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Wei (尉) is the rank held by company-grade officers in the military of both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China. It currently exists in three grades, shao wei (少尉), zhong wei (中尉) (chung wei using Wade–Giles), and shang wei (上尉). An additional grade, da wei (大尉), formerly existed in the People's Liberation Army, during the period 1955-1965. However when the use of rank and insignia was restored in 1988, this rank was not re-established. As opposed to the Western tradition of using different names for equivalent ranks in the army and navy, Chinese armed forces use the same rank names for all services, prefixed in the case of the PLA by hai jun (海军) (naval force) or kong jun (空军) (air force).

Rank Literal
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Army
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Navy
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ROC Army
insignia
NATO
rank
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Da wei (大尉)
(used only 1955-1965 by PLA)
Grand officer Senior captain Captain lieutenant N/A OF-2
Shang wei (上尉) Senior officer Captain Lieutenant 80px
Zhong wei (中尉)
(chung wei)
Middle officer First lieutenant Sub lieutenant 80px OF-1
Shao wei (少尉) Junior officer Second lieutenant Ensign 80px

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