Other ranks (UK)


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

The term is often considered to exclude warrant officers, and occasionally 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

 Corps of 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's Warrant Officer.svg 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
Senior aircraftman/
woman technician
Senior aircraftman/ woman Leading aircraftman/ woman Aircraftman/ woman
 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. ^ "PACMAN Chapter 3 Part 1 Part B Division 5: Salary (Other Ranks)". Defence.gov.au. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  2. ^ Berman, Gavin; Rutherford, Tom (19 September 2013). "Defence personnel statistics (SN/SG/02183)" (PDF). House of Commons of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  3. ^ Royal Navy. "Life as a Rating". Royal Navy. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  4. ^ Roll of Honour of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment
  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.