The coat of arms of Gabon.
The coat of arms of Gabon.

The rank insignia of the Armed Forces of Gabon are worn on jackets and shoulder epaulettes. Being a former colony of France, the Armed Forces of Gabon share a rank structure similar to that of France. However, unlike those of France, it once had additional field officer and junior officer ranks. Also, unlike other navies, the Gabonese Navy uses the executive curl on the shoulder boards and sleeves of all subaltern and field officer ranks only (and not on the sleeves of flag officers).

Ranks indicated in gray are no longer used.

Officers

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer
 Gabon Army
No equivalent
Unknown
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier general Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain 1st lieutenant 2nd lieutenant


 Gabonese Navy
No equivalent
Unknown
Amiral Vice-amiral d´escadre Vice-amiral Contre-amiral Capitaine de vaisseau Capitaine de fregate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe


 Gabon Air Force
No equivalent
Unknown
Général d´armée Général de corps d´armée Général de division Général de brigade Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant


Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer
Obsolete ranks
 
Army
Name Senior colonel
Colonel major
Senior lieutenant colonel
Lieutenant-colonel major
First major
Commandant major
Senior Captain
Capitaine major
First lieutenant
Lieutenant major
Navy
Name Ship-of-the-line captain, 1st class
Capitaine de vaisseau major
Frigate captain (senior)
Capitaine de fregate major
Corvette captain (senior)
Capitaine de corvette major
Ship-of-the-line lieutenant (senior)
Lieutenant de vaisseau
Ship-of-the-line ensign, 1st class (senior)
Enseigne de vaisseau 1re classe major
Air force
Name Senior colonel
Colonel major
Senior lieutenant colonel
Lieutenant-colonel major
First major
Commandant major
Senior Captain
Capitaine major
First lieutenant
Lieutenant major

Other ranks

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
 Gabon Army
No equivalent
Chief Warrant Officer
Adjudant-chef Major
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Master Corporal
Caporal-chef
Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat


 Gabonese Navy
No equivalent
Master Chief Petty Officer 1st Class
Maitre-principal major
Master Chief Petty Officer
Maitre-principal
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Premier maitre
Chief Petty Officer
Maitre
Petty Officer 1st Class
Second maitre
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Quartier-maitre se 1ere classe
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Quartier-maitre se 2eme classe
Seaman 1st Class
Matelot brevet
Seaman
Matelot


 Gabon Air Force
No equivalent
Chief Warrant Officer
Adjudant-chef Major
Warrant Officer Class 1
Adjudant-chef
Warrant Officer Class 2
Adjudant
Staff Sergeant
Sergent-chef
Sergeant
Sergent
Corporal
Caporal-chef
Lance Corporal
Caporal
Private First Class
Soldat Première
Private
Soldat
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

References