Ranks Of The Royal Air Force

This is the list of ranks in the RAF with their NATO rank codes and USAF equivalents.

Officer Ranks

  • Pilot Officer (OF-1, Second Lieutenant)
  • Flying Officer (OF-1, First Lieutenant)
  • Flight Lieutenant (OF-2, Captain)
  • Squadron Leader (OF-3, Major)
  • Wing Commander (OF-4, Lieutenant Colonel)
  • Group Captain (OF-5, Colonel)
  • Air Commodore (OF-6, Brigadier General)
  • Air Vice-Marshal (OF-7, Major General)
  • Air Marshal (OF-8, Lieutenant General)
  • Air Chief Marshal (OF-9, General)
  • Marshal of the Royal Air Force (OF-10, General of the Air Force, wartime/honorary rank only)

Other Ranks

  • Aircraftman/woman (OR-1, Airman Basic)
  • Leading Aircraftman/woman (OR-2, Airman)
  • Lance Corporal (OR-3, only in the RAF Regiment, Airman First Class)
  • Corporal (OR-4, Senior Airman)
  • Sergeant (OR-5, Staff Sergeant)
  • There is no OR-6 equivalent rank
  • Flight Sergeant/Chief Technician (OR-7, Master Sergeant)
  • There is no OR-8 equivalent rank
  • Warrant Officer (OR-9, Chief Master Sergeant)