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Other ranks (ORs) in the British Army, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and in the armies and air forces of many other Commonwealth countries are those personnel who are not commissioned officers, usually including non-commissioned officers (NCOs). In the Royal Navy, these personnel are called "ratings". Non-commissioned member is the equivalent term for the Canadian Forces. The term is sometimes considered to exclude warrant officers, and occasionally also excludes NCOs.[citation needed]

In the United States military, and in the military forces of many non-Commonwealth countries, the equivalent term is enlisted rank, which generally includes non-commissioned officers (unless specifying junior enlisted), but always excludes the American type of warrant officer.

In the "standard rank scale" maintained by NATO, "other ranks" are coded from OR1 (lowest) to OR9.

British India[edit | edit source]

In British India, a distinction was made between British other ranks (BORs) and Indian other ranks (IORs).

Comparative ranks[edit | edit source]

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
United Kingdom British Army
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Army-GBR-OR-09a.svg Army-GBR-OR-09b.svg Army-GBR-OR-08a.svg Army-GBR-OR-08b.svg Army-GBR-OR-07.svg Army-GBR-OR-06.svg No Equivalent Army-GBR-OR-04.svg Army-GBR-OR-03.svg No Insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Staff/Colour Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private
(or equivalent)
Abbreviation Cdr WO1 WO2 S/Sgt
CSgt
Sgt Cpl L/Cpl Pte
United Kingdom United Kingdom
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RAF-Warrant Officer-OR-9.png No equivalent RAF-Flt Sgt-OR-7.png RAF-Chf Tch-OR-7.png RAF-Sgt-OR-6.png No equivalent RAF-Cpl-OR-4.png RAF-Ln Cpl-OR-7.png RAF-SAC Tech-OR-2.png RAF-SAC-OR-2.png RAF-LAC-OR-2.png 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
United Kingdom United Kingdom
(Aircrew)
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RAF-Master Aircrew-OR-9.png No equivalent RAF-Flt Sgt AC-OR-7.png RAF-Sgt AC-OR-6.png No equivalent No equivalent No equivalent No equivalent No equivalent
Master aircrew Flight sergeant aircrew Sergeant aircrew
Abbreviation MAcr WO FS Chf Tech Sgt Cpl LCpl SAC(T) SAC LAC AC
United Kingdom Royal Navy (United Kingdom) No equivalent No equivalent OR2 RN Able Rate.gif No equivalent
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Chief petty officer Petty officer Leading rate Able rate Able rate
Abbreviation WO1 WO2 CPO PO LH AB ORD
United Kingdom United Kingdom (Royal Marines)
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OR7 RM Colour Sergeant.svg OR5n6 RM Sergeant.svg No equivalent OR4 RM Corporal.svg OR3 RM Lance Corporal.svg No insignia No equivalent
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Colour sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Marine

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