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THE AIRFORCE - RANK INSIGNIA
 
 
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On the 1st of September 2002 the Air Force rank insignia changed from the insignia currently shared with the Army and SAMHS to a new system in order to bring it more in line with international forms of rank and to incorporate the new South African Coat of Arms. Subsequently the ranks of General Officers changed again in September 2003 to be more inline with the rest of the SANDF. The previous rank insignia can be viewed here.

Officer Rank Insignia

Rank Shoulder Insignia Chest Insignia Form of Address
General General General General
Lieutenant General Lieutenant General Lieutenant General General
Major General Major General Major General General
Brigadier General Brigadier General Brigadier General General
Colonel Colonel Colonel Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Colonel
Major Major Major Major
Captain Captain Captain Captain
Lieutenant Lieutenant Lieutenant Lieutenant
2nd Lieutenant 2nd Lieutenant 2nd Lieutenant Lieutenant
Candidate Officer Candidate Officer Candidate Officer CO
Chaplain Chaplain Chaplain Dependant on religion



Warrant Officer Rank Insignia


  Rank Shoulder Insignia Chest Insignia Form of Address
  Master Chief WO Level 1 W01 Chest Sergeant Major
  Senior Chief WO Level 2 Sergeant Major
 

Chief WO

Level 3 Sergeant Major
  Master WO Level 4a Sergeant Major
  Senior WO Level 4b Sergeant Major
 

WO Class 1

W01 Sergeant Major
  WO Class 2 W02 W02 Chest Sergeant Major


Non Commissioned Officers Rank Insignia


Rank Rank Insignia Chest Insignia Form of Address
Flight Sergeant Flight Sergeant Flight Sergeant Flight
Sergeant Sergeant Sergeant Sergeant
Corporal Corporal Corporal Corporal
Lance Corporal Lance Corporal Lance Corporal Corporal
Airman No rank insignia worn No rank insignia worn Airman

 
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