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A NATO one-star general's rank insignia

An officer of one-star rank is a senior commander in many of the armed services holding a rank described by the NATO code of OF-6. The term is also used by some armed forces which are not NATO members. Typically, one-star officers hold the rank of commodore, flotilla admiral, brigadier general, brigadier, or in the case of those air forces with a separate rank structure, air commodore.

Officers of one-star rank are either the most junior of the flag, general and air officer ranks, or are not considered to hold the distinction at all. Specifically, in many navies, one-star officers are not considered to be flag officers, although this is not always the case. The army and air force rank of brigadier general is, by definition, a general officer rank. However, the equivalent rank of brigadier is usually not designated as a general officer. The air force rank of air commodore is always considered to be an air-officer rank.

Australian one-star ranks[]

Australian commodore shoulder board

Canadian one–maple-leaf ranks[]

The maple leaf appears with St. Edward's crown and crossed sabre and baton.

Before unification in 1968, the rank of air commodore was the one-star rank equivalent for the Royal Canadian Air Force, and brigadier for the Canadian Army.

Indian one-star ranks[]

Pakistani one-star ranks[]

Pakistani air commodore 's rank insignia.

Philippine one-star ranks[]

British one-star ranks[]

US one-star ranks[]

Flotilla admiral[]

In the modern naval services of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Sweden, the one-star rank is flotilla admiral.

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