Ranks of the People's Liberation Army Air Force

Summary

The ranks in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force are similar to those of the Chinese Army, formally known as the People's Liberation Army Ground Force, except that those of the PLA Air Force are prefixed by 空军 (Kong Jun) meaning Air Force. See Ranks of the People's Liberation Army or the article on an individual rank for details on the evolution of rank and insignia in the PLAAF. This article primarily covers the existing ranks and insignia.

Current ranks

Ranks of officers

The current system of officer ranks and insignia dates from 1988 and is a revision of the ranks and insignia used from 1955 to 1965. The rank of Kong Jun Yi Ji Shang Jiang (First Class General) was never held and was abolished in 1994.

Title 空军上将
Kōngjūn shang jiang
空军中将
Kōngjūn zhong jiang
空军少将
Kōngjūn shao jiang
空军大校
Kōngjūn da xiao
空军上校
Kōngjūn shang xiao
空军中校
Kōngjūn zhong xiao
空军少校
Kōngjūn shao xiao
空军上尉
Kōngjūn shang wei
空军中尉
Kōngjūn zhong wei
空军少尉
Kōngjūn shao wei
空军学员
Kōngjūn xue yuan
Equivalent translation General Lieutenant general Major general Senior colonel Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain First lieutenant Second lieutenant Officer cadet
Collar insignia PLAAF-Collar-0720-GEN.png PLAAF-Collar-0719-LTG.png PLAAF-Collar-0718-MG.png PLAAF-Collar-0717-SNC.png PLAAF-Collar-0716-COL.png PLAAF-Collar-0715-LTC.png PLAAF-Collar-0714-MAJ.png PLAAF-Collar-0713-CPT.png PLAAF-Collar-0712-1LT.png PLAAF-Collar-0711-2LT.png PLAAF-Collar-0710-CDT.png
Shoulder insignia PLAAF-0720-GEN.png PLAAF-0719-LTG.png PLAAF-0718-MG.png PLAAF-0717-SNC.png PLAAF-0716-COL.png PLAAF-0715-LTC.png PLAAF-0714-MAJ.png PLAAF-0713-CPT.png PLAAF-0712-1LT.png PLAAF-0711-2LT.png PLAAF-0710-CDT.png

Ranks of Enlisted Personnel

The current system of enlisted ranks and insignia dates from 2009.[1]

Unlike NATO countries, new recruits of the People's Liberation Army have no military ranks before the boot camp is completed, and they will be awarded the rank of Private/Seaman Apprentice/Airman (All collectively called "Private" or "Lie Bing" in the Chinese Language) after they have graduated from the boot camp.[2] According to Article 16 of Chapter 3 of the "Regulations on the Service of Active Soldiers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army" (Chinese: 中国人民解放军现役士兵服役条例), "The lowest enlisted rank is Private".[2]

Title 空军一级军士长
Kōngjūn yi ji jun shi zhang
空军二级军士长
Kōngjūn er ji jun shi zhang
空军三级军士长
Kōngjūn san ji jun shi zhang
空军四级军士长
Kōngjūn si ji jun shi zhang
空军上士
Kōngjūn shang shi
空军中士
Kōngjūn zhong shi
空军下士
Kōngjūn xia shi
空军上等兵
Kōngjūn shang deng bing
空军列兵
Kōngjūn lie bing
Equivalent translation Master sergeant first class Master sergeant second class Master sergeant third class Master sergeant fourth class Staff sergeant Sergeant Corporal Private first class Private
Collar insignia PLAAF-Collar-0709-1CSGT.png PLAAF-Collar-0708-2CSGT.png PLAAF-Collar-0707-3CSGT.png PLAAF-Collar-0706-4CSGT.png PLAAF-Collar-0705-SSG.png PLAAF-Collar-0704-SGT.png PLAAF-Collar-0703-CPL.png PLAAF-Collar-0702-PFC.png PLAAF-Collar-0701-PVT.png
Shoulder insignia PLAAF-0709-1CSGT.png PLAAF-0708-2CSGT.png PLAAF-0707-3CSGT.png PLAAF-0706-4CSGT.png PLAAF-0705-SSG.png PLAAF-0704-SGT.png PLAAF-0703-CPL.png PLAAF-0702-PFC.png PLAAF-0701-PVT.png

Civilian cadre badges

The current PLA Air Force 07-style uniform has special provisions for the epaulettes of non-combat troops, that is, civilian cadres, guards of honor, and military bands . Among them, the badge of the guard of honor shown in the figure was abolished in 2014.

Category Civilian cadres Guard of honor Military band Art Troupe
Epaulette
Civilian cadre Professional technical level 3 (deputy military post) or above
Civilian cadre Professional technical level 4 or less (regular post}
Blank.svg Blank.svg
文工团
Civilian cadre
Professional technical level 3 (deputy military post) or above
Civilian cadre
Professional technical level 4 or less (regular post)
Honor Guard Military Band Art Troupe

Historical rank insignia

Officer ranks
Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
 PLA Air Force
(1955–1965)
空军上将 空军中校 空军少校 空军大校 空军上校 空军中校 空军少校 空军大尉 空军上尉 空军中尉 空军少尉 空军准尉 空军准尉
空军大将 空军上将 空军中校 空军少校 空军大校 空军上校 空军中校 空军少校 空军大尉 空军上尉 空军中尉 空军少尉 空军准尉
空军大将
Kōngjūn Dà jiàng
空军上将
Kōngjūn shàngjiàng
空军中将
Kōngjūn zhōngjiàng
空军少将
Kōngjūn shàojiàng
空军大校
Kōngjūn dàxiào
空军上校
Kōngjūn shàngxiào
空军中校
Kōngjūn zhōngxiào
空军少校
Kōngjūn shàoxiào
空军大尉
Kōngjūn dàwèi
空军上尉
Kōngjūn shàngwèi
空军中尉
Kōngjūn zhōngwèi
空军少尉
Kōngjūn shàowèi
空军准尉
Kōngjūn zhǔnwèi
No ranks
(1965–1988)
 PLA Air Force
(1988–1994)
空军大将
空军上将
空军中校
空军少校
空军大校
空军上校
空军中校
空军少校
空军上尉
空军中尉
空军少尉
空军准尉
空军一级上将
Kōngjūn yī jí shàng jiàng
空军上将
Kōngjūn shàngjiàng
空军中将
Kōngjūn zhōngjiàng
空军少将
Kōngjūn shàojiàng
空军大校
Kōngjūn dàxiào
空军上校
Kōngjūn shàngxiào
空军中校
Kōngjūn zhōngxiào
空军少校
Kōngjūn shàoxiào
空军上尉
Kōngjūn shàngwèi
空军中尉
Kōngjūn zhōngwèi
空军少尉
Kōngjūn shàowèi
空军准尉
Kōngjūn zhǔnwèi

Enlisted and NCOs

Type 55
Rank category Rank Shoulder board insignia Collar insignia
NCOs Technical Sergeant No shoulder insignia San Ji Shi Guan collar (PLAGF OR-6 Type 2000).gif
Staff Sergeant Er Ji Shi Guan collar (PLAGF OR-5 Type 55).gif
Senior Airman Yi Ji Shi Guan collar (PLAGF OR-4 Type 55).gif
Airmen Airman First Class Shang Deng Bing (PLAGF OR-3 Type 55).gif
Airman Lie Bing (PLAGF OR-2 Type 55).gif
Type 88
Rank category Rank Shoulder board insignia
Senior NCOs Chief Master Sergeant Blank.svg
Master Sergeant Blank.svg
NCOs Technical Sergeant Blank.svg
Staff Sergeant Blank.svg
Senior Airman Blank.svg
Airmen Airman First Class Blank.svg
Airman Blank.svg

References

  1. ^ 全军和武警部队年底前将全面施行新的士官制度
  2. ^ a b "中国人民解放军现役士兵服役条例(Regulations on the Service of Active Soldiers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army)" (in Chinese). Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China. March 2, 2016.

External links

  • Military ranks of the People's Liberation Army Air Force

See also