Fact file: Comparative military and civil service grades

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Comparative rank tables

Officers

SA Army

SAAF

SAN

SAMHS

South African Police

Correctional Service

South African Civil Service

Comparable Common-wealth

Civil Service

Comparable

Francophone Civil Service

General

General

Admiral

General

General

Commissioner

Director General

Permanent Secretary

Directeur général/

Secrétaire général

Chief Deputy Commissioner

Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General

Vice Admiral

Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General

Deputy Commissioner

Deputy Director General

Deputy Secretary

Directeur général adjoint/ Secrétaire général adjoint

Major General

Major General

Rear Admiral

Major General

Major General

Assistant Commissioner

Chief Director

Under Secretary

Brigadier General

Brigadier General

Rear Admiral (Junior Grade)

Brigadier General

Brigadier General

Director

Director

Assistant Secretary

Directeur/ Chef de bureau

Colonel

Colonel

Captain (SAN)

Colonel

Colonel

Deputy Director

Deputy Director

Senior Principal Secretary

Directeur adjoint/ Adjoint chef de bureau

Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel

Commander

Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

Principal Secretary

Major

Major

Lieutenant Commander

Major

Major

Senior Correctional Officer

various

various

Captain

Captain

Lieutenant (SAN)

Captain

Captain

various

various

Lieutenant

Lieutenant

Sub Lieutenant

Lieutenant

Lieutenant

various

various

Second Lieutenant

Second Lieutenant

Ensign

Second Lieutenant

various

various

Warrant Officers

SA Army

SAAF

SAN

SAMHS

South African Police

Correctional Service

South African Civil Service

Comparable Common-wealth

Civil Service

Comparable

Francophone Civil Service

Master Chief Warrant Officer

Master Chief Warrant Officer

Master Chief Warrant Officer

Master Chief Warrant Officer

Senior Chief Warrant Officer

Senior Chief Warrant Officer

Senior Chief Warrant Officer

Senior Chief Warrant Officer

Chief Warrant Officer

Chief Warrant Officer

Chief Warrant Officer

Chief Warrant Officer

Senior Warrant Officer

Senior Warrant Officer

Senior Warrant Officer

Senior Warrant Officer

Warrant Officer Class 1

Warrant Officer Class 1

Warrant Officer Class 1

Warrant Officer Class 1

Warrant Officer

Correctional Officer I

Warrant Officer Class 2

Warrant Officer Class 2

Warrant Officer Class 2

Warrant Officer Class 2

Non-commissioned officers and other ranks

SA Army

SAAF

SAN

SAMHS

South African Police

Correctional Service

South African Civil Service

Comparable Common-wealth

Civil Service

Comparable

Francophone Civil Service

Staff Sergeant

Flight Sergeant

Chief Petty Officer

Staff Sergeant

Sergeant

Correctional Officer II

Sergeant

Sergeant

Petty Officer

Sergeant

Corporal

Corporal

Leading Seaman

Corporal

Lance Corporal

Lance Corporal

Able Seaman

Lance Corporal

Constable

Correctional Officer III

Private

Airman

Seaman

Private

New ranks introduced for SANDF warrant officers on June 1 2008:

Rank

Abbreviation

Address

Tied to the following posts:

Master Chief Warrant Officer

MCWO

Master

Sergeant Major of the SANDF

Senior Chief Warrant Officer

SCWO

Master

Sergeant Major of the Army, Air Force, Military Health Service. Master-at-Arms of the Navy

Chief Warrant Officer

CWO

Master

Formation Sergeant Major

Senior Warrant Officer

SWO

Master

Command Sergeant Major

Warrant Officer Class 1

WO1

Sergeant Major/Warrant

Various

Warrant Officer Class 2

WO2

Sergeant Major/warrant



Various