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The green part represents soldiers and the equivalent of non-commissioned officers. The blue part represents officers. Norway does not have a NCO-system and thus Sergeant and Quartermaster are grouped with the officers under the common designation befal. The officers are divided into three groups: The befal (company officers, ranks Ensign to Captain inclusive), the staff officers (stabsoffiser, ranks Major to Brigader inclusive), and the generals (Major General to General inclusive).

Fenrik (ensign) was previously referred to as Second Lieutenant (Norwegian: Fenrik), while the rank of lieutenant went by First Lieutenant. The rank of Brigadier is not an old tradition in the Norwegian armed forces and was instated as a replacement for Oberst I (First Colonel); what is now Oberst was previously Oberst II (Second Colonel).

As shown, the Cavalry have two ranks which differ from the regular Army: Dragon (Dragoon) instead of Menig (Private), and Rittmester (Master of the Horse) instead of Kaptein (Captain).

The ranks of Grenader and Matros are bestowed upon soldiers who have finished the 12 months compulsory service and have signed one or more three-year contracts to continue serving. The ranks of Visekorporal/Visekonstabel/Vingsoldat (Corporal/Leading Rate) are usually ascribed to soldiers with long and/or outstanding service, though may be bestowed on soldiers with extra responsibilities (e.g. the shift-commander among a group of soldiers on guard-duty). A UB-Korporal/Kvartermesteraspirant (Rate Corporal/Petty Officer-in-training) is a soldier who has finished the UB course (Utskrevet Befalskurs), a course intended to prepare conscripted soldiers for non-commissioned officer duties, but is still under training in "the field". After one year course and service these soldiers are qualified for the rank of Sersjant or Kvartermester.

Norwegian military ranks[]

Army Air Force Navy NATO
Menig OR1
Menig
Private
FlyOR1
Flysoldat
NOR NavyOR1
Menig
Junior Seaman
OR1
Visekorporal OR2 Gren OR2
Visekorporal
Lance Corporal
FlyOR2 GrenVingsoldat
Vingsoldat
NOR NavyOR2
Visekonstabel
Seaman
OR2
OR3
Visekorporal 1. Klasse
Master Lance Corporal
GrenVingsoldat1
Vingsoldat 1. Klasse
No equivalent OR3
GrenOR4
Korporal
Corporal
FlyOR4 GrenKorp
Korporal
Corporal
NOR NavyOR4
Konstabel
Leading Seaman
OR4
OR5
Sersjant
Sergeant
FlyOR5
Sersjant
Sergeant
NOR NavyOR5
Kvartermester
Petty Officer
OR5
FenrikOF1
Fenrik
Second Lieutenant
Generic-Navy-O1
Fenrik
Sub-lieutenant
OF1
NOR OF1
Løytnant
Lieutenant
Generic-Navy-O3
Løytnant
Lieutenant
OF1
NOR OF2
Kaptein
Captain
Generic-Navy-O4
Kapteinløytnant
Lieutenant Commander
OF2
NOR OF3
Major
Major
Generic-Navy-O5
Orlogskaptein
Commander
OF3
NOR OF4
Oberstløytnant
Lieutenant Colonel
Generic-Navy-O6
Kommandørkaptein
Commander, Senior grade
OF4
NOR OF5
Oberst
Colonel
Generic-Navy-O7
Kommandør
Captain (Navy)
OF5
NOR OF6
Brigader
Brigadier
NOR NavyOF6
Flaggkommandør
Commodore
OF6
NOR OF7
Generalmajor
Major General
NOR NavyOF7
Kontreadmiral
Rear Admiral
OF7
NOR OF8
Generalløytnant
Lieutenant General
NOR NavyOF8
Viseadmiral
Vice Admiral
OF8
NOR OF9
General
General
NOR NavyOF9
Admiral
Admiral
OF9

Graphical view of insignia[]

Army[]

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
Flag of Norway Norway
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No Equivalent General distinksjon
General
Generalløytnant
Generalløytnant
Distinksjoner Generalmajor
Generalmajor
Brigader
Brigader
Distinksjoner Oberst
Oberst
Oberstløytnant
Oberstløytnant
Distinksjoner Major
Major
Kaptein
Kaptein / Rittmester
Løytnant
Løytnant
Fenrik
Fenrik
No Equivalent No Equivalent
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Norway Norway
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OR9 NOR - Sersjantmajor Hær OR8 NOR - Kommandersersjant Hær OR7 NOR - Stabssersjant Hær OR6 NOR - Oversersjant Hær OR5 NOR - Sersjant Hær NY OR4 NOR - Korporal 1. klasse Hær OR4 NOR - Korporal Hær NY OR3 NOR - Visekorporal 1. klasse Hær OR2 NOR - Visekorporal Hær OR1 NOR - Ledende menig Hær OR1 NOR - Menig Hær GAMMEL
Sersjantmajor Kommandersersjant Stabssersjant Oversersjant Sersjant Korporal 1. klasse Korporal Visekorporal 1. klasse Visekorporal Ledende Menig Menig

Air force[]

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
Norway Norway
(Edit)
No Equivalent OF9 NOR - General Luft
General
OF8 NOR - Generalløytnant Luft
Generalløytnant
OF7 NOR - Generalmajor Luft
Generalmajor
OF6 - Brigader Luft
Brigader
OF5 NOR - Oberst Luft
Oberst
OF4 NOR - Oberstløytnant Luft
Oberstløytnant
OF3 NOR - Major Luft
Major
OF2 NOR - Kaptein Luft
Kaptein
OF1 NOR - Løytnant Luft
Løytnant
OF1 NOR - Fenrik Luft
Fenrik
No Equivalent No Equivalent
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Flag of Norway, state Norway
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OR9 NOR - Sersjantmajor Luft OR8 NOR - Kommandersersjant Luft OR7 NOR - Stabssersjant Luft OR6 NOR - Vingsersjant OR5 NOR - Sersjant Luft NY OR4 NOR - Vingkorporal Luft OR4 NOR - Korporal Luft NY OR3 NOR - Ledende vingsoldat Luft OR2 NOR - Visekorporal Luft NY OR1 NOR - Flysoldat
Sersjantmajor Kommandersersjant Stabssersjant Vingsersjant Sersjant Seniorkorporal Korporal Seniorvisekorporal Visekorporal Flysoldat

Navy[]

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
Flag of Norway, state Norway
(Edit)
no equivalent NOR NavyOF9 NOR NavyOF8 NOR NavyOF7 NOR NavyOF6 Generic-Navy-O7 Generic-Navy-O6 Generic-Navy-O5 Generic-Navy-O4 Generic-Navy-O3 Generic-Navy-O1 no equivalent no equivalent
Admiral Viseadmiral Kontreadmiral Flaggkommandør Kommandør Kommandørkaptein Orlogskaptein Kapteinløytnant Løytnant Fenrik
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Flag of Norway, state Norway
(Edit)
OR9 NOR - Flaggmester OR8 NOR - Orlogsmester OR7 NOR - Flotiljemester OR6 NOR - Skvadronmester OR5 NOR - Kvartermester OR4 NOR - Seniorkonstabel NY OR4 NOR - Konstabel OR3 NOR - Ledende visekonstabel NY OR2 NOR - Visekonstabel NY OR1 NOR - Menig Sjø GAMMEL
Flaggmester Orlogsmester Flotiljemester Skvadronmester Kvartermester Konstabel 1. klasse Konstabel Visekonstabel 1. klasse Visekonstabel Menig

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