Alférez is often translated as ensign. Although it does not derive from any meaning of carrying the flag, alférez was nonetheless the Spanish officer rank associated with the carrying of a unit flag. Alférez is also sometimes translated as sub-lieutenant or second lieutenant. These translations are approximate.
The rank of alférez was first used by Spanish armies during the reconquista in the middle ages. During that time alférez was the chief general of the king. The famous warrior El Cid was the alférez of Alfonso VI king of Castile
The other armed forces of Argentina do not use the rank of ensign.
|Argentine Air Force Rank||Argentine Gendarmerie Rank||Equivalent Commonwealth Ranks for comparison|
|Alférez||Sub-Alférez||Acting Pilot Officer / 2nd Lieutenant|
|Lieutenant||Alférez||Pilot Officer / 2nd Lieutenant|
|First Lieutenant||First Alférez||Flying Officer / Lieutenant|