Military ranks of the Lao People's Armed Forces

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The following tables present the ranks of the Lao People's Armed Forces, which, as a former French dominion, follow a rank system similar to those used by the French Armed Forces. The design closely follows the Soviet pattern, with two important exceptions: 1) senior officers have a broad coloured stripe instead of two narrow stripes used in the Soviet model; 2) stars are of equal size for all the ranks.

Lao People's Army[edit]

Officers
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) & Student officer
 Lao People's Army
No equivalent 14.LPAF-GEN.png 13.LPAF-LG.png 12.LPAF-MG.png 11.LPAF-BG.png 10.LPAF-COL.png 9.LPAF-LTCOL.png 8.LPAF-MAJ.png 7.LPAF-CPT.png 6.LPAF-LT.png 5.LPAF-2LT.png Unknown
General
(ພົນເອກ)
Lieutenant general
(ພົນໂທ)
Major general
(ພົນຕີ)
Brigadier general
(ພົນຈັດຕະວາ)
Colonel
(ພັນເອກ)
Lieutenant Colonel
(ພັນໂທ)
Major
(ພັນຕີ)
Captain
(ຮ້ອຍເອກ)
Lieutenant
(ຮ້ອຍໂທ)
Second Lieutenant
(ຮ້ອຍຕີ)
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
 Lao People's Army
No equivalent
4.LPAF-SGT.png 3.LPAF-CPL.png No equivalent 2.LPAF-PFC.png 1.LPAF-PV.png
Sergeant
ສິບເອກ
Corporal
ສິບໂທ
Private First Class
ສິບຕຣີ
Private
ພົນທະຫານ

Lao People's Navy[edit]

Officers
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
Laos Laos No equivalent 14.LPRF-GEN.png 13.LPRF-LG.png 12.LPRF-MG.png 11.LPRF-BG.png 10.LPRF-COL.png 9.LPRF-LTCOL.png 8.LPRF-MAJ.png 7.LPRF-CPT.png 6.LPRF-LT.png 5.LPRF-2LT.png Unknown
General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier general Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
Lao ພົນເອກ ພົນໂທ ພົນຕີ ພົນຈັດຕະວາ ພັນເອກ ພັນໂທ ພັນຕີ ຮ້ອຍເອກ ຮ້ອຍໂທ ຮ້ອຍຕີ
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Laos Laos No equivalent
4.LPRF-SGT.png 3.LPRF-CPL.png No equivalent 2.LPRF-PFC.png 1.LPRF-PV.png
Sergeant
ສິບເອກ
Corporal
ສິບໂທ
Leading Seaman
ສິບຕຣີ
Seaman
ພົນທະຫານ

Lao People's Liberation Army Air Force[edit]

Officers
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
Lao People's Liberation Air Force
No equivalent 14.LPLAAF-GEN.png 13.LPLAAF-LG.png 12.LPLAAF-MG.png 11.LPLAAF-BG.png 10.LPLAAF-COL.png 9.LPLAAF-LTCOL.png 8.LPLAAF-MAJ.png 7.LPLAAF-CPT.png 6.LPLAAF-LT.png 5.LPLAAF-2LT.png Unknown
General
(ພົນເອກ)
Lieutenant general
(ພົນໂທ)
Major general
(ພົນຕີ)
Brigadier general
(ພົນຈັດຕະວາ)
Colonel
(ພັນເອກ)
Lieutenant Colonel
(ພັນໂທ)
Major
(ພັນຕີ)
Captain
(ຮ້ອຍເອກ)
Lieutenant
(ຮ້ອຍໂທ)
Second Lieutenant
(ຮ້ອຍຕີ)
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Lao People's Liberation Air Force
No equivalent
4.LPLAAF-SGT.png 3.LPLAAF-CPL.png No equivalent 2.LPLAAF-PFC.png 1.LPLAAF-PV.png
Sergeant Corporal Private
First Class
Private

Laos police force[edit]

Officers
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
Laos Laos No equivalent 14.LPF-GEN.png 13.LPF-LG.png 12.LPF-MG.png 11.LPF-BG.png 10.LPF-COL.png 9.LPF-LTCOL.png 8.LPF-MAJ.png 7.LPF-CPT.png 6.LPF-LT.png 5.LPF-2LT.png Unknown
General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier general Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
Lao ພົນເອກ ພົນໂທ ພົນຕີ ພົນຈັດຕະວາ ພັນເອກ ພັນໂທ ພັນຕີ ຮ້ອຍເອກ ຮ້ອຍໂທ ຮ້ອຍຕີ
Enlisted
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Laos Laos No equivalent
4.LPF-SGT.png 3.LPF-CPL.png No equivalent 2.LPF-PFC.png 1.LPF-PV.png
Sergeant
ສິບເອກ
Corporal
ສິບໂທ
Private first class
ສິບຕຣີ
Private
ພົນທະຫານ

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