Military ranks of the Swedish Armed Forces
Rank order and duty grade
The Swedish Armed Forces uses the term tjänsteställning to describe a comparative order of seniority and responsibility (etc.).ranks are shown in the table below.
OF-9 (General, Amiral) OF-8 (Generallöjtnant, Viceamiral) OF-7 (Generalmajor, Konterameral) OF-6 (Brigadgeneral, Flottiljamiral) OF-5 (Överste, Kommendör) OF-4 (Överstelöjtnant, Kommendörkapten) OR-9 (Regements-/Flottiljförvaltare) OF-3 (Major, Örlogskapten) OF-2 (Kapten) OR-8 (Förvaltare) OF-1 (Löjtnant) OR-7 (Fanjunkare, Flagg- styrman,konstapel,maskinist) OF-1 (Fänrik) OR-6 (Förste Sergeant, Förste- styrman,konstapel,maskinist) Squad leaders, soldiers and seamen OR-5 (Sergeant) OR-4 (Korpral) OR-3 (Vice korpral) OR-2 (Menig 1kl) OR-1 (Menig)
Distribution of personnel vs ranks
Personnel Officers, including reserve officers 2009 2010 OF-9 General / Admiral 2 2 OF-7 - OF-8 Maj, General / Rear Admiral, Lt. General / Vice Admiral 40 43 OF-6 Brigadier General / Rear Admiral LH 85 86 OF-5 Colonel / Captain (N) 268 263 OF-4 Lieutenant Colonel / Commander 1,174 1,217 OF-3 Major / Lieutenant Commander 3,053 2,891 OF-2 Captain / Lieutenant (N) 7,586 7,433 OF-1 Lieutenant / Sub Lieutenant 5,652 5,428 OF-1 Second Lieutenant / Acting Sub Lieutenant 571 749 OR-9 Regimental Sergeant Major / Command Master Chief Petty Officer 0 0 OR-8 Sergeant Major / Master Chief Petty Officer ' 0 0 OR-7 Colour Sergeant 21 8 OR-6 First Sergeant 260 89+(427) Total number of officers 18,712 18,636 Soldiers, seamen, specialists and squad leaders, not including conscripts OR-5 Sergeant 770 909 OR-4 Corporal OR-3 Lance Corporal OR-2 Private 1st class OR-1 Private Total number of solider, seamen, specialists and squad leaders 770[not in citation given] 909[not in citation given] Officer candidates Officer candidates who graduate as Fanrik 2010 107 Officer candidates who graduate as Fanrik 2011 117 Officer candidates who graduate as Fanrik 2012 163 S-Officer candidates who graduate as First Sergeant 2010 317 Total officer candidates 704
Ranks and Insignias
The table below shows ranks according to seniority, with the most senior to the right. OF denotes officers, OR other ranks (as per STANAG 2116). Those ranks were ratified by the supreme commander on October 24, 2008 and became effective as of January 1, 2009.. Military ranks of (primarily) Great Britain have been used as a basis for harmonization with NATO.
Soldiers Specialist Officers (NCO) Officers (NCO and CO) OR-1 OR-2 OR-3 OR-4 OR-5 OR-6 OR-7 OR-8 OR-9 OF-1 OF-2 OF-3 OF-4 OF-5 OF-6 OF-7 OF-8 OF-9 Branch
Menig Menig 1kl2 Vicekorpral Korpral Sergeant Förste sergeant Fanjunkare Förvaltare Regements-
Fänrik Löjtnant Kapten Major Överste-
General Navy Seamen Specialist Officers (NCO) Officers (NCO and CO) OR-1 OR-2 OR-3 OR-4 OR-5 OR-6 OR-7 OR-8 OR-9 OF-1 OF-2 OF-3 OF-4 OF-5 OF-6 OF-7 OF-8 OF-9 Menig Menig 1kl2 Vicekorpral Korpral Sergeant Förste
Fänrik Löjtnant Kapten Örlogskapten' Komendör-
Viceamiral Amiral Air
Airmen Specialist Officers (NCO) Officers (NCO and CO) OR-1 OR-2 OR-3 OR-4 OR-5 OR-6 OR-7 OR-8 OR-9 OF-1 OF-2 OF-3 OF-4 OF-5 OF-6 OF-7 OF-8 OF-9 Menig Menig 1kl2 Vicekorpral Korpral Sergeant Förste sergeant Fanjunkare Förvaltare Flottilj-
Fänrik Löjtnant Kapten Major Överste-
General Trainee Defense school students OR-2 OR-3 OR-4 OR-5 Aspirant year 1 year 2 year 3 Home
Home Guard Soliders and Squad Leaders Home Guard Officers OR-1 OR-2 OR-4 OR-5 OR-6 OR-7 OF-1 OF-2 OF-3 Menig Menig 1kl Korpral Sergeant Förste sergeant Fanjunkare Fänrik Löjtnant Kapten Major
- 1 Menig wear branch insignia (see table below).
- 2 Menig 1kl are given one additional bar/stripe per year in service (see table below) without advancement in rank, seniority and skill level. Therefore, insignias with more than one stripe is out of the scope of the rank table and hence put separately.
Branch insignias Infantry Cavalry Artillery Armored Air-Defense Engineering Signal Supply Amphibious Years in service insignias for Menig 1kl Army, Amphibious Corps Navy Air force
Translation to English
This table shows the official translations of the Swedish ranks and their abbreviations.
Translation of OR, Other Ranks to english Code Swedish Rank Army Navy Amphibious Corps Airforce OR-1 Menig Private Pte Seaman S Marine M Airman Amn OR-2 Menig 1.kl Private First Class PFC Seaman First Class SFC Marine First Class MFC Airman First Class AFC OR-3 Vicekorpral Lance Corporal LCpl Able Seaman AS Lance Corporal LCpl Senior Airman SrA OR-4 Korpral Corporal Cpl Able Seaman First Class ASFC Corporal Cpl Corporal Cpl OR-5 Sergeant Sergeant Sgt Leading Seaman LS Sergeant Sgt Sergeant Sgt OR-6 1:e Sergeant
Sergeant First Class SgtFC Petty Officer PO Sergeant First Class SgtFC Sergeant First Class SgtFC OR-7 Fanjunkare
Colour Sergeant CSgt Chief Petty Officer CPO Colour Sergeant CSgt Colour Sergeant CSgt OR-8 Förvaltare Sergeant Major WO2 Master Chief Petty Officer WO Sergeant Major WO2 Sergeant Major WO2 OR-9 Regementsförvaltare
Regimental Sergeant Major WO1 Chief Warrant Officer CWO Regimental Sergeant Major WO1 Wing Sergeant Major WO1 Translation of OF, Officer Ranks to english Code Swedish Rank Army Navy Amphibious Corps Airforce OF-1 Fänrik Second Lieutenant 2Lt Acting Sub-Lieutenant ASLt Second Lieutenant 2Lt Second Lieutenant 2Lt OF-1 Löjtnant Lieutenant Lt Sub-Lieutenant SLt Lieutenant Lt Lieutenant Lt OF-2 Kapten Captain Capt Lieutenant (N)3 Lt (N)3 Captain Capt Captain Capt OF-3 Major
Major Maj Lieutenant Commander LtCdr Major Maj Major Maj OF-4 Överstelöjtnant
Lieutenant Colonel LtCol Commander Cdr Lieutenant Colonel LtCol Lieutenant Colonel LtCol OF-5 Överste
Colonel Col Captain (N)3 Capt (N)3 Colonel Col Colonel Col OF-6 Brigadgeneral
Brigadier General BGen Rear Admiral
RAdm (LH) Brigadier General BGen Brigadier General BGen OF-7 Generalmajor
Major General MajGen Rear Admiral RAdm Major General MajGen Major General MajGen OF-8 Generallöjtnant
Lieutenant General LtGen Vice Admiral VAdm Lieutenant General LtGen Lieutenant General LtGen OF-9 General
General Gen Admiral Adm General Gen General Gen
- 1 used in the Navy.
- 2 used in the Navy and Air Force.
- 3 for clarification of ranks, personnel in Navy appends (N) after rank or abbrevation.
Ranks between 1983 and 2009
soldiers, squad leaders, quartermasters
platoon and company commanders
Professional (NCO and CO)
Instructors, drill sergeants, recruit platoon/company leaders, clerks and administrators
(Plutonsofficerare (NCO) + Kompaniofficerare (NCO) + Regementsofficerare (CO))
Kadett OHS2 1st,2nd year
Fänrik Löjtnant Kapten Major Överste-
Överste Överste 1gr Brigad-
- (1) Specialist school where aspirants graduate as Sergeant (Specialist Officer)(year 2008)
- (2) Military Academy, cadets graduate as Fänrik
- (3) Privates wear insignia of branch. In this case the infantry.
Ranks between 1972 and 1983
Conscripts Conscript Officers Platoon Officers
Regiment Officers (Officers CO) Regular
Fanjunkare Fänrik Löjtnant Kapten Major
Ranks before 1972
Conscripts Conscript Under Officers Conscript Officers Underbefäl (NCO) Underofficerare (NCO) Officerare(CO) Regular
Korpral Furir Överfurir Rustmästare Sergeant
Fanjunkare Förvaltare Fänrik Löjtnant Kapten Major
Historical perspective of Rank order and duty grade
The Swedish Armed Forces uses the term tjänsteställning to describe a comparative order of seniority and responsibility (etc.). When the conscript army was introduced in 1901 all officers had a higher tjänsteställning than the warrant officers(underofficerare) and non-commissioned officers(underbefäl). In a reform 1926 the tjänsteställning of the then highest warrant officer, fanjunkare, was increased to be equal with the junior officer rank underlöjtnant. In 1960 the tjänsteställning of the warrant officers were elevated further so that
i. The lowest warrant officer, sergeant, had a tjänsteställning just below the lowest officer rank, fänrik.
ii. The second warrant officer rank, fanjunkare, had a tjänsteställning between fänrik and löjtnant
iii. The highest warrant officer rank, förvaltare, had a tjänsteställning between lieutenant and captain.
A reform 1972 renamed the underofficerare category kompaniofficerare and gave them the same rank titles and tjänsteställning as the junior officers (fänrik, löjtnant, kapten). The tjänsteställning of the ranks sergeant and fanjunkare were reduced such that fänrik again had a higher tjänsteställning than fanjunkare (the förvaltare rank was abolished). By a major reform (NBO 1983), professional non-commissioned and commissioned officers corps merged into a single corps called professional officers (officers). In 2008 the Swedish parliament decided to reintroduce a two track career system with a category called specialistofficerare. It was decided that some ranks in this category should, like the old underofficerare ranks in 1960-1972, have a tjänsteställning higher than the most junior officers. The current tjänsteställning of the Swedish ranks are shown in the table below.
- ^ a b c http://www.mil.se/upload/dokumentfiler/Årsredovisningar/Årsredovisning%202008/Bilaga%203%20Årsredovisning%202008.pdf
- ^ a b c http://www.forsvarsmakten.se/upload/dokumentfiler/%C3%85rsredovisningar/%C3%85rsredovisning%202009/%C3%85R%2009%20bilaga%202.pdf
- ^ Lieutenant Colonel Landström, Matthias (April 2008). Utveckling av tvåbefälssystemet i Försvarsmakten 16100:66576. pp. 5.
- ^ Translation of ranks to english
- Research: Ph.D. thesis in "War and the career system", Dagens Nyheter by professor Mats Alvesson, researcher of military organization at Lunds University, and Karl Ydén at the University of Göteborg.d=572&a=848314
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