Генерал-Мајор)
Brigadier General
(Бригадни Генерал)
Colonel
(Пуковник)
Lieutenant Colonel
(Потпуковник)
Major
(Мајор)
Captain
(Капетан)
Lieutenant
(Поручник)
Second Lieutenant
(Потпоручник)


Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer

Enlisted[edit]

The rank insignia for enlisted personnel for the army, River Flotilla and air force respectively.

Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
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08-Serbian Army-WO1.svg 07-Serbian Army-WO2.svg 06-Serbian Army-SSFC.svg 05-Serbian Army-SSG.svg 04-Serbian Army-SGT.svg 03-Serbian Army-JSG.svg 02-Serbian Army-CPL.svg 01-Serbian Army-PVT.svg No insignia
Warrant officer 1st class
(Заставник I класе)
Warrant officer
(Заставник)
Senior sergeant 1st class
(Старији Водник I класе)
Senior Sergeant
(Старији Водник)
Sergeant
(Водник)
Corporal
(Млађи водник)
Lance Corporal
(Десетар)
Private first class
(Разводник)
Private
(Војник)


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08-Serbian Navy-WO1.svg 07-Serbian Navy-WO2.svg 06-Serbian Navy-SSFC.svg 05-Serbian Navy-SSG.svg 04-Serbian Navy-SGT.svg 03-Serbian Navy-JSG.svg 02-Serbian Navy-CPL.svg 01-Serbian Navy-PVT.svg No insignia
Ensign, 1st class
(Заставник I класе)
Ensign
(Заставник)
Senior Chief Petty Officer
(Старији Водник I класе)
Chief Petty Officer
(Старији Водник)
Petty Officer
(Водник)
Master Seaman
(Млађи водник)
Leading Seaman
(Десетар)
Able Seaman
(Разводник)
Seaman Recruit
(Војник)


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08-Serbian Air Force-WO1.svg 07-Serbian Air Force-WO2.svg 06-Serbian Air Force-SSFC.svg 05-Serbian Air Force-SSG.svg 04-Serbian Air Force-SGT.svg 03-Serbian Air Force-JSG.svg 02-Serbian Air Force-CPL.svg 01-Serbian Air Force-PVT.svg No insignia
Warrant officer 1st class
(Заставник I класе)
Warrant officer
(Заставник)
Senior sergeant 1st class
(Старији Водник I класе)
Senior Sergeant
(Старији Водник)
Sergeant
(Водник)
Corporal
(Млађи водник)
Senior airman
(Десетар)
Airman first class
(Разводник)
Airman basic
(Војник)
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Historical ranks[edit]

Structure of the Military ranks of Kingdom of Serbia (until 1918)
King of Yugoslavia special Field Marshal insignia with dynasty coat of arms and royal monogram

Generals[edit]

There were only three ranks in pre-World War I Serbia: General (from 1872), Army General (from 1900 to 1901) and Field Marshal (Serbian: Бојни Bojвода) (from 1901). Four ranks were introduced in Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes in 1923, and lasted until 1945. There were only two types of shoulder cords: with doubleheaded eagle and coat of arms of Kingdom of SHS or Kingdom of Yugoslavia for Field Marshal and without for all other General ranks. The different general grades were indicated by 6-pointed stars on the cuffs. Also the backing cloth for the shoulder cords was light blue for army general (was honorary rank in period from 1900-1901) and divisional generals and in a colour of service for brigadier general. During the Middle Ages, the Vojvoda was a military commander rank and a noble titule. In the Balkan Wars and World War I this title was used to designate the highest military rank in Serbian Army and later Royal Yugoslav Army (above the General - as equalent of Field Marshal in other armies). This rank was introduced by the law on the Organization of the Army Kingdom of Serbia in 1901. It has been awarded only during the war for: special merits of top generals. The first Field Marshal was promoted by the Great military decree of the Kingdom of Serbia on 20 October 1912. Only four people ever officially held that military rank: Radomir Putnik (got it in 1912), Stepa Stepanović (1914), Živojin Mišić (1914) and Petar Bojović (1918). Honorary title but not military rank held Montenegrin General Janko Vukotić (1915) and the French General Louis Franchet d'Espérey (1921). After unification of Kingdom of Serbia in to Kingdom SHS (later Kingdom Yugoslavia) no further officers where promoted to rank of Field Marshal. King of Yugoslavia held the rank of Supreme Commander and wear special Field Marshal uniform.

In SHS and Yugoslavia[edit]

Ranks Field Marshal Army General Divisional General Brigadier General
SrpskiCinovi18.PNG
OF-9, OF-8 Armijski djeneral 1918–1945.png
OF-7 Divizijski djeneral 1918-1945.PNG
OF-6 Brigadni djeneral 1918-1945.PNG
Ranks in Serbian Бојни Војвода
Bojni Vojvoda
Армијски ђенерал
Armijski đeneral
Дивизијски ђенерал
Divizijski đeneral
Бригадни ђенерал
Brigadni đeneral

Officers[edit]

Ranks Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain, 1st class Captain, 2nd class Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant
OF-5 Pukovnik 1908-1945.PNG
OF-4 Potpukovnik 1908-1945.PNG
OF-3 Major 1908-1945.PNG
OF-2A Kapetan I klase 1908-1945.PNG
OF-2B Kapetan II klase 1908-1945.PNG
OF-1A Poručnik 1908-1945.PNG
OF-1B Potporučnik 1908-1945.PNG
Ranks in Serbian Пуковник
Pukovnik
Потпуковник
Potpukovnik
Мајор
Major
Капетан I класе
Kapetan I klase
Капетан II класе
Kapetan II klase
Поручник
Poručnik
Потпоручник
Potporučnik

NCOs (Only in SHS and Yugoslavia)[edit]

Ranks Sergeant-Major, 1st class Sergeant-Major, 2nd class Sergeant-Major, 3rd class
OR-8 Narednik-Vodnik I klase 1908-1945.PNG
OR-7 Narednik-Vodnik II klase 1908-1945.PNG
OR-6 Narednik-Vodnik III klase 1908-1945.png
Ranks in Serbian Наредник-Водник I класе
Narednik-Vodnik I klase
Наредник-Водник II класе
Narednik-Vodnik II klase
Наредник-Водник III класе
Narednik-Vodnik III klase

Soldiers[edit]

Ranks Sergeant Junior Sergeant Corporal Private
OR-4 Narednik 1908-1945.PNG
OR-3 Podnarednik 1908-1945.PNG
OR-2 Kaplar 1908-1945.PNG
OR-1 Redov 1908-1945.png
Ranks in Serbian Наредник
Narednik
Поднаредник
Podnarednik
Каплар
Kaplar
Редов
Redov

External links[edit]