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Canadian Forces Air Force
Forces canadiens aviation
Rank Insignia/Insignes de Grade
1968-Present

(
Technically the "air element" of the Canadian Armed Forces, a bilingual unified service.)



Rank
Code
Rank
description notes
Rank Title - English
Rank Title – French
Insignia

NATO codes National rank grade information
As a bilingual service, all ranks have two titles English/French Shoulder Slip-ons or Shoulder Boards
Enlisted  (called Non Commissioned Members  / Militaires du rang (Aviation) in the CAF)
AIEM-1 All CF enlisted are called Non Commissioned Members/ Militaires du rang (Aviation)

This rank is held during basic training only.

Private Recruit

Soldat recure

AIEM-2 All CF enlisted are called Non Commissioned Members/ Militaires du rang (Aviation)

This rank is held during basic trade qualification training.

Private
(Pte)

Soldat
(sdt)

AIEM-3   Private
(Pte)

Soldat
(sdt)

AIEM-4   Corporal
(Cpl)

Caporal
(cpl)

AIEM-5 In the CF, Master Corporal is considered the starting NCO rank Master Corporal
(MCpl)

Caporal-chef
(cplc)

AIEM-6   Sergeant
(Sgt)

Sergent
(sgt)

AIEM-7   Warrant Officer
(WO)

Adjutant
(adj)

AIEM-8   Master Warrant Officer
(MWO)

Adjutant-maître
(adjum)

AIEM-9 Typical assignments include Squadron CWO, Department CWO, Base CWO, Command CWO Chief Warrant Officer
(CWO)

Adjutant-chef
(adjuc)

Officer Candidates
AIOC-1 In the CF, these are considered Subordinate Officers / Officiers subordonnés (Aviation) Officer Cadet
(OCdt)
Élève-officier
(élof)
rank
Commissioned Officers
AICO-1 In the CF these are considered Junior Officers / Officiers subalternes (Aviation)

At this level the officer would be under operational training.

Second Lieutenant
(2Lt)

Sous-lieutenant
(slt)

ASLT
AICO-2 In the CF these are considered Junior Officers / Officiers subalternes (Aviation)

At this level the officer would be completing  specialized flight training.

Lieutenant
(Lt)

Lieutenant
(lt
)

SubLt
AICO-3 In the CF these are considered Junior Officers / Officiers subalternes (Aviation) Captain
(Capt)

Capitaine
(capt)

LT
AICO-4
In the CF these are considered Senior Officers /Officiers supérieurs (Aviation)

Typical appointments would be as Squadron XO, Flight Leader.

Major
(Maj)

Major
(maj)

LTCdr
AICO-5
In the CF these are considered Senior Officers /Officiers supérieurs (Aviation)

Typical appointments would be as Squadron Commander or as staff Officer at NDHQ or Air Command  HQ

Lieutenant Colonel
(LCol)

Lieutenant-colonel
(lcol)

CDr
AICO-6
In the CF these are considered Senior Officers /Officiers supérieurs (Aviation)

Typical appointments would be Group Commander, Base Commander or as staff Officer at NDHQ or Air Command HQ

Colonel
(Col)

Colonel
(col)

Captain
General Officers
AIGO-1 NATO Grade OF-7

In the CF these are considered General Officers / Officiers généraux (Aviation)

Serve as Air Commanders or as senior staff officers at NDHQ, or Air Command

Brigadier General
(BGen)

Brigadier-général
(bgén)

Commodore
AIGO-2 NATO Grade OF-8

In the CF these are considered General Officers / Officiers généraux (Aviation)

Major Generals  command regions and Air Divisions and serve as senior staff officers at NDHQ or Air Command.

Major General
(MGen)

Major-général
(mgén)

RAD
AIGO-3
NATO Grade OF-9

In the CF these are considered General Officers / Officiers généraux (Aviation)

A Lieutenant General commands Air Command. Another Lieutenant General serves at NDHQ in one of the top 4 military staff positions.

Lieutenant General
(LGen)

Lieutenant-général
(lgén)

VAD
AIGO-4

NATO Grade OF-10

In the CF this is  considered a General Officer / Officier généraux (Aviation)

Only one officer is normally appointed full General or Admiral -Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) who is the Military head of the entire CF. 

General
(Gen)

Général
(gén)

Admiral
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