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Military ranks of Brazil

Military of Brazil

Components
Army
Air Force
Navy
Military Police
Ranks
Military ranks of Brazil
History
Military history of Brazil

This article presents the insignia and ranks of the Brazilian military. These ranks originate from those adopted upon Brazil's independence from Portugal in 1822. Nowadays they are defined by Act no. 6880 of December 9, 1980.[1] The following ranks show Brazil's military insignia and its corresponding NATO codes.

Air Force ranks date from 1941, when the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira) was organized as a merger of the Navy's Aeronaval Force and the Army's Aviation Service.[2]

Contents

  • Rank table 1
    • Officers 1.1
    • Non-commissioned ranks 1.2
  • Notes 2
  • See also 3
  • External links 4

Rank table

The shoulder epaulette pads from Navy and Air Force indicate both rank and specialty branch. The air force examples below are shown without branch designation marks on the epaulettes, with the exception of the ranks of Air Lieutenant-Brigadier and Air Marshall, which can only be occupied by pilots. Army shoulder pads do not represent branch, as this is indicated elsewhere in the uniform like on the cuff and sleeves of the dress and everyday uniforms.

Officers

All officer ranks differ per service as shown in the colors used in the epaulette pads. The Navy also uses cuff rank insignia like most navies everywhere. The Brazilian Marine Corps, as part of the Navy, uses naval ranks save for its basic enlisted ranks, thus Seamen and Seamen Recruits are called as Privates (Soldado FN) and Recruits (Recruta FN) respectively.

Brazilian Navy Brazilian Army Brazilian Air Force Brazilian Military Police
and Military Firefighters
General Officers and Flag Officers

Admiral
(Almirante)
Wartime use only

Marshal
(Marechal)
Wartime use only

Marshal of the Air
(Marechal-do-ar)
Wartime use only
(No equivalent)

Squadron Admiral
(Almirante-de-esquadra)

Army General
(General-de-exército)

Air Lieutenant Brigadier
(Tenente-Brigadeiro-do-Ar)
(No direct rank equivalent;
equates to some senior
appointments of Colonel)

Vice Admiral
(Vice-almirante)

Divisional General
(General-de-divisão)

Brigadier Major
(Major-Brigadeiro)
(No direct rank equivalent;
equates to some senior
appointments of Colonel)

Counter Admiral
(Contra-almirante)

Brigade General
(General-de-brigada)

Brigadier
(Brigadeiro)
(No direct rank equivalent;
equates to some senior
appointments of Colonel)
Senior Officers

Captain of Sea and War
(Capitão-de-mar-e-guerra)

Colonel
(Coronel)

Colonel
(Coronel)

Colonel
(Coronel)

Frigate Captain
(Capitão-de-fragata)

Lieutenant Colonel
(Tenente-coronel)

Lieutenant Colonel
(Tenente-coronel)

Lieutenant Colonel
(Tenente-coronel)

Corvette Captain
(Capitão-de-corveta)
OF-3

Major
(Major)

Major
(Major)

Major
(Major)
Intermediary Officers

Captain Lieutenant
(Capitão-tenente)

Captain
(Capitão)

Captain
(Capitão)

Captain
(Capitão)
Subaltern Officers

First Lieutenant
(Primeiro-tenente)

First Lieutenant
(Primeiro-tenente)

First Lieutenant
(Primeiro-tenente)

First Lieutenant
(Primeiro-tenente)

Second Lieutenant
(Segundo-tenente)

Second Lieutenant
(Segundo-tenente)

Second Lieutenant
(Segundo-tenente)

Second Lieutenant
(Segundo-tenente)
Special non-commissioned officers[3]

Midshipman
(Guarda-marinha)

Aspirant Officer
(Aspirante-a-oficial)

Aspirant
(Aspirante)

Aspirant Officer
(Aspirante-a-oficial)

Non-commissioned ranks

Brazilian Navy Brazilian Army Brazilian Air Force Brazilian Military Police
and Military Firefighters
Non-commissioned ranks

Sub-officer
(Suboficial)

Sublieutenant
(Subtenente)

Sub-officer
(Suboficial)

Sublieutenant
(Subtenente)
Brazilian Army
First
Sergeant
(primeiro-sargento)
Second
Sergeant
(segundo-sargento)
Third
Sergeant
(terceiro-sargento)
Corporal (cabo)
or
Senior Specialist (taifeiro-mor)
Soldier (soldado)
or
Specialist (taifeiro)
Brazilian Navy
First
Sergeant
(primeiro-sargento)
Second
Sergeant
(segundo-sargento')
Third
Sergeant
(terceiro-sargento)
Corporal (cabo) Seaman (marinheiro),

or Naval Fusilier Soldier (Soldado Fuzileiros Navais)
Brazilian Air Force
First
Sergeant
(primeiro-sargento)
Second
Sergeant
(segundo-sargento)
Third
Sergeant
(terceiro-sargento)
Corporal (cabo)
or
Senior Specialist (taifeiro-mor)
Soldier (soldado)
or
Specialist (taifeiro)
Brazilian Military Police
First Sergeant
(primeiro Sargento)
Second Sergeant
(segundo Sargento)
Third Sergeant
(terceiro Sargento)
Corporal
(cabo)
Soldier (soldado)

Notes

  1. ^ Act no. 6880 of December 9, 1980.
  2. ^ Instituto Histórico e Cultural da Aeronáutica, História geral da aeronáutica brasileira, v. 3
  3. ^ As treated by Act 6880/1980, the "special non-commissioned officers" listed here are non-commissioned officers that are on their way to become full-fledged commissioned officers. As such, in most instances they are treated the same as subaltern officers and take on basically the same tasks. As a rule, however, special non-commissioned officers do not take on command jobs.

See also

External links

  • Brazilian Ministry of Defence Ministério da Defesa (Portuguese)
  • Military Orders and Medals from Brazil (Portuguese)
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