is a military rank in the French military
, Brazilian military
An Officer Designate
rank, it is used in the Armée de Terre
(Army), the Armée de l'Air
(Air Force), the Marine Nationale
(Navy) and the Gendarmerie Nationale
. Technically it is not a commissioned rank but it is still treated in all respects as one. Aspirants are either officers in training in military academies or voluntaries, serving as temporary officers. The aspirant must have been previously élève officier
). He can afterwards be commissioned as a sous-lieutenant
or enseigne de vaisseau de deuxième classe
. His insignia is a single curl of gold lace, disrupted by "flashes" of wool. It was widely used during both World Wars
for providing young educated people with an officer's authority.
Portuguese Armed Forces
is the first rank in the officer corps, coming below Alferes
in the army and air force and Guarda-Marinha
(Naval School graduates) or Sub-tenente
(temporary officers graduated from civilian universities) in the navy.
In the Romanian Navy, Aspirant
is the lowest commissioned rank, equivalent to the rank of Ensign
An aspirant is also an alternate title for a kandidat
for doctoral education candidates in the post Soviet-states.
The term is also used in reference to religious vocations as one who is discerning the religious life.