Military ranks of the Dutch armed forces

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The Military ranks of the Dutch armed forces are the military insignia used by the Armed forces of the Netherlands.

Koninklijke Landmacht, KL (Royal Dutch Army, RNLA)[edit]

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

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

Officers[edit]

NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
Netherlands Netherlands
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No equivalent Nl-landmacht-generaal.svg Nl-landmacht-luitenant generaal.svg Nl-landmacht-generaal majoor.svg Nl-landmacht-brigade generaal.svg Nl-landmacht-kolonel.svg Nl-landmacht-luitenant kolonel.svg Nl-landmacht-majoor.svg Nl-landmacht-kapitein ritmeester.svg Nl-landmacht-eerste luitenant.svg Nl-landmacht-tweede luitenant.svg Nl-landmacht-vaandrig.svg Enlisted or NCO rank plus Royal Military Academy
logo indicating cadet's career
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Brigadegeneraal Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein/Ritmeester 1e Luitenant 2e Luitenant Vaandrig/Kornet
English equivalent General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet

Enlisted ranks[edit]

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
 Netherlands
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Nl-landmacht-adjudant onderofficier.svg
Nl-landmacht-sergeant majoor-opperwachtmeester.svg Nl-landmacht-sergeant der 1e klasse-wachtmeester-der-1e-klasse.svg Nl-landmacht-sergeant-wachtmeester.svg Nl-landmacht-korporaal der 1e klasse.svg Nl-landmacht-korporaal.svg Nl-landmacht-soldaat der 1e klasse.svg Nl-landmacht-soldaat der 2e klasse.svg Nl-landmacht-soldaat-der-3e-klasse.svg
Adjudant-onderofficier Sergeant-majoor/
Opperwachtmeester
Sergeant/Wachtmeester der 1e klasse Sergeant/Wachtmeester Korporaal der 1e klasse Korporaal Soldaat/Huzaar/
Kanonier der 1e klasse
Soldaat/Huzaar/
Kanonier der 2e klasse
Soldaat/Huzaar/Kanonier
English equivalent Warrant Officer Sergeant Major Staff sergeant Sergeant Master corporal 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)[edit]

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 worldwide.
  • To support civil authorities in maintaining order, fighting natural disasters and providing humanitarian help, nationally as well as internationally.

Officers[edit]

NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
Netherlands Netherlands
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No equivalent Netherlands-AirForce-OF-9.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-8.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-7.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-6.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-5.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-4.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-3.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-2.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-1b.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-1a.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OF-(D).svg No equivalent
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Commodore Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein Eerste-luitenant Tweede-luitenant Vaandrig
English equivalent Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice-Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer Officer Cadet

Enlisted ranks[edit]

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Netherlands Netherlands
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Netherlands-AirForce-OR-9.svg
Netherlands-AirForce-OR-7.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OR-6.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OR-5.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OR-4.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OR-3.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OR-2b.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OR-2a.svg Netherlands-AirForce-OR-1.svg
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)[edit]

The Marine is the sea-based part of the Dutch military. It includes both the navy and the marines. Its task are the following:

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

Officers[edit]

NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
Netherlands Netherlands
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No equivalent Netherlands-Navy-OF-9.svg Netherlands-Navy-OF-8.svg Netherlands-Navy-OF-7.svg Netherlands-Navy-OF-6.svg Generic-Navy-O7.svg Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O2.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg Adelborst/Korporaal-Adelborst/Sergeant-Adelborst No equivalent
Luitenant-Admiraal Vice-Admiraal Schout-bij-Nacht Commandeur Kapitein ter zee Kapitein-luitenant ter zee Luitenant ter zee der 1ste klasse Luitenant ter zee der 2de klasse oudste categorie Luitenant ter zee der 2de klasse Luitenant ter zee der 3de klasse
Netherlands Marines Generaal Luitenant-Generaal Generaal-Majoor Brigade-Generaal Kolonel Luitenant-Kolonel Majoor Kapitein 1e Luitenant 2e Luitenant
English equivalent 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[edit]

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Netherlands Netherlands
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POR-Navy-OFD.svg
Netherlands-Navy-OR-7.svg Netherlands-Navy-OR-5.svg
Netherlands-Navy-OR-3.svg
Netherlands-Navy-OR-2b.svg Netherlands-Navy-OR-2a.svg Netherlands-Navy-OR-1.svg
Adjudant onderofficer Sergeant-majoor Sergeant Korporaal Matroos/
Marinier der 1e klasse
Matroos/
Marinier der 2e klasse
Matroos/
Marinier der 3e 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 Gendarmerie)[edit]

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[edit]

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

Military Police
Nl-marechausee-luitenant generaal.svg Nl-marechausee-generaal majoor.svg Nl-marechausee-brigade generaal.svg Nl-marechaussee-kolonel.svg Nl-marechaussee-luitenant kolonel.svg Nl-marechaussee-majoor.svg Nl-marechaussee-kapitein.svg Nl-marechaussee-eerste luitenant.svg Nl-marechaussee-tweede luitenant.svg Nl-marechaussee-adjudant onderofficier.svg
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[edit]

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

Military Police
Nl-marechaussee-adjudant onderofficier.svg Nl-marechaussee-opperwachtmeester.svg Nl-marechaussee-wachtmeester der 1e klasse.svg Nl-marechaussee-wachtmeester.svg Nl-marechaussee-marechaussee der 1e klasse.svg Nl-marechaussee-marechaussee der 2e klasse.svg Nl-marechaussee-marechaussee der 3e klasse.svg Nl-marechaussee-marechaussee der 4e klasse.svg
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 Sergeant Major Staff Sergeant Sergeant Marechaussee 1st Class,
Corporal
Marechaussee 2nd Class, Lance Corporal Marechaussee 3rd Class, Private 1st Class Marechaussee 4th Class, Private

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