Kingdom of Greece Army Ranks

Summary

This article contains the rank insignia of the Royal Hellenic Army (until 1968).

1829–1868 ranks

Officers

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Greece Kingdom of Greece
General
Στρατηγὸς
Lieutenant general
Ἀντιστράτηγος
Major general
Ὑποστράτηγος
Colonel
Συνταγματάρχης
Lieutenant colonel
Ἀντισυνταγματάρχης
Major
Ταγματάρχης
Lieutenant major
Ὑποταγματάρχης
Staff Captain
Ἐπιλοχαγὸς
Captain
Λοχαγὸς
Senior lieutenant
Πρωθυπολοχαγὸς
Lieutenant
Ὑπολοχαγὸς
Junior lieutenant
Ἀνθυπολοχαγὸς

Other ranks

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
Greece Kingdom of Greece No insignia
Warrant officer
Ἀνθυπασπιστῆς
Staff sergeant
Ἐπιλοχίας
Sergeant first class
Λοχίας Ἀ΄
Sergeant
Λοχίας Β΄
Corporal
Δεκανέας
Private
Στρατιώτης

1868–1924 ranks

Officers

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Greece Kingdom of Greece GR-Army-OF2-1900.svg GR-Army-OF1b-1900.svg GR-Army-OF1-1900.svg
General
Στρατηγὸς
Lieutenant general
Ἀντιστράτηγος
Major general
Ὑποστράτηγος
Colonel
Συνταγματάρχης
Lieutenant colonel
Ἀντισυνταγματάρχης
Major
Ταγματάρχης
Staff Captain
Ἐπιλοχαγὸς
Captain
Λοχαγὸς
Lieutenant
Ὑπολοχαγὸς
Second lieutenant
Ἀνθυπολοχαγὸς

Other ranks

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
Greece Kingdom of Greece GR-Army-WO1-1900.svg No insignia
Warrant officer
Ἀνθυπασπιστῆς
Staff sergeant
Ἐπιλοχίας
Sergeant first class
Λοχίας Ἀ΄
Sergeant
Λοχίας Β΄
Corporal
Δεκανέας
Private
Στρατιώτης

1908–1936 ranks

Adopted for the khaki field uniform and the blue service/dress uniform in 1908, replaced in 1936–1937 by British-style ranks.

Officers

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Greece Kingdom of Greece GR-Army-OF9-1912.svg GR-Army-OF8-1912.svg GR-Army-OF7-1912.svg GR-Army-OF5-1912.svg GR-Army-OF4-1912.svg GR-Army-OF3-1912.svg GR-Army-OF2-1912.svg GR-Army-OF1b-1912.svg GR-Army-OF1-1912.svg
Field marshal[note 1]
Στρατάρχης
General[note 2]
Στρατηγὸς
Lieutenant general
Ἀντιστράτηγος
Major general
Ὑποστράτηγος
Colonel
Συνταγματάρχης
Lieutenant colonel
Ἀντισυνταγματάρχης
Major
Ταγματάρχης
Staff Captain
Ἐπιλοχαγὸς
Captain
Λοχαγὸς
Lieutenant
Ὑπολοχαγὸς
Second lieutenant
Ἀνθυπολοχαγὸς

Other ranks

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
Greece Kingdom of Greece
(1912-1916)
GR-Army-WO1-1912.svg GR-Army-OR8-1912.svg GR-Army-OR7-1912.svg GR-Army-OR5-1912.svg GR-Army-OR4-1912.svg No insignia
Warrant officer
Ἀνθυπασπιστῆς
Staff sergeant
Ἐπιλοχίας
sergeant first class
Λοχίας Ἀ΄
Sergeant
Λοχίας Β΄
Corporal
Δεκανέας
Private
Στρατιώτης
Greece Kingdom of Greece
(1916-1924)
GR-Army-WO1-1912.svg GR-Army-OR8-1916.svg GR-Army-OR76-1916.svg GR-Army-OR5-1916.svg GR-Army-OR4-1916.svg No insignia
Warrant officer
Ἀνθυπασπιστῆς
Staff sergeant
Ἐπιλοχίας
sergeant first class
Λοχίας Ἀ΄
Sergeant
Λοχίας Β΄
Corporal
Δεκανέας
Private
Στρατιώτης

1937–1959 ranks

In 1937, the old service uniform and rank insignia for officers, based on French and Russian models, were discarded in favour of British-inspired designs.

Officers

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Greece Kingdom of Greece
(1927-1945)
GR-Army-OF10 (1937).svg GR-Army-OF9-1937.svg GR-Army-OF8-1937.svg GR-Army-OF7-1937.svg GR-Army-OF5-1937.svg GR-Army-OF4-1937.svg GR-Army-OF3-1937.svg GR-Army-OF2-1937.svg GR-Army-OF1a-1937.svg GR-Army-OF1b-1937.svg
Field marshal[note 3]
Στρατάρχης
General[note 4]
Στρατηγὸς
Lieutenant general[note 5]
Ἀντιστράτηγος
Major general
Ὑποστράτηγος
Colonel
Συνταγματάρχης
Lieutenant colonel
Ἀντισυνταγματάρχης
Major
Ταγματάρχης
Captain
Λοχαγὸς
Lieutenant
Ὑπολοχαγὸς
Second lieutenant
Ἀνθυπολοχαγὸς
Greece Kingdom of Greece
(1946-1959)
GR-Army-OF10 (1937).svg GR-Army-OF9-1937.svg GR-Army-OF8-1937.svg GR-Army-OF7-1937.svg GR-Army-OF6-1946.svg GR-Army-OF5-1937.svg GR-Army-OF4-1937.svg GR-Army-OF3-1937.svg GR-Army-OF2-1937.svg GR-Army-OF1a-1937.svg GR-Army-OF1b-1937.svg
Field marshal[note 6]
Στρατάρχης
General[note 7]
Στρατηγὸς
Lieutenant general
Ἀντιστράτηγος
Major general
Ὑποστράτηγος
Brigadier general
Ταξίαρχος
Colonel
Συνταγματάρχης
Lieutenant colonel
Ἀντισυνταγματάρχης
Major
Ταγματάρχης
Captain
Λοχαγὸς
Lieutenant
Ὑπολοχαγὸς
Second lieutenant
Ἀνθυπολοχαγὸς

Other ranks

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
Greece Kingdom of Greece No insignia
Warrant officer
Ἀνθυπασπιστῆς
Staff sergeant
Ἐπιλοχίας
Sergeant first class
Λοχίας Ἀ΄
Sergeant
Λοχίας Β΄
Corporal
Δεκανέας
Private
Στρατιώτης

1959–1968 ranks

Officers

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Greece Kingdom of Greece GR-Army-OF10 (1965).svg GR-Army-OF9-1959.svg GR-Army-OF8-1959.svg GR-Army-OF7-1959.svg GR-Army-OF6-1959.svg GR-Army-OF5-1937.svg GR-Army-OF4-1937.svg GR-Army-OF3-1937.svg GR-Army-OF2-1937.svg GR-Army-OF1a-1937.svg GR-Army-OF1b-1937.svg
Field marshal[note 8]
Στρατάρχης
General
Στρατηγὸς
Lieutenant general
Ἀντιστράτηγος
Major general
Ὑποστράτηγος
Brigadier general
Ταξίαρχος
Colonel
Συνταγματάρχης
Lieutenant colonel
Ἀντισυνταγματάρχης
Major
Ταγματάρχης
Captain
Λοχαγὸς
Lieutenant
Υπολοχαγὸς
Second lieutenant
Ἀνθυπολοχαγὸς

Other ranks

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
Greece Kingdom of Greece
(1965-1968)
GR-Army-OR9 (1965).svg GR-ARMY-OR7 (1965).svg GR-ARMY-OR6 (1965).svg Army-GRE-OR-04 (1965).svg GR-ARMY-OR3 (1965).svg No insignia
Warrant officer
Ἀνθυπασπιστῆς
Staff sergeant
Ἐπιλοχίας
Sergeant first class
Λοχίας Ἀ΄
Sergeant
Λοχίας Β΄
Corporal
Δεκανέας
Private
Στρατιώτης

Royal Guard insignia

Royal Guard (Evzones) insignia during Paul's reign

GR-royalguard.svg
1947–1964

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Created in 1913 for King Constantine I for his leadership during the Balkan Wars.
  2. ^ Rank only held by the kings of Greece.
  3. ^ Field marshal rank was re-introduced for King George II in 1939, and borne by his successors. It was only awarded once to a career officer: Alexandros Papagos (1883–1955) in 1949. The version illustrated here is that of Paul (r. 1947–1964), with the royal cypher of his brother, George II.
  4. ^ During this period, only members of the royal family held the rank of full general (and equivalent). Only Papagos was awarded the rank among career officers (in 1947).
  5. ^ Unofficial rank.
  6. ^ Field marshal rank was re-introduced for King George II in 1939, and borne by his successors. It was only awarded once to a career officer: Alexandros Papagos (1883–1955) in 1949. The version illustrated here is that of Paul (r. 1947–1964), with the royal cypher of his brother, George II.
  7. ^ During this period, only members of the royal family held the rank of full general (and equivalent). Only Papagos was awarded the rank among career officers (in 1947).
  8. ^ Field marshal rank was used by the reigning King of Greece.

References