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Military ranks of the Dutch armed forces

Contents

  • Koninklijke Landmacht, KL (Royal Netherlands Army, RNLA) 1
    • Officers 1.1
    • Enlisted ranks 1.2
  • Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu) (Royal Netherlands Air Force, RNLAF) 2
    • Officers 2.1
    • Enlisted ranks 2.2
  • Koninklijke Marine, KM (Royal Netherlands Navy, RNLN) 3
    • Officers 3.1
    • Enlisted ranks 3.2
  • Koninklijke Marechaussee, KMar (Royal Military Police) 4
    • Officers 4.1
    • Enlisted ranks 4.2
  • External links 5

Koninklijke Landmacht, KL (Royal Netherlands Army, RNLA)

The Landmacht is the land based part of the Dutch military. Its task are the following:

  • To defend Dutch territory and that of NATO allies.
  • To contribute to peace, stability and safety world wide.
  • To support civil authorities in maintaining order, fighting natural disasters and providing humanitarian help, nationally as well as internationally.

Officers

NATO Code OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D)

Army
Dutch title Generaal Luitenant-Generaal Generaal-Majoor Brigade-Generaal Kolonel Luitenant-Kolonel Majoor Kapitein Eerste-Luitenant Tweede-Luitenant Vaandrig
(cavalry/artillery) Ritmeester (Cavalry only) Kornet
English equivalent General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet

Enlisted ranks

NATO Code OR-8/9 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Army
Dutch title Adjudant Sergeant-Majoor Sergeant der 1e klasse Sergeant Korporaal der 1e klasse Korporaal Soldaat der 1ste klasse Soldaat der 2de klasse Soldaat der 3e klasse
(cavalry/artillery) Opperwachtmeester Wachtmeester der 1e klasse Wachtmeester Kannonier/huzaar Kannonier/huzaar Kannonier/huzaar
English equivalent Warrant Officer Sergeant Major Sergeant First Class Sergeant Corporal First Class Corporal Lance Corporal Private first class Private

The rank insignia of the cavalry and military administration for the ranks from 'Korporaal' to 'Sergeant-Majoor' /' Opperwachtmeester' are not in gold, but in silver.

The Dutch titles for privates are:
Infantry Cavalry Artillery
Soldaat Huzaar Kannonier
Stoter
Grenadier Rijder
Jager
Fusilier
Commando

Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu) (Royal Netherlands Air Force, RNLAF)

The Luchtmacht is the air based part of the Dutch military. Its tasks are the following:

  • Delivering military force wherever the Dutch people desire.
  • Dominating Dutch airspace.
  • Creating safety for military actions by land, sea or air.
  • To contribute to peace, stability and safety world wide.
  • To support civil authorities in maintaining order, fighting natural disasters and providing humanitarian help, nationally as well as internationally.

Officers

NATO Code OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D)

Air force
Dutch title Generaal Luitenant-Generaal Generaal-Majoor Commodore Kolonel Luitenant-Kolonel Majoor Kapitein Eerste-Luitenant Tweede-Luitenant Vaandrig
English equivalent General (or Air Chief Marshal) Lieutenant General (or Air Marshal) Major General (or Air Vice-Marshal) Air Commodore Colonel (or Group Captain) Lieutenant Colonel (or Wing Commander Major (or Squadron Leader) Captain (or Flight Lieutenant) Lieutenant (or Flying Officer) Second Lieutenant (or Pilot Officer) Officer Cadet

Enlisted ranks

NATO Code OR-8/9 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Air force
Dutch title Adjudant-Onderofficier Sergeant-Majoor Sergeant der 1e klasse Sergeant Korporaal der 1e klasse Korporaal Soldaat der 1ste klasse Soldaat der 2de klasse Soldaat der 3de klasse
English equivalent Warrant Officer Sergeant Major Flight Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Senior Aircraftman Leading Aircraftman Aircraftman

Koninklijke Marine, KM (Royal Netherlands Navy, RNLN)

The Marine is the sea based part of the Dutch military. Its task are the following:

  • Defending Dutch interests, including the Dutch Caribbean, and those of allies world wide.
  • To contribute to peace, stability and safety world wide.
  • To support civil authorities in maintaining order, fighting natural disasters and providing humanitarian help, nationally as well as internationally.

Officers

NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1

Navy
Dutch title Admiraal (due to tradition; actual rank abandoned in 1956) Luitenant-Admiraal Vice-Admiraal Schout bij Nacht Commandeur Kapitein ter Zee Kapitein-luitenant ter Zee Luitenant ter Zee 1ste klasse Luitenant ter Zee der 2e klasse oudste categorie Luitenant ter Zee 2de klasse Luitenant ter Zee 3de klasse
Netherlands Marines not in use Generaal Luitenant-Generaal Generaal-Majoor Brigade-Generaal Kolonel Luitenant-Kolonel Majoor Kapitein 1e Luitenant 2e Luitenant
English equivalent Admiral of the Fleet,
Captain General of the RNLMC
Admiral,
General
Vice Admiral,
Lieutenant General
Rear Admiral,
Major General
Commodore,
Brigadier
Captain,
Colonel
Commander,
Lieutenant Colonel
Lieutenant Commander,
Major
Lieutenant,
Captain
Lieutenant (junior grade) / Sub-Lieutenant,
Lieutenant
Ensign,
Second Lieutenant

Enlisted ranks

NATO Code OR-9 OR-7/8 OR-6 OR-4/5 OR-2 OR-1

Navy
Dutch title Adjudant Onderofficier Sergeant-Majoor Sergeant Korporaal Matroos der 1ste Klasse Matroos der 2de Klasse Matroos der 3de Klasse
Netherlands Marines Adjudant Onderofficier Sergeant-Majoor Sergeant Korporaal Marinier der 1ste Klasse Marinier der 2de Klasse Marinier der 3de Klasse
English equivalent Warrant Officer Chief Petty Officer,
Sergeant Major
Petty Officer 1st Class,
Sergeant
Petty Officer 2nd Class,
Corporal
Leading Seaman,
Lance corporal
Seaman,
Marine 1st Class
Seaman recruit,
Marine

Koninklijke Marechaussee, KMar (Royal Military Police)

The Royal Marechaussee, or Royal Netherlands Constabulary, is the gendarmerie and military police force of the Dutch Military. Its tasks are (among others):

  • Support the local police
  • Security of international airports and the Dutch borders
  • Police duties for the Dutch armed forces
  • Protection of Royal palaces and Government buildings.

Officers

NATO Code OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1

Military Police
Dutch title Luitenant-Generaal Generaal-Majoor Brigade-Generaal Kolonel Luitenant-Kolonel Majoor Kapitein Eerste-Luitenant Tweede-Luitenant Kornet
English equivalent Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet

Enlisted ranks

NATO Code OR-8/9 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Military Police
Dutch title Adjudant Opperwachtmeester Wachtmeester
der 1e klasse
Wachtmeester Marechaussee
der 1e klasse
Marechaussee
der 2e klasse
Marechaussee
der 3e klasse
Marechaussee
der 4e klasse
English equivalent Warrant Officer Class I Warrant Officer Class II Staff Sergeant Sergeant Marechaussee 1st Class, Corporal Marechaussee 2nd Class, Lance Corporal Marechaussee 3rd Class, Private 1st Class Marechaussee 4th Class, Private

External links

  • (Official website)Royal Netherlands Army (English)
  • (Official website)Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • (Official website)Royal Netherlands Navy
  • (Official website)Royal Netherlands Military Police
  • (Official website)Netherlands Ministry of Defence (English)
  • http://mpbundels.mindef.nl/20_serie/dp_20_10/images/rangen.pdf Ranks of the Netherlands Armed Forces (Official website)]
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