Military ranks of Manchukuo

Summary

The following is a table showing the military ranks and insignia used by the Manchukuo Imperial Army, Manchukuo Imperial Navy and Manchukuo Imperial Air Force during its existence, from its founding in 1932 until the Soviet invasion in 1945. Initially the armed forces Manchukuo used the same exact rank system and insignia as the Imperial Japanese Army, but in 1937 they were given their own unique collar tabs to represent ranks. The major difference was that the color was changed from the red used by the IJA to maroon. Collar badges were also worn, colored by branch of service. It was black for the military police, red for infantry, green for cavalry, yellow for artillery, brown for engineers and blue for the transport corps.[1]

Officer ranks

The rank insignia for commissioned officers.

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
 Manchukuo Imperial Army Manchukuo-Army-OF-10.svg Manchukuo-Army-OF-9.svg Manchukuo-Army-OF-8.svg Manchukuo-Army-OF-7.svg Manchukuo-Army-OF-5.svg Manchukuo-Army-OF-4.svg Manchukuo-Army-OF-3.svg Manchukuo-Army-OF-2.svg Manchukuo-Army-OF-1c.svg Manchukuo-Army-OF-1b.svg Manchukuo-Army-OF-1a.svg
總司令
Zǒng sīlìng
上将
Shàng jiàng
中将
Zhōng jiàng
少将
Shàojiàng
上校
Shàngxiào
中校
Zhōng xiào
少校
Shàoxiào
上尉
Shàngwèi
中尉
Zhōngwèi
少尉
Shàowèi
准尉
Zhǔnwèi
 Manchukuo Imperial Navy Manchukuo-Navy-OF-9.svg Manchukuo-Navy-OF-8.svg Manchukuo-Navy-OF-7.svg Manchukuo-Navy-OF-5.svg Manchukuo-Navy-OF-4.svg Manchukuo-Navy-OF-3.svg Manchukuo-Navy-OF-2.svg Manchukuo-Navy-OF-1b.svg Manchukuo-Navy-OF-1a.svg
Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant Acting Sub-Lieutenant
Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet

Other ranks

The rank insignia for NCOs and enlisted personnel.

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
 Manchukuo Imperial Army Manchukuo-Army-OR-6.svg Manchukuo-Army-OR-5.svg Manchukuo-Army-OR-4.svg Manchukuo-Army-OR-3.svg Manchukuo-Army-OR-2.svg Manchukuo-Army-OR-1.svg
Sergeant Major Sergeant Corporal Superior Private Private 1st Class Private
 Manchukuo Imperial Navy Blank.svg Blank.svg Blank.svg Blank.svg Blank.svg Blank.svg
Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted

References

Citations
  1. ^ Jowett 2004, pp. 111–113.
Bibliography
  • Jowett, Philip (2004). Rays of the Rising Sun, Volume 1: Japan's Asian Allies 1931-45, China and Manchukuo. Helion and Company Ltd. ISBN 1-874622-21-3.