Army ranks and insignia of Chile

An aspiring non-commissioned officer or officer in the Chilean Army undergoes studies at these two schools, both located in the Santiago Metropolitan Region:

Upon graduation, they become a commissioned officer (Ensign) or non-commissioned officer (Corporal), and then move on to the branch of his or her choice, except for newly recruited soldiers, whose primary rank is Soldado Dragonante or Soldier Dragonite, and are immediately enrolled as part of the Army NCO School in Maipú.

Military ranks (just as is the case in Ecuador) are similar to those in the Prussian and later German armies, including the Prussian Fähnrich rank for officers. The "Captain General" rank, first used by Bernardo O'Higgins and later by presidents Ramón Freire and Augusto Pinochet, is now inactive.

The ranks used in the Army today are from the 2002 reorganization. It keeps the old enlisted ranks (Privates, Corporals, Sergeants and Sub-Officers) but a new General Officer rank scheme is used, with three General ranks instead of four.

Officer ranks[]

Officer ranks are mostly derived from those in the German army, with some remnants from other influences. While field grade and senior grade officer rank insignia show German influence, general officer rank insignia are inspired by those used in the French Army, but in red shoulder straps with two to four golden stars.

Rank[1] General Officers Superior Officers Chief Officers Junior Officers
Full dress uniform CAPITAL GENERAL EJERCITO DE CHILE 2.png SS.OO.11.EJER.GENERAL DE EJERCITO.svg SS.OO.10.EJER.GENERAL DE DIVISIÓN.svg SS.OO.9.EJER.GENERAL DE BRIGADA.svg SS.OO.8.EJER.BRIGADIER.svg SS.OO.7.EJER.CORONEL.svg SS.OO.6.EJER.TENIENTE CORONEL.svg SS.OO.5.EJER.MAYOR.svg SS.OO.4.EJER.CAPITÁN.svg SS.OO.3.EJER.TENIENTE.svg SS.OO.2.EJER.SUBTENIENTE.svg SS.OO.1.EJER.ALFÉREZ.svg
Duty dress uniform SS.OO.11.EJER.OFICINA.GENERAL DE EJERCITO.svg SS.OO.10.EJER.OFICINA.GENERAL DE DIVISION.svg SS.OO.9.EJER.OFICINA.GENERAL DE BRIGADA.svg SS.OO.8.EJER.OFICINA.BRIGADIER.svg SS.OO.7.EJER.OFICINA.CORONEL.svg SS.OO.6.EJER.OFICINA.TENIENTE CORONEL.svg SS.OO.5.EJER.OFICINA.MAYOR.svg SS.OO.4.EJER.OFICINA.CAPITÁN.svg SS.OO.3.EJER.OFICINA.TENIENTE.svg SS.OO.2.EJER.OFICINA.SUBTENIENTE.svg SS.OO.1.EJER.OFICINA.ALFÉREZ.svg
Battle Duty Uniform (Center and South) SS.OO.1.EJER.SUR.GENERAL DE EJERCITO.svg SS.OO.2.EJER.SUR.GENERAL DE DIVISIÓN.svg SS.OO.3.EJER.SUR.GENERAL DE BRIGADA.svg SS.OO.4.EJER.SUR.BRIGADIER.svg SS.OO.5.EJER.SUR.CORONEL.svg SS.OO.6.EJER.SUR.TENIENTE CORONEL.svg SS.OO.7.EJER.SUR.MAYOR.svg SS.OO.8.EJER.SUR.CAPITÁN.svg SS.OO.9.EJER.SUR.TENIENTE.svg SS.OO.10.EJER.SUR.SUBTENIENTE.svg SS.OO.11.EJER.SUR.ALFEREZ.svg
Battle Duty Uniform (North) SS.OO.1.EJER.NORTE.GENERAL DE EJERCITO.svg SS.OO.2.EJER.NORTE.GENERAL DE DIVISIÓN.svg SS.OO.3.EJER.NORTE.GENERAL DE BRIGADA.svg SS.OO.4.EJER.NORTE.BRIGADIER.svg SS.OO.5.EJER.NORTE.CORONEL.svg SS.OO.6.EJER.NORTE.TENIENTE CORONEL.svg SS.OO.7.EJER.NORTE.MAYOR.svg SS.OO.8.EJER.NORTE.CAPITÁN.svg SS.OO.9.EJER.NORTE.TENIENTE.svg SS.OO.10.EJER.NORTE.SUBTENIENTE.svg SS.OO.11.EJER.NORTE.ALFEREZ.svg
Grade Captain General[a] Army General Divisional General Brigade General Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sub-lieutenant Ensign
Abbreviation CGE CJE GDD GDB BGR CRL TCL MAY CAP TTE STE ALF
NATO pay grade code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF-1 N/A
Rank English translation Years of service US Army Equivalent rank/British Army Equivalent rank
Capitán General Captain General now inactive General of the Army/Field Marshal/Marshal
General de Ejército Army General General
General de División Divisional General Lieutenant General
General de Brigada Brigade General 31–32 years Major General
Brigadier Brigadier,
Colonel Commandant
Brigadier General, Brigadier/
Colonel Commandant (honorary rank for senior Colonels)
Coronel Colonel 26–30 years Colonel
Teniente Coronel Lieutenant Colonel 21–25 years Lieutenant Colonel
Mayor Major 16–20 years Major
Capitán Captain 10–15 years Captain
Teniente Lieutenant 5–9 years First lieutenant/Lieutenant
Subteniente Sublieutenant 2–4 years Second lieutenant
Alférez Ensign 1 year of service after graduation Acting Lieutenant/3rd Lieutenant/Ensign
Subalférez Junior Ensign, Sub-ensign (student) 3–4 years of study Officer Cadet/Student Officer 1
Cadete Cadet Officer (student) 1–2 years of study Officer Candidate/Student Officer 2

Enlisted ranks[]

All Privates and Student NCOs studying in the Army NCO School wear no rank insignia.

Rank Senior Sub-Officers Sub-Officers Classes
Full Dress uniform
and Service Uniform
(Office, Garrison, Outdoor/Mess Wear, Parade Dress)
PCP.EJER.SUBOFICIAL MAYOR.svg PCP.EJER.SUBOFICIAL.svg PCP.EJER.SARGENTO 1°.svg PCP.EJER.SARGENTO 2°.svg PCP.EJER.CABO 1°.svg PCP.EJER.CABO 2°.svg PCP.EJER.CABO.svg
Battle Duty Uniform
(Center and South)
Battle Duty Uniform (North)
Grade Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Staff Sergeant Sergeant Master Corporal Corporal Lance Corporal
Abbreviation SOM SOF SG1 SG2 CB1 CB2 CBO
Name in Spanish Suboficial Mayor Suboficial Sargento Primero Sargento Segundo Cabo Primero Cabo Segundo Cabo
NATO pay grade Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2
Rank English translation Years of service US Army Equivalent rank/British Army Equivalent rank
Suboficial Mayor Senior Sub-Officer 30 years Command Sergeant Major/Warrant Officer Class 1
Suboficial Sub-Officer 27–29 years Sergeant Major/ Warrant Officer Class 2
Sargento Primero First Sergeant 24–26 years Master Sergeant/Staff Sergeant
Sargento Segundo Second Sergeant 19–23 years Sergeant First Class/Sergeant
Cabo Primero First Corporal 11–18 years Staff Sergeant/Lance Sergeant,
Master Corporal
Cabo Segundo Second Corporal 4–10 years Sergeant/Corporal
Cabo Corporal 2–3 years after graduation Corporal/Lance Corporal
Soldado Soldier 1–5 years after recruitment,
one year after graduation
Private First Class
Cabo Dragonante (student) Corporal Dragonite (student) 2 years of study Private
Soldado Dragonante/Alumno (student) Soldier Dragonite (student) 1 year of study (save when recruited into the Army) Private Basic/NCO Candidate

See also[]

Footnotes[]

  1. ^ Inactive since 2008, reserved for President from Military of Chile

References[]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2012-01-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)