Military ranks of Serbia

Summary

This is a list of military ranks used by the Serbian Armed Forces. Although a landlocked country, Serbia maintains a river flotilla on the Danube river.

Current ranks

Commissioned officer ranks

The rank insignia for commissioned officers.

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
 Serbian Army[1]
18-Serbian Army-GEN.svg 17-Serbian Army-LG.svg 16-Serbian Army-MG.svg 15-Serbian Army-BG.svg 14-Serbian Army-COL.svg 13-Serbian Army-LTC.svg 12-Serbian Army-MAJ.svg 11-Serbian Army-CPT.svg 10-Serbian Army-LT.svg 09-Serbian Army-SLT.svg
Генерал
General
Генерал-Потпуковник
General-potpukovnik
Генерал-Мајор
General-major
Бригадни Генерал
Brigadni general
Пуковник
Pukovnik
Потпуковник
Potpukovnik
Мајор
Major
Капетан
Kapetan
Поручник
Poručnik
Потпоручник
Potporučnik


 Serbian River Flotilla[1]
18-Serbian Navy-ADM.svg 17-Serbian Navy-VADM.svg 16-Serbian Navy-RADM.svg 15-Serbian Navy-CDRE.svg 14-Serbian Navy-CAPT.svg 13-Serbian Navy-CDR.svg 12-Serbian Navy-LCDR.svg 11-Serbian Navy-LT.svg 10-Serbian Navy-LTJG.svg 09-Serbian Navy-ENS.svg
Адмирал
Admiral
Вице Адмирал
Vice admiral
Контра Адмирал
Kontra admiral
Комодор
Komodor
Капетан Бојног Брода
Kapetan bojnog broda
Капетан Фрегате
Kapetan fregate
Капетан Корвете
Kapetan korvete
Поручник Фрегате
Poručnik fregate
Поручник Корвете
Poručnik korvete
Потпоручник
Potporučnik


 Serbian Air Force and Air Defence[1]
18-Serbian Air Force-GEN.svg 17-Serbian Air Force-LG.svg 16-Serbian Air Force-MG.svg 15-Serbian Air Force-BG.svg 14-Serbian Air Force-COL.svg 13-Serbian Air Force-LTC.svg 12-Serbian Air Force-MAJ.svg 11-Serbian Air Force-CPT.svg 10-Serbian Air Force-LT.svg 09-Serbian Air Force-SLT.svg
Генерал
General
Генерал-Потпуковник
General-Potpukovnik
Генерал-Мајор
General-Major
Бригадни Генерал
Brigadni General
Пуковник
Pukovnik
Потпуковник
Potpukovnik
Мајор
Major
Капетан
Kapetan
Поручник
Poručnik
Потпоручник
Potporučnik


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
 Serbian Army[1]
08-Serbian Army-WO1.svg 07-Serbian Army-WO2.svg 06-Serbian Army-SSFC.svg 05-Serbian Army-SSG.svg 04-Serbian Army-SGT.svg 03-Serbian Army-JSG.svg 02-Serbian Army-CPL.svg 01-Serbian Army-PVT.svg No insignia
Заставник I класе
Zastavnik I klase
Заставник
Zastavnik
Старији Водник I класе
Stariji Vodnik I klase
Старији Водник
Stariji Vodnik
Водник
Vodnik
Млађи водник
Mlađi vodnik
Десетар
Desetar
Разводник
Razvodnik
Војник
Vojnik


 Serbian River Flotilla[1]
08-Serbian Navy-WO1.svg 07-Serbian Navy-WO2.svg 06-Serbian Navy-SSFC.svg 05-Serbian Navy-SSG.svg 04-Serbian Navy-SGT.svg 03-Serbian Navy-JSG.svg 02-Serbian Navy-CPL.svg 01-Serbian Navy-PVT.svg No insignia
Заставник I класе
Zastavnik I klase
Заставник
Zastavnik
Старији Водник I класе
Stariji Vodnik I klase
Старији Водник
Stariji Vodnik
Водник
Vodnik
Млађи водник
Mlađi vodnik
Десетар
Desetar
Разводник
Razvodnik
Војник
Vojnik


 Serbian Air Force and Air Defence[1]
Zastavnik pk RV.png Zastavnik RV.png 06-Serbian Air Force-SSFC.svg 05-Serbian Air Force-SSG.svg 04-Serbian Air Force-SGT.svg 03-Serbian Air Force-JSG.svg 02-Serbian Air Force-CPL.svg 01-Serbian Air Force-PVT.svg No insignia
Заставник I класе
Zastavnik I klase
Заставник
Zastavnik
Старији Водник I класе
Stariji Vodnik I klase
Старији Водник
Stariji Vodnik
Водник
Vodnik
Млађи водник
Mlađi vodnik
Десетар
Desetar
Разводник
Razvodnik
Војник
Vojnik
Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted

Historical ranks of the Kingdom of Serbia

Flag officer ranks

There were only three ranks in pre-World War I Serbia: General (from 1872), Army General (from 1900 to 1901) and Vojvoda (from 1901). Four ranks were introduced in Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes in 1923, and lasted until 1945. There were only two types of shoulder cords: with double-headed eagle and coat of arms of Kingdom of SHS or Kingdom of Yugoslavia for Vojvoda and without for all other General ranks. The different general grades were indicated by 6-pointed stars on the cuffs. Also the backing cloth for the shoulder cords was light blue for army general (was honorary rank in the period from 1900–1901) and divisional generals and in a colour of service for brigadier general. During the Middle Ages, the Vojvoda was a military commander rank and a noble titule. In the Balkan Wars and World War I this title was used to designate the highest military rank in Serbian Army and later Royal Yugoslav Army (above the General - as equalent of Field Marshal in other armies). This rank was introduced by the law on the Organization of the Army Kingdom of Serbia in 1901. It has been awarded only during the war for: special merits of top generals. The first Vojvoda was promoted by the Great military decree of the Kingdom of Serbia on 20 October 1912. Only four people ever officially held that military rank: Radomir Putnik (got it in 1912), Stepa Stepanović (1914), Živojin Mišić (1914) and Petar Bojović (1918). Honorary title but not military rank held only French General Louis Franchet d'Espérey (1921). After unification of the Kingdom of Serbia into Kingdom SHS (later Kingdom Yugoslavia), no further officers were promoted to rank of Vojvoda. King of Yugoslavia held the rank of Supreme Commander and wear special Vojvoda uniform.

Ranks Vojvoda Army General Divisional General Brigadier General
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Rank flag Flag of rank of Marshal of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg Standard of Army General of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg Standard of Division General of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg Standard of Brigade General of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg
Ranks in Serbian Војвода
Vojvoda
Армијски ђенерал
Armijski đeneral
Дивизијски ђенерал
Divizijski đeneral
Бригадни ђенерал
Brigadni đeneral

Officers

Ranks Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain, 1st class Captain, 2nd class Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant
Epaulette OF-5 Pukovnik 1908-1945.PNG OF-4 Potpukovnik 1908-1945.PNG OF-3 Major 1908-1945.PNG OF-2A Kapetan I klase 1908-1945.PNG OF-2B Kapetan II klase 1908-1945.PNG OF-1A Poručnik 1908-1945.PNG OF-1B Potporučnik 1908-1945.PNG
Ranks in Serbian Пуковник
Pukovnik
Потпуковник
Potpukovnik
Мајор
Major
Капетан I класе
Kapetan I klase
Капетан II класе
Kapetan II klase
Поручник
Poručnik
Потпоручник
Potporučnik

Soldiers and NCOs

Ranks Sergeant-Major, 1st class Sergeant-Major, 2nd class Sergeant-Major, 3rd class Sergeant Junior Sergeant Corporal Private
Epaulette OR-8 Narednik-Vodnik I klase 1908-1945.PNG OR-7 Narednik-Vodnik II klase 1908-1945.PNG OR-6 Narednik-Vodnik III klase 1908-1945.png OR-4 Narednik 1908-1945.PNG OR-3 Podnarednik 1908-1945.PNG OR-2 Kaplar 1908-1945.PNG OR-1 Redov 1908-1945.png
Ranks in Serbian Наредник-Водник I класе
Narednik-Vodnik I klase
Наредник-Водник II класе
Narednik-Vodnik II klase
Наредник-Водник III класе
Narednik-Vodnik III klase
Наредник
Narednik
Поднаредник
Podnarednik
Каплар
Kaplar
Редов
Redov

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "ЧИНОВИ У ВОЈСЦИ СРБИЈЕ". vs.rs (in Serbian). Serbian Armed Forces. Retrieved 7 June 2021.

External links

  • Serbian Armed Forces official rank structure
  • Military ranks of Serbia - uniforminsignia.org