Comparative military ranks of apartheid states in southern Africa

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Rank comparison charts of armies/land forces of apartheid states and territories in Southern Africa.

This chart includes of the nominally independent Bantustans,[1][2][3][4] apartheid South Africa,[5] and South West Africa.[5] These states were all under the control of the apartheid regime of South Africa,[6] with the defence forces of the Bantustans being made of units that were nominally independent of the SADF, but were selected and trained by the SADF, and who placed former South African and Rhodesian military officers in senior positions within the defence forces.[7] The South West Africa Territorial Force was an auxiliary arm of the SADF and formed the armed forces of South West Africa from 1977 to 1989.[8]

Officers[9][edit]

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer
Bophuthatswana Bophuthatswana
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No equivalent
BDF Brigadier Rank.jpg BDF Colonel Rank.jpg BDF Lt Colonel Rank.jpg BDF Major Rank.jpg BDF Captain rank.jpg BDF 1st Lieutenant Rank.jpg BDF 2nd Lieutenant Rank.jpg BOP Rank Candidate Officer.jpg
Brigadier
Colonel
Lieutenant
Colonel

Major
Captain
Lieutenant
2nd Lieutenant
Officer
Candidate


Ciskei Ciskei
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No equivalent
None.svg No equivalent Ciskei Defence Force Brigadier.jpg Ciskei Defence Force Colonel.jpg Ciskei Defence Force Lt Colonel.jpg Ciskei Defence Force Major Rank.jpg Ciskei Defence Force Captain rank.jpg Ciskei Defence Force Lieutenant Rank.jpg Ciskei Defence Force 2nd Lieutenant Rank.jpg Unknown
Lieutenant general
Brigadier
Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel
Major
Captain
Lieutenant
2nd Lieutenant


South Africa
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No equivalent South Africa-Army-OF-9-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-8-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-7-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-6-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-5-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-4-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-3-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-2-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-1b-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-1a-1961.svg South Africa-Army-OF-(D)-1961.svg
General
Generaal
Lieutenant general
Luitenant generaal
Major general
Generaal-majoor
Brigadier
Brigadier
Colonel
Kolonel
Commandant
Kommandant
Major
Majoor
Captain
Kaptein
Lieutenant
Luitenant
2nd lieutenant
Tweede luitenant
Candidate officer
Kandidaat offisier


South Africa South West Africa
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No equivalent
South West Africa-Army-OF-8.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-7.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-6.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-5.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-4.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-3.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-2.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-1b.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-1a.svg South West Africa-Army-OF-(D).svg
Lieutenant general
Major general
Brigadier
Colonel
Commandant
Major
Captain
Lieutenant
2nd Lieutenant
Officer candidate


Transkei Transkei
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No equivalent Transkei-Army-OF-9.svg Transkei-Army-OF-8.svg Transkei-Army-OF-7.svg No equivalent Transkei-Army-OF-5.svg Transkei-Army-OF-4.svg Transkei-Army-OF-3.svg Transkei-Army-OF-2.svg Transkei-Army-OF-1b.svg Transkei-Army-OF-1b.svg Unknown
General
Lieutenant general
Major general
Colonel
Lieutenant colonel
Major
Captain
Lieutenant
2nd lieutenant


Venda Venda
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No equivalent
VDF Brigadier rank.jpg VDF Colonel slip on rank.jpg VDF Lt Colonel slip on rank.jpg VDF Major rank.jpg VDF Captain rank.jpg VDF Lieutenant rank.jpg VDF 2nd Lieutenant rank.jpg Unknown
Brigadier
Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel
Major
Captain
Lieutenant
2nd Lieutenant


Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer

Other ranks[9][edit]

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Bophuthatswana Bophuthatswana
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BDF Rank Warrant Officer class 1.jpg
BDF Rank Warrant Officer class 2.jpg
BDF Rank Staff Sergeant Brassard.jpg
BDF Rank Sergeant Brassard.jpg
No equivalent
BDF Rank Corporal Brassard.jpg
BDF Rank L Corporal Brassard.jpg
No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1
Warrant Officer Class 2
Staff Sergeant
Sergeant
Corporal
Lance Corporal
Private


Ciskei Ciskei
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Ciskei Defence Force Warrant Officer Class 1 badge.jpg Ciskei Defence Force Warrant Officer Class 2 badge.jpg None.svg Ciskei Defence Force Sergeant badge.jpg No equivalent Ciskei Defence Force Corporal badge.jpg Ciskei Defence Force Lance Corporal badge.jpg No insignia
Chief Warrant Officer
Warrant Officer
Staff Sergeant
Sergeant
Corporal
Lance Corporal
Private


South Africa South Africa
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PRE 1994 SOUTH AFRICAN WO1 BADGE.jpg
PRE 1994 SOUTH AFRICAN WO2 BADGE.jpg
SAArmyRankStructurePre1994SSgt.jpg
SAArmyRankStructurePre1994Sgt.jpg
No equivalent
SAArmyRankStructurePre1994Cpl.jpg
SAArmyRankStructurePre1994LCpl.jpg
No insignia
Warrant officer class 1
Warrant officer class 2
Staff sergeant
Sergeant
Corporal
Lance corporal
Private


South Africa South West Africa
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SWATF Warrant Officer Chief Formation.jpg
SWATF Warrant officer Class 1 RSM.jpg
SWATF Warrant Officer Class 2.jpg
SWATF Brassard Staff Sergeant.jpg
SWATF Brassard Sergeant.jpg
No equivalent
SWATF Brassard Corporal.jpg
SWATF Brassard Lance Corporal.jpg
No insignia
Formation warrant officer
Warrant officer class 1
Warrant officer class 2
Staff sergeant
Sergeant
Corporal
Lance corporal
Private


Transkei Transkei
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TDF Rank Warrant Officer class 1.jpg TDF Rank Warrant Officer Class 2.jpg TDF Rank Brassard Staff Sergeant.jpg TDF Rank Brassard Sergeant.jpg No equivalent TDF Rank Brassard Corporal.jpg TDF Rank Brassard L Corporal.jpg No insignia
Chief warrant officer
Warrant officer
Staff sergeant
Sergeant
Corporal
Lance corporal
Private


Venda Venda
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Venda Defence Force Warrant Officer Class 1.jpg VDF Warrant Officer class 2 rank.jpg Venda Defence Force Staff Sergeant.jpg India-Army-OR-6.svg No equivalent India-Army-OR-4.svg India-Army-OR-3.svg No insignia
Chief Warrant Officer
Warrant Officer
Staff Sergeant
Sergeant
Corporal
Lance Corporal
Private
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Transkei was granted "independence" by the Status of Transkei Act 100 of 1976 with effect from 26 October 1976.
  2. ^ The Status of Bophuthatswana Act 89 of 1977 granted Bophuthatswana "independence" with effect from 6 December 1977.
  3. ^ Venda was granted "independence" by the Status of Venda Act 107 of 1979 with effect from 13 September 1979.
  4. ^ The Status of Ciskei Act 110 of 1981 granted Ciskei "independence" with effect from 4 December 1981.
  5. ^ a b Radburn, Arthur (1990). "South African Army Ranks and Insignia". South African Journal of Military Studies. 20 (2): 2.
  6. ^ "The Homelands". South African History Online. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  7. ^ Timothy J. Stapleton (9 April 2010). A Military History of South Africa: From the Dutch-Khoi Wars to the End of Apartheid. Praeger Security International. ISBN 978-0313365898.
  8. ^ Duignan, Peter. Politics and Government in African States 1960–1985. pp. 345–377.
  9. ^ a b Jakkie Cilliers (1993). "An Overview of the Armed Forces of the TBVC Countries". South African Defence Review (13). Archived from the original on 24 June 2016.

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