Air Force Ranks and Insignia of Ukraine

Air Force ranks and insignia of the Russian Federation

The following table presents images of the rank insignia used by the Russian Federation Air Force (VVS). The independent Russia inherited the ranks of the Soviet Union, although the insignia and uniform was altered a little, especially the re-introduction of the old Czarist crown and double eagle. The Russian Air Force is an independent organisation. The Russian Air Force follows the same rank structure as the Russian Ground Forces, with the addition of the title "of aviation" to each officers rank.

The English title for each rank is given first, followed by the Russian title, an English transliteration, then the United States Air Force equivalent. Images of each insignia are provided in the table, along with images of the U.S.A.F. equivalent.

Russian armed forces have two styles of ranks - all-forces ranks (army style ranks) and deck ranks (navy style ranks). The army uses all-forces ranks. The Air Force uses all-forces ranks. The following table of Ranks is based on those of the Russian Federation. The Russian Federation eliminated the descriptor "of Aviation" following ranks, however, that descriptor is still in use. The rank of a serviceman of a "Guards" unit, formation or ship may be followed by the word “Guards.” The rank of a citizen of the legal, medical or veterinary professions shall be followed by the words “of Justice,” “of the Medical service,” or “of the Veterinary service,” to their respective ranks. The rank of a citizen having reserve or retired status shall be followed by the words “Reserve” or “Retired,” respectively.

Officer Ranks

The U.S./Russia officer rank comparisons are drawn from Harriet Fast Scott and William F. Scott, The Armed Forces of the USSR, Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado, 1979. In Appendix B of their book the Scotts specifically equate U.S. Brigadier Generals to Russian General Majors, U.S. Major Generals to Russian General Lieutenants, and U.S. Lieutenant Generals to Russian General Colonels.

Category All-forces ranks Russian Insignia U.S Insignia Equivalent
Supreme Officers
or
General Officers
General of the Army
("of aviation")
(генера́л а́рмии ("авиа́ции"))
(Generál ármii ("aviátsii"))

U.S equivalent: Air Force Full General
Commonwealth equivalent: Air Chief Marshal

Parade uniform
Polkovnik General / Colonel General
("of aviation")
(генера́л-полко́вник "авиа́ции")
(Generál-polkóvnik "aviátsii")

U.S equivalent: Air Force Lieutenant General
Commonwealth equivalent: Air Marshal

Parade uniform
Lieutenant General ("of aviation")
(генера́л-лейтена́нт "авиа́ции")
(Generál-leytenánt "aviátsii")

U.S equivalent: Air Force Major General
Commonwealth equivalent: Air Vice-Marshal

Duty uniform
Major General ("of aviation")
(генера́л-майо́р "авиа́ции")
(Generál-mayór "aviátsii")

U.S equivalent: Air Force Brigadier General Commonwealth equivalent: Air Commodore

White shirt uniform
Senior Officers
or
Field Grade Officers
Polkovnik / Colonel ("of aviation")
(полко́вник "авиа́ции")
(Polkóvnik "aviátsii")

U.S equivalent: Air Force Colonel Commonwealth equivalent: Group Captain

Duty uniform
Podpolkovnik / Lieutenant Colonel
("of aviation")
(подполко́вник "авиа́ции")
(Podpolkóvnik "aviátsii")

U.S equivalent: Air Force Lieutenant Colonel
Commonwealth equivalent: Wing Commander

Duty uniform
Major ("of aviation")
(майо́р "авиа́ции")
(Mayór "aviátsii")

U.S equivalent: Air Force Major Commonwealth equivalent: Squadron Leader

Parade uniform
Junior Officers
or
Company Grade Officers
Captain ("of aviation")
(капита́н "авиа́ции")
(Kapitán "aviátsii")

U.S equivalent: Air Force Captain Commonwealth equivalent: Flight Lieutenant

Duty uniform
Senior Lieutenant ("of aviation")
(ста́рший лейтена́нт "авиа́ции")
(Stárshiy leytenánt "aviátsii")

U.S equivalent: Air Force First Lieutenant
(Lieutenant)
Commonwealth equivalent: Flying Officer

White shirt uniform
Lieutenant ("of aviation")
(лейтена́нт "авиа́ции")
(Leytenánt "aviátsii")

U.S equivalent: Air Force Second Lieutenant
Commonwealth equivalent: Pilot Officer

White shirt uniform
Junior Lieutenant ("of aviation")
(мла́дший лейтена́нт "авиа́ции")
(Mládshiy leytenánt "aviátsii")

U.S equivalent: Air Force Second Lieutenant
Commonwealth equivalent: Acting Pilot Officer

Green shirt uniform

Warrant Officer

Category All-forces ranks Insignia U.S Insignia Equivalent
Under-Officers
or
Master non-commissioned officers
Senior Praporshchik ("of aviation")
(ста́рший пра́порщик "авиа́ции")
(Stárshiy práporshchik "aviátsii")
U.S equivalent: Chief Warrant Officer 3
Commonwealth equivalent: Warrant Officer
-
Praporshchik ("of aviation")
(пра́порщик "авиа́ции")
(Práporshchik "aviátsii")
U.S equivalent: Chief Warrant Officer 2
Commonwealth equivalent: Master Aircrew
-

Enlisted Ranks

Category All-forces ranks Insignia U.S Insignia Equivalent
Sergeants
and
Petty Officers
Starshina
(старшина́)
(Starshiná)
U.S equivalent: Air Force First Sergeant or
Air Force Master Sergeant or
Air Force Senior Master Sergeant or
Air Force Chief Master Sergeant
Commonwealth equivalent: Flight Sergeant

Senior Sergeant
(ста́рший сержа́нт)
(Stárshiy Serdzhánt)
U.S equivalent:Air Force Technical Sergeant or
Air Force Sergeant First Class or
Air Force First Sergeant
Commonwealth equivalent: Chief Technician

Sergeant
(сержа́нт)
(Serzhánt)
U.S equivalent: Air Force Sergeant or
Air Force Staff Sergeant
Commonwealth equivalent: Sergeant
Junior Sergeant
(мла́дший сержа́нт)
(Mládshiy Serzhánt)
U.S equivalent: Air Force Senior Airman
Commonwealth equivalent: Corporal or
Technician
Soldiers,
seamen,
airmen
Gefreiter
(ефре́йтор)
(Yefrèytor)
U.S equivalent: Air Force Airman First Class
Commonwealth equivalent: Junior Technician or
Senior Aircraftman (Aircraftwoman) or
Leading Aircraftman (Aircraftwoman)
Private
(рядово́й)
(Ryadovóy)
U.S equivalent: Air Force Airman Recruit or
Air Force Airman Basic or
Air Force Airman
Commonwealth equivalent: Aircraftman (Aircraftwoman)

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