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Air Force Ranks

An air force is a country's armed force that fights in the air. Its most senior rank is usually Air Chief Marshal or General, as you see here. (There is in fact a rank more senior than Air Chief Marshal or General; this is Marshal of the Royal Air Force [RAF] or General of the Air Force [USAF]. It is seldom awarded and is not shown in this table.) The most junior rank is usually Aircraftman or Airman.

  United Kingdom USA
Royal Air Force (RAF) US Air Force (USAF)
officers Air Chief Marshal General
Air Marshal Lieutenant General
Air Vice-Marshal Major General
Air Commodore Brigadier General
Group Captain Colonel
Wing Commander Lieutenant Colonel
Squadron Leader Major
Flight Lieutenant Captain
Flying Officer First Lieutenant
Pilot Officer Second Lieutenant
other ranks Warrant Officer Chief Master Sergeant
  Senior Master Sergeant
Flight Sergeant Master Sergeant
Sergeant Technical Sergeant
Staff Sergeant
Corporal Senior Airman
Senior Aircraftman Airman
Aircraftman Airman Basic

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