Rank insignia of the Manchukuo Imperial Army

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The following is a table showing the military ranks and insignia used by the Manchukuo Imperial Army during its existence, from its founding in 1932 until the Soviet invasion in 1945. Initially the armed forces Manchukuo used the same exact rank system and insignia as the Imperial Japanese Army, but in 1937 they were given their own unique collar tabs to represent ranks. The major difference was that the color was changed from the red used by the IJA to maroon. Collar badges were also worn, colored by branch of service. It was black for the military police, red for infantry, green for cavalry, yellow for artillery, brown for engineers and blue for the transport corps.[1]

Officer ranks

OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and Student Officer
Manchukuo Manchukuo 50px 50px 50px 50px No equivalent 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px Unknown
General of the Army General Lieutenant General Major General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant

Enlisted and NCO ranks

OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Manchukuo Manchukuo (Edit) 50px No equivalent No equivalent 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px
Warrant officer Sergeant Major Sergeant Corporal Superior Private Private 1st Class Private

See also



  1. Jowett (2004), pp. 111-113


  • Jowett, Philip (2004). Rays of the Rising Sun, Volume 1: Japan's Asian Allies 1931-45, China and Manchukuo. Helion and Company Ltd. ISBN 1-874622-21-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>