Two-star rank

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A NATO two-star general's rank insignia

An officer of two-star rank is a senior commander in many of the armed services holding a rank described by the NATO code of OF-7. The term is also used by some armed forces which are not NATO members. Typically, two-star officers hold the rank of rear admiral, counter admiral, major general, or in the case of those air forces with a separate rank structure, air vice-marshal.

Australian two-star ranks[edit]

In the Australian Defence Force the following ranks of commissioned officers are awarded two-star ranks:

Brazil two-star ranks[edit]

Brazilian General de Brigada

The two-star rank in Brazil is the first rank in a general career; the officers in this position are normally brigade commanders.

Canadian two-maple-leaves ranks[edit]

Rather than stars, the Canadian Forces insignia use maple leaves; the maple leaves appear with St. Edward's crown and crossed sabre and baton. Before unification, air vice marshal was the two-star rank for the RCAF.


The equivalent modern German two-star ranks (OF-7) of the Bundeswehr are as follows:

Not to be confused with Generalmajor and Vizeadmiral (one-star ranks; OF-6) of the Wehrmacht until 1945 and of the National People's Army of East Germany until German reunification in 1990.

Indian two-star ranks[edit]

An Indian Navy Rear Admiral in a car having two-stars.

Indonesian two-star ranks[edit]

Pakistani two-star ranks[edit]

Bangladesh two-star ranks[edit]

Philippine two-star ranks[edit]

United Kingdom two-star ranks[edit]

A British major-general wearing two-star insignia

United States two-star ranks[edit]

USSR / Russian Federation[edit]

In the Russian and Soviet armies, the rank wearing two stars is lieutenant-general (Russian: Генерал-лейтенант), however the general in charge of a unit equivalent to the one led by a NATO two-star general (a division) is major-general (генерал-майор). This also applies to the air force, MVD, police, FSB and some others, and is caused by a Russian brigades being commanded by colonel, with the smallest unit commanded by a general being a division. In the navy, the equivalent rank is kontr-admiral (контр-адмирал).

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