Other ranks (ORs) in the Royal Marines (RM), the British Army, and the Royal Air Force (RAF), along with the navies, armies, and air forces of many other Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland, are those personnel who are not commissioned officers, but usually include non-commissioned officers (NCOs).[1][2] In the Royal Navy (RN), these personnel are called 'ratings'[3] rather than 'other ranks'. Non-commissioned member (NCM) is the equivalent term in the Canadian Armed Forces. Colloquially, members of the other ranks are often known as 'rankers'.[citation needed]

The term 'other ranks' is often considered to exclude warrant officers (WO), and occasionally in some militaries also excludes NCOs. Formally, a regiment consists of the 'officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and men', or the 'officers, warrant officers, and other ranks'.[4]

British other ranks

NATO code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
 Royal Navy[5]
British Royal Navy OR-9.svg
British Royal Navy OR-8.svg
British Royal Navy OR-7.svg
British Royal Navy OR-6.svg

British Royal Navy OR-4.svg
British Royal Navy OR-2.svg

Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Chief petty officer Petty officer Leading rate Able rate

 Royal Marines[6]
British Corps Regimental Sergeant Major.svg
British Royal Marines OR-9.svg
British Royal Marines OR-8.svg
British Royal Marines OR-7.svg
British Royal Marines OR-6.svg

British Royal Marines OR-4.svg
British Royal Marines OR-3.svg
No insignia
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Colour sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Marine

 British Army[7]
British Army OR-9c.svg
British Army OR-9b.svg
British Army OR-9a.svg
British Army OR-8b.svg
British Army OR-8a.svg
British Army OR-7.svg
British Army OR-6.svg

British Army OR-4.svg
British Army OR-3.svg
No insignia
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Staff/Colour sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Private
(or equivalent)
 Royal Air Force[8]
British Chief of the Air Staff
British RAF OR-9.svg
British RAF OR-7b.svg
British RAF OR-7a.svg
British RAF OR-6.svg

British RAF OR-4.svg
British RAF OR-3.svg
British RAF OR-2c.svg
British RAF OR-2b.svg
British RAF OR-2a.svg
No insignia
Warrant officer Flight sergeant Chief technician Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal
(RAF Regiment only)
Air specialist (class 1) technician Air specialist (class 1) Air specialist (class 2) Air recruit
 Royal Air Force[8]
British RAF (Aircrew) OR-9.svg
British RAF (Aircrew) OR-7.svg
British RAF (Aircrew) OR-6.svg

Master aircrew Flight sergeant aircrew Sergeant aircrew
NATO code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1


See also


  1. ^ Berman, Gavin; Rutherford, Tom (17 November 2011). "Defence personnel statistics (SN/SG/02183)". www.Parliament.uk. House of Commons of the United Kingdom. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 November 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  2. ^ "PACMAN Chapter 3 Part 1 Part B Division 5: Salary (Other Ranks)". Defence.gov.au. Ministry of Defence, Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 8 February 2014.[failed verification]
  3. ^ "Life as a Rating". www.RoyalNavy.MoD.uk. Royal Navy. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  4. ^ Roll of Honour of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment. 1951.[ISBN missing]
  5. ^ "Shaping your career". royalnavy.mod.uk. Royal Navy. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  6. ^ "RM Officers & Other Ranks Badges of Rank". Royal Navy website. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2008.
  7. ^ "Rank structure". army.mod.uk. British Army. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  8. ^ a b "RAF Ranks". raf.mod.uk/. Royal Air Force. Retrieved 21 September 2021.