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Other ranks (UK)

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).[1][2] In the Royal Navy, these personnel are called "ratings".[3] Non-commissioned member is the equivalent term for the Canadian Forces. Colloquially, members of the other ranks are known as "rankers".

The term is sometimes considered to exclude warrant officers, and occasionally also excludes NCOs.[4]

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 1
  • Comparative ranks 2
  • References 3
  • See also 4

British India

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

Comparative ranks

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

Sergeant Major of the Army[5]


(Quartermaster Sergeant)
No Equivalent No Insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Sergeant Private
(or equivalent)
Abbreviation Cdr WO1 WO2 S/Sgt
Sgt Cpl L/Cpl Pte
Royal Air Force
(United Kingdom)
No equivalent No insignia
Master aircrew 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
Royal Navy (United Kingdom) No equivalent No equivalent 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 (Royal Marines)
No equivalent No insignia No equivalent
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Colour sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Marine


  1. ^ "PACMAN Chapter 3 Part 1 Part B Division 5: Salary (Other Ranks)". Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  2. ^ Berman, Gavin; Rutherford, Tom (2013-09-19). "Defence personnel statistics (SN/SG/02183)" (PDF).  
  3. ^  
  4. ^ Roll of Honour of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment
  5. ^ "CGS Announces New Senior Posts". Jane's. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 

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