Ranks and insignia of Royal Danish Air Force

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The Royal Danish Air Force ranks follow the NATO system of ranks and insignia, as does the rest of the Danish Defence. The ranks used are based on the Royal Air Force, with some minor changes. For example, three strips in the RAF is an OF-4, while only an OF-3 in Denmark.[1]

Current ranks[edit]


The highest officer's rank is OF-9 (General) which is reserved for the Chief of Defence (only when this seat is occupied by an Air Force officer). Similarly, OF-8 (Lieutenant general) is reserved for the Vice Chief of Defence. OF-7 (Major general) is used by the chief of the Air Staff and OF-6 (Brigadegeneral) by the chief of a brigade as well as keepers of high-office positions.

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
 Royal Danish Air Force[2]
No equivalent RDAF Gen.svg RDAF Lt Gen.svg RDAF Maj Gen.svg RDAF Brig Gen.svg RDAF Col.svg RDAF Lt Col.svg RDAF Maj.svg RDAF Capt.svg RDAF 1st Lt.svg RDAF Fly Off.svg RDAF 2nd Lt.svg Denmark-AirForce-OR-5a.svg
General Generalløjtnant Generalmajor Brigadegeneral Oberst Oberstløjtnant Major Kaptajn Premierløjtnant Løjtnant Sekondløjtnant Sergent
Danish Pay Grade[3] M406 M405 M404 M403 M402 M401 M332
M321 M312 M311 M310


The Danish OR's also follow the NATO system, though there are no OR-6's. OR-4 (Korporal) is the highest of the M100-level ranks and is not considered a NCO-rank.

NATO code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
 Royal Danish Air Force[2]
Denmark-AirForce-OR-9b.svg Denmark-AirForce-OR-9a.svg Denmark-AirForce-OR-8.svg Denmark-AirForce-OR-7.svg No equivalent Denmark-AirForce-OR-5.svg Denmark-AirForce-OR-5a.svg Denmark-AirForce-OR-4.svg Danish-Airforce-OR-3.svg Danish-Airforce-OR-2.svg Danish-Airforce-OR-1.svg
Flyvevåbnets Chefsergent Chefsergent Seniorsergent Oversergent Sergent Sergent
Korporal Flyverspecialist Flyveroverkonstabel Flyverkonstabel
Danish Pay Grade[3] M232 M231 M221 M212 M211 M113 M112
Other rank insignia
NATO Code OR-5 OR-1
Shoulder board Danish Airforce OR-5 elev.svg Danish Airforce OR-1 elev.svg Danish Airforce conscript.svg
Danish Sergentelev Flyverkonstabelelev Værnepligtig menig
English NCO trainee Aircraftman, trainee Conscript
Colour structure for OR-1–3
Technical Administrations Operations
Shoulder board Danish Airforce OR-3-Tech.svg Danish Airforce OR-3-Admin.svg Danish-Airforce-OR-3.svg

Clerical personnel[edit]


  1. ^ Marrup, Karsten (1 May 2017). "Stop galskaben med midlertidige tillagte grader!". OLFI (in Danish). Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Flyvevåbnets Gradstegn" (PDF). forsvaret.dk (in Danish). Danish Defence. 2021. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Historik". forpers.dk (in Danish). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 26 September 2018.

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