Military ranks of the Dutch armed forces

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Koninklijke Landmacht, KL (Royal Netherlands Army, RNLA)

The Landmacht is the land based part of the Dutch military. Its task are the following:

  • To defend Dutch soil and that of NATO allies.
  • To contribute to peace, stability and safety world wide.
  • To support civil authorities in maintaining order, fighting natural disasters and providing humanitarian help, nationally as well as internationally.

Officers

NATO Code OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1

Army
Nl-landmacht-generaal.svg Nl-landmacht-luitenant generaal.svg Nl-landmacht-generaal majoor.svg Nl-landmacht-brigade generaal.svg Nl-landmacht-kolonel.svg Nl-landmacht-luitenant kolonel.svg Nl-landmacht-majoor.svg Nl-landmacht-kapitein ritmeester.svg Nl-landmacht-eerste luitenant.svg Nl-landmacht-tweede luitenant.svg Nl-landmacht-artillerie cavalerie-kornet.svg
Dutch title Generaal Luitenant-Generaal Generaal-Majoor Brigade-Generaal Kolonel Luitenant-Kolonel Majoor Kapitein Eerste-Luitenant Tweede-Luitenant Vaandrig
(cavalry/artillery) Ritmeester (Cavalry only) Kornet
English equivalent General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet

Enlisted ranks

NATO Code OR-8/9 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2/1

Army
Nl-landmacht-adjudant onderofficier.svg Nl-landmacht-sergeant majoor-opperwachtmeester.svg Nl-landmacht-sergeant der 1e klasse-wachtmeester-der-1e-klasse.svg Nl-landmacht-sergeant-wachtmeester.svg Nl-landmacht-korporaal der 1e klasse.svg Nl-landmacht-korporaal.svg Nl-landmacht-soldaat der 1e klasse.svg Nl-landmacht-soldaat der 2e klasse.svg Nl-landmacht-soldaat-der-3e-klasse.svg
Dutch title Adjudant Sergeant-Majoor Sergeant der 1e klasse Sergeant Korporaal der 1e klasse Korporaal Soldaat der 1ste klasse Soldaat der 2de klasse Soldaat der 3e klasse
(cavalry/artillery) Opperwachtmeester Wachtmeester der 1e klasse Wachtmeester Kannonier/huzaar Kannonier/huzaar Kannonier/huzaar
English equivalent Warrant Officer Class I Warrant Officer Class II Staff Sergeant Sergeant Specialist Corporal Lance Corporal Private,
Trooper,
Gunner
Recruit

The rank insignia of the cavalry and military administration for the ranks from 'Korporaal' to 'Sergeant-Majoor' /' Opperwachtmeester' are not in gold, but in silver. The Dutch titles for privates are:

Infantry Cavalry Artillery
Soldaat Huzaar Kannonier
Grenadier Rijder
Jager
Fusilier
Commando

Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu) (Royal Netherlands Air Force, RNLAF)

The Luchtmacht is the air based part of the Dutch military. Its task are the following:

  • Delivering military force wherever the Dutch people desire.
  • Dominating Dutch airspace.
  • Creating safety for military actions by land, sea or air.
  • To contribute to peace, stability and safety world wide.
  • To support civil authorities in maintaining order, fighting natural disasters and providing humanitarian help, nationally as well as internationally.

Officers

NATO Code OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1
NL-VLAG-Luchtmacht.svg
Air force
Nl-luchtmacht-generaal.svg Nl-luchtmacht-luitenant generaal.svg Nl-luchtmacht-generaal majoor.svg Nl-luchtmacht-commodore.svg Nl-luchtmacht-kolonel.svg Nl-luchtmacht-luitenant kolonel.svg Nl-luchtmacht-majoor.svg Nl-luchtmacht-kapitein.svg Nl-luchtmacht-eerste luitenant.svg Nl-luchtmacht-tweede luitenant.svg Nl-luchtmacht-vaandrig.svg
Dutch title Generaal Luitenant-Generaal Generaal-Majoor Commodore Kolonel Luitenant-Kolonel Majoor Kapitein Eerste-Luitenant Tweede-Luitenant Vaandrig
English equivalent Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer Officer Cadet

Enlisted ranks

NATO Code OR-8/9 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
NL-VLAG-Luchtmacht.svg
Air force
Nl-luchtmacht-adjudant onderofficier.svg Nl-luchtmacht-sergeant majoor.svg Nl-luchtmacht-sergeant der 1e klasse.svg Nl-luchtmacht-sergeant.svg Nl-luchtmacht-korporaal der 1e klasse.svg Nl-luchtmacht-korporaal.svg Nl-luchtmacht-soldaat der 1e klasse.svg Nl-luchtmacht-soldaat der 2e klasse.svg Nl-luchtmacht-soldaat der 3e klasse.svg
Dutch title Adjudant-Onderofficier Sergeant-Majoor Sergeant der 1e klasse Sergeant Korporaal der 1e klasse Korporaal Soldaat der 1ste klasse Soldaat der 2de klasse Soldaat der 3de klasse
English equivalent Warrant Officer Class I Warrant Officer Class II Flight Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Senior Aircraftman Leading Aircraftman Aircraftman

Koninklijke Marine, KM (Royal Netherlands Navy, RNLN)

The Marine is the sea based part of the Dutch military. Its task are the following:

  • Defending Dutch interests, including the Dutch Antilles and Aruba, and those of allies world wide.
  • To contribute to peace, stability and safety world wide.
  • To support civil authorities in maintaining order, fighting natural disasters and providing humanitarian help, nationally as well as internationally.

Officers

NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1

Navy
Nl-marine-vloot-admiraal.svg Nl-marine-vloot-luitenant admiraal.svg Nl-marine-vloot-vice-admiraal.svg Nl-marine-vloot-schout schout bij nacht.svg Nl-marine-vloot-commandeur.svg Nl-marine-vloot-kapitein ter zee.svg Nl-marine-vloot-kapitein luitenant ter zee.svg Nl-marine-vloot-luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse.svg Nl-marine-vloot-luitenant ter zee der 2e klasse oudste categorie.svg Nl-marine-vloot-luitenant ter zee der 2e klasse.svg Nl-marine-vloot-luitenant ter zee der 3e klasse.svg
Dutch title Admiraal (due to tradition; actual rank abandoned in 1956) Luitenant-Admiraal Vice-Admiraal Schout bij Nacht Commandeur Kapitein ter Zee Kapitein-luitenant ter Zee Luitenant ter Zee 1ste klasse Luitenant ter Zee der 2e klasse oudste categorie Luitenant ter Zee 2de klasse Luitenant ter Zee 3de klasse
Royal Dutch Marines not in use Generaal Luitenant-Generaal Generaal-Majoor Brigade-Generaal Kolonel Luitenant-Kolonel Majoor Kapitein Luitenant der 1e klasse Luitenant der 2e klasse
English equivalent Admiral of the Fleet,
Captain General of the RNMC
Admiral,
General
Vice Admiral,
Lieutenant General
Rear Admiral,
Major General
Commodore,
Brigadier
Captain,
Colonel
Commander,
Lieutenant Colonel
Lieutenant Commander,
Major
Lieutenant,
Captain
Lieutenant (junior grade) / Sub-Lieutenant,
Lieutenant
Acting Sub-Lieutenant / Ensign,
Second Lieutenant

Enlisted ranks

NATO Code OR-8/9 OR-7 OR-6/5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Navy
Nl-marine-vloot-adjudant onderofficier.svg Nl-marine-vloot-sergeant majoor.svg Nl-marine-vloot-sergeant.svg Nl-marine-vloot-korporaal.svg Nl-marine-vloot-matroos der 1e klasse.svg Nl-marine-vloot-matroos der 2e klasse.svg Nl-marine-vloot-matroos.svg
Dutch title Adjudant Onderofficier Sergeant-Majoor Sergeant Korporaal Matroos der 1ste Klasse Matroos der 2de Klasse Matroos der 3de Klasse
Royal Dutch Marines Adjudant Onderofficier Sergeant-Majoor Sergeant Korporaal Marinier der 1ste Klasse Marinier der 2de Klasse Marinier der 3de Klasse
English equivalent Warrant Officer Chief Petty Officer,
Gunnery Sergeant
Petty Officer 1st Class,
Colour Sergeant
Petty Officer 2nd Class,
Sergeant
Leading Rate,
Corporal
Able Rate,
Lance Corporal
Seaman Recruit,
Marine

Koninklijke Marechaussee, KMar (Royal Military Police)

The Marechaussee, or Royal Netherlands Constabulary, is the gendarmerie and military police force of the Dutch Military. Its tasks are (among others):

  • Support the local police
  • Security of international airports and the Dutch borders
  • Police duties for the Dutch armed forces
  • Protection of Royal palaces and Government buildings.

Officers

NATO Code OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1

Military Police
Nl-marechausee-luitenant generaal.svg Nl-marechausee-generaal majoor.svg Nl-marechausee-brigade generaal.svg Nl-marechaussee-kolonel.svg Nl-marechaussee-luitenant kolonel.svg Nl-marechaussee-majoor.svg Nl-marechaussee-kapitein.svg Nl-marechaussee-eerste luitenant.svg Nl-marechaussee-tweede luitenant.svg Nl-marechaussee-adjudant onderofficier.svg
Dutch title Luitenant-Generaal Generaal-Majoor Brigade-Generaal Kolonel Luitenant-Kolonel Majoor Kapitein Eerste-Luitenant Tweede-Luitenant Kornet
English equivalent Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet

Enlisted ranks

NATO Code OR-8/9 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Military Police
Nl-marechaussee-adjudant onderofficier.svg Nl-marechaussee-opperwachtmeester.svg Nl-marechaussee-wachtmeester der 1e klasse.svg Nl-marechaussee-wachtmeester.svg Nl-marechaussee-marechaussee der 1e klasse.svg Nl-marechaussee-marechaussee der 2e klasse.svg Nl-marechaussee-marechaussee der 3e klasse.svg Nl-marechaussee-marechaussee der 4e klasse.svg
Dutch title Adjudant Opperwachtmeester Wachtmeester
der 1e klasse
Wachtmeester Marechaussee
der 1e klasse
Marechaussee
der 2e klasse
Marechaussee
der 3e klasse
Marechaussee
der 4e klasse
English equivalent Warrant Officer Staff Sergeant Sergeant 1st Class Sergeant Marechaussee 1st Class Marechaussee 2nd Class Marechaussee 3rd Class Marechaussee 4th Class, Recruit

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