Military ranks of Brazil

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Military of Brazil
Coat of arms of Brazil.svg

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Ranks
Military ranks of Brazil
History
Military history of Brazil

This article presents the insignia and ranks of the Brazilian military. These ranks originate from those adopted upon Brazil's independence from Portugal in 1822. Nowadays they are defined by Act no. 6880 of December 9, 1980.[1] The following ranks show Brazil's military insignia and its corresponding NATO codes.

Air Force ranks date from 1941, when the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira) was organized as a merger of the Navy's Aeronaval Force and the Army's Aviation Service.[2]

Rank table

The shoulder epaulette pads from Navy and Air Force indicate both rank and specialty branch. The air force examples below are shown without branch designation marks on the epaulettes, with the exception of the ranks of Air Lieutenant-Brigadier and Air Marshall, which can only be occupied by pilots. Army shoulder pads do not represent branch, as this is indicated elsewhere in the uniform like on the cuff and sleeves of the dress and everyday uniforms.

Officers

All officer ranks differ per service as shown in the colors used in the epaulette pads. The Navy also uses cuff rank insignia like most navies everywhere. The Brazilian Marine Corps, as part of the Navy, uses naval ranks save for its basic enlisted ranks, thus Seamen and Seamen Recruits are called as Privates (Soldado FN) and Recruits (Recruta FN) respectively.

Brazilian Navy Brazilian Army Brazilian Air Force Brazilian Military Police
and Military Firefighters
General Officers and Flag Officers
File:AlmiranteMB.png
OF-10
Grand Admiral
(Almirante)
Wartime use only
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OF-10
Marshal
(Marechal)
Wartime use only
File:Marechal ar.gif
OF-10
Marshal of the Air
(Marechal-do-ar)
Wartime use only
(No equivalent)
File:AlmirantedeEsquadra MB.png
OF-9
Admiral
(Almirante-de-esquadra)
File:General do Exército.gif
OF-9
Army General
(General-de-exército)
File:Tenente-brigadeiro FAB.gif
OF-9
Air Lieutenant Brigadier
(Tenente-Brigadeiro-do-Ar)
(No direct rank equivalent;
equates to some senior
appointments of Colonel)
File:Vice-Almirante MB.gif
OF-8
Vice Admiral
(Vice-almirante)
File:Insígnia de General de Divisão.gif
OF-8
Divisional General
(General-de-divisão)
Major brigadeiro.gif
OF-8
Brigadier Major
(Major-Brigadeiro)
(No direct rank equivalent;
equates to some senior
appointments of Colonel)
File:Contra-Almirante MB.png
OF-7
Rear Admiral
(Contra-almirante)
Insígnia de General de Brigada.gif
OF-7
Brigade General
(General-de-brigada)
Brigadeiro.gif
OF-7
Brigadier
(Brigadeiro)
(No direct rank equivalent;
equates to some senior
appointments of Colonel)
Senior Officers
CapitãodeMareGuerra MB.png
OF-5
Captain of Sea and War
(Capitão-de-mar-e-guerra)
Coronel.png
OF-5
Colonel
(Coronel)
Coronel fab.gif
OF-5
Colonel
(Coronel)
Insignia PM O1.PNG
Colonel
(Coronel)
File:CapitãodeFragata MB.png
OF-4
Frigate Captain
(Capitão-de-fragata)
File:Tenente-Coronel.gif
OF-4
Lieutenant Colonel
(Tenente-coronel)
File:Tenente coronel fab.gif
OF-4
Lieutenant Colonel
(Tenente-coronel)
80px
Lieutenant Colonel
(Tenente-coronel)
File:Capitãodecorveta MB.png
OF-3
Corvette Captain
(Capitão-de-corveta)
Major Exército.gif
<OF-3
Major
(Major)
File:Major fab.gif
OF-3
Major
(Major)
80px
Major
(Major)
Intermediary Officers
File:CapitãoTenente MB.png
OF-2
Captain Lieutenant
(Capitão-tenente)
Capitão.png
OF-2
Captain
(Capitão)
Capitao fab.gif
OF-2
Captain
(Capitão)
Insignia PM O4.PNG
Captain
(Capitão)
Subaltern Officers
File:PrimeiroTenente MB.gif
OF-1
First Lieutenant
(Primeiro-tenente)
File:Primeiro-Tenente.gif
OF-1
First Lieutenant
(Primeiro-tenente)
File:1tenente fab.gif
OF-1
First Lieutenant
(Primeiro-tenente)
80px
First Lieutenant
(Primeiro-tenente)
File:SegundoTenente MB.gif
OF-1
Second Lieutenant
(Segundo-tenente)
File:Segundo-Tenente.gif
OF-1
Second Lieutenant
(Segundo-tenente)
File:2tenente fab.gif
OF-1
Second Lieutenant
(Segundo-tenente)
80px
Second Lieutenant
(Segundo-tenente)
Special non-commissioned officers[3]
File:Guarda-Marinha MB.gif
OF-D
Midshipman
(Guarda-marinha)
File:Aspirante.gif
OF-D
Aspirant Officer
(Aspirante-a-oficial)
File:Aspirante fab.gif
OF-D
Aspirant
(Aspirante)
80px
Aspirant Officer
(Aspirante-a-oficial)

Non-commissioned ranks / Enlisted grades

Brazilian Navy Brazilian Army Brazilian Air Force Brazilian Military Police
and Military Firefighters
Non-commissioned ranks
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Sub-officer
(Suboficial)
File:Subtenente.png
Sublieutenant
(Subtenente)
File:Suboficial fab.PNG
Sub-officer
(Suboficial)
80px
Sublieutenant
(Subtenente)

Brazilian Army

First
Sergeant
(primeiro-sargento)
Second
Sergeant
(segundo-sargento)
Third
Sergeant
(terceiro-sargento)
Corporal (cabo)
or
Senior Specialist (taifeiro-mor)
Soldier (soldado)
or
Specialist (taifeiro)
80px
80px
80px
80px
Soldado.png

Brazilian Navy

First
Sergeant
(primeiro-sargento)
Second
Sergeant
(segundo-sargento')
Third
Sergeant
(terceiro-sargento)
Corporal (cabo) Seaman (marinheiro),

or Marine Corps Soldier (Soldado Fuzileiro Naval)
80px
80px
80px
80px
80px

Brazilian Air Force

First
Sergeant
(primeiro-sargento)
Second
Sergeant
(segundo-sargento)
Third
Sergeant
(terceiro-sargento)
Corporal (cabo)
or
Senior Specialist (taifeiro-mor)
Soldier (soldado)
or
Specialist (taifeiro)
80px
80px
80px
80px
80px

Brazilian Military Police

First Sergeant
(primeiro Sargento)
Second Sergeant
(segundo Sargento)
Third Sergeant
(terceiro Sargento)
Corporal
(cabo)
Soldier (soldado)
65px
65px
65px
65px

65px

Notes

  1. Act no. 6880 of December 9, 1980.
  2. Instituto Histórico e Cultural da Aeronáutica, História geral da aeronáutica brasileira, v. 3
  3. As treated by Act 6880/1980, the "special non-commissioned officers" listed here are non-commissioned officers that are on their way to become full-fledged commissioned officers. As such, in most instances they are treated the same as subaltern officers and take on basically the same tasks. As a rule, however, special non-commissioned officers do not take on command jobs.

See also

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