Other ranks (UK)

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Other ranks (ORs) in the Royal Marines, British Army, Royal Air Force, and in the armies and air forces of many other Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland, are those personnel who are not commissioned officers, usually including non-commissioned officers (NCOs). [1] [2] In the Royal Navy, these personnel are called "ratings" [3] rather than "other ranks". Non-commissioned member is the equivalent term for the Canadian Armed Forces. Colloquially, members of the other ranks are known as "rankers".[ citation needed ]


The term is often considered to exclude warrant officers, and occasionally also excludes NCOs. Formally, a regiment consists of the "officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men" or the "officers, warrant officers and other ranks". [4]

British other ranks

NATO codeOR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg  Royal Navy
British Royal Navy OR-9.svg British Royal Navy OR-8.svg British Royal Navy OR-7.svg British Royal Navy OR-6.svg
British Royal Navy OR-4.svg No equivalent British Royal Navy OR-2.svg No equivalent
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Chief petty officer Petty officer Leading rate Able rate
Flag of the Royal Marines.svg  Corps of Royal Marines
British Corps Regimental Sergeant Major.svg British Royal Marines OR-9.svg British Royal Marines OR-8.svg British Royal Marines OR-7.svg British Royal Marines OR-6.svg
British Royal Marines OR-4.svg British Royal Marines OR-3.svg No equivalentNo insignia
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Colour sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Marine
Flag of the British Army.svg  British Army
British Army Sergeant Major.svg British Army OR-9b.svg British Army OR-9a.svg British Army OR-8b.svg British Army OR-8a.svg British Army OR-7.svg British Army OR-6.svg
British Army OR-4.svg British Army OR-3.svg No insignia
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Staff/Colour sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Private
(or equivalent)
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg  Royal Air Force
British Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer.svg British RAF OR-9.svg No equivalent British RAF OR-7b.svg British RAF OR-7a.svg British RAF OR-6.svg
British RAF OR-4.svg British RAF OR-3.svg British RAF OR-2c.svg British RAF OR-2b.svg British RAF OR-2a.svg No insignia
Warrant officer Flight sergeant Chief technician Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal
RAF Regiment only
Senior aircraftman/
woman technician
Senior aircraftman/ woman Leading aircraftman/ woman Aircraftman/ woman
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg  Royal Air Force
British RAF (Aircrew) OR-9.svg No equivalent British RAF (Aircrew) OR-7.svg British RAF (Aircrew) OR-6.svg
No equivalent
Master aircrew Flight sergeant aircrew Sergeant aircrew
NATO codeOR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1


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    4. Roll of Honour of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment