What Are The Highest Ranks In The Royal Air Force?

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What Are The Highest Ranks In The Royal Air Force?

Jordan Letchford
October 13th, 2017
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There are many different ranks within the Royal Air Force. Below is a list of the five highest commissioned  positions within the RAF, in ascending order. Which would you like to be?


Air Commodore

 

An Air Commodore has a ranking of one star, and, as an air officer, it is the most junior general rank that can be attained. Air Force such as the RNZAF, PAF and IAF also use this ranking. An Air Commodore is senior to a group captain and is equivalent to a brigadier in the British Army, or a commodore in the Royal Navy.

Air Vice Marshal

 

An Air Vice Marshal holds a two-star ranking and has a NATO code of seven. This role would be the equivalent of a major-general in the British Army and a rear admiral in the Royal Navy. In smaller countries such as New Zealand where the Air Force isn’t as large, the Air Vice Marshall is the head of the Air Force.

 

Air Marshal

 

The Royal Air force created the role of Air Marshal and continue to use it to this day. An Air Marshal is a three-star ranked officer which has a NATO code of eight. The ranking is not only used by the Royal Air Force, but also by other Air Forces around the world where British influence has taken place. The  commonwealth is a great example of this.

 

 

Air Chief Marshal

 

With a one ranking difference, the Air Chief Marshal holds a four-star rank. The NATO code that goes along with this is a nine. The position is one rank below the Marshal of the Royal Air Force, who is at the head of everything.

 

Marshal Of The Royal Air Force

 

The Marshall of the Royal Air Force possess a five-star rank. On top of this, this position also holds a NATO code of ten. This ranking is equivalent to a field marshal in the British Army or an Admiral of the fleet in the Royal Navy. A Marshal of the Royal Air Force ranking is the highest possible rank.

 

As well as these five commissioned rankings in the Royal Air Force, there are eleven others below the Air Commodore. Do you think that you would be able to make it though the ranks and handle the pressure of being amongst some of the highest ranks in the Royal Air Force?

 

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“ The position is one rank below the Marshal of the Royal Air Force, who is at the head of everything. ”

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