Ranks of the People's Liberation Army Navy

Summary

The ranks in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy are similar to those of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force, except that those of the PLA Navy are prefixed by 海军 (Hai Jun) meaning Naval Force or Navy. 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 PLAN. This article primarily covers the existing ranks and insignia.

From 1956 to 1965, similar insignia were used following the Soviet model, but unlike the Ground and Air Forces, PLAN ratings used shoulder boards for rank insignia. Line corps officers wore gold and blue shoulder boards on the dress uniform, staff corps officers white and blue. The duty uniform boards were a reverse of the dress uniform boards.

Current ranksEdit

Officer ranksEdit

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 Hai Jun Yi Ji Shang Jiang (First Class Admiral) was never held and was abolished in 1994. With the official introduction of the Type 07 uniforms all officer insignia are on either shoulders or sleeves depending on the type of uniform used.

Title 海军上将
Hǎijūn
shang jiang
海军中将
Hǎijūn
zhong jiang
海军少将
Hǎijūn
shao jiang
海军大校
Hǎijūn
da xiao
海军上校
Hǎijūn
shang xiao
海军中校
Hǎijūn
zhong xiao
海军少校
Hǎijūn
shao xiao
海军上尉
Hǎijūn
shang wei
海军中尉
Hǎijūn
zhong wei
海军少尉
Hǎijūn
shao wei
海军学员
Hǎijūn
xue yuan
Equivalent translation Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Senior captain Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Ensign Officer cadet
Collar insignia                      
Shoulder insignia                      
Sleeve insignia                      

Enlisted and non-commissioned ratesEdit

The current system of enlisted ratings and their corresponding 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 海军一级军士长
Hǎijūn yi ji jun shi zhang
海军二级军士长
Hǎijūn er ji jun shi zhang
海军三级军士长
Hǎijūn san ji jun shi zhang
海军四级军士长
Hǎijūn si ji jun shi zhang
海军上士
Hǎijūn shang shi
海军中士
Hǎijūn zhong shi
海军下士
Hǎijūn xia shi
海军上等兵
Hǎijūn shang deng bing
海军列兵
Hǎijūn lie bing
Equivalent translation Command master chief petty officer Master chief petty officer Senior chief petty officer Chief petty officer Petty officer first class Petty officer second class Petty officer third class Seaman Seaman apprentice
Collar insignia                  
Shoulder insignia                  

Historical ranksEdit

Type 55 (Line corps)Edit

OfficersEdit

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
  People's Liberation Army Navy[3]
                         
海军大将
Hǎijūn dàjiàng
海军上将
Hǎijūn shàngjiàng
海军中将
Hǎijūn zhōngjiàng
海军少将
Hǎijūn shàojiàng
海军大校
Hǎijūn dàxiào
海军上校
Hǎijūn shàngxiào
海军中校
Hǎijūn zhōngxiào
海军少校
Hǎijūn shàoxiào
海军大尉
Hǎijūn dàwèi
海军上尉
Hǎijūn shàngwèi
海军中尉
Hǎijūn zhōngwèi
海军少尉
Hǎijūn shàowèi
海军学员
Hǎijūn xuéyuán

Enlisted and non-commissioned ratesEdit

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
  People's Liberation Army Navy[3]
         
海军上士
Hǎijūn shàngshì
海军中士
Hǎijūn zhōngshì
海军下士
Hǎijūn xiàshì
海军上等兵
Hǎijūn shàngděngbīng
海军列兵
Hǎijūn lièbīng
Petty officer 1st class Petty officer 2nd class Petty officer 3rd class Seaman Seaman apprentice

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  3. ^ a b Ping, Xu (7 August 2017). "我军建军九十年军衔制度沿革" [The evolution of our military rank system over the ninety years of its establishment]. mod.gov.cn (in Chinese). Ministry of National Defense. Archived from the original on 28 December 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2021.

External linksEdit

  • Naval Uniforms of the People's Liberation Army Navy
  • Military ranks of the People's Liberation Army Navy