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This is a list of ranks used by the Serbian Armed Forces.

Land Forces ranks[edit | edit source]

Generals[edit | edit source]

Ranks General Lieutenant Colonel General Major General Brigadier General
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Ranks in Serbian Генерал
General
Генерал-Потпуковник
General-Potpukovnik
Генерал-Мајор
General-Major
Бригадни Генерал
Brigadni General

Officers[edit | edit source]

Ranks Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
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Ranks in Serbian Пуковник
Pukovnik
Потпуковник
Potpukovnik
Мајор
Major
Капетан
Kapetan
Поручник
Poručnik
Потпоручник
Potporučnik

NCOs[edit | edit source]

Ranks Ensign 1st class Ensign Staff Sergeant 1st class Staff Sergeant Sergeant
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Ranks in Serbian Заставник I класе
Zastavnik I klase
Заставник
Zastavnik
Старији Водник I класе
Stariji Vodnik I klase
Старији Водник
Stariji Vodnik
Водник
Vodnik

Soldiers[edit | edit source]

Ranks Junior Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private
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Ranks in Serbian Млађи водник
Mlađi vodnik
Десетар
Desetar
Разводник
Razvodnik
Војник
Vojnik

Air Force and Air Defense ranks[edit | edit source]

Generals[edit | edit source]

Ranks General Lieutenant Colonel General Major General Brigadier General
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Ranks in Serbian Генерал
General
Генерал-Потпуковник
General-Potpukovnik
Генерал-Мајор
General-Major
Бригадни Генерал
Brigadni General

Officers[edit | edit source]

Ranks Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
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Ranks in Serbian Пуковник
Pukovnik
Потпуковник
Potpukovnik
Мајор
Major
Капетан
Kapetan
Поручник
Poručnik
Потпоручник
Potporučnik

NCOs[edit | edit source]

Ranks Ensign, 1st class Ensign Flight Sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant
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Ranks in Serbian Заставник I класе
Zastavnik I klase
Заставник
Zastavnik
Старији Водник I класе
Stariji Vodnik I klase
Старији Водник
Stariji Vodnik
Водник
Vodnik

Soldiers[edit | edit source]

Ranks Junior Sergeant Corporal Airman First Class Airman
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Ranks in Serbian Млађи водник
Mlađi vodnik
Десетар
Desetar
Разводник
Razvodnik
Пилот
Pilot

River Flotilla ranks[edit | edit source]

Admirals[edit | edit source]

Ranks Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore
3 rf - admiral.gif 2 rf - vice admiral.gif 1 rf - kontra admiral.gif Rf - komodror.GIF
Ranks in Serbian Адмирал
Admiral
Вице Адмирал
Vice Admiral
Контра Адмирал
Kontra Admiral
Комодор
Komodor

Officers[edit | edit source]

Ranks Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Sublieutenant
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Ranks in Serbian Капетан Бојног Брода
Kapetan Bojnog Broda
Капетан Фрегате
Kapetan Fregate
Капетан Корвете
Kapetan Korvete
Поручник Фрегате
Poručnik Fregate
Поручник Корвете
Poručnik Korvete
Потпоручник
Potporučnik

NCOs[edit | edit source]

Ranks Ensign, 1st class Ensign Senior Chief Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer
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Ranks in Serbian Заставник I класе
Zastavnik I klase
Заставник
Zastavnik
Старији Водник I класе
Stariji Vodnik I klase
Старији Водник
Stariji Vodnik
Водник
Vodnik

Soldiers[edit | edit source]

Ranks Master Seaman Leading Seaman Able Seaman Seaman Recruit
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Ranks in Serbian Млађи водник
Mlađi vodnik
Десетар
Desetar
Разводник
Razvodnik
Морнар
Mornar

Historical ranks[edit | edit source]

Generals[edit | edit source]

There were only two ranks in pre-WWI Serbia: General (from 1872) and Vojvoda (from 1900). Four ranks were introduced in Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovens in 1923, and lasted until 1945. There were only two types of shoulder cords: with doubleheaded eagle and coat of arms of Kingdom of SHS or Kingdom of Yugoslavia for vojvoda and without for all other General ranks. The different general grades were indicated by 6-pointed stars on the cuffs. Also the backing cloth for the shoulder cords was light blue for generals of the army and divisional generals and in a colour of service for brigadier general. During the Middle Ages, the Vojvoda was a military commander rank and a noble titule. In the Balkan Wars and World War I this title was used to designate the highest military rank in Serbian Army and later Royal Yugoslav Army (above the General - as equalent of Field Marshal in other armies). This rank was introduced by the law on the Organization of the Army Kingdom of Serbia in 1901. It has been awarded only during the war for: special merits of top generals. The first Voivoda was promoted by the Great military decree of the Kingdom of Serbia on 20 October 1912. Only five people ever officially held that military rank: Radomir Putnik (got it in 1912), Stepa Stepanović (1914), Živojin Mišić (1914), Petar Bojović (1918) and the French General Louis Franchet d'Espérey (1921). After unification of Kingdom of Serbia in to Kingdom SHS (later Kingdom Yugoslavia) no further officers where promoted to rank Vojvoda. King of Yugoslavia held the rank of Supreme Commander (Generalissimo in military hierarchy) with special rank insignia representing his royal monogram, with coat of arms of the country.

Ranks Generalissimo Field Marshal General of the Army Divisional General Brigadier General
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Ranks in Serbian Врховни командант
Vrhovni komandant
Војвода
Vojvoda
Армијски ђенерал
Armijski đeneral
Дивизијски ђенерал
Divizijski đeneral
Бригадни ђенерал
Brigadni đeneral

Officers[edit | edit source]

Ranks Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain, 1st class Captain, 2nd class Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant
Ranks in Serbian Пуковник
Pukovnik
Потпуковник
Potpukovnik
Мајор
Major
Капетан I класе
Kapetan I klase
Капетан II класе
Kapetan II klase
Поручник
Poručnik
Потпоручник
Potporučnik

NCOs (Only in SHS and Yugoslavia)[edit | edit source]

Ranks Sergeant-Major, 1st class Sergeant-Major, 2nd class Sergeant-Major, 3rd class
Ranks in Serbian Наредник-Водник I класе
Narednik-Vodnik I klase
Наредник-Водник II класе
Narednik-Vodnik II klase
Наредник-Водник III класе
Narednik-Vodnik III klase

Soldiers[edit | edit source]

Ranks Sergeant Junior Sergeant Corporal Private
Ranks in Serbian Наредник
Narednik
Поднаредник
Podnarednik
Каплар
Kaplar
Редов
Redov

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